Re: Focus TDCi fuel consumption
"gandissy" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> "David Millen" wrote...
> > Just put the third tank of fuel through our recently acquired 2003
> > Focus TDCi 100. It's averaging 37.5 - 39.5 mpg (Imperial gallons),
> > 7.2 - 7.6 litres/100km on a mix of long and short trips, lightly
> > loaded. This our first diesel-engined car, and I'm beginning to
> > think the diesel "economy" thing is b**s**. Is this consumption
> > normal, or is there something wrong with the engine?
> i would certainly expect better economy...
> are the exhaust gases unusually smokey? if so it could be your egr valve
> playing up.
> although, i must admit the defective ones i've seen are *very* smokey and
> the fuel economy has been *much* lower than you are experiencing.
> fairly quick to replace but, iirc, about 180 quid plus vat for the part.
Indeed, there is a voluntary recall for EGR valves on virtually all Ford
TDCi's, which are to be changed if the owner reports poor starting , poor
mpg, poor performance and smokey exhaust. This applies to the mondeo 2litre
TDCi's also. It is also thought to be a possible cause of premature failed
turbo's on this engine also.