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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-20-02, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Explorer LTD six cylinder fuel consumption

I'm an automotive engineer by profession and chose the six for fuel consumption that was shown as 15 litres/100 kilometres city and 10 litres per hundred on the highway. I'm getting 16 on the highway and 22-24 around town. I have had the dealer check the system and it is within specs. Also, it runs extremely well, so i don't expect
the consumption to change. Have no thoughts of excessive throttle use, as I use the cruise
control on the highway and where possible around Canberra (my home town).

Does anyone have any constructive comments or similar experience?

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I know someone who had a V6 explorer which was getting bad fuel consumption, which the dealer couldn't trace for months, they eventually found one of the oxygen sensors in the exhaust was cactus and that was the cause of the problem, I do not know what their actual fuel consumption was however, so I don't know if your consumption is any better or worse than what they were getting, just might be something to check.
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Also, if the fuel consumption figures you were quoted were not made during real-world testing (such as by a magazine) the chances are they would be very optimistic.

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Explorer fuel consumption

Dear Jack,

Again, thanks for your reply. Interestingly, I spoke to a nice guy in Ford Customer Care who whispered to me that the figures were certainly achieved under 'ideal' conditions. I deal indeed! On a damned dyno. That means no headwind and I wonder how much load was applied to the rollers?

We live in a world where integrity seems to have slipped to new lows. Just as well I'm a 'dyed in the wool' Ford man.

Since I have decided I may just as well return my current Explorer and buy a current model Limited V8, I presume I will be just as disappointed with the economy figures, which are listed as 12/100 highway and 17/100 city. As my model is supposed to do 10/100 highway and 15/100 city and the best I can get is 16/100 highway and 22-24 city, the new model V8 might be somewhere in the vicinity of 20 and 30 respectively.

Say, maybe I should just drive it on a dyno?

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A PS re computer replacement chips?

Hello again Folks,

I was just thinking about computer chips. I lived in the US for about 15 years and owned a 1994 F-150 with the 351 Windsor engine. I bought an aftermarket chip for the computer module and got an instant horsepower boost and 15% increase in fuel economy.

Any ideas or thoughts on availablity of chips here in Australia? I did try a few of the Aussie made products in 1998-1999 with very disappointing results, but I'm thinking the technology development may have improved over the past few years.

With respect to the F-150 I owned and re-chipped, it did run on regular initially, but I had to then run premium gas. But that was still better overall as the improvement to down low throttle response. overall performance and incresed economy was well worth the initial investment of $240.

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