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Old 08-15-2005, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
Michael Heiming
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Fuel usage?

Hi!

Lately, with a little care got 8.6l/100km (27.35 mpg) out of my
2l petrol. But with prices of 1.30 Euro/l (6,58 USD/gal) right
now it's not real fun. Sure about 80% are just taxes, but you
can't do much about it.

With driving more economical, I'm sure it's possible to get down
to about 7.5l/100km (31.36 mpg) with a little more care.

But perhaps there other possibilities, has someone experienced
any mileage boost using blue_fin or so? Looked at it but it seems
a little expensive, a remarkable better mileage could justify
getting one in the long run? ;-)

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Old 08-16-2005, 09:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Fuel usage?

I only have a 1.6 Petrol, but the least I have had out of it is 39mpg and
usually it's around 42mpg. Even with a 2l version I'd say that your mileage
is on the low side. My previous car was a 2l Vauxhall Vectra, and it rarely
dipped below 30mpg no matter I did to it!


"Michael Heiming" <michael+USENET@www.heiming.de> wrote in message
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> Hi!
>
> Lately, with a little care got 8.6l/100km (27.35 mpg) out of my
> 2l petrol. But with prices of 1.30 Euro/l (6,58 USD/gal) right
> now it's not real fun. Sure about 80% are just taxes, but you
> can't do much about it.
>
> With driving more economical, I'm sure it's possible to get down
> to about 7.5l/100km (31.36 mpg) with a little more care.
>
> But perhaps there other possibilities, has someone experienced
> any mileage boost using blue_fin or so? Looked at it but it seems
> a little expensive, a remarkable better mileage could justify
> getting one in the long run? ;-)
>



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Old 08-16-2005, 12:02   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Fuel usage?

In alt.autos.ford.focus CJM <cjmnew04@removemeyahoo.co.uk>:
> "Michael Heiming" <michael+USENET@www.heiming.de> wrote in message
> news:h977t2-gb8.ln1@news.heiming.de...
>> Hi!
>>
>> Lately, with a little care got 8.6l/100km (27.35 mpg) out of my
>> 2l petrol. But with prices of 1.30 Euro/l (6,58 USD/gal) right
>> now it's not real fun. Sure about 80% are just taxes, but you
>> can't do much about it.
>>
>> With driving more economical, I'm sure it's possible to get down
>> to about 7.5l/100km (31.36 mpg) with a little more care.
>>
>> But perhaps there other possibilities, has someone experienced
>> any mileage boost using blue_fin or so? Looked at it but it seems
>> a little expensive, a remarkable better mileage could justify
>> getting one in the long run? ;-)


> I only have a 1.6 Petrol, but the least I have had out of it is 39mpg and
> usually it's around 42mpg. Even with a 2l version I'd say that your mileage


That's only 5.6-6l/100km, pretty good for a petrol engine!

> is on the low side. My previous car was a 2l Vauxhall Vectra, and it rarely
> dipped below 30mpg no matter I did to it!


Depends on where you drive, have some speed limits on highways
frequently used 80-120km/h (50-75mp/h), this creeping helps to
keep fuel usage down. On parts without speed limit and if traffic
and weather allow it's nice to let the Focus run, but there are
certain points on the speedo beyond them you can watch the fuel
gauge fall.;( >160 km/h (>100 mp/h) and even worse >200km/h (>124
mp/h) it starts guzzling remarkable.

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Old 08-17-2005, 03:01   #4 (permalink)
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"Michael Heiming" <michael+USENET@www.heiming.de> wrote in message
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>
> Depends on where you drive, have some speed limits on highways
> frequently used 80-120km/h (50-75mp/h), this creeping helps to
> keep fuel usage down. On parts without speed limit and if traffic
> and weather allow it's nice to let the Focus run, but there are
> certain points on the speedo beyond them you can watch the fuel
> gauge fall.;( >160 km/h (>100 mp/h) and even worse >200km/h (>124
> mp/h) it starts guzzling remarkable.
>


Well I don't have the opportunity to drive on Autobahns (shame)... and the
one (and only) perk of living in a country covered by speed cameras, is that
an enforced 50-70mph drive is very good for the fuel economy!

The only way for me to really burn up fuel is with excessive acceleration...
and that's not so easy in a 1.6!


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Old 08-17-2005, 14:01   #5 (permalink)
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In alt.autos.ford.focus CJM <cjmnew04@removemeyahoo.co.uk>:

> "Michael Heiming" <michael+USENET@www.heiming.de> wrote in message
> news:21l9t2-mto.ln1@news.heiming.de...
>>
>> Depends on where you drive, have some speed limits on highways
>> frequently used 80-120km/h (50-75mp/h), this creeping helps to
>> keep fuel usage down. On parts without speed limit and if traffic
>> and weather allow it's nice to let the Focus run, but there are
>> certain points on the speedo beyond them you can watch the fuel
>> gauge fall.;( >160 km/h (>100 mp/h) and even worse >200km/h (>124
>> mp/h) it starts guzzling remarkable.
>>


> Well I don't have the opportunity to drive on Autobahns (shame)... and the
> one (and only) perk of living in a country covered by speed cameras, is that
> an enforced 50-70mph drive is very good for the fuel economy!


For sure, looking at your good mileage. Large towns have placed
speed cameras every few meters here in addition to mobile ones,
soon after some politicians had the bright idea allowing them.;(

Not that they'd point them were it might make sense
(school/kindergarten/etc) but downhill on wide roads with a good
overview. You get the picture?

> The only way for me to really burn up fuel is with excessive acceleration...
> and that's not so easy in a 1.6!


Only used to my 2l, acceleration is (gear 1-3) to much for a front
driven car for my taste. You can turn on the small ASR light as
you like. Anyway, the car runs really great, it has a Sachs
performance chassis set (http://www.sachsracing.com/) mounted,
one of the best add-ons for the Focus.

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Old 08-17-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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I'm getting 30mpg in a 2005 zx4 with a 5sp trans. That's with about
90% 50+ mph highway driving, 10% city driving.

BTW, does anyone know how long the Focus has called for 5w-20 motor
oil?

Is anyone using 5w-30 instead? If so, how long have you been using
the 5w-30?
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:01   #7 (permalink)
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In, Europe Ford recommends 5W30 for the 2 liter Zetec (and all others too I
suppose).
I have used it for 125.000 km.
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"Vic Dura" <vpdura@CLUTTERhiwaay.net> skrev i meddelandet
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> I'm getting 30mpg in a 2005 zx4 with a 5sp trans. That's with about
> 90% 50+ mph highway driving, 10% city driving.
>
> BTW, does anyone know how long the Focus has called for 5w-20 motor
> oil?
>
> Is anyone using 5w-30 instead? If so, how long have you been using
> the 5w-30?
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