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Old 07-24-2005, 01:01   #1 (permalink)
snoopy42
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20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

i get about 20mpg (350k's for 50 litres) from my 89' 240 sedan, sounds a
touch excessive, its got new plugs, new air cleaner eliment, new plug lead,
haven't used the a/c and its mainly highway driving at approx 100kph. i
cleaned the throttle body and drive carefully.

any ideas??? sounds like i should get it checked out, what do you think?

a good mechanic in brisbane australia would be good, someone told me 'comet'
at albion is ok, i live on the northside of brisbane.

thanks guys in advance :)


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Old 07-24-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

when I first got my '89 240 wagon about 4 years ago, I was getting around
21MPG... I gradually increased my tire pressure to about 36PSI, and I
routinely get around 25MPG, same kind of driving. Before you invest in a lot
of expensive work, you might give that a try. The ride is a little harsh on
rough roads, but handling is fine and the tires hardly wear at all! Just a
thought....

m9876c at yahoo dot com
Atlanta, GA


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Old 07-25-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

When I had a 240 GLE with I think the B230 engine and I think a
Stromberg carb I found the throttle needle needed replacing
periodically.A sign this was needed was fuel consumption went from
around 27mpg to 20mpg.
regards,Mark.

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Old 07-26-2005, 02:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

mine has efi and is a b230 engine

<mark@ems-fife.co.uk> wrote in message
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> When I had a 240 GLE with I think the B230 engine and I think a
> Stromberg carb I found the throttle needle needed replacing
> periodically.A sign this was needed was fuel consumption went from
> around 27mpg to 20mpg.
> regards,Mark.
>



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Old 07-26-2005, 02:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

i pumped the tires upto 36psi, see what happens!!!


"Al Dente" <nobody@home.com> wrote in message
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> when I first got my '89 240 wagon about 4 years ago, I was getting around
> 21MPG... I gradually increased my tire pressure to about 36PSI, and I
> routinely get around 25MPG, same kind of driving. Before you invest in a
> lot
> of expensive work, you might give that a try. The ride is a little harsh
> on
> rough roads, but handling is fine and the tires hardly wear at all! Just a
> thought....
>
> m9876c at yahoo dot com
> Atlanta, GA
>
>



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Old 07-26-2005, 06:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia


"snoopy42" <snoopybris@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:42e3355c$1_1@news.iprimus.com.au...
> i get about 20mpg (350k's for 50 litres) from my 89' 240 sedan, sounds a
> touch excessive, its got new plugs, new air cleaner eliment, new plug

lead,
> haven't used the a/c and its mainly highway driving at approx 100kph. i
> cleaned the throttle body and drive carefully.
>
> any ideas??? sounds like i should get it checked out, what do you think?
>
> a good mechanic in brisbane australia would be good, someone told me

'comet'
> at albion is ok, i live on the northside of brisbane.
>

Spark timing is the only thing I ever had make a significant difference to
mpg's on a car, if it's out by much. That and heavy loads and/or the strong
cross-winds round Caiguna/Widgiemultha between Norseman & Eucla.


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Old 07-26-2005, 15:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

"snoopy42" <snoopybris@gmail.com> wrote:

>i get about 20mpg (350k's for 50 litres) from my 89' 240 sedan, sounds a
>touch excessive, its got new plugs, new air cleaner eliment, new plug lead,
>haven't used the a/c and its mainly highway driving at approx 100kph. i
>cleaned the throttle body and drive carefully.
>
>any ideas??? sounds like i should get it checked out, what do you think?
>
>a good mechanic in brisbane australia would be good, someone told me 'comet'
>at albion is ok, i live on the northside of brisbane.
>


350km = 218 miles
50 liters = 13.2 gallons
218 / 13.2 = 16.5mpg

That is horrible for a 240- about half (or less) of what it should be
getting on the highway. Check that the E brake and the service brakes
are not dragging. Check the temps of the wheels after a drive- they
should be about the same (an IR thermometer is great for that). Also
check for fuel leaks, and you might want to look into a locking fuel
cap as I would suspect someone is syphoning fuel from your car.

Also check the gas or try another brand. There have been incidents of
stations putting cheap additives into the gas to stretch profits.

Running that much fuel through the motor is VERY bad for the motor. It
will wash lubrication off the cylinder walls and will cause excessive
wear on the rings and cylinder walls.

Also, verify that your odometer is operating accurately using
mileposts along a stretch of roadway.


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\__/olvos
'90 240 Estate - '93 960 Estate
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Old 07-26-2005, 16:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia


"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com> wrote in message
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> "snoopy42" <snoopybris@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >i get about 20mpg (350k's for 50 litres) from my 89' 240 sedan, sounds a
> >touch excessive, its got new plugs, new air cleaner eliment, new plug

lead,
> >haven't used the a/c and its mainly highway driving at approx 100kph. i
> >cleaned the throttle body and drive carefully.
> >
> >any ideas??? sounds like i should get it checked out, what do you think?
> >
> >a good mechanic in brisbane australia would be good, someone told me

'comet'
> >at albion is ok, i live on the northside of brisbane.
> >

>
> 350km = 218 miles
> 50 liters = 13.2 gallons
> 218 / 13.2 = 16.5mpg
>

In Australia they are imperial gallons
50 l = 10.999 imp gal


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Old 07-26-2005, 22:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia

"jg" <jg@nospam.com> wrote:

>>

>In Australia they are imperial gallons
>50 l = 10.999 imp gal
>


For goodness sakes!!! I have enough problems with the ridiculous US
standards of measurements without throwing IMPERIAL gallons into the
mix! Next we will be discussing Whitworth! ;-)

Scotty to bridge: "The Newton Meters are off the scale Captain. I
don't know how much longer I can hold it."

Captain to Scotty: "Keep your personal lifestyle out of it and just
fix the thing, Scotty!"


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\__/olvos
'90 240 Estate - '93 960 Estate

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Old 07-26-2005, 23:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 20MPG :( with 240 sedan Brisbane Australia


"snoopy42" <snoopybris@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:42e3355c$1_1@news.iprimus.com.au...
>i get about 20mpg (350k's for 50 litres) from my 89' 240 sedan, sounds a
>touch excessive, its got new plugs, new air cleaner eliment, new plug
>lead, haven't used the a/c and its mainly highway driving at approx 100kph.
>i cleaned the throttle body and drive carefully.
>
> any ideas??? sounds like i should get it checked out, what do you think?
>
> a good mechanic in brisbane australia would be good, someone told me
> 'comet' at albion is ok, i live on the northside of brisbane.


Read the ECU codes. Reset and run. Then read after a few hundred Kms. Check
the O2 sensor (under $150 for a replacement make sure it meets or exceeds
the OEM specs.) I would also check the throttle body gasket, flame trap and
assorted other items. I can get my 90 240 auto down to about 375-400 off a
tank IF I am flat out and using the AC. Your not driving like this. Normal
mileage for me is about the 450 mark with some use of the AC and not driven
sedately. I can get 500 on the rare occasions I can stop myself making full
use of the modified suspension I have. Highway driving significantly
improves this and the best my car has done was about the 8-9L per 100Kms but
I wasn't the driver for this.



AJS



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