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#1 hula89

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 11:20 PM

I have an 09 mk7 1.25 (82) Style - See pics below/avatar.

I am currently getting a maximum of 38mpg and as low as 30mpg on one particular tank of fuel.

My miles are, apart from approx 1.2 miles a day (30mph in 5th gear town trip to and from the Girlfriend's), motorway miles sat behind lorries at approx 56mph. Now I don't expect to get near my old 107 (about 62mpg on the same run) but I expected to at least be getting above 40!! In my 206 (which should be less economical!!!) used to get over 40mpg and that would be doing the same journies except I was inexperienced (was my first car) and I used to be doing around 70mph on the motorway. Is there something wrong with my car? Should I go to the garage? Its only an 09 plate so has plenty of warranty left.

What are peoples typical MPG in this car? I know at least one friend (and she doesnt exactly drive like I do!) and she managed around 45mpg on her motorway journies to University.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 01:02 AM

If I've reset my mpg after refuelling, sitting behind a lorry at 50-60mph will tend to get me around 45-50mpg. Managed to get it above 53 when on premium unleaded.

Have you reset your MPG meter? Driving around town, I will get about 38mpg.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:07 AM

If I've reset my mpg after refuelling, sitting behind a lorry at 50-60mph will tend to get me around 45-50mpg. Managed to get it above 53 when on premium unleaded.

Have you reset your MPG meter? Driving around town, I will get about 38mpg.


Well its not the MPG meter I'm going off as I dont have 1. I have to take the mileage and fuel costs and work it out from that and the highest so far is something like 38.7 or similar. I know my mate has the exact same car and shes getting 40-45 doing 70 on the motorway so something must be wrong right? I just don't know what to even ask where they cant just say "its driving style"

Does anyone know if bearings play a part? I have a steering wheel wobble and its been in once and its still there and the garage (as in Ford Main Dealer) are claiming theres nothing mechanically wrong and just re-did the balancing and tyre pressures but still I have the steering wheel wobble and I think its either the bearings or the track rod ends maybe the CV joint but none of these should really go at 24,500 miles.

I will be very annoyed if there is something wrong as I had to wait over a week for the car while they did all their "necessary pre-delivery checks" to make sure I got a car that was "showroom condition".

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:17 AM

http://www.fordowner...iesta-mk-7-mpg/ have you seen this thread? Although it's not engine size specific it might be worth a read through.

I'd suggest that something isn't right, my 1.6 petrol get's around 45-55 MPG at 70ish
I'd think at lorry speeds with them breaking the wind for you also, you should be well into the 50's.
Take it to Ford and tell them you're not happy, see what they say. You're never going to hit the official MPG figures but you should be able to get within ~10 MPG when you try

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:16 AM

They may be a software update available for your car - could also get an Econocheck done for around 12 to prove it's not your driving style to help back you up when you go back to dealer.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 10:43 AM

I'm always quite amused at MPG figures. You would think that with "technology" being so advanced it would be much better than it actually is. I've had numerous cars in the past, including a Rover 75 1.8T which was returning 39 on a run & 34 around town. For a big heavy car it was good. My 1.25 gives around 43 which is only ok in my book as I don't drive it hard.
It does sound like you should be getting more than you are, so good luck with the garage

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

Ok so it's booked in for 9am tomorrow. The guy on the phone even admitted that it was silly that its not hitting at least 45 never mind 40 driving how I am on the motorway. I told him about the steering wheel rattle that I've had that the garage said was ok before and there was "no mechanical issues" and he said that if there was nothing wrong it wouldnt wobble. I threw in that the door card rattles too for good measure just so they know. I am not impressed i've wanted this car since it was first shown at a motor show as the "verve". So I am a bit gutted that its been so poor so far. I have only ever heard good things about Ford reliability in the past so to have problems this soon is a little disconcerting.

Also does anyone elses MP3 CD player skip for a bit then seem to get used to the disk and be ok? ha

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:18 PM

I never got above 40mpg in my 1.25. Usually did town driving and was always around 30. Got above that on out of town drives. My 1.6 is more economical than the 1.25

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:25 PM

Does anyone know if bearings play a part? I have a steering wheel wobble and its been in once and its still there and the garage (as in Ford Main Dealer) are claiming theres nothing mechanically wrong and just re-did the balancing and tyre pressures but still I have the steering wheel wobble and I think its either the bearings or the track rod ends maybe the CV joint but none of these should really go at 24,500 miles.


can't say I like the sound of that and personally I think I would try another Ford dealer, ask them to take the car (with you in it) for a test drive and see what they make of the 'wobble'

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:26 PM

I got rid of a matiz i was given to get my fiesta (82) 1.25 and when i fill up now its roughly 10 extra a time, i also dont have that trip meter. i found with the stereo if you make your own mp3 discs you have too have a certain brand or they skip. Have you had the volume go up or down on its own occasionally.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 08:11 PM

can't say I like the sound of that and personally I think I would try another Ford dealer, ask them to take the car (with you in it) for a test drive and see what they make of the 'wobble'


He did take me for a drive and he claimed it was just balancing and they "perfected" the balancing and its still there. I'm sure I wont find many that say their steering wheel wobbles on the motorway so I dont think its just how the car drives.

I got rid of a matiz i was given to get my fiesta (82) 1.25 and when i fill up now its roughly 10 extra a time, i also dont have that trip meter. i found with the stereo if you make your own mp3 discs you have too have a certain brand or they skip. Have you had the volume go up or down on its own occasionally.


I thought it might be that. Which brand do you use? And I have had the volume go up and down on its own but only through the aux if the thing feeding it is set to too high a volume. I think thats possibly a speaker protection device or something like that.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:21 PM

Mines shocking

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:50 AM

person with the matiz, the extra cost is due to the Fiesta's bigger tank..

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:16 AM

person with the matiz, the extra cost is due to the Fiesta's bigger tank..


Dont think tank size comes into it here. It costs him 10 more each time he fills up, so the car is using that much more petrol

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:50 PM

Those who say "my car doesn't do as good anymore i put the same £10 in" don't seem to grasp that £10 is not linked to litres back last year maybe 12 litres now a days thats 8 so nearly a gallon less so if you are doing 40mpg thats nearly 40 miles less out of your tenner.

Iv been through a 1.25, 1.4 and 1.6tdci all fords. The 1.4 done much better than the 1.25 simply because you have to work it more to get to the m-way speeds and it revs higher at those speeds than a bigger engine.

In my mk6.5 I got around 40mpg in the 1.25 and 43 in the 1.4 on the same style roads.

Just for reference my first ever fiesta 1.25 MK5 was getting and still is easily 50mpg and thats on very short trips.

of course nothing beats the current 1.6tdci which I achieved 69mpg last tank.

Iv posted before but if anyone wants to use it I have a simple MPG calculator at www.alloyditservices.co.uk/MPGCalc

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