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#1 thfcmad

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:14 PM

Hello, this is my first post on this board so wanted to say hi and i hope someone can help me!!

I have just bought a 55 plate ford focus zetec 1.6.

I only use the car to go to and from work which is about 3-4 miles each way. The trip is stop start town driving.

My trip computer is showing my average speed at 9 miles per hour and my MPG at 19.7! This seems very low.

Do you think i have a problem or is it just because of the very short distances i drive?

Dont know if this makes a difference but the car only has 8000 on the clock.

If anyone can offer advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

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#2 stef123

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:01 PM

Hello, this is my first post on this board so wanted to say hi and i hope someone can help me!!

I have just bought a 55 plate ford focus zetec 1.6.

I only use the car to go to and from work which is about 3-4 miles each way. The trip is stop start town driving.

My trip computer is showing my average speed at 9 miles per hour and my MPG at 19.7! This seems very low.

Do you think i have a problem or is it just because of the very short distances i drive?

Dont know if this makes a difference but the car only has 8000 on the clock.

If anyone can offer advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers!


i would take the computers reading with a pinch of salt tbh. The readings the can give sometimes are ridiculously stupid.
Best thing to do is brim the tank, drive a few miles them brim it again, work it out that way.

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:46 PM

OK, Thanks. I will give that a try.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:43 AM

If it's all town driving, which by your average speed I guess it is, then that mpg is probably not far out. Wait until you are on a decent out-of-town run then reset the trip computer and see what reading you get.

I wouldn't expect a trip computer reading to be more than 5mpg out at most. As stef123 says brim-to-brim will give you a good idea of the error.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:04 PM

Make sure if you follow the brim to brim advice you only fill it until the pump clicks off, don't try to squeeze a little bit more in as this will just be lost down the breather pipe as the fuel expands when it get's hot.

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 07:07 PM

Thanks for all your replies. I'm just getting to half a tank and its only just done 100 miles. Im a little concerned still as my 2.0 litre Peugeot GTI on a 1999 V plate did 240 miles to a tank, and its not looking like this is going to do any more miles, despite being a smaller, newer and more economical engine. I am beginning to think i have a problem!

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:17 PM

So does anyone have any ideas on the above? I took it to my local ford dealer and they reckoned it should do at least 30mpg even on short journeys. Im getting about 250 from a tank, the same as my 2litre 10 year old peugeot 206. Ford said the first thing they had to do was a PCM upgrade to the latest software, i let them do this and it has made no difference. My warranty co are unwilling to let ford do any more work on it but the warranty co dont have a clue what might be wrong with it and are trying to say its normal!!

My journey to work is only about 4 1/2 miles but surely i should be getting more than 250 from a tank?? I put 50 litres i it last month so thats about 22.7mpg.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. As would any comments on mileage from anyone else that owns a 1.6 zetec.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:59 PM

So does anyone have any ideas on the above? I took it to my local ford dealer and they reckoned it should do at least 30mpg even on short journeys. Im getting about 250 from a tank, the same as my 2litre 10 year old peugeot 206. Ford said the first thing they had to do was a PCM upgrade to the latest software, i let them do this and it has made no difference. My warranty co are unwilling to let ford do any more work on it but the warranty co dont have a clue what might be wrong with it and are trying to say its normal!!

My journey to work is only about 4 1/2 miles but surely i should be getting more than 250 from a tank?? I put 50 litres i it last month so thats about 22.7mpg.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. As would any comments on mileage from anyone else that owns a 1.6 zetec.

Cheers


when did it last have a full service? inc spark plugs, air filter, oil and filter...

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:25 AM

If your average speed is 9mph I'd say 22mpg is about right. 4-5 miles at 9mph stop start isnt going to get 30mpg. Steady round town driving (stop start to 30mph) would give around 30mpg. On your mileage the engines not even getting to proper running temp so its going to be fuelling heavy (like old cars when they were on choke) just to keep the engine running.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:05 AM

Vehicle was last serviced end of january. Sierra yankee, i'd accept your point but i was getting the same mileage from a 10 year old 2 litre car. This is a 1.6. Surely i should be getting better mileage than i am?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:10 PM

Like you i have exact same age of car and model , likewise travel 3-4 miles and get exactly the same readings, give or take , fords mpg and speed calculators leave a lot to be desired. Although journeys like this hammer mpg due to engine not heating to normal temp ! On a good run on dual carriage i get around 31mpg on a good day !

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:18 PM

Vehicle was last serviced end of january. Sierra yankee, i'd accept your point but i was getting the same mileage from a 10 year old 2 litre car. This is a 1.6. Surely i should be getting better mileage than i am?



Not necessarily at all. The old engine was majorly mechanical fuel delivery so when cold feeds less air via the choke. Modern engines are electronic and do the same job by giving the engine more fuel. Therefore short stop start journeys use more fuel in new engines than old engines did. Modern engines are set up for economy on longer journeys not short ones.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:48 PM

Hi Sierrayankee, thanks for your reply. One question though, why on earth are the ford dealer telling me i should get 30mpg??

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:10 PM

Thats what ford expect on an ideal situation ! 3-4 miles a day are not ideal for calculating figures

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:19 AM

Hi Sierrayankee, thanks for your reply. One question though, why on earth are the ford dealer telling me i should get 30mpg??



Cos in ideal conditions, no wind resistance, smooth flat roads a CONSTANT speed and you might just scrape 30mpg. As you have none of these ideal conditions you wont. Even general 30mph stop start journeys you'd only just get 30mpg so slow stop starts is going to return less as you're always in low gear and potentially higher revs. 9mph you'll be in first gear all the time and pulling around 2000rpm. At 30mph you'd be in 4th and sitting more or less on tickover. Don't forget Ford technicians only work with the figures Ford give them which are the same details they give us. Try going out for the day at the weekend and get some decent motorway miles in see what you get then. I can guarantee you'll get a hell of a lot better mileage than you're getting going to work.


It does work the other way round sometimes you know lol. My focus 1.8 TDDi is supposed to achieve 38mpg running around town. Remember thats based on a normally loaded car. Mine NEVER returns less than 45mpg running round town rising to close on 60mpg on motorway runs. Thats with a boot full of ICE as you can see in my sig. Believe me, that sub box aint light lol and neither am I :D

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