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#31 GSM

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:58 PM

Have to say that I avoid short runs as much as possible (wouldn't think of driving to local shops 10mins walk away) plus I live in a flat part of the country with very few hills. I have no doubt I would do much worse in the Yorkshire Dales.

The 2006 Ghia does not have an instant fuel reading for some reason - is it possible to re-programme to get this?


Hi Stan,

You can programme the Focus to have instant fuel readings. You'll need a laptop, the free FF2 software which you can find here: http://www.fordowner...nd-ff2-program/

... and one of these:

http://www.ebay.co.u...r-/330604630571

Very worthwhile thing to do. I love mine! Use it all the time.

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#32 Andyman

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:07 PM

I am paying 1.39.9 per litre and have to add that we do tend to be slightly heavy footed at times and yes most of our driving is around town.


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:34 PM

Instant readout is a fantastic tool for improving fuel economy, as it really focuses the mind on how every single action affects fuel use.

Bit of a distraction though - you spend your time looking at the readout (trying to keep above your target figure) and not the road...

#34 martyntdci

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:38 PM

we have a 1.8 tdci 2008 titanium, before a re-map we were getting approx 37-39 round town driving, and top of 40's on a run.... after a map and full service round town averages 46-48, on a run last week coming back from hickley averaging 65, a steady 70 and a few quick bursts....., does drop down when using a heavy foot buy a couple of mpg, also sitting in traffic etc.....

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:55 AM

1.6 Petrol Focus currently showing 36mpg on the trip computer. Driven 295 miles on a full tank with 104 miles left before I need to refuel. 200 of those was a good run at 75mph and the rest town driving and sat in traffic.

Based on this information I would be looking at about 33mpg.

Looking forward to refilling so I can do a manual calculation which I am hoping will be slighly more!

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:18 AM

Update - I filled the car yesterday and then did a manual calculation:

Total miles - 317
MPG - 34.42

These 317 miles were made up of 200 on a good run at 75mph and the rest around town and a lot of it in heavy nose to nose traffic.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:51 AM

Since having my scangaugeII fitted (Which in one of the sections I have instant mpg read out) Iv gained on average 6mpg! Its great to be able to adjust your driving style to get the figures you want.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:34 PM

Just done the nec and back motorway there A road back averaged 51 mpg with 56 mile range left that was on half a tank so that gives me a tank range of 600 plus on a run avarages around 37 round town this is on my 1.8 tdci

#39 WayneL15

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:40 AM

I’ve just got an average of 32.7mpg from my 1.6 100ps. Mostly stop start driving on A and B roads doing shortish journeys (no more than 10 miles at a time). Car is in need of a service too so hopefully the figures will improve after that.

I used this website for my calculations http://www.fuel-econ...o.uk/calc.shtml

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:45 AM

What do you reacon a 2 litre petrol 'Duratec' Focus will do to the gallon???

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:53 AM

What do you reacon a 2 litre petrol 'Duratec' Focus will do to the gallon???


I had a 1999 2ltr Duratec petrol Mondeo, much older than your car but I averaged 32 mpg on local short trips and up to 40 mpg on a long motorway journey.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:47 AM

Thanks NorthSussex.
I used to hail from East Sussex BTW (Polegate) before decovering the charms of Asia (I dont mean the Focus!!!! LOL!). I guess a new smaller/lighter Focus will be a shade better than your figures but the info is appreciated. : )

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:40 AM

Thanks NorthSussex.
I used to hail from East Sussex BTW (Polegate) before decovering the charms of Asia (I dont mean the Focus!!!! LOL!). I guess a new smaller/lighter Focus will be a shade better than your figures but the info is appreciated. : )


Hi Dave,
I now have a 2009 1.8ltr petrol Focus estate, it uses a Mazda designed engine called a Duratec HE built by Ford, this now gives me an average of 37 mpg on the same short runs as the Mondeo, so yes a newer 2 ltr should do better.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:20 PM

So far driven 85 miles following fillup and this has all been around town very much stop start, short journeys. Trip computer reads 30mpg and going by number of miles left before refuelling I am looking at about an mpg of about 30.5 so it looks quite accurate. Official urban figure is 32.5 so the discrepancy is not that bad.

Looking to see how I can get the figures up when I do a run on A roads around 50/60mph

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

2nd refuel on RoadTrip Lite and it's showing 47.2 mpg.

I'm becoming (more of) a nerd!!!!!

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