Just a quick update on the last tank of fuel the Focus returned only 26mpg which is now well off the urban figures and even taking into account the cold weather I think this is still pretty poor. I tried removing the spark plugs and they won't budge at all. Which is also concerning so I have left them for now as I don't want to damage the Aluminium head.
I have swapped cars with the wife so I now have the Focus to give it some long motorway runs. There is a part at the end on my journey that just is pottering around the uni campus mostly down hill so I usually dip the clutch in gear and freewheel I have noticed that the Focus unlike my Megane doesn't speed it it feels like it is going to then slows slighty. Could this be the brakes binding? it would certainly explain the poor economy.
Also should I be worried about not being able to lossen the spark plugs? I was using all the force I could muster but it was just a Halfords spark plug tool with very little leverage.
Hi, have you recently purchased the Focus? If so like me [I bought mid October] your experiencing winter consumption. I also was disappointed with the fuel consumption, coming from a 2.0lr turbo diesel. Mostly knocking around town on 2 mile journeys at peak time and queuing in traffic. With the odd 13 mile round trip to the next village once a week. Returning on the last "brimmed" tank reading 28.06mpg [manual says 32.5mpg] The last two brimmed tank readings prove the trip reading to be accurate to 0.1 or 0.2 of a mile. So considering it is winter conditions, and the journeys undertaken, maybe it is not that bad after all.
I say this because immediately after my last brim tank visit to the petrol station, last Saturday. After resetting the trip meter, I set off on an evening 31 mile round trip on A roads. I had an adult passenger on board, with a full tank of petrol weighing us down. We did not experience any major traffic hold ups, though we had to negotiate three sets of traffic lights in a town on route. It was below freezing, verging on damp and fog, so was running with AC, heater, and lights. I was doing mainly between the mid fifties to sixty on the open road, with the trip meter at end of journey recording an average speed of 34 mph. And it recorded that the journey had returned 42.7 mpg. So I reckon that its not so bad after all, waiting to see what some sizeable mixed tour driving returns in the spring and summer months
PS: the spark plugs removal, have you tried slipping a bit of tubing over the tool handle, thus giving you more leverage?