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J i m

Member Since 18 Feb 2010
Offline Last Active May 19 2010 08:42 AM
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In Topic: Focus 1.6ltr poor mpg

19 May 2010 - 08:42 AM

Or if you go about it the way I did, and buy a used car of 5+ years old, you've got yourself a car that still drives well, but without the hefty "diesel premium".

For town driving my fuel consumption in the 1.8 Focus TDCi may not be drastically better than my 1.6 Petrol Fiesta of the same age, but it certainly isn't any worse. Much better for the longer haul, cheaper road tax, and with petrol and diesel having such similar prices at the pumps, the better economy turns into less money spent per mile.

So even as a mostly short haul town driver.... I have now got car that costs less to run. Sure, the Finance deal to buy it kind of negates that for a little while, but I'm sure I could do something to pay it off quicker.

In Topic: Focus 1.6ltr poor mpg

12 May 2010 - 12:51 PM

Finally got to the fuel light... took me over 6 weeks since my last fill up!

Anyway... after a few calculations to work out how much fuel I'd used, and how far I'd driven on it, the results are 417.6 miles of mostly town driving (with the odd country road thrown in) at 39.4 miles per gallon.

I mixed some careful short shift driving (which was actually counter productive at times because I accidentally stalled it at low revs pulling out of junctions) with some more frisky driving at times.

Since the specs say 39.2 mpg for urban driving, I'm fairly pleased with this result.

In Topic: 1.8 Tdci

11 May 2010 - 10:53 PM

I recently bought a 2003 1.8 tdci zetec which has done a little over 100'000 miles. And it drives really pretty well.

I've just about been getting 40mpg with town driving as well.

In Topic: Focus 1.6ltr poor mpg

09 April 2010 - 09:49 PM

I haven't used a full tank in my Focus yet (I'm a low mileage driver) but so far I have cause to believe the manufacture mpg claims.

My gauge needle is at about halfway between the 3/4 & full marks, so guestimating that I've used about 1/8 of the tank, and with the trip computer telling me I've done just 80 miles since my last fill up, throwing together some quick calculations suggest I've got 54 miles to the gallon so far!

I actually think that is a little optimistic because I've done mostly town driving so far, with the odd country road thrown in, but even adjusting my calculations to say I've used 1/6 of the tank still comes up with just over 40mpg.

Of-course I'm not really going to be able to make a decent mpg calculation until I next fill up and get a reliable figure for the amount of fuel used, because it's a bit hit n miss reading of the gauge, but I'm encouraged that I'm hitting the mpg that ford say the car should do.

In Topic: How Do I Do It ???

02 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

What ever floats your boat to be honest. Personally I've just activated it on mine, took a couple attempts but got there in the end. :)

I envisage it being especially useful during "Mad Friday" at Le Mans where the frivolity traditionally sees the mob (did I say mob? I meant crowd) crowd the roads, urge cars to do burn outs and open random doors to splash drivers and passengers with water and in some cases nick the shopping out of their boots.

Another small touch I really like about my Focus is the way the interior light comes on when you unlock the car and also when you switch the engine off, I find that nice and useful touch.