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In Topic: How To Improve Fuel Economy And Power?

Today, 12:07 PM


"just to compare" to this preconceived notion you have that the reading isn't right? It does get 60mpg, easily. It's been worked out. My dad worked it out when he had the car. I'm sure, also, if it wasn't getting 60mpg, and was running empty after 400 miles, my uncle would be very dubious about the readings.


What makes you think that what your app tells you is any more accurate than the onboard trip, though? It's vulnerable to the same error as the trip is.




No offence intended there. I just don't trust the mpg readings on cars in general like you don't trust supermarket diesel. Btw, I would never again use supermarket diesel from previous experience. Very poor fuel economy and car needed a service earlier than scheduled due to it "kangarooing".


As for the 2L Duratorq engine, I now feel as if I chose the wrong engine as I thought the 1.6tdci would be more fuel efficient, Then again, at the time I couldn't afford anything else.



In Topic: How To Improve Fuel Economy And Power?

17 April 2014 - 09:37 PM

60+ mpg from the trip computer of the car? That is impressive for a 2L duratorq, 2003. I personally don't trust the trip computer and use an app that records the amount of fuel I put in everytime.


I wonder what kind of mpg others on the forum are getting with the 1.6 and 1.8 tdci just to compare.

In Topic: How To Improve Fuel Economy And Power?

17 April 2014 - 07:17 PM

If I may ask, what kind of driving do you do? Motorway at a constant speed e.g 70mph, town driving or a mixture of both. From my own little bit of experience since owning my 1.6tdci focus, there are many factors that affect mpg.


I drive the same routes every week i.e a mixture of 100km/h National Roads and 120km/h Motorways. I average approx 50-52mpg. The only mods the car has is a tuning box on the medium settings and a Green Cotton air filter. Running stock, the car was averaging a slightly less mpg but with the tuning box makes it a lot more fun to drive with a slightly better fuel economy. 


I don't think a real world 47mpg for your car with the 1.8 engine is all that bad IMHO. 

A service will definitely be beneficial to your car and unnecessary weight will do the same without breaking the bank.  Also, tyre pressure and fuel efficient tyres. Some of them are better for mpg that others. Best of luck :)

In Topic: Suspension

17 April 2014 - 02:28 PM



1. Tyre pressure all round was 2 psi lower than recommended 33psi. Topped it up yesterday

2. Still need to check the shocks for leaks over the weekend 

3. Need to measure height of car all round on a flat surface

In Topic: Suspension

15 April 2014 - 08:18 PM

Brilliant. Thanks for the info guys. I really appreciate it.

I am going to:

1. Check tyre pressure tomorrow.

2. Inspect for leaks in all the shocks. I only checked the front two ones but not thoroughly.

3. ?Anti roll bar bushes. I am guessing these are the bushes, black, made out of ?plastic that are on the ARB front and back? I reckon will need to jack up the car to have a proper look at them. 


Funnily enough, my car is so low that I can't fit my even my head underneath it or get my body under it. And, I am a skinny short dude!