Just picked up the car. I have about 200 miles on the motor, and I'm getting 17.4mpg right now. Does that seem right? I know the motor has to break in, and it goes up every 10 miles or so that I drive. What do you think?
1. Don't worry about the mileage when new (I assume you have a V-6).
2. The Duratec has a history of not "loosening" up until 4000 miles or so. Mine has 10000 miles, and the gas mileage is still improving, getting 24 + in mixed driving (about 60% highway with speeds of 75-80).
3. The readout from the computer is only an approximation. It seems to be more accurate if you do not vary your driving - say on a trip. With occasional start and stop driving, plus some highway, plus some brisk acceleration, I have found it to be off 2 - 3 MPG (both over and under at different times). The most accurate measure is to use the same gas pump at the same station and to stop the pump after the same number of auto shutoffs, then divide Gallons into Miles driven. The Trip1 and Trip2 on the computer appear to be accurate.
4. Enjoy the car and report your mileage after 4000 miles. I think you will be happy.
If you want gas mileage, do the tank test... restart your tripometer when you fill up, drive however long, see how much gas it takes to fill up (and of course, don't go past the automatic shutoff of the gas pump on any fillup). I never trust those computers.
Anyway, assuming you aren't driving it really hard, you should get at least 20 mpg, maybe upwards of 24 or so.
I too average about 28 MPG and just today filled up and...............drumroll please, got 30.05! I didin't think I'd hit that mark untill the engine was fully broke in (I have 3K miles) especially considering that there was an unusual amount of stop and go traffic on the interstate during the last two days. What can I say, this car is great! 8)
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