On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 23:58:50 +0200, Michael Heiming
:>> I have a 2003 ZTW 2.0 zetec automatic and I can't do better than 20mpg
:>> I do mostly highway driving
:>> in the winter I do a mere 17 mpg:>
:>> some of you claim 30mpg with manual transmission.
:>> Car and Driver reported 25mpg after a long term roadtest of automatic 2001
:>> SE Wagon:>
:>> I think these numbers are BS:>
:>> bottom line is
:>> I think people can't calculate MPG properly:>
:>17-20 mpg (11.7-13.8 l/100 km), for sure this is possible if not
:>a little more, on an almost empty highway it just takes about
:>half an hour.;):>
:>My 2.0l manual usually guzzles about 9-9.5 l/100 km (25-26 mpg),
:>the mentioned 30 mpg (7.8 l/100km) should be possible with a
:>little care, not much more then 80 mph (130 km/h) on highways and
:>not much city. But then you could have bought the 1.4l engine in
:>the first place...
Not in the US he couldn't. The US station wagons (ZTW or SE) were
only available with the 2.0 Zetec engine orginally and IIRC recently
the 2.3 Duratec was added to the mix. I think with the US '05 models
(not to be confused with the European '05 models) the Duratec is the
only choice. Also, an automatic transmission was almost mandatory
since the manual transmission was a special order only and most
dealers only inventoried the automatic.
BTW, I've got an '01 SE Wagon sitting out in the garage that my Dad
bought new in May of '01. He died last year and was unable to drive
the car much before then. At last check it only has around 6,000
miles on it. Anyway, that car has always had much better gas mileage
figures than quoted by the OP.