I am the original owner of a 99 CRV, 2 wheel drive. I have always
monitored the gas mileage closely - I mentally calculate it just about
every time I fill the tank - and it's always averaged about 25 mpg.
The mileage is about 112,000
About 6 weeks ago, I had the timing belt, water pump, and drive belts
replaced by a Honda dealership. They also changed the oil, replaced
the spark plugs, and the left engine mount, which they found was broken
when doing the timing belt work. Within the same week, I replaced the
tires (Costco, Michelin X Radial DTs) and had the front end aligned by
the dealership. I replaced the air cleaner myself.
Ever since this work was done I'm averaging 22 mpg. Nothing has
changed about my driving patterns, or where I get gasoline. I've
contacted the dealership and
they've told me that it is not possible that the work they did caused
the gas mileage reduction. (I consider this to be a reputable shop,
I've had work done there several times over many years) The advisor
also implied that this really wasn't anything to be concerned about,
and there isn't anything that they can "check" to find the
cause. As I told him, I disagree, this is >10% reduction in gas
mileage which is going to cost me about $250 / year.
So I'm hoping an expert can advise, is it really just a coincidence
that my gas mileage dropped after this work?