I've got a 98.5 A4Q 2.8 car with 95k miles on it. It runs great,
smooth, more-or-less quietly, and with normal acceleration, but in the
last 3 tanks of gas, its mileage has dropped from its usual 22-24 mpg
down to 18-19 mpg. What should I be looking for as the culprit?
This mileage drop started during warm weather (40s), so I can't blame
it on cold temps, and my tires are inflated properly. The car is a
MT, also, but I'm the only driver for the most part. Suggestions?
Water temp seems fine, always reads at the noon hash mark, sometimes
wanders up to the next hash mark (the pattern for this particular
T-stat, which was put in at 69k miles during the TB/water pump
changeout). No change in behavior there. Should I get this tested
I'd check the mass airflow sensor and the oxygen sensor(s). You can do so
without removing them using an voltmeter that has a "duty cycle" setting.
I'm sure you could get the specs from the A4 newsgroup on Audiworld.
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Never seen a correctly working stat cause the temp to wander above the mid
mark. That could just be a faulty temp sensor (not uncommon on VAG engines)
& that would screw up the ECU as well. I think its a bit of a fiddle to
change on the V6 but DIY-able. Have a look at the Audi forums for a
"how-to". Shouldn't be too expensive.
If the MAF or the oxygen sensor was bad I'd have thought the thing would be
running rough but they are worth checking as well. The temp sensor will be a
lot cheaper than a new MAF (not sure what the O2 sensors cost)
US fuel formulation changes (with the addition of MTBE) for the colder
months resulting in a somewhat lower mileage. Colder is all relative
depending upon where you are and when area refineries decide to switch over.
But winter fuel would only change your mileage around 2mpg.
You are totally right, and I have known this for many years, but this
is the first time I've experienced such a serious gas mileage drop,
and I've owned the car now for almost 5 years. The car and I have
lived together in the same cold western New York region, so believe
me, we have gone through the normal winter mileage drop, but nothing
else has changed in our environment that would account for this weird
I'm going to try Steve Sears' suggestion to check the MAF and O2
sensors; I'd been thinking about those as possible culprits. Thanks!
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