In alt.autos.ford.focus firstname.lastname@example.org:
Sounds good, 50 mpg == 4.7 l/100km.
Never got better then 8.1 l/100km (29 mpg) with a 2l petrol.
Usually about 9 l/100km (26 mpg), mostly highway with some parts
without speed limits, where the Focus starts guzzling fuel
pretty fast. Overall not that bad, though I suspect 7.5 l/100km
(31 mpg) should be possible with a little care.
Seems reasonable, used 'gonvert' a nifty tool able to convert
virtually thousands of units.
It's generally a pita with all those units, and the difference
between US and UK gallons make it even worse.
There are SI standard units and their derived units. But sadly
not used everywhere, which doesn't matter much if you are in the
same region. Online in some international ng like this one, it's
an ever occurring annoyance.
In case of fuel usage it's even more irritating, as you calculate
how many miles you can do with one US/UK gallon, but we (people
in central Europe) are used to numbers telling how many liters a
car needs to go 100 km.
The tool I used (gonvert) knows from a short view at least 3
different mile units (Roman/Nautical/statute).
But there is just one "Meter" and one "Liter" unit, since Liter
is a derived unit from meter.
Just a block of 0.1m x 0.1m x 0.1m of whatever fluid.
I bought an X Reg 1.8i Zetec 5dr Focus (in bright red) in May this year
(2006), it's just turned past 50k Miles this week. I'm 24, wanted a
better handling car than my R Reg Fiesta 1.25 Zetec that I was ringing
the nuts off everyday! That Fiesta was a good car really, but I was
driving it too hard. I bought the Focus because it had Air Con, Alloys
and much more engine power. It doesn't have ABS, but the breaking of
the front discs is quite amazing. I've not skidded under heavy breaking
yet at all. And the car is fully controllable under breaking,
Anyway, Focus MPG:
I got 36MPG (UK Gallons) when I did a long trip to the Silverstone F1GP
this year. I went on A roads mostly from North Wales to Silverstone.
Avoiding B'Ham. Was a great trip. Such a Hot weekend.
My daily commute to Chester is 34 Miles and I get on average 33 MPG.
In the heat this last few weeks I've been getting down to 31MPG with
Air Con on most of the time.
I've found the MPG calculation does depend on the petrol filling
station's pump ability to tell u that the car is full of petrol tho.
Some of the pumps click all the time. It's hard to fill the car to the
same level all the time.
I haven't managed to get a better MPG out of the car yet. Or go any
worse than 31MPG.
I drive on a mountain road and a very quick and windy A road. Then a
brief stretch on the A55 to work each day. The Corwen to Chester road
is a real driving road. Great corners. I have to overtake about 6 cars
each morning and a few less per evening home. I hate going less than
proper road speed. The 1.8 Zetec is quick.... if you can keep the revs
around the 4k Mark.
It's a shame 3rd doesn't pick up from sub 30MPH very well. Need a blast
in 2nd to get really quick passes. Gets to 55MPH in 2nd in very short
time before hitting the limiter. Quick change to 3rd at 5500 Revs gets
u blasting away from 55 - 90 peak in no time. Usually, the pass has
been made and finished and u're off the gas again. (Never needed to use
the full range of 3rd to make a pass, but I've tested it's high end
just so I know what the car will do).
I use a Road Angel Plus to monitor my speed. The Focus is always
showing 4MPH down on MPH.
I'll probably never get better MPG out of it. I can't stand causing a Q
behind me (well my mirrors are empty most of the time!!). It's a lovely
handling car, I take real good care of it, wax it, wash it, looks
really nice indeed. Wish it had even more power for even safer
overtaking. But no insurance company is going to listen to me if I tell
them I want more power to overtake safer.
I don't go over speed limits. That road is limited by the sheer number
of off camber corners. I can take them all at 55/60 and I think I'd be
pretty stupid to try them any faster. It's a dangerous road. The Fiesta
used to wobble at the back end on some of them! The Focus has no such
I'd love to believe the 1.8 or 2.0 Diesel Focus' are fast. But I just
can't believe a Diesel could be better at picking up the pace than a
petrol engine. Maybe I'll test drive one in a few years time when I'm
thinking about getting a newer car.
Meanwhile, the Focus 1.8 Zetec puts a great big smile on my face
everytime I go out in it.
If you go on flatter roads, say the A5 from Chirk to Corwen, at
midnight.... 60MPH all the way. Touch the breaks only for the 30MPH
villages on the way. The Focus is so smooth through all the corners.
Gear shift down to 3rd for a few of them, no breaks, blasting out of
the bends. At night when there's no traffic that's a fun road. In the
day... I just prefer going over the mountains to avoid the traffic.
Are the new Focus petrol engines more efficient. Looking in What Car
Buyers Guide it says 40MPH for a Focus 1.8 2006 model. I don't believe
it. The Year 2000 Focus brochure for my car says 37MPH combined.
'01 Focus wagon 1.6 liter with auto tranny 53K kms on the clock
with 2 adults and one small kid plus fully loaded cargo area
700 kms highway driving (%50 of that in relatively hilly area)
speed 110 kmh at max
very little air con usage
my car consumed 6.5 liters / 100 kms.
I am happy!
Not bad. My 1.8 TDCi's doing 47mpg (UK gallons) and that's pretty much
just my commute which is ~22 miles - 5 miles stop/start in town, and
the rest on main roads (but between 40-55mph - damn lorries and
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