I'm just coming to the end of my second year with this car.
My overall petrol consumption works out to 28.6 m.p.g. (UK). That's over
If my mathematics are correct this converts to 9.9 litres per 100
Not very good, but the best I can hope for around these narrow Cornish
lanes, or so I'm told.
my car is '01 wagon 1.6 liter with auto tranny.
Just filled it up an hour ago. took 48.3 liters and covered 504 100%
city kms. if my math is correct that is 9.6 liters/km or 25.1 mpg
(USA). the temperature around here 5C at the most.
in the summer when I take long trips, its fuel economy is much
better.. usually around 7.5 liters/km or 32 mpg with the ac on.
overall, I am not very impressed. 3 years ago I had a '88 chevy with
2.5 liter engine and 3 spd auto tranny that weighed 1500+ kg. I
frequently got 33 mpg (highway) on that car. so, go figure!
AFAIR the "magic" number is 285:
285 / (l/100km) = Miles per gallon
But I could be wrong, there are different types of gallons, and
this is one of the problems. In reality those units have no
meaning at all, they are no SI units, it's only people who keep
using them. AFAIR sadly NASA lost one Mars mission just because
of stupid failures while calculating with units.
The best I got out of my 2.0l (manual) was about 8.2 l/100km.
Not really impressive, thinking about my last Ford Sierra TD,
with an average of 6.5 l/100km (285/6.5C.84 mpg) and an all
time min. of 4.9 l/100km (285/4.9X.16 mpg).
But then a diesel engine is hardly comparable with a petrol one
and in the end it doesn't really matter if you don't drive very
much a year. Insurance + tax are much higher over here for a
diesel then the equivalent petrol car.
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(I assume you mean 7.5 liters/100km)
100 / 7.5 / 1.609 * 3.785
My 2000 Wagon with 2.0 Zetec and auto transmission gets roughly
the same mileage as your 1.6. I also owned a '86 Buick Century
with the 2.5l and and got nearly the same mileage, though the
Focus has more power and is more fun to drive.
Jesus- thats dreadful!
As Paul says the manual 1.6 will do mid 30's driven hard and intown and high
40's on a long gentle cruise. In my own personnal experience, the 1.8 will
do 3-4mpg less under the same circumstances.
On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 13:57:05 +0000 (UTC), " Tim \(Remove NOSPAM.
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Well all I can say is Derv :-) As much fun as the 2.0l petrol and 500
miles to the tank every time with a good mix of motorway and town
driving and its a smaller tank than the petrol models approx 52 liters
I reckon I getting 49mpg most of the time.
I'm not much better at just over 30mpg (1.6 manual) with a 14 mile
journey to or from work often taking around an hour. However my miles
per gallon went up to 40 when I visited Cornwall for a week - mainly
empty roads during the day in late October. :)
I got 35-40 m.p.g. when I drove home to Scotland in 2002 but local driving
round here, when I hardly ever get into overdrive, just runs away with the
The car is leased to me by Motability and will be due for replacement in 12
months time - come next autumn I reckon I'll be looking for something a bit
more economical as a replacement.
I just don't believe Ford's fuel consumption figures!
What would you recommend please, Tim? The car is leased to me by Motability
as I am disabled. I need automatic transmission because it makes life so
much easier for me and it's all that my wife is qualified to drive. I also
like the big wide doors on the 3-door - makes getting in and out if you are
a big wide person easier :-)
Sadly auto/CVT isn't available with the diesel engine. I've heard excellent
reports about the petrol version though.
Thanks for the advice. Another 9 months before I can order my new car so
I'll have plenty of time to get some test drives in before then.
" Tim \(Remove NOSPAM. Registry corupted, reformated HD and lost alot of stuff
The new Focus C-Max with the 1.6 TDCi diesel engine and the CVT gearbox
would also be worth a look at. A continuously variable transmission
should work much better with a diesel - you find yourself hitting the
maximum revs just as you complete an overtaking maneuver. The CVT
version is less economical than the manual, but it still gets ~ 50mpg.
I use a Focus Auto 1.6 for driving tuition and can return a steady 35/38
to the gallon.
Another question, what type of gearbox is in the March 2000 Focus. Also
at what interval should the G/B oil be changed?. My car has no drain
plug for G/B oil!
Its a mazda sourced box.
For your sort of driving, and if you're planning to keep the car for awhile
I would suggest yearly transmission oil changes, but as you have noticed
there is no drain plug.
The only way toget the oil out is to disconnect the cooler lines at the
radiator and start the engine to pump it out- have an assistant slowly
pouring in fresh fluid- you'll need about 8-10litres and keep going until
the fluid being expelled is bright red like the new fluid going in.
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