I don't know what else to fix! The engine is tuned like a champ. The
tranny and rest of the drivetrain are all in great shape. I have some of
the normal rust on the bottom of the doors. Maybe the extra drag is
killing me? :-)
What sort of driving do you do? The only time my truck dropped to 11
MPG was when the temperature sensor failed and the ECM was running open
loop all of the time. The truck had great power, but it coated the
inside of the exhaust pipe with a thick layer of carbon so I know
something was up. Another common mileage killer as a bad oxygen sensor.
If you haven't replaced either of these, I'd suggest a visit to your
local dealer and have them check things with their scan tool. My
temperature sensor failure didn't illuminate the MIL light, but it was
detected immediately with their scan tool.
Pretty much all city driving, and I am always hauling something.
Whether moving relatives, carrying home a load of mulch or stone, or
transporting an ATV, I almost always have at least a few hundred pounds
I just replaced the coolant and temperature sensors about 2000 miles
ago. And I had the truck on the scanner at the local Chevy delaer then.
All checked out fine except for the coolant sensor.
From what I have read, this mileage is not that uncommon for an '88 305.
It was the first year they switched from a real carb, to some pseudo-
fuel injection system. In fact, 13-14 is very common, and considering I
haul a lot, that may account for the difference. I also have very old
gas in there, but I do use fuel stabilizer which helps I guess.
I probably need to take her out on the highway for a while and should do
that one of these days.
The car looks fantastic, makes my 98 Sonata look like a Yugo :)
BUT, my personal opinion on ANY new car model, is to wait for their second
(or third) year of production, this way they've ironed out "most" of the
I've learned from the past...just my 2 cents.
I have 2.4k miles on my 2006 LX. Everything works as designed but the
design is showing some weakness. The steering wheel audio controls cant
change the radio station (only volume and cd/am/fm); the leather seats
are uncomfortable. Gas mileage - i can get 33/34 mpg on the highway
going straight 55 mph with no traffic..but my commute (11 miles in 25
minutes through a few towns) is hitting about 18 mpg. The trip
computer is simplistic - no a/b trip stuff, no "instantaneous"
But all the trim fits, no wind noise, little engine noise, the
automatic lights come off and on as expected.
But the seats..those are gonna kill me lol
I have bought a new GLS V6 in December. Driven less than 2000 miles so
I used to drive 1996 Camry before.
I am very happy with the new Sonata. Yet to find a problem with it.
Only disappointment is that it gives me about 20 mpg and I drive mostly
in the city with lots of traffic lights. I have noticed that mileage is
much better on highway, but I haven't recorded any numbers.
I can't compare the mileage with my old Camry because that was
4-cylinder with much less power.
Good luck with your decision.
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