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Hi everyone,

Well I guess I'm having a problem with my fuel consumption and im wondering what's causing it because it's really annoying me mainly with the current petrol prices it's damn expensive!! ($1.17per litre of Optimax).

I have been driving my car relatively smooth, without giving it aggressive hits or take off's, I've been driving manual for around 4 years now so it's not like I'm clueless on how to drive manual and that's the reason.

The problem is that the car is constistanty between 17.1 to 18.5 per 100km in fuel consumption. Is this normal?

I have tried;

- Shell Optimax (98 octane)

- BP Ultimate (98 octane)

- Mobile Synergy (97.9 octane)

- Caltex Vortex Gold (95.2 octane)

- Premium Unlead Generic (94.0 octane)

and all give me around 300 - 320 if im lucky out of a full tank of petrol.

My car is a stocker and only has 3291km's on it. Is it because the car is still running in?

This has happened ever since Ford updated my ECU Software on the 3000km service. Not happy :(

Any suggestions appreciated.

Regards,

George

Edited by SXR6T

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Unless you've been towing a boat around take it back buddy, if you were driving it hard then you would expect those sort of consumption figures.

I only have 7500km on mine at the moment, and have never experienced anything that high over a full tank.

Trent.

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OUCH!!!!!

my car I'm getting around 360-380 klms on everyday driving in Brisbane city. And that's driving it reasonably hard. When I take it easy it heads up to 420-460 and on the highway 500 ->

My car has 45,000klms on the clock

Edit: I don't always drive mine till empty, usually fill up soon after the 80klm warning sounds. So usually put in 50-58 litres

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Does sound a bit high George. :blink:

I drive till empty or thereabouts and fill the tank and note how many litres I put in the tank. I then reset a tripmeter and do the calculations myself. I generally get 470L/tank and have since day one. My fuel consumption hasnt varied since day one either. One of my meters says my all time consumption is 13.2L/100k. :spoton:

How many L are u putting in when you fill up? Do u drive till empty?

I give my car at least one squirt per trip. Ive racked up 4300km.

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I normally fill up everytime I get to around the 50km left mark. I normally fill up around 58 litres...

I don't know but it's weird and it upsets me how their could be a potentiol problem with my car already and I just bought it.

I already had a problem with my breaks, and im still arguing with Ford to get them to help me out with the problem but they insist nothing is wrong..

I think I'm going to have to go down to Domineli Ford here in Sydney, rather then Thompson ford...

I know Ian and George from Domineli will at least try and help me (from Domineli ford)...

I'll let you guys know what the problem is, once I find out.

Any suggestions what it could be?

Regards,

George

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I should rephrase my first post.

Even before the ECU Upgrade it was on constant 15L / 16L with a small fang here and there.

Ever since the ECU upgrade, its gotten worse.

Ive now racked up an additional 200km and it still still on 18.1L consumption.

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I have had the same problem.

My car is a 12/2002 build and has been on the road for just on 12 months.

I have calculated my consumption using a spreadsheet and is is an average 15.2 L/100ks.

I had my ECU flashed at the last service (30,000) and the consumption has jumped to over 16L/100ks for the last 6 tanks.

Mine is going back in two weeks for a diff oil leak, disk machine and handbrake.

I will aks about the abnormal consumption as well.

Something is wrong. :spoton:

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Something not right there mate. If you are not thrashing it economy should be better. My T is up to 1500kms now. Before doing any mods I was averaging 13-13.5l/100 with 70/30 highway/city driving. This is mostly crusing with bursts of speeding as the need takes me. After adding a second air intake and a bmc filter my fuel economy now averages 14-15l/100. Still good economy for a car like this. I think the decrease in fuel efficiency is partly because I love to hear the induction roar now and put my foot down more often :lol:

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:gooff: Dosen't sound right to me..... :hug: why did the dealer reflash the ecu anyway as I don't belive it is part of the "normal" 3000 K courtesy inspection. I wonder if one of the sensors is a bit flakey.

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before I crashed my car I was averaging 14 to 14.5 and the panel beater got his mate in to reset the ECU computer when it was fixed and now I am getting 13 to 13.5 my car has got 4000kms on it

if I was you go to another ford dealer and get it reset again or get some with the right computer to fo it.

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I am getting between 300-320km per tank. I am a bit (a lot) of a leadfoot, but I am also used to this type of fuel economy. My Pajero had a 65lt tank and I got about 320km per tank, but the T is more fun to waste petrol on :blush:

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Might want to check if its running fuel rich... Take the T out for bit of burn on a cold nite ie get the engine to 'normal' operating temperature. Find somewhere (like your driveway) where you can safely get out and check the gas coming from the rear.

Typically speaking you shouldn't be able to smell unburnt fuel let alone see fuel favour being spat out. Other tell-tale signs was lack of power while accelerating, engine missing under light load, and rough idling. Seen this once before. ECU was stuffed.

Even sitting in deadlock peak hour sydney traffic mine returns 15ish.

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Have a look at what the display is showing for your average speed. If it is particularly low, ie. you spend a lot of time sitting in traffic or trundling around pretty slowly, that is where the car uses a lot of gas. Do yourself a favour, find a bit of flat road and sit in 3rd or 4th and see what the instantaneous fuel consumption figure is. Bet you will find it is surprisingly high. I get the same fuel economy at 60kph as I do at 110 kph.

My average speed over the life of the car (23,000 km) is 69 kph and I average 11.7 l/100 km. 80% of my driving is highway.

By the way, fuel economy at 230 kph is 32.7 l/100 km which I found out on a er..... private road somewhere..... Yep. :blush:

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18L ?

That is sensational economy mate, I'd be cheering if I could get that much, but I got a big fat foot...always try to loose weight, but the fat on the foot keeps the bloody accel down to the floor..

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Long enough to realise that:

A. the next corner was not designed for that speed, and

B. I was not going to get to my destination at the fuel consumption rate.

... about 5 km.

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my T gets about 500 clicks around town the worst ive had is 395 clicks with a bit of hard driving of lights ( if u know what I mean)

the last time went past 0 clicks to go on the computer, filled her up and still had 2 liters to spare (phew just made it) but after that it seems that that the trip computer is reading more accurate know

slow easy driving (hahaha lol) drops slowly ave 450 -500

drop the hammer driving (wow factor) drops are huge 400- 450

hope to get phase II fitted in the future and I hope these results improve (if I drive like a old granny........not!)

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Hey People

I'm realy worried about my current fuel consumption I have done 4000km and my computer reading is 16.5ltr/100km this cannot be normal its mainly city driving with the occasional highway trip. What should I do is anyone else experiencing numbers this high. The price of Optimax at the moment isn't helping the cause either as that's all I use in the T. Let me know your thoughts!

Cheers,

Blacknight

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l am sorry to say that in my experience that's about right given that most of the driving is done in the city. You could try running standard ULP and see if you notice any difference, l never did pick a difference between ULP and Optimax with our T. That will save you a little in running costs.

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I agree with the above posts, it depends SO much on city driving/amount of traffic. Im in cosy Canberrrrra and I get around 13L/100km in my auto T but when I drive it tends to be not peak hour or our roads arent that clogged. My computer says all time avg is 13.2 :spoton:

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Would it be worth resetting your AVG fuel? I remember when I had my T for the first 5000k's and it ended up not moving. Hold the button down until it beeps and it may level out further. Just an idea, may or may not solve your problem.

What are you getting from a tank? :spoton:

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