Whats your 3rd Gen gas mileage?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Luis, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Luis

    Luis FEOA Member

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    Hey everyone. So, my '98 Sedan give me 10 km per liter, doing the maths I think its like 23.52 MPG. This numbers are in city (it's been a while since I dont drive in highways).

    I would like to hear about other's opinions, what are your gas mileages?

    I really think I can improve my gas mileage, so...

    Here are some especifications:
    * 2.0 Splitport engine
    * 5-speed standard transmission
    * 185/70/14 tires usually at 33-35 PSI
    * I use 87 octane gas
    * I usually use A/C

    What do you think I should do to?
    Use 92 octane gas???????
    Bigger tires (195/60/14) or smaller tires (185/60/14)?????? (I would like to put some 195/60/14).
    Less or more PSI?????
    Iridium or new spark plugs??????
    New oxygen sensor????
    Any other ideas???

    I'll be waiting for your opinions and some pics! Peace!

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  2. millball

    millball FEOA Donator

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    I have a '97 2.o SPI sedan with auto trans, that I am running near 2000 miles a month.
    I rebuilt the trans about 40,000 miles ago, and the engine about 75,000 miles ago.
    I get about 34MPG in the cooler months, and about 31 MPG in summer, running AC.
    About 75% highway (65-70MPH) and 25% city stop and go.
    I burn 87 octane 10% ethanol fuels. I run 185 65 r14 tires that I keep inflated to about 36psi.
    Your 23.5 city mpg is not great, and might be improved some, but it's not terrible either.
    A tune-up that might include plugs, (my escorts seem to like Autolite double platinums), wires and o2 sensor, might be in order if no work has been done in a while.
    In the heat, where I live, the sparkplugs often outlast the plug wires.
  3. Gamer92

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    I get around 35mpg. I can get about 300-350 miles on a tank. I have also hit 400. That was a lot of highway driving. To maximize fuel economy I would check plugs and regap them to spec. The primary oxygen sensor should be replaced at every other few tune ups. NTK O2 sensors are OEM and are pretty cheap on amazon. I keep my tires at 36psi and they are p195 70 14.
  4. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    1998 SE, 30 MPG hwy. I just drove 1400 miles in the last couple of days, and I thought I wasn't getting good mileage... Should be in the low 40s interstate with no air (night driving).
  5. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I just hit low fuel light today. 360 miles this tank, that is city driving without A/C. temps are ~ 40-70*F
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    One time (not sure how) right after I bough my 99 5-speed almost 7 years ago, I managed 502 miles on a tank of gas. Since then, the fuel light comes on at around 375. Mixed highway and city I've gotten just above 400 miles a few times. I want to put an AC-delete belt in it (available at Autozone for $11) and see how much of an improvement it is. I've tried a few different types of plugs (Autolite, NGK economy, etc) and autolite plugs tend to get the best fuel economy. I still want to install a MSD coil (the four-lead coils are modular with Mustang GT's and other vehicles) and get some custom wires made to see what happens.
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    With a lot of rural 50-55 mph (40%), freeway 65 mph (40%) and a little city driving (20%), I average about 35-36 mpg winter and 38-39 summer with my 5 speed, 2.0 spi (all stock).
    • 87 octane/10% ethanol fuel.
    • Not a lot of AC use.
    • OEM size tires at 35 psi
    • Motorcraft double platinum plugs
    • Still running the Original O2 sensors at 293k miles.
  8. copcarguy

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    97 5 speed wagon. Almost all highway, 65 mph max with cruise control on I get 38-41 mpg with A/C off. I'm not gonna sweat though and get about 36 if I use the air a lot. I did use it for local trips a few times and got low 30's mpg in town. I'm running Autolite double platinums as well. Tires are 185/65R14 General Altimax RT43's in summer @ 32 psi, in winter I have same size General Altimax Arctics and the winter tires I get about 35 mpg all things equal.
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    In my '02 SE 2.0, automatic and the '97 LX wagon 2.0, 5 speed I normally get around 32-33 mpg in mixed small town/rural road driving. In the '02 I have got as high as about 40 on the highway and as high as about 50 on the highway in the '97. The reason the mileage was so good in the '97 is because I had the c/c set at 55 mph on the interstate and was just trying to see how good of gas mileage it was capable of. As far as tire size if you change the tire size it will throw your speedometer/odometer off. Smaller tires will make it register more miles/faster speed than actual, larger tires will register less miles/lower speed than actual. If either will help gas mileage it will be the larger tires, taller gearing equals better gas milage. If you change tire size do a web search for tire size calculator and it will tell you the percentage the speedometer/odometer is off compared to stock tire size. The third generation stock tire size is 185/65/14. Since I have wheels to fit it I often run 185/75/14 on my '88 Pony that had a stock tire size of 165/80/13 and it does increase mileage by a couple mpg's. One of the best things you can do to increase city mileage is try to time stop lights so you seldom get stopped by a light, if you can do this you'll prevent having to bring the car up to speed so often from a dead stop, a real mileage killer. Why race the car beside you to a stop light to wait when you can keep a moderate speed and often never have to stop or slow down.
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    My 1997 got 31.3mpg on the last tank. AC on about 60% of the time but mostly rural country type driving ie 40-55mph and cruise control on. Pretty good considering it's only the second tank since being parked under a tree and forgotten for over a year and I haven't yet rebuilt the motor like I had planned. The first post-tree tank gave me 29.something with no AC at all and similar conditions.
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  11. Luis

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    Yeah, I'm about to change sparkplugs. This friend of mine told me that the best ones are the OEM ones, I think they are Motorcraft, is that right??
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    I want to put those tires in my Escort, did you made any modification so the tire could fit?? Also I was thinking in some 195-60-14

    I'd love to see a picture of your car with those tires to help me make my decision
  13. Luis

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    Well, I drive about 750 kms per week (466 miles aprox). I think my mileage is a little acceptable if you consider that traffic jams are daily where I live, but, as I told you, I think my Escort's mileage can improve. What do you think it would be an acceptable mileage with lots of stop lights and traffic jam?

    PS. I like to drive with A/C even at nights, so A/C is always on
  14. Luis

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    Hello, my friend. How's it going?
    Whats yur opinion about my mileage??
    I'd like to see what mods have you done in this days!
  15. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    About 30, I'd guess. My driving is interstate with few stops. My 2000 LX had 400,000(+) miles which was driven under the same conditions. Low 40's in that car, no air (just didn't use it), no stops. I don't know what is happening to my car, but I will get into it a bit further when I gat it back (Wife carnapped it for a couple of weeks, her Escape is out for work and she aint driving the Suburban).

    Afterthought prior to hitting post: I am using 195 60 14, I wonder if that makes a difference, and I tried to use ethanol free fuel in the past, now its hard to find; wonder if that makes a difference?
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    Alcohol free fuels will almost always give better MPG than alky doped fuels do.
    Simple fact is that alcohol has a lower calorific value per volume than petroleum does.
  17. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    It is kinda low, low enough for me to believe something is wrong. Even when I drive hard in city I still make ~28mpg. Not all city driving is the same though.

    Question is, how long do you sit in stop and go traffic? Anytime you're not moving and the engine is idling your wasting gas. If you sit in traffic for hours everyday I could see why your MPG is low.

    Here is a great site for MPG tips: http://ecomodder.com/forum/EM-hypermiling-driving-tips-ecodriving.php
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    Well heck I must be doing something wrong then compared to you all lol. I do have an auto in my wagon, but the engine was rebuilt about 30,000 miles ago. I also am running newer autolite platinums at the correct gap with newer plug wires. It runs and performs fantastic but the absolute best I've ever seen was 35 mpg highway doing 60mph. I usually get somewhere in the 31-33mpg range highway at 70 mph even with the a/c off. Strict in town driving when I lived in my apartment was 25mpg. I don't typically drive with my foot in it either. I usually only put my foot in it to get up to speed on the on ramps.
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    ^^ Do you leave those bike racks on it all the time??
  20. Luis

    Luis FEOA Member

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    So, you reccomend the Autolite plugs, right? Do you know the OEM plugs that Escorts came with?

    A friend of mine told me OEM are the best ones for our cars, whats your opinion?

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