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Whats is the best MPH range for mileage and efficiency? I notice above 55 MPH the RPMs are about 2 1/2 on the gauge. At 50 MPH the gauge is closer to 2.

I generally only drive about 5-7 miles one way to and from work. About 4 miles of that is freeway the rest is side road. I get 220 miles on 10.6 gallons. I dont have a lead foot and let off the pedal while cruising down hill or approaching a stop. Does that mileage sound right?

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We typically drive on long trips at about the same speed as the truckers do, or slightly less, like 60-65mph. I dont consider it practical to drive slower than that, since a huge percentage of truckers are likely getting paid by the mile, and I dont want to be in the way of someone who is "at work". Our 94 LX has a 5 speed, and over a few tankfillups gives us 39 miles per U.S. gallon, (four quarts).on interstate highways away from congested metro areas. The shape of the escort fuel tank means the amount to fill the tank changes noticeably if the nose of the car or the passenger side is lower than level in the gas station, so I never do my calculations per a 'single fill-up'. Our long drives are mostly multi-day and more than 1000 miles crossing the USA and into Mexico. Yep I am retired, and none of our a.c. systems work anymore.
With our 93 LX having an automatic transmission we get about 37 mpg on open interstates. Our 92 LX with auto trans has a 180 thermostat in it, to help with driving in slow traffic when its 100f in the shade, and only gets 34 MPG.
To the extent I have ever worked out the MPG when driving in the suburbs or in town, it might be more like 23 MPG.
 

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We typically drive on long trips at about the same speed as the truckers do, or slightly less, like 60-65mph. I dont consider it practical to drive slower than that, since a huge percentage of truckers are likely getting paid by the mile, and I dont want to be in the way of someone who is "at work". Our 94 LX has a 5 speed, and over a few tankfillups gives us 39 miles per U.S. gallon, (four quarts).on interstate highways away from congested metro areas. The shape of the escort fuel tank means the amount to fill the tank changes noticeably if the nose of the car or the passenger side is lower than level in the gas station, so I never do my calculations per a 'single fill-up'. Our long drives are mostly multi-day and more than 1000 miles crossing the USA and into Mexico. Yep I am retired, and none of our a.c. systems work anymore.
With our 93 LX having an automatic transmission we get about 37 mpg on open interstates. Our 92 LX with auto trans has a 180 thermostat in it, to help with driving in slow traffic when its 100f in the shade, and only gets 34 MPG.
To the extent I have ever worked out the MPG when driving in the suburbs or in town, it might be more like 23 MPG.
Well that's about 20.8 mpg, which seems kind of low.
Miles per gallon should be higher at 50 than 55mph, since wind resistance goes up exponentially.
Wow I'm missing a lot!

Any ideas what it could be? My tires are at 40 PSI and is Automatic transmission.

Could it just be the trip duration itself?

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We have a '95 wagon with an auto and A/C and a'96 'Pony' 2 door hatch with a manual and no A/C. On trips from Philly to L.A. and return, driving at the speed limit, the wagon gets just above 36MPG with the A/C on and the '96 get 40MPG on the money. Back and forth to work (33 miles one way) the engine has to heat up 10 times per week which drops the mileage 1-1 1/2MPG depending the ambient air temp. On Interstate 70 thorough Wyoming and E. Utah, where the speed limit is 80, the wagon 's mileage sank to 32 1/2. Now that it is just my wife and I, I wish I had my '88 Chevy Sprint back, it got 52MPG!
 

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My 93 auto wagon with aero mods ( front airdam, partial grill block and a front belly pan) would get nearly 50mpg highway on long trips. The load dropped enough due to the aero mods that the engine stayed in lean burn. Before the mods the best I would get is about 32 highway.
 

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In wondering if Los Angeles/California gas has anything to do with my horrendous MPG. My BMW 2001 E46 gets worse mileage than the Escort. About 14 MPG

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1995 Ford Escort LX Sedan
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Whats is the best MPH range for mileage and efficiency? I notice above 55 MPH the RPMs are about 2 1/2 on the gauge. At 50 MPH the gauge is closer to 2.

I generally only drive about 5-7 miles one way to and from work. About 4 miles of that is freeway the rest is side road. I get 220 miles on 10.6 gallons. I dont have a lead foot and let off the pedal while cruising down hill or approaching a stop. Does that mileage sound right?

Thank you

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I've 3 roadworthy Escort SW 93-96 and love them. All are manual 5spd and got up to 41 mpg, but mostly hover around 32-35 now (200K+ mi). I'd check compression, seems you've addressed most other possibilities. Found 72mph best on my units for efficiency. Safe travels!
 

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The more oxygenates (ethanol, MTBE, etc.), the lower the mileage will be as those oxygenates have lower energy density, due to the oxygen in them.
Perhaps 5-10% at most, as a guess.
 

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I have a 95lx with 139,000 on it, and I'm usually about 25-27 in the city, and about 32-37 on the highway. 39.6 is my best. I've always felt the engine felt happiest about 65-70mph (71mph=3,000 rpm). The ONLY time my needle moves is if I'm hard on it. I know, I know, pics or it didn't happen.....

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Oh, and my A/C still works great!
 

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