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Fuel What is your Gas Mileage?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by 2doorLX, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. 2doorLX

    2doorLX FEOA Member

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    OK, I have a 1995 Tracer wagon Trio (equivalent to an Escort LX). I was getting about 15 MPG, until I replaced the air filter, and cleaned the MAF. I drive it mainly in city driving, and now I am getting 20 MPG.

    So, What mileage do you get?

    :greyalien:
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    Jaschiero FEOA Member

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    34 MPG mixed driving
    about 60% HWY, (70-75 mph)
    5 speed
    modified air box
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    millball FEOA Donator

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    '93 LX 5 speed wagon, built with no egr. Over 192,000mi on engine.
    Fueled today: 316.7 mi on 8.258 gal to give 38.35 MPG.
    80% freeway @ 65-75 mph- 20% stop and go.
    87 octane 10% ethanol fuel- ambient temps 80 to 90'F.

    I also have a '97 auto sedan and a '97 auto wagon and they both get 32-34 MPG under similar conditions.

    Even in mostly stop and go conditions and running max AC, I have never measured less than 26 mpg with any of these cars.

    I calculate the fuel mileage on every one of these cars, every fillup, as a check on their general health.

    Unless there are some especially severe conditions to be accounted for, I know that something is amiss if the mileage drops more than a mile or two below what I have come to expect from them.
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    95wagonlx FEOA Donator

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    My '95 LX 5 speed wagon with almost 180,000 miles has been getting about 29 MPG with entirely in town tanks. I got 37ish MPG with a tank entirely on the freeway going 75ish mph max.

    I would venture to say you have some stuff to clean and adjust.....
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    2doorLX FEOA Member

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    I concur. Any ideas?
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    95wagonlx FEOA Donator

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    millball FEOA Donator

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    Check for any stored codes and look at your tune-up history.
    General tune-up may be in order.
    If mostly older components, change them out.
    I would think about changing/ gapping plugs, changing pcv valve, plug wires and O2 sensor.
    Examination of your old plugs condition may give useful information.
    While the plugs are out, do a compression check to help measure your engines general condition.
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    I was down to 27 but last four fill-ups have been 30+, 31, 32, 33.
    They're reportedly switching back over to the "Summer blend" this week or soon.
    I'll be watching to see whether that has any discernible impact.
  9. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed FEOA Member

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    I've owned three gen-2 Escorts and all three of them have averaged 35 MPG highway and about 27-28 in town. My last two automatics and now my 5-spd all do about the same. Of course, with the earth-friendly "save the planet from global warming" alternating fuel blending shenanigans here in CA, MPG can change dramatically depending on the time of year.
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    I'm driving my Dads 97 wagon 5speed watching my Scan Gauge II I always get over 40MPG. I run 600 miles every week between Utah and Idaho. The last trip up there I got 49.5 with a tail wind. I rarely drive above 65mph. My tires are inflated to 45-50 psi. I run synthetic Edge 5-20 and a Fram ultra guard and drop the oil every 10K. I just took off the roof rack cross bars. Going down I-15 grades I coast and I can bump my mpg 1-2 mpg overall. The biggest benefit toward better mpg's have been the Scan Gauge and watching it religiously and babying the throttle. Some observations have been; running the A/C drops mpg's by 5,winter driving expect losing 5 mpg, driving 75 vs. 65 drops mileage by 10 mpg, driving 55 vs. 65 adds 5+ mpg, wide tires will kill your mileage. I'm currently installing a under engine belly plate. My 08 Mazda 3 has one and when it was damaged by running over a truck retread and I lost 4-5 mpg. By the way that car gets the same mileage . Next Mod. will be trying a set of tires that fit the 1st gen. Honda Insights. I don't drive when there is heavy traffic. It's not too hard to get 40 in the city but I don't idle the engine at lights and watch the crosswalk lights to know when to fire-up the engine. To get those kind of numbers one can't run like the rest of the rats in the rat race but I try not to be a slow poke either . Anticipating whats ahead makes all the difference in the quest for better MPGs.
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    1995 Escort wagon 1.9, auto, mixed driving, about 15% highway, getting mid 30's mpg
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    I will replace plugs, Wires and rotor and see if that helps.
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    Sorry,no rotor. Replaced plugs, and wire. Plugs looked great, Light tan on bottom. Car runs better, but will have to see about mileage. Am looking at replacing Thermostat, as it needs about 4 miles to warm up!!:confused:
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    95wagonlx FEOA Donator

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    Good

    Have you checked for dragging brakes yet? When I fixed dragging brakes on my car I gained around 3-4 mpg.
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    Oh, now I feel kind of bad. A while back a guy on Craigslist was selling an Escort wagon, claiming he was getting 38mpg, so I replied, saying there was no way he was getting that, don't exaggerate.
    But damn, Millball - you're making us look bad. ;-)

    From my experience, the 1.9's are very sensitive about plug gap. I spent a lot of time trying to track down an engine miss, and it just turned out to be the plug gap.

    Also I would check all the vacuum hoses for leaks. A '95 is bound to have worn out hoses, and vacuum leaks can really affect power and mileage. There is one right-angle rubber connector right up top, rear of the valve cover where there is a hub of connectors, that always seems to crack at inside vertex of it.
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    Fueled up and checked MPG on my '97 sedan with auto trans yesterday:
    32.4 MPG in mixed driving, running AC more than 50% of the time in 95-100 deg. temps.

    Kbarb: hard to beat the mileage on a good running 2nd gen stickshift. I have exceeded 40 MPG
    a few times on road trips.
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    I drove from Texas to BC, Canada (about 2300 miles) 5 months ago, and i had the Escort loaded down with a lot of stuff.. i'd say an easy 4-500 lbs in the back. And even driving through the rocky mountains at 55-65mph (and a lot of full throttle 4th gear climbs) i still never saw less than 33.4 mpg. On the long flat straights i saw 38-41 mpg.

    In the city, i average around 26mpg with quite a bit of stop & go and a/c. This is with a recently rebuilt 1.9, 5 speed.

    Here is a picture i took on this drive. If the gauge is to be believed, thats ~170 miles on a little over 4 gallons of gas.. so about 39-42 mpg.

    733800_10151397583234818_649861965_n.jpg
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    An update on the mileage on the 97 wagon. I found a set of 15" aluminum rims and installed the Prius Michelin energy saver A/S tires and now I can get over 50 mpg hiway and 40 mpg city. Now thats shutting the car off at the lights and shutting off the car and coasting to a red light. I can't get this kind of mileage hammering the throttle at the green light or driving 75 unless I'm drafting behind a semi. I have repeatedly driven 285 miles on 5.35 gallons of gas. That's babying it the whole way and never going above 65 unless its coasting down hill. If someone told me they got this kind of mileage 5 years ago I wouldn't believe them eithier
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    ^^ thats called hypermiling, look it up they claim you can double it doing the things you said and more. But I avergage 31-35 mpg depending on what gas station I fill up at Speedway being closer to 31 and BP usually nets 35 avg. Thats with a short ram, and just installed a new coil pack, will see if that helps.
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    1991 Pony and I get around 30 mpg delivering pizza! No, it is not all banzai runs up to 50 mph and back but it is...spirited!

    Several highway runs have shown in the 50 mpg area with no real hypermileing stuff. But I have no AC, no power steering, no cruise control...nothing really.

    Bruce

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