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What is your mileage?

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by Leviarus, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. Leviarus

    Leviarus Guest

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    Mine does about 27 in the city but only 25 on the highway (at 60-75mph, 4000-4500 rpm). I thought cars are supposed to get more on the highway? :?
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    combined i get 28 and straight highway i get 33+. the most i got was 37. its 98 5sp.
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    I have a '97 auto. I am getting 26-27 in mostly city driving. I was going to get a chance to test it on all highway driving next week but plans were changed. Maybe in a couple of weeks I will have the opportunity again when my company send me off to school.
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    4500 rpm seems kind of high to me for highway speeds, but I'm not that familiar with the ZX2. Is this an automatic, and if so, is it shifting into 4th gear?

    I actually have a '97 5-speed with the SPI. In mine, 70 mph is about 3000 rpm.I would have guessed yours would run close to that at highway speeds.

    Casey
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    Thanks guys for ideas, turns out the reason for low mileage is very simple - I'm an idiot.

    I used bold D (since it's in the same font as P, R and N) for driving instead of D in a circle. I automatically assumed that "thin D in the circle" was one of those gears for special occasions, like L so I never even bothered to try it. Normal D uses only 3 gears (which is why I was getting high rpm), circled D - 4. Why the heck did they mark them this way I have no idea.

    Good thing I only drove the car for 2 days on the highway (never thought about counting gear changes) so I didn't lose much $$$. Before that I drove it only within the city. But still, I'm very pissed at myself for not even trying to figure out such a basic thing as gearbox. What a moron...
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    They mark it that way for overdrive.

    Casey
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    Oh... I used to drive older cars which didn't have that... Today I officially caught up with 98 technology... Yay!
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    thats what i was thinking cause at that rpm (5sp) im at about 90-95.
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    I read an article on overdrive on Wikipedia, and I'm not really sure if I understood it - does using overdrive mode causes more wear on engine/transmission? Any reason to use regular 3-sp mode instead of 4-sp overdrive one?
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    Overdrive has to do with the gear ratios in the transmission, and is usually considered to be a numerical value less than 1.00. This usually means that the input (engine speed) will be less than the output to the differential. This would actually put less wear on the engine. The only reason to use "Drive" (3-speed mode) is if you were towing a trailer and the transmission keeps shifting between 3rd and 4th. Under normal driving conditions, it would be best to use overdrive.

    Casey
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    Taking it out of overdrive is for anytime that the motor is shifting back and forth. i.e. trailer towing, high headwind, steep inclines, etc... The constant shifting will cause heat buildup in the tranny and can eventually burn it up.

    You errored on the side of caution so don't feel too bad. When my grandfather bought his first O/D pickup. He towed his horse trailer in overdrive. Old fart never will read the freakin' manual. Burned up 2 transmissions before finding out what he was doing wrong. :eek:
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    Thanks guys. I bought the car without the manual, so I had to ask. :)
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    I'm getting 41mpg city/hwy mix. And dont granny shift either. :)
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    U may have a tranny problem,the RPM should be around 3000 at 65-70 MPH.
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    While in tow ??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    Im getting 26 on the highway. Im not sure y I am having this bad of mileage, I used to be able to get 34 highway with the a/c on. Any ideas?
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    When was your last tune up? Tire pressure? Change in driving habits or more city driving? Who knows but a mileage drop that big (20%) means something dramatic has changed.

    I'm pulling down 32-35 mpg depending on my mix of driving/towing.
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    WOW 41 hyway Huh

    I have 134xxx miles on my 1999 and I have been getting 37 on the hyway most of the time and I thought that was good for a ford. My 92 Dodge colt gets 42 hyway and my geo tracker 4x4 gets 29 hyway. Maybe a bigger pipes like 2 1/2 might let it do a little better releaving some of the back pressure.
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    I'm getting 26-28 and that is with aggressive city driving
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    I changed the spark plugs, coil pack about 6 months ago, just got my tires rotated and balanced a couple of weeks ago. Ik part of my mileage goes because of using my remote starter but thats not that much cause right now I am getting better than i did in the summer with my remote starter. My dad thinks its something to do with my gas pedal (and throttle) because there is no way to take of easily with my car. My guess is im doing mostly highway driving because i drive from Indy to kokomo every day which is about 36 miles both directions at about 65-70mph with a few stop lights in the middle. Anyone think because of my modifications to the motor that could have dropped my mileage that low, cause i usually use cruse control.

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