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i have a new ford fiesta 1.6 powershift, has around 350 miles on the clock. im averaging only 17-20 mpg.. should i be concerned that there is something wrong with my car? your feedbacks are greatly appreciated.. im starting to worry..
 

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i have a new ford fiesta 1.6 powershift, has around 350 miles on the clock. im averaging only 17-20 mpg.. should i be concerned that there is something wrong with my car? your feedbacks are greatly appreciated.. im starting to worry..
It's still new. But there are a lot of questions that need answering. First, the PS needs to learn your driving habits. That may take up to 500 miles. Then you need to be conscience of your driving habits. No quick starts and no heavy braking. Also short trips are going to reek havoc on mileage. I suggest you take in on a 50 to 100 mile highway ride. You'll see that mileage go way up. But becuase its still new you need to vary your speed for several hundred more miles to beak in the engine. Give it at least 2 to 3 more weeks with regular driving. Keep us posted.

PS...Welcome to the Forum.
 

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thanks for the reply. i stay in the 2000-2500 rpm range. i'll keep you posted.


is it a good idea to have my powershift patched? ford people say it would take 2 days to do it. they said it also involves driving the car at 80kph for several minutes as part of the upgrade process. is this true??? i highly doubt the driving part...


i filled up and reset the fuel economy gauge, this is what i got after about 2 miles.. my last fillup was with 91 octane unleaded, now i tried the 95octane (dunno if its unleaded or not). will this affect my fuel economy?

 

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i have a new ford fiesta 1.6 powershift, has around 350 miles on the clock. im averaging only 17-20 mpg.. should i be concerned that there is something wrong with my car? your feedbacks are greatly appreciated.. im starting to worry..
read the Fiesta Owners Guide
Measuring techniques
Your best source of information about actual fuel economy is you, the
driver. You must gather information as accurately and consistently as
possible. Fuel expense, frequency of fill-ups or fuel gauge readings are
NOT accurate as a measure of fuel economy. We do not recommend
taking fuel economy measurements during the first 1,000 miles
(1,600 km) of driving (engine break-in period). You will get a more
accurate measurement after 2,000 miles–3,000 miles (3,000 km–5,000
km).
 

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You mentioned having the PS "patched". Your dealer should've updated any TSB's as required before you bought the car. Ask your dealer if any TSB's apply to your vehicle.
 

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Reflashing the TCM takes about 4 hours - not 2 days. Also it requires no special driving afterward, except by you as you reteach the computer the shift patterns.

I have had both cars done ... I know.
 

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Norm - what you say is true but reread what he posted ... they want two days and to drive it afterward? We both know a reflash does not take that long nor require any special "driving" as he's been led to believe.
 

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As has been said many times, when, where and how you drive have a huge effect on mpg.
Traffic, stop and go are killers.
But as they guys said, give it some time.
Octane doesn't have much effect except on your pocket book.
87 is the recommended octane.
Better hope that 95 was unleaded.
 

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Do not waste your money on high octane gas. If anything that is going to reduce your fuel economy even more.

FWIW I have a new '13 with about 2000 miles on it now. My first tank or two were kind of disappointing as far as fuel economy goes - though not near as bad as you've reported. My most recent tanks have been up in the 39mpg range.
 

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Reflashing the TCM takes about 4 hours - not 2 days. Also it requires no special driving afterward, except by you as you reteach the computer the shift patterns.

I have had both cars done ... I know.
thanks for this info mate.. as i dont trust the people at ford here in our place..
 

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As has been said many times, when, where and how you drive have a huge effect on mpg.
Traffic, stop and go are killers.
But as they guys said, give it some time.
Octane doesn't have much effect except on your pocket book.
87 is the recommended octane.
Better hope that 95 was unleaded.
i always go for unleaded especially with vehicles with CATs. but this time out of desperation with my poor fuel economy, i tried to fill up 1 tank with 95 octane thinking maybe it would help.. next time i will switch back to unleaded..
 

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Norm - what you say is true but reread what he posted ... they want two days and to drive it afterward? We both know a reflash does not take that long nor require any special "driving" as he's been led to believe.
yes they (FORD PEOPLE HERE IN PHILIPPINES.. BUNCH OF NOOBS) said that as part of the update process, they would have to drive it for several minutes at 80kph... i had my doubts, thats why i asked you guys here.. and im glad i did..
 

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Norm - what you say is true but reread what he posted ... they want two days and to drive it afterward? We both know a reflash does not take that long nor require any special "driving" as he's been led to believe.
yes they (FORD PEOPLE HERE IN PHILIPPINES.. BUNCH OF NOOBS) said that as part of the update process, they would have to drive it for several minutes at 80kph... i had my doubts, thats why i asked you guys here.. and im glad i did..
I hope Ford sees this. They have a world reputation and this type of thing tarnishes it. I would think Ford would have more responsible people running their overseas dealerships. But then again, we've read some strange stuff from our own Fiesta owners about Dealership here in the US and Canada.:eek:
 

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i filled up and reset the fuel economy gauge, this is what i got after about 2 miles.. my last fillup was with 91 octane unleaded, now i tried the 95octane (dunno if its unleaded or not). will this affect my fuel economy?

2 miles isn't going to give you any kind of idea of the fuel economy of your car. If I try 2 miles in town my MPGs are probably lower than that due to stoplights, slow traffic, etc. Find a flat road you can drive several miles on at 50-60mph and then see what it registers at.
 

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Do not waste your money on high octane gas. If anything that is going to reduce your fuel economy even more.

FWIW I have a new '13 with about 2000 miles on it now. My first tank or two were kind of disappointing as far as fuel economy goes - though not near as bad as you've reported. My most recent tanks have been up in the 39mpg range.
i guess i'll just have to wait until break in period is over..
 

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MSD, I have over 48,000 miles on my 2011 Fiesta and have averaged 36.5 mpg with roughly a 60/40 city/highway split. I've only gone under 30 mpg on a tank once or twice (in the winter due in part to slower city traffic speeds and excessive idling to keep the interior warm).
 

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As well note these cars, compared to MANY others I have owned in the past, are VERY sensitive to throttle inputs in relation to gas MPG. I average 70 MPH and shift at 4500 and average 34-36 MPG. As a test, one tank full I never went over 60 MPH, and granny shifted so slow at 45 MPH I was in 5th. I got 42 MPG. Needless to say, could not possibly drive like that ALL the time. With the way these cars are geared, truely awesome MPG is going to come at the expense of driving it easy, all IMHO of course.
 

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Shortly after I got my '11 SEps I entered an economy run. Driving at 45mph and coasting with the throttle closed, in gear, I got a little over 52 mpg.
As Mach 1 said, if you go into the higher revs, the mileage drops.

As I have often said, mpg is affected more by the driver than anything else.
 
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