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1000km Tank In My Fiesta!

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post-120-1340479683_thumb.jpgIt's always bothered me that i fell short of the magic 1000km in my smart (963.9km).I've been ill last few weeks and just been driving my car to and from work only for an average of 50km/day.When I noticed my route and habits were giving my car it's best fuel economy, I decided to see how far I could push it.I was consistently averaging 4.6L/100km (61mpg) in my Ford Fiesta by sticking to roads where I only had to maintain 80km/h.The 47L tank managed to take me 1000.2km where I filled up 45.758L.Fuel used was Shell's premium. My Fiesta only requires regular, but their premium like that of Hughes has no ethanol blended in giving a better energy to mass ratio.The same habits in the same weather conditions with regular fuel (up to 10% ethanol blended in) only yields 5.0-5.2L/100km.EddieEDITS: Spelling, stupid auto-correct on my phone. Edited by Eddie Eddie Eddie

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That's pretty good. For urban driving especially.

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My wife had one for a loaner after someone turned left in front of her. She was really impressed with the car (I only road in it once, seemed nice enough) and told me that she drove it from Sarnia to St Thomas and around St Thomas for the week she had it and then back to Sarnia all on less than 1/2 tank, I thought she was a bit off her thinking but obviously I shouldn't have doubted her! haha. I would consider one but I need something a bit smaller like Albert. Too bad that the iQ's can't get this kinda mileage!

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That's really interesting. I've been looking at Fiestas as a replacement to the smart (when it dies), and would be curious to know what model year, trim a/o transmission your Fiesta is.My wife would like something that the kids can ride in, in case we have a short jaunt, so we don't have to take the van. I agree to some degree, but I don't want to say good-bye to the smart just as I'm getting to know it.Also - is it generally understood that the KPL - MPG conversion uses British units, not US? The 61 MPG threw me for a loop for a second 'cause I've been thinking in US gallons.

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I had a ride in Eddie's Fiesta and it's a manual + he drives it like a granny, or a hypermiler (like 1800 RPM max!).

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Hmm...That he does.Mine is a bright yellow 2011 SES hatchback with the 5 speed manual.It was the 3rd to arrive in Edmonton, & first put on road here.Fully loaded, bought with a massive discount from the company I work for.There is an SFE (super fuel economy) model which is part of the SE option set that is supposed to get better fuel economy. Also the 6 speed double clutch is supposed to get better fuel economy in theory compared to mine, but I think the computer would try to downshift where I would maintain top gear.Ever since that spin with Mike when I rolled thru town, I cannot get out of the habit of double-clutching my downshifts.I need to switch my transmission fluid to synthetic because when it falls below minus 25°C, it gets tough to shift.61K on the odo, and I couldn't be happier with the car.Eddie

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My brother ran a 76 fiesta back in the mid 80s,I liked that car....but to change the alternator I had to cut a hatch in the wheelwell, sealed back up with sheetmetal screws and caulk of course.... :lol:

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Hmm...So on this tank I've been driving harder, maintaining 110-120 en route to work every morning, and I stopped diesel shifting so that I could get away from the lights quicker. My display is telling me that I am now averaging 5.0L/100KM.How is this possible? My only guess is this no ethanol Shell I've been using. Gonna try a couple of tanks on regular fuel with ethanol again to compare.Eddie

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Over the first 1500 kms, the volt's lifetime average gas consumption is 1.6 liters/100 kms. This is up because we had to do a mostly gas fueled out of city trip. It will go about 80 kms on a charge if you don't do anything special. If you play with the regen setting, it is possible to go farther, depending on terrain.

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Over the first 1500 kms, the volt's lifetime average gas consumption is 1.6 liters/100 kms. This is up because we had to do a mostly gas fueled out of city trip. It will go about 80 kms on a charge if you don't do anything special. If you play with the regen setting, it is possible to go farther, depending on terrain.

It's great that it works that well for your normal driving, it would work well for me at the moment too, but when I get a new job who knows. It is definately the way I would go if I were to buy an "electric" car or a hybrid, of course providing I could afford the purchase price.

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Hmm...Rolled into my parkade today where the km remaining hit 0.When it hits 0, I am down to my final 7L reserve. Fuel tank including reserve: 47LCurrent Trip reading: 900kmCurrent ODO reading: 66004kmAvg fuel consumption (not ScanGauged): 4.5L/100kmTomorrow after work I'm gonna try for a 1020km tank. 80km/h & diesel shifting as always. Eddie

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Do I get this right? You double-clutch your shifting and this results in better fuel economy. If so, why?

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Hmm...Hehe, no double clutching was a side effect of hanging out with Mike T one afternoon...Changes I made for better fuel economy are using Shell's ethanol free fuel, & diesel shifting.I shift up at a very very low RPM. I also anticipate and time out the traffic lights on my regular commute to work and downshift to avoid braking. Currently at 930 km. I'll wait around at work until traffic dies down and then make my attempt. It'll be nicer when it's cooler out as well. Eddie

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Hmm...So I filled up today and went out for a cruise. So far I've travelled 110km and my dash reads...4.1L/100km!!!If I can keep this up I can push for 1100km. However, I'm starting to think this is the absolute limit of my Fiesta. Eddie

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Hmm...So in my quest to hit 1100km, I ran out of fuel! At 1098km to boot. I tried pushing it the remaining two kilometres, but couldn't get it up the hill after one. I'll have to wait til next year to try this again as it seems to act like a diesel in how it only performs its best in the warmest of weather. Eddie

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Eddie, Eddie, Eddie :shakeshead: It'll soon be too cold to be pushing your car down the road. Although I suppose that is a way to boost your MPG ;)Take care, my friend.Bil :drive:

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Hope you didn't burn out the fuel pump. You may have hurt it a bit.....

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I don't know how this works for FE, but have you tried shifting without the clutch pedal. When I drive a standard car I use the clutch pedal to get rolling then all my shifting is done gently without the clutch pedal....any resistance between shifts and I use the clutch. It feels like alot of on and off the gas though, and to downshift it requires a quick rev to get the RPMs up to match.Again, no idea what this would do for FE

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I just may be joining Eddie in a Fiesta soon....

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