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Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona, Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Van
#610 of 1887 Re: 2004 MPV - Does mileage get better after a few tanks? [kotm14]
Nov 15, 2004 (1:40 pm)
I just (last week) bought a 2001 Nissan Quest from a dealer. The vehicle has put 47K miles and is in great shape. It also has 6years/100K Nissan Power Terrain warranty.
What is shocking now is - the gas mileage.
It just gives an average 11.5 miles per gallon. The usage is 70% highway and 30% city. I could literally see the fuel tank gauge needle moving down when I drive the van. I am deeply disappointed with this. Got an appointment with the dealer next weekend to address the problem. Did any of you had similar problems or any pointers to fix this problem. All replies are appreciated.
Nov 15, 2004 (1:51 pm)
My '99 Quest with 98,000 miles on it gets between 18 and 22 consistently, so you've got something wrong somewhere.
#612 of 1887 Re: 2004 MPV - Does mileage get better after a few tanks? [good_van]
Nov 15, 2004 (2:03 pm)
Well, since you said all replies are appreciated, I would say unless you live somewhere close to the North Pole... that is pretty poor gas mileage.Always start with the simpliest solution to solve any problem. Do you have any air in your tires? Seriously...if you are running on about 15 psi, you may not notice your tires are low...resulting in poor mpg.Clogged air filter? Leaking fuel? Got your emergency brake on? Maybe the station selling you gas is ripping you off? Hope this helps.
Nov 15, 2004 (2:18 pm)
I live in Dallas, which is not a hilly area. The first tank was filled by the dealer and the second one was filled by myself in the same gas station where I fill my Corolla. In fact, I didn't use the A/C or heaters just to check the mileage. I am pretty sure about the tire pressure. I am keeping my fingers crossed to see what the dealer has to say.
#614 of 1887 2004 Town and Country 3.8L
Nov 15, 2004 (2:46 pm)
Our T&C with under 5000 miles and with 4 passengers has been getting 28mpg highway when driving at 55mph and 25mpg when driving 70mph. Happy with the mpg and the van in general
#615 of 1887 Re: 2004 Town and Country 3.8L [jtheron]
Nov 15, 2004 (3:35 pm)
Thanks for confirming my observations. Most new vehicles can easily exceed EPA Highway rating when driven responsibly.
I would prefer your 3.8L over my 2002 T&C 3.3L. Almost same gas mileage but more power with the 3.8L. Chrysler goofs by not offering the 3.8L on every DC minivan.
BTW, the Trip Computer in my 2002 T&C is VERY accurate.
#616 of 1887 Re: 2004 Town and Country 3.8L [hansienna]
Nov 16, 2004 (6:21 am)
"Most new vehicles can easily exceed EPA Highway rating when driven responsibly"
I would say most new vehicles can MEET EPA Highway ratings when driven responsibly.If they could "easily" exceed the EPA Highway rating then the manufacturer would list their expected MPG to be higher. Useing the higher MPG in their advertising.
Nov 16, 2004 (6:42 am)
they can only list the EPA numbers by law.
I have a '99 Quest also. It gets about 15 MPG most tanks, but that is heavy short-hop around town driving. Lots of stop/starts, etc. On the highway, I usually average about 22 overall (best ever tank was about 25, sometimes I get 20). But, that is usually on the NJ turnpike and NY Thruway, so a combination of traffic jams, running at 75-80, and (in NY) lots of hills, plus some around town during the trip.
I think if I did a straight run south (where it's flat), at around a steady 67, I might get 27 mpg or so (like thats ever going to happen!).
#618 of 1887 Re: [stickguy]
Nov 16, 2004 (8:14 am)
Stickguy, then why would EPA set the numbers so low if they could easily be exceeded by people who drive their new vehicles responsibly?(per Hans)If EPA sets mpg at 18 city/25 highway on the new Quest you just bought. And Nissan says no way...it easily gets 20 city& 28 highway when driven responsibly.Couldn't they sue EPA saying they are hurting their new car sales?
How exactly does the EPA arrive at mpg?
Nov 16, 2004 (9:01 am)
The EPA subtracts 22% from their measured highway numbers (you have to add 28% to get the original number) because people generally drive to fast, or include some city driving with their highway driving and hence complained. It is very easy to exceep the EPA numbers. You really have to drive carefully to get the original numbers though (1.28 x the EPA).