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#12 of 18 Pizza from an Intrepid driver ??????
Jul 11, 2002 (10:45 pm)
I WOULD NEVER BUY A PIZZA FROM ANYONE DRIVING AN INTREPID! EVEN IF IT IS SAUSAGE WITH BANANAS.
#13 of 18 "your mileage may vary..."
Jul 14, 2002 (7:33 pm)
EPA tests new cars, inside, on a dyno, occasionally. this is not anybody's normal driving mode. it gets worse if you mash the accelerator, drive over 55 mph, drive in wind, rain or snow, with any load in the vehicle, and so on.
the EPA estimate is not expected to be within 85% or so of a typical driver's mileage.
if you WERE doing better, and the mileage either suddenly or gradually goes beyond 80% of estimate, time to evaluate whether you are driving or loaded differently... or if it's maintenance time. if you usually got 37 mpg and one Tuesday, you calculated after a recent fill-up and were down to 28 mpg, time to see the shop.
#14 of 18 Hows it now ?
Jul 16, 2002 (10:34 am)
#15 of 18 Give it a few K miles
Jul 16, 2002 (10:39 am)
I own a 98 Prism, owned since new, its a 3 speed automatic rated at 28/32. I have 60K miles and can get 40 mpg without the a/c on. The worst is 30 mpg. At the Under 1K miles I was getting about 30 mpg. I noticed by about 5K the mileage got alot better and first started getting 40MPG then.
So there is hope !
I am getting 24 - 27 on my wifes new Mazda MPV. Its rated at 18/24.
#16 of 18 How do you know when the engine's broken in?
Jul 22, 2002 (9:35 am)
The prizm is a 4speed automatic. and yes the sticker says 40mpg highway. i'm using the manufacturer recommended octane (87).
it's now at 1000 miles (basically another tank of gas), and I'm still at 32mpg at 95% highway.
How does an engine "break in?"
Jul 23, 2002 (1:54 am)
The piston rings seat in and conform to the shape of the cylinder walls.
#18 of 18 substantially broken in at 500 miles
Jul 24, 2002 (10:13 pm)
or at least that's what Ford wants me to believe, I seem to remember that they do "remind" the new owner to continue to take it easy for something like 1500 miles total.