Last post on Jul 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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Acura TL, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#220 of 365 Re: Type S mpg [tl_2007s]
May 24, 2007 (5:15 am)
"Don't start", "don't stop", it doesn't matter. The point is that short hops (1-2 miles 5 minutes) during the break in period are strongly discouraged by those "in the know", that I respect. My Porsche delaer worked at the factory for a decade as an engineer. I spoke directly with a Japanese Honda factory technician regarding the S2000 before I bought. I hear the same from a highly respected BMW shop that handles many current and older 'M" cars.
As scottm123 pointed out, lots of things can occur if the car is abused (intentionally or not) during break-in. Performance suffers. According to my Porsche dealer, a high percentage of "rear main seal" leaks that occured in the previous genration 911 could be linked to bad practices during the break in period when engine parts, gaskets, seals, etc. should be "seating" properly. It's so damn easy to properly break in a high performance engine that it should be put on the label over the airbag warning on the visor.
I traded in my 2.5 year old 2002 Honda S2000 on an Acura TL in May 2004. The Acura/Mercedes dealer owner is a car nut and would only agree to take the car after personally test driving and doing a compression test. It passed on both counts and I gave him the "right answer" relative to what I did during the break in period. He has been known to refuse cars - especially AMG models - that were not properly broken in by their original owners. It's a small town dealership and he doesn't want to have the second buyer of an SL65 pissed off at him as a result of the first owner's transgressions.
May 28, 2007 (8:08 am)
I was driving my new TL yesterday (1 month old with 800 miles) on I95 and I averaged 33mpg. I was running consistently between 70 and 80mph. My wife drove the car home and she only averaged 31mpg. She drives slower at a pretty constant 60-65. I was expecting her to do better on the mpg but I guess the engine just prefers to be run a bit faster.
#222 of 365 Re: highway mpg [swgordon]
May 31, 2007 (6:55 pm)
30+ mpg is pretty darn good. My car's at just over 1000 miles on the odometer. I drove the first long distance trip over the weekend. It was 95 highway miles one way and I only got 26 mpg. On the way back we did mix of country back roads and highway and got 25mpg.
Maybe you are getting better mileage because your car might have broken in better than mine?
#223 of 365 Re: highway mpg [armanipatrick]
Jun 03, 2007 (11:43 am)
Not sure. How do you drive? Do you accelerate fast, etc.. I have been trying to drive mine fairly conservatively.
#224 of 365 Re: highway mpg [swgordon]
Jun 05, 2007 (5:37 am)
Well, I do drive a bit "spiritedly"
But I don't mash the pedal or rev the car. I will try to drive a bit more conservatively for the next 100 miles or so and see if it makes the difference.
Jun 06, 2007 (4:53 pm)
Just got 30 mpg US on the highway, ranging between 90km/h and 120 km/h
#226 of 365 Re: Type S mpg [habitat1]
Jun 06, 2007 (4:57 pm)
It had quite a bit of highway driving with speeds varied all the time between 90 and 125 km/h. It had some start and stop in the first 3000 km/h b/c that's just the reality of life. Had the RSX type S and treated it similar with no problems. This one will be traded as soon as the TL SH-AWD comes out, or as soon as the next baby arrives!!!
Jun 17, 2007 (5:38 am)
I typically average 30-32 MPG between fill-ups (closer to 30 MPG during NY winters)…
* 2006 Auto TL, bought new, 18,500 miles to date
* 85-90% HWY driving, 80-mile round-trip work commute
* Typical cruising speed is 68-75 MPH, approx. 1900-2100 RPM
Thus far, the car has exceeded my mileage expectations.
#228 of 365 Re: highway mpg [armanipatrick]
Jul 02, 2007 (7:45 am)
Well, the mileage seems to be getting better. The odometer now is at 2k+.
This weekend we did a 600 mile round trip to upstate New York. Drove mostly at around 80mph, but there were some slow spots (about 25% of the time) and some hills. Averaged 30 mpg one way and 31 mpg on the way back. I'm pleased with those numbers.
#229 of 365 Highway MPG
Jul 04, 2007 (7:36 am)
2006 TL with 7,000 miles - normally used for in town driving - short trips - stop and go - heavy Houston traffic we get between 18-21 MPG.
Finally took a longer drive - did a little over 300 highway miles with no stops - left early and was in no big rush - drove very conservative - no fast starts - slow and easy all the way - set the cruise on 76 MPH - got 35.5 MPG - filled up again for the return trip - drove - MUCH faster on the way home - jack rabbit starts - passing trucks and slow cars - the engine sure does sound sweet above 6,000 RPM - and even though traffic was jammed up in a few spots still got 32 MPG.
Although 35.5 is great mileage I will gladly sacrifice 3.5 MPG for the extra speed - and fun the TL can give. We have a Mazda3 with a 4 banger that does not get as good as MPG as the TL.