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You are in the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan
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Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#110 of 214 Re: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier [bergy612]
Jul 18, 2008 (6:01 am)
You must have the I4 - a lot (if not all) of the folks reporting 17 mpg have the V6. As for air filters - if yours is blocked then changing it will increase fuel economy. Some folks opt for a K&N or similar filter as opposed to the paper filters, but without a corresponding exhaust change it probably won't increase your fuel economy. Paper filters work fine as long as you change them regularly.
#111 of 214 Re: 2006 Mercury Milan Premier [akirby]
Jul 18, 2008 (7:30 am)
The other factor is not all cities are equal in terms of how one can drive. If "city" means downtown Chicago or NY, that is quite different from "city" when it means, say, Des Moines.
#112 of 214 one more data point
Jul 26, 2008 (4:29 pm)
I just got back from a 400 mile day trip in a rented 08 Milan Premier I4 (Hertz rental, 19k miles). I found the car very pleasant, but I did notice that it seemed to have to drop a gear or two on what I considered to be modest hills. Here's a summary:
Terrain: mostly hilly (New Hampshire and Vermont)
Roads: 3/4 freeway, 1/4 country roads
Traffic: moderate but flowing, some stop & go in Montpelier & St. Johnsbury
Speed: usually near the posted limit, with cruise control used when practical
Weather: temps in the low 80s (A/C on all the time), slight crosswind for about 30 miles but otherwise calm
Fuel economy, as measured by the vehicle display: 32.0 MPG
It's better than my '02 V6 Accord would have gotten under similar conditions. But it's no better than I got nine years ago with a 3.8 V6 Olds Intrigue under roughly the same parameters.
Jul 28, 2008 (4:22 pm)
Ask the dealer if there is any pcm updates for these cars. U will need the vin number. If theh dealer doesn t ask for the vin then u know they are full of shit. be adament.
#114 of 214 Re: I4 vs. V6 highway real world MPG [sikes30]
Aug 07, 2008 (5:06 pm)
I installed Bosch "+2+ plugs in my beatup 1991 Geo Prizm with AT and 240K miles. Hwy mpg went from 30-32 up to 35 mpg and even higher(38 mpg!!) on flat land around Texas pandhandle. Gave me better acceleration all around, too. You might try them.
#115 of 214 Re: I4 vs. V6 highway real world MPG [tlworkroom]
Aug 07, 2008 (7:47 pm)
That's just because you put in new plugs, not because they were any specific type of plug.
#116 of 214 Update:on report [elkein]
Aug 10, 2008 (11:06 am)
Fusion SEL /w AWD
city only so far.
19.8 mpg on the display.
This car was purchased used with 3512 miles on it.
Current milage 8,900 miles
changes that could affect milage: added oem mudflaps(increase airdrag), hitch (30lbs weight,) Rotate and balance ( decrease rolling resistance,) touch pad keyless entry( don't laugh...increased airdrag ) Mobil 1 oil ( modified drivetrain friction )
New mpg figures, 20.4 long term average, highway/interstate 25.4( as advertised for this vehicle!) worst tankful 18.4 mpg.
I haven't trailered with mine yet, that is next weekend. Spare me the speech about it not being in the owners manual. I do use common sense, and I own a f-series truck for anything that really needs hauling.
#117 of 214 Re: Update:on report [elkein]
Aug 11, 2008 (4:52 am)
Just having more miles on it will also increase mpg, due to reduced friction.
Aug 11, 2008 (2:53 pm)
I recently got a 07 Milan I Premier with the automatic. The DIC is always about 2mpg more optimistic than the actual mileage when I put pen to paper. A while back I had a 05 Ford Five Hundred with the same affliction. Anyone else notice this same thing?
#119 of 214 Re: I4 vs. V6 highway real world MPG [akirby]
Aug 12, 2008 (10:35 am)
I easily understand your statement, because I've experienced that very easily myself. However, I had new plugs (cheap Delco's) in first, then decided to try the Bosch "+2" plugs, and that's when I got the better mileage. However, since writing previous message, I have remembered some other things which helped me to get that much better mileage. So I still think the Bosch plugs are very good for my car, but they probably didn't give me the better mpg alone. Plus....I think the Bosch "+4" plugs to be overkill. However, I think that "+3" would be cool.