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Subaru Forester, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Wagon
#52 of 216 Re: 2005 Forester X M/T MPG - 4 Month Perioed [kloson123]
Oct 24, 2006 (11:54 am)
I have a similar chart...here's part of it ('98 Subaru Forester, 5MT):
13-Jan 248.4 10.075 24.65508685
19-Mar 330.4 14.136 23.3729485
27-Mar 229.1 9.214 24.86433688
10-Apr 334.9 13.389 25.01307043
6-May 323 12.744 25.34526051
8-May 217.6 8.299 26.22002651
20-May 207.8 8.657 24.00369643
20-May 282.2 9.999 28.22282228
30-May 270.2 10.161 26.59187088
31-May 280.2 10.1 27.74257426
12-Jun 316.4 12.688 24.9369483
19-Jun 375.2 13.607 27.57404277
26-Jun 293.8 10.96 26.80656934
10-Jul 330.1 13.32 24.78228228
18-Jul 331.1 13.878 23.8579046
22-Jul 244.8 9.584 25.54257095
29-Jul 354.7 14.043 25.25813573
#53 of 216 towing 1900 lb pup
Oct 26, 2006 (3:16 am)
I have three 3K mile trips towing a 1900 lb pop up camper. I'll put some stuff together.
But I have consistently averaged just over 21 mpg for those trips including side trips sans trailer. I have been very pleasantly surprised.
#54 of 216 Re: towing 1900 lb pup [kavoom]
Oct 26, 2006 (9:58 am)
I tow as well, and got something like 17.3 mpg last time. Fuel efficiency really tanks.
But then again, paisan told me he used to get 10mpg towing with his Trooper (heavier load, to be fair).
#55 of 216 Forester Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage
Jan 09, 2007 (9:23 am)
Hi, We just purchased a 2003 Forester XS with 26K. After running four tanks of fuel through it we are averaging 21/22mpg. This is at least 80-90% highway driving (65-70mph). All filters are new and fluids freshly changed at the dealer. I contacted the dealer and was told this is due to cold weather and fuel that is a "winter Blend". We live in Kansas City and have been averaging 50degree days. Does this seem normal to anyone else?
What kind of fuel economy are other members seeing out of the Forrester XS? Model Year? % city/highway?
Is this "Winter Blend" gasolene for real? More alcohol content during certain months?
I just want to know if I should settle for this or keep pushing the dealer to do something about it. We have owned the vehicle for three weeks today.
#56 of 216 That's about right
Jan 09, 2007 (10:31 am)
With the winter-blend of 10% ethenol, you will see a decrease in fuel economy by as much at 10%. 21-22 isn't bad for mixed driving.
PS: Your milage will increase steadily up to 10k miles which is when a Subaru is broken in fully.
#57 of 216 Re: That's about right [paisan]
Jan 09, 2007 (11:49 am)
Paisan: Thank you for the input. I will keep close tabs on the numbers and post updates to the thread. Do you have any knowledge or thoughts on when the "Winter Blend" fuel is typically replaced for spring with the non-ethenol enriched type?
Also, you mentioned a break-in period, this is actually a used 2003. It was purchased with 26,000 miles and now has 28,000. My economy observations are for this mileage range over the past three weeks. Mainly Kansas City with one trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma as far as driving conditions.
Thanks again for your thoughts.
Jan 09, 2007 (11:52 am)
Well you might try re-setting the computer and give it about 1k miles to re-learn your driving style, that can improve the milage as well (disconnect the (-) battery terminal and hit the brake pedal a dozen times.
As for winter blend of 10% ethenol, depends on your area there should be a sticker on the pumps denoting the 10%, here in NY/NJ we have "winter" blend year round.
#59 of 216 Re: Forester Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage [phc0059]
Jan 09, 2007 (12:58 pm)
I have had my '03 XS since new, now with 61k. My average tank is 27.5 mpg with 70% hwy, 30% city.
Best tank was 31 mpg, all highway.
Two keys--this is an MT, and keep the tires uniformly inflated between 32 and 35 psi. With an AT, lower tire pressures, and high city driving it will only get you what you are seeing.
#60 of 216 Re: Forester Fuel Economy / Gas Mileage [once_for_all]
Feb 20, 2007 (6:36 pm)
03 XS, stick, average 22-23 70% city driving. Goes up ~ 2 mpg in warmer weather. I have not done many long highway trips, but have gotten 27-29. I generally drive with a pretty light foot, tires at 32-35 psi
#61 of 216 Ethanol bad for MPG
Feb 22, 2007 (9:45 am)
This is the first year that 10% ethanol blend is used in NJ. The mileage on my 04 FXT MT has never been worse. My winter average used to be 21+, it has now dropped to the 19.5-20.5 range. I never got below 20 until now.
I normally attribute winter conditions to a 5% MPG drop compared to summer driving. This year, it's 10% - 5% due to colder temps, and another 5% due to ethanol. This makes sense as ethanol makes up 10% by volume and has slightly over 1/2 the energy content of gasoline.
The governement has found yet another way to screw the consumer - our taxes are paying for ethanol subsidies AND we pay more at the pump due to lower MPG.
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