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Ford Fiesta, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback
#23 of 138 Low Gas Mileage on (1st) Tank of Gas?
Jul 20, 2011 (4:40 am)
I think perhaps you might (not) have a defective vehicle but an impatience issue. Maybe a small dose of Xanax might help. A new vehicle needs at least 1000 or more miles to "break in". If you are calculating your actual MPG correctly and your fuel economy does not improve significantly after 2000 miles driven, something is drastically wrong and a visit to the Ford Dealers Service Department is in order. I bought my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback last July and have 10K mileage driven so far. I get 34 MPG in hard constant stop and go city driving, with I might add the A/C being engaged (all) the time. On the Highway, going 70 to 75 MPH with or without the (cruise control) engaged I always get between 40 to 42 MPG. Consumer reports last month reported that a recently purchased Ford Fiesta that they bought for testing and review surprised them with an amazing 45 MPG highway number! And that was achieved with a Fiesta that (Did Not) have the extra cost SFE option. Give your car some extra time and put some more mileage on it. Make sure you are calculating your miles driven vs gallons of fuel consumed correctly and if it does not match the fuel economy number most other Fiesta owners are getting, there definitely is mechanical problems to be looked at. I am very happy with my Ford Fiesta in every aspect. I plan on purchasing a 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback later this fall to replace another aging vehicle I own as well.
#24 of 138 Fresh out of the box
Aug 02, 2011 (5:32 am)
I do almost exclusively highway mileage, but I like my accelerator pedal. 2011 fiesta with 5 speed manual is getting 43.5 to 44.2 MPG I installed a K&N basic kit that helps throttle response and increased HP (didn't affect MPG one way or another.) The intake "note" is an added bonus.
#25 of 138 6 months update
Aug 16, 2011 (2:13 pm)
I've driven my Fiesta SFE Hatchback for 6 months, primarily in dense city traffic. Overall mpg has averaged 32.9. I can cruise along the freeway at 60mph and get about 50mpg. I almost never go on those long drives, though. If only I had a garage and could use an electric car....
#26 of 138 Re: Fiesta City mpg [phill1]
Aug 21, 2011 (6:23 pm)
Can you tell me more about the Computer "Patch"? I looked up TSB's and it isn't there. Is the a part number for this patch. I'd be interested in having it put into my Fiesta.
#27 of 138 Re: Fiesta City mpg [obkt]
Aug 22, 2011 (12:26 pm)
I`m assuming the so called "patch" your asking about is the on board vehicle computer (correction) to help reduce the 6 speed automatic transmission jerking sensation that occurs sometimes at (low) speeds? My Salesman told me about a service department memo he heard of that addressed the matter. I myself did not find the annoyance worth risking the great gas milage I`ve been getting.
#28 of 138 Re: Fiesta City mpg [phill1]
Aug 22, 2011 (1:02 pm)
Thank you for the info. I'll have to check on the "patch" to see what they say about it. Heck. It may help the mileage considering it will smooth out the tranny shifting. But I do agree with you. It isn't a huge annoyance. My son, who works for Ford, said it will take a few months to get used to the wonky transmission. I'm almost there.
Every car test I've read on the Fiesta and new Focus have complaints about the auto transmission. Maybe Ford will get the message.
#29 of 138 Considering Purchase of Fiesta
Oct 05, 2011 (12:58 pm)
Looking to buy a new Fiesta.
Does the SFE package make a real difference in the mpg?
#30 of 138 Re: Considering Purchase of Fiesta [bcrunner]
Oct 05, 2011 (2:46 pm)
I don`t believe it will amount to anything your will ever notice and (never) repay itself the the outrageous cost of the Option. I have driven (my) Fiesta 14 months with 13 K miles and I get constant fuel economy of 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway (without) the SFE Package.
#31 of 138 Re: Considering Purchase of Fiesta [bcrunner]
Oct 07, 2011 (5:02 am)
I agree with phill1,....don't waste your money on the package.
#32 of 138 Re: Considering Purchase of Fiesta [bcrunner]
Oct 12, 2011 (12:25 am)
I did the math and figured the payback on the SFE package would be about 10 years. It also is impossible to get the SFE package on the SES model, which comes with more goodies.
I bought the SFE package anyway. I'd rather my money go to Ford than big oil, and I plan to keep my car long enough to make the money back.
As a purely practical decision, it's probably not a good deal.