Getting really crappy MPG - 16.4 ... Why? on 1996 Dodge Caravan

I have changed oil, oil filter, tires, brakes, and checked tranny. No squeaks from wheels, not really feeling held back at all. Might it be that the console computer isn't correct, or what should I try next? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

by in Hayward, CA on August 01, 2013
5 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
Hello Kevver, does this have the 2.4 4 cylinder engine or the 3.3 6 Cylinder?
COMMENT by on August 01, 2013
It has the 3.8L 6-cyl, actually. Nice van, really, just expensive. Would understand if it was a V-8, but it isn't... Lol
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
POSS TUNE UP OR FUEL INJECTION ISSUE,HAVE IT CK'D
COMMENT by on August 01, 2013
Thanks man !! Appreciate the advice. Hadn't thought of the injectors....
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
AWD? City driving with passengers and A/C on for sure, aint going to do much better. Now, on the open road, without passengers, 'maybe' 20 or 22 mpg! All you have to do is check the mpg specs. no need to be so disappointed with 16.4! I wish there were a magic wand also. Take the money you WILL spend on trying to improve mpg and buy GAS! Unless there is a obvious reason for reduced fuel mileage. Running poorly, black smoke from exhaust, smell gas, rats nest in air cleaner? Recheck mileage again using old fashon math.
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
When was the last tune up? Any check engine lights on? What's the air cleaner look like. You have no fuel filter so it's time to see the live data on my scanner.
ANSWER by on August 28, 2014
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