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1995 Ford Taurus Question: What could cause my gas MPG to suck so bad?

 

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Virgil Seaber, 3.8L V6, Farmington, MO, February 18, 2013, 20:32
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I've only had my car for 6 months. My cars original sticker estimated 19 MPG City. I'm only getting 12 MPG City. What might improve my gas mileage. It seems to run smoothly and doesn't smoke or burn oil.

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    milesauto from Miles Auto Service Inc., February 19, 2013, 05:13
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    Just a hunch but check the tempuature that the engine is running when it warmed up. Most fords the temp guage should be about 2/3 towared the warm side of guage. If it is half way or lower it might indicate a stuck open thermostat thus the fuel injection system runs a bit on the richer side.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12184 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper February 19, 2013, 06:38
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    agree with miles to start with but could be a bunch of issues. i rec you seek the help of a mech to determine cause as to not waste money throwing parts at the car

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