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Old 05 Nov 2011, 08:08 pm
basil vas
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Default 2003 Honda Accord - high MPG and hard start

Hello,

I bought this car a month ago it gets only 19 MPG, this is city and
highway mixt, a bit more city then highway.
According to other posts I seen, similar accords get the fuel
consumption in the twenties MPG.
A few details about the car: 2003 Accord, 4cyl, 2.4l, 5spd auto, it
has 190k miles.
So far I changed the air filter and sparkplugs, cleaned the fuel
injectors.
I noticed that the gas cap does not make the hissing sound when opened
to fill the tank. All the other cars I owned were having an "air
vacuum" noise when opening the tank cap. Is this easy fixable by
replacing the gas cap?
I drive conservative, there are some hills but most of the drive is on
flat land. I don't have many stop lights where the car is idling,
mostly 4way stops and side roads.
The car has lots of power and is very nice to drive.
I checked to see if any of the breaks are blocked on (checked the
disks temperature after driving) and they were all good.

Does anyone knows what else to test/check? I am not very familiar with
the newer cars. On my old cars I owned I would have check if the chock
was stuck on, but not sure what to check with this all-computerized
engines. There are a lot of sensors on this engine, is there one in
particular responsible for checking the fuel mixture?

On another topic, I noticed the car starts on the 4 or 5th crank of
the engine. Always - engine cold or hot. Once started, everything
looks and feels great, good power, smooth running.
I will try to test starting the car with another battery (jump my
battery with my neighbor's car) to rule out the week battery case. The
headlights are strong with the engine stopped, as well the starter
cranks the engine fast so I don't believe is the battery.
This is not such a big deal, as the engine always starts; is just
questionable why is happening as my older honda odyssey I owned always
started from the first crank.
If anyone experienced similar symptoms and found a remedy, please
share the knowledge.

I am in the process of buying one of the OBD code readers but I am not
sure if it will say anything, as there are no engine lights on on the
dashboard.

Any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Tank you,
Basil
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Old 05 Nov 2011, 09:04 pm
Elmo P. Shagnasty
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Default Re: 2003 Honda Accord - high MPG and hard start

In article
<4611362b-334a-4a07-b7a3-a3a750070ed4@q39g2000prg.googlegroups.com>,
basil vas <basil.vasb@gmail.com> wrote:

> I bought this car a month ago it gets only 19 MPG,


so, are you saying (like the title of your post) that that's HIGH mpg?
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Old 05 Nov 2011, 10:52 pm
basil vas
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Default Re: 2003 Honda Accord - high MPG and hard start

On Nov 5, 7:04*pm, "Elmo P. Shagnasty" <el...@nastydesigns.com> wrote:
> In article
> <4611362b-334a-4a07-b7a3-a3a750070...@q39g2000prg.googlegroups.com>,
> *basil vas <basil.v...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I bought this car a month ago it gets only 19 MPG,

>
> so, are you saying (like the title of your post) that that's HIGH mpg?


Sorry, I messed up the title (I thought of high fuel consumption),
really it should say LOW MPG.. I guess is a bit late to change the
title now..
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