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Old 02 Dec 2012, 05:40 am
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Default Reason for very low MPG on my 2000 reg Honda Accord 1.8 petrol?

I am driving a 2000 reg 1.8 petrol Honda Accord since 2006. It clocked 84K so far and I have changed the timing belt in 60K. I change Oil, plugs and filter every year even-though I drive less than 5k in a year. The car is in good condition and never had any mechanical problem apart from few flat tyre incidents and a battery change. My problem is with very low mileage with the car. It only gives me 22- 23 MPG and it drains out money from my pocket for petrol. I wonder anyone can give me some advice to improve the MPG to 30 - 33. Most of my mileage is in town as I rarely go to motorway. Please help.
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 05:46 am
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You cannot do much to improve it and because its an old car its never worth the cost of converting it to LPG. Sell it and buy something cheaper to run. I had the same problem with my last car so I bought a diesel VW. I would recommend you consider one of the Personal Lease plans or PCP deals offerred by most large makers and there are some great deals going at the moment if you shop around
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 06:07 am
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22-23 MPG is about average for driving in town. There are no magic products you can buy to improve it.
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 06:30 am
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Well, for starters to change plugs every year is a total waste of money. Next since you drive so little that having a car for your purposes seems not necessary. Why not public transport? Driving in city traffic is not conducive to high MPG. Would a scooter be appropriate for your purposes? I estimate you use about 250 gallons or one thousand liters. Not very much. But this car is rated as to what it can give. It is giving you its best. In your case it seems as a rather expensive luxury, however. Sorry, but petrol is the least of your worries. It is recurrent but MOT, insurance, parking, service charges all add up to a substantial amount of money. May I suggest an audit as to the total expensense to this vehicle on a yearly basis? Once you gather that amount of money then you divide by the mileage and that shall give you cost per mile. If this is beyond your means then the vehicle must be sold and you use public transport. If public transport is not availble for the average 14 miles per day then, sorry, what it is is what it is. Best of luck. Cheers!
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 06:37 am
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Fully agree with Howard L. Town and urban driving is now the MPG's worst enemy. There are so many Speed restrictions, Lights, traffic calming, Roundabouts and the like. it's impossible.































I'm afraid this is where your money is going, not due to any driving style or poor maintenance of the vehicle. If the government were so keen on carbon reduction, the removal of many of these unnecessary traffic management ideas would reduce congestion a little and petrol consumption.































There are some traffic management systems around here which question whether the highways agency or local council have the faintest idea of what they are doing.































An area I can quote is the installation of lights at a junction which has caused congestion. In the 40 years I've lived round here it has never was a problem till now.
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 06:46 am
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"Most of my mileage is in town as I rarely go to motorway."































And there is your answer. You vehicle is not capable of 30-33mph in town driving. You can not defy the laws of physics.
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 07:09 am
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These Hondas aren't that economical. 23mpg in town traffic is probably about right, have a look on Google for tips on economical driving.
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Old 02 Dec 2012, 07:22 am
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if you only do town driving would not be much better that would be about right .do you use a/c all the time if so that uses a bit of extra petrol ..but thats about all you could do .ok all the best .
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