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Anyone ever dump their EX Sport due to their commute to work?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by pup5581, February 13, 2016.

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  1. pup5581

    pup5581 Active Member

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    I just accepted a new job offer and will be commuting a great deal now. 85 miles each day ( that's only work) in rush hour traffic. And i only get about 295 per tank so safe to say i will be filling up a lot.

    I am going to see the first 3-4 months how much i am spending on gas ect. Luckily gas is the cheapest it's been in nearly 10 years IIRC so that's good
     
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  3. Ellocovg

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    I drive more than that daily. I had a beater lancer that got over 30mpg but I spend over 3 sometimes up to5 hrs a day in the car not fun to be in a little shit box that long. I'm only getting 17/18 in the explorer but it's a much more comfortable ride and in bad weather it doesn't feel like a death trap like my lancer did.
     
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    70l gas tank on a 5000lbs never mad sense to me.
     
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    It's a mind trick when I fill it up usually around 1/4 tank I'm like this isn't that bad, usually under or around $30 if I go real low but then I realize I'm at the pump every other day.
     
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    I'm driving about that much in my sport. Im filling up ~3x every 2 weeks. Back when gas was almost $4/gallon here, it was costing me close to $400/month.

    I agree that a comfortable vehicle makes it much more bearable.
     
  7. pup5581

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    Yeah it is a very comfortable vehicle and if i am spending a lot of time in it...it will probably be worth it ect
     
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    I just re-read your original post, 295 miles per tank, yikes.

    In the winter, I get about 330/tank. In summer, I’m close to 400.

    I should say, my “rush hour” commute in the morning is only going the speed limit on the freeway. Afternoons can be quite slow though.
     
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    Yeah i really can't get anymore than that. Kinda sucks. I mean mine is tuned and sometimes a led foot. So last tank i took it easy and got about 306. Maybe come summer that 306 goes to 320;

    What are your driving habits? if no traffic on highway what is your speed limit you stay at. LOTS of hills ect where i live
     
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    Although I have a 2007, I am getting around 360 miles to a tank. You really should be getting way better than 295.
     
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    320 would be amazing
     
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    I, too am in the low range. Highest I ever got (1 time) was 321.

    Normally I'm between 260-280/5 between fill ups. Why I hate the 18 gal tank.
     
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    This is your first problem. Go back to factory tune. And hopefully you negotiated your longer commute into your new salary, right? If you did, this is a non issue. If not, next time negotiate better.
     
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    I ditched a better gas mileage car ( 2013 Fusion, getting 31.3mpg) for my Platinum. I feel much safer commuting and much more comfortable...I certainly can understand the gas mileage, though. Go back to the factory tune when commuting and practice gas saving etiquette...

    gentle take-off from stop
    easy peddle pressing during normal acceleration
    slow down 5mpg from your current speed (reevaluate after a few tanks and trips)
    coast more while driving
    Make sure vehicle is in optimum tune (general maintenance, tires, oil, plugs, air filter, etc)

    I am getting ~20.5mpg for my first 1200 miles and steadily increasing with drving time and miles. I drive mixed bag of highway and city ~90 daily for work.

    Best of luck,
     
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    Having a tune does not automatically equate to worse gas mileage. The heavy right foot will kill mileage regardless of tune, but of course with a tune you’re more likely to enjoy the performance of the tune, so your lead foot will come out more often.

    As for how I drive, I’m actually quite easy on the throttle unless merging into traffic or onto the freeway. My drive to work consisted of about 7 miles @ 60mph and then the other 28 or so hovering in the 60-70mph range. On the way home, I’m usually in much heavier traffic and probably average about 40mph with a good chunk below 30mph or idling.

    As for poor mileage, I got just under 19mpg towing a small trailer with miscellaneous junk while moving last weekend. This was mostly freeway driving and the trailer was being towed for probably 2/3 of that tank’s miles.
     
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    cwescapexlt4x4 Explorin' the Desert SW Elite Explorer

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    in my 3.5 NA i get (if mainly freeway) 340+ min per tank/refuel light.
     
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    My best advice for Pup and anyone else changing their driving patterns is wait and see! I average around 19mpg in my sport long-term (including warm-ups in the winter and a LOT of short trips since I don't have a commute) but I'm often pleasantly surprised to get over 20 on trips, even 22-23 sometimes!

    One of the biggest factors I have found is traffic. Without it I can cruise at 80 and rarely get much better than 20mpg. With traffic keeping me in the 60-70 range I see 21+, and if I'm doing a long trip on back roads I routinely see 22-23. So the traffic you're talking about, as long as it's not stop and go, may actually help.

    As for the tune, it could go either way. Run for a month with it and if you're not happy, try running a month without. There's nothing like real-world results to tell the story.

    Good luck! (And I agree with others that I'd be hard pressed to give up the comfort of the Ex...)
     
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    I will try that..thank you
     
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    Totally agree with you on the tune not necessarily yielding worse gas mileage. However, the performance you gain typically is used and ultimately ends in a loss of mpg. My Fusion had a whole host of performance upgrades plus tune (STEEDA) and yielded ~4-5mpg gain. Problem is when I did use the power, it drank gas quite heavily.

    I think ultimately 20-24mpg is probably going to be the best you will see and that will have to be evaluated against the comfort and security of the Exp...

    Best of luck,
     
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    I have a relatively new 16 Ex Platinum with about 600 miles on it. I commute with it once a week, 60 miles each way. Mostly highway driving. I can't seem to crack the 18mpg average. I've had to fill up 3 times so far I think. Is that just a matter of breaking it in? Or just too short a timeframe to know
     
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    I definitely saw an mpg improvement after the first 1k miles on my sport. Others have reported the same. I wouldn't sweat it yet.

    Keep in mind that if the rest of your trips (non-commute) are short that'll always drag it down. The 30 minute graph is educational there.

    Good luck!
     

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