Horrible Gas Mileage

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Paul, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I just bought a 2004 Saturn ION 1 and this car is going through gas like
    it's water. I fill up the tank, drive 35 miles (all freeway) and use up a
    little over 1/4 tank of gas. What gives?? It's even worse if I don't use
    the freeway. I can't afford to keep stuffing money into the gas tank like
    Paul, Jan 25, 2004
  2. It's either a crazy gauge or it's inhaling fuel - it's brand new, take it to
    your dealer. My gauge in my 97 appears to be not linear (comes off of full
    sooner than expected and stays in low a lot longer).

    Other than this issue, what is your impression so far of the ION? (just
    Jonnie Santos, Jan 25, 2004
  3. Paul

    ben@ Guest

    How many gallons of gas is that 1st 1/4 tank?
    ben@, Jan 26, 2004
  4. Paul

    Napalm Heart Guest

    Don't rely on gauge movement to show fuel consumption. Do a MPG

    Napalm Heart, Jan 26, 2004
  5. I vote for gauge on drugs, too. Mine's like that.

    I get weird mileage on my '93 SC2. 23mpg around town is about the most
    I can expect, but It'll touch 40mpg if I do steady state 70mph for a few
    hours, no a/c.

    My (somewhat modified) Harley will get 35mpg, no matter what. i can go
    100 on the highway all day, putt around town all day, do burnouts all

    I'm looking to get an old Nova (early 70's, late 60's). I've heard they
    get 18ish with a turbo 350, but I've got access to a cheap THM700
    (neener :) so, with overdrive, it might be better...
    Philip Nasadowski, Jan 26, 2004
  6. I never really cared about the mileage on my SL2 since I drive with a heavy
    foot - I did wish at one time that the fuel tank was bigger however these
    days I rarely make road trips. I swear I almost fell asleep at the wheel
    the last time I drove up to San Jose (about 500 miles north of San Diego).

    Have fun with the Nova - wow, 8 cyls and rear drive should be great.
    Jonnie Santos, Jan 26, 2004
  7. Paul

    Vidar Guest

    Remember, if it is brand new, the mileage will not be accurate for the first
    while. Drive the thing for a bit. I did the same thing with our VUE.
    Mileage sucked for the first 15000....then it started to get better....at
    least break the engine in first.
    Vidar, Jan 26, 2004
  8. Paul

    Larry Guest

    You cannot look at the gas gauge as an estimate of fuel usage. Sounds like
    a common issue with Saturns is the swiftly moving gas gauge needle from a
    full tank. When you fill up the gas tank, then an accurate determination of
    gas usage will be known.
    Larry, Jan 26, 2004
  9. I've driven stock ones with a 350 and a THM350. They fly. Why can't
    cars today be so much fun? :(
    Philip Nasadowski, Jan 27, 2004
  10. Paul

    K2NNJ Guest

    I have the same problem with my '99 SL2. I just changed the plugs and wires

    I have 71K on mine and I filled up on Mon., and after 50mi I went through a
    1/4 tank of gas. But I will wait and see when I fill up again!

    K2NNJ, Jan 28, 2004
  11. Paul

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    I have 71K on mine and I filled up on Mon., and after 50mi I went through a
    You don't think that might have something to do with you pulling the plug
    wires, not knowing where the new ones go, and flooding it trying to start it
    since you had the wires on wrong?!
    BANDIT2941, Jan 28, 2004
  12. Paul

    K2NNJ Guest

    Maybe, but how long will that last?

    K2NNJ, Jan 28, 2004
  13. Paul

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    Maybe, but how long will that last?
    Well, if you flood it and waste a lot of gas sitting there, your mileage
    doesn't increase but your fuel consumption does. So when you fill up for that
    tank, the gas mileage will be lower than normal.
    BANDIT2941, Jan 28, 2004
  14. Paul

    K2NNJ Guest

    Ok. But I didn't fill up until after the flooding. Does that matter? When
    I flooded the engine I had less than a 1/4 of a tank.
    K2NNJ, Jan 28, 2004
  15. Paul

    satyr Guest

    You would have to flood the bloody Jesus out of it to have a
    noticeable effect on fuel economy. If he normally gets 30 mpg, he
    would have to pump a quart of raw gas through the engine just to drop
    to 26 mpg.
    satyr, Jan 29, 2004
  16. Paul

    Fustanella Guest

    it's water. I fill up the tank, drive 35 miles (all freeway) and use up a
    After those 35 miles, fill up again to see how many gallons were truly used.
    "What gives" is that your gauge may not be reflecting the reality you'd
    Fustanella, Jan 29, 2004
  17. Paul

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    Ok. But I didn't fill up until after the flooding. Does that matter? When
    Thats the point! If during the course of the tank you flooded the engine, your
    gas mileage will go down. How much it drops depends on how bad it was flooded,
    but it is conceivable that it dropped quite a bit if you were messing around
    with different plug wire orders, etc.
    BANDIT2941, Jan 29, 2004
  18. Paul

    Teem Guest

    These fuel indicators on these Ions move more than I care to see!.
    Teem, Feb 3, 2004
  19. Paul

    K2NNJ Guest

    Out of a full tank of gas, I got 250mi out of it. I normally get 350mi per
    tank full. I hope my gas mileage improves dramatically.

    If it dosen't I don't know what it could be.
    K2NNJ, Feb 3, 2004
  20. Paul

    Steve Guest

    Just checked my 1999 SW2 with 58K and I'm down to 26.8MPG. The past
    summer I was getting 38. Could be the gas or the long warm-ups. I'm in
    upstate NY and it's cold here.

    BTW at 3/4 on the gauge I traveled 60 miles. At least it's better than
    my 1981 Chev full size Blazer that gets 10MPH all the time.

    Steve, Feb 3, 2004
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