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Taurus/Sable MPG-Real World Numbers

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
edited April 18 in Ford
With the price of fuel being what it is, the mileage you're getting is becoming more important. This is the place to discuss the mileage performance you're getting out int he real world.


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  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    in a 93 sedan with almost 200k miles. Do the wagons use a lot more gas? Might be buying one soon. I believe recent Taurus (sedans) should give at least 28 to 29 mpg.
    Highway mpg,of course.
  • 2000 Merc Sable w/ Vulcan V6 and 170K miles: I can squeeze out 29 mpg on the hiway using 93 octane. 28 mpg was the max I could get on 89 oct. The extra 1 mpg offsets the .10 difference in gas price. I had the entire fuel sys cleaned by my mechanic at 90K. Other than that, I really haven't spent any additional money on fuel additives. The major gas companies all advertise that stuff is already in their gas, and they adjust those additives from season to season.

    My best fuel mileage is during the Spring & Fall. Summer a/c drags down the mpg, but what are the reaons for poorer mileage during the Winter months? Is it the change in viscosities of all the different fluids and grease which in turn create more resistance on moving parts?
  • yustasyustas Posts: 31
    Went on the round trip, New Jersey-Boston-new Jersey, 490 miles total. All highway, cruise control on 65, regular gas. Car: 2000 Ford Taurus sedan with Duratec 3liter engine and 100000 miles on it. Got 29 MPG, which is pretty good, I think.
  • I also have a 1999 Taurus. I have the Luxury/Sport combination package that I bought in July '04 used with 89,000. With 137k on it now, I must say I am fully impressed with the mileage. I average right around 27mpg. I do drive like I'm running from the police though. Also, anyone else notice that the book says a 16gallon tank? I've never gotten close, the light come on I fill to 12 gallons, also, I've ran out of gas and then filled it with 14.

    There is an after market Ipod part which goes from the charging port of the ipod to the inputs of the cd-player, I haven't purchased it as I am a poor college student.

    -Alex :P
  • Wow, you people are lucky. I have a 2000 Taurus SES with the Duratec engine, and I'm lucky to get 18mpg on the highway. I average 13 around town! I've replaced the air filter, put additives in the tank, I don't know what else to do. I am not a lead foot either. Maybe I'm just that lucky.
  • I've been able to figure out my mileage. Sine my 1999 Taurus has a 12gallon gas tank I always fill up the tank as soon as I get the refuel light to come on or when the gauge is in the middle of the quarter tank mark. I basically use up 11gallons. With that I average about 222miles per fillup. My car has almost 111,000 miles on it. When I first got it, it had 89K miles. For the first few months I had it I was getting about 180miles per fillup. When I got the spark plugs changed, new fuel filter, and used chevron techron fuel additive my mileage increased to what I get now. I always change my oil filter and aif filter everytime I get an oil change. I also use the higher mileage oil.
  • I have a 1997 Ford Taurus that is only getting an average of 14 miles to the gallon. I was going to replace the coil, plugs, and wires since the power is really going downhill as well. Do you all recommend that I replace those three items or what should I replace to boost my power and gas mileage? Also when I am idling or just start my car I have to at times rev my engine to keep it from stalling.
  • gman23gman23 Posts: 1
    I have an '04 SES with the DuraTec and get great mileage. The best I've gotten is just over 33...driving 55-60 back and forth to work on interstate but a little town driving. I consistently get over 28 and this spring without A/C been getting 30. I don't push it hard which makes a big difference.
  • Any good easy to find additives anyone would recommend to help the mpg on a 2002 Sable? It's pretty poor, but then again I'm not expecting amazing performance I drive it pretty hard.
  • vito98103vito98103 Posts: 1
    My '97 has 130,000 miles and I regularly get 28-30 mpg on the highway, 24 overall.
    Getting 18-20 means something is very wrong: ARCO gas? (run a bottle of Techron through it - then Chevron regular), air filter, tire pressure, cheap oil?
    It's a nice car -- comfortable, good mileage and reliable and not expensive to buy or own (if I want to go fast I'll fire up the Ducati and suck the paint off just about anything on 4 wheels) - it's just a good basic car - no complaints
  • jmn1jmn1 Posts: 26
    I had a 99 Sedan, which got 9 MPG city.

    My 2001 SES Sedan gets 20/23, which, is not very good in my opionion.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Any new owners there to report back on real-world mileage with the new 3.5?
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    Mixed driving with 60% Hwy and 40% town, I'm averaging about 22 mpg. Road Trip with 100% hwy was in the 26 to 27 mpg range. Only 1,500 miles on the car so not broken in yet. Should improve I would think.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'd hope so, since this is slightly below EPA. Thanks for your feedback, keep it coming!
  • We have an AWD Limited. With only 1500 miles on it we are running 17-20 in town and 23-25 on the road. I suspect it will improve some - the engine seems to still be loosening up and providing more power. Hopefully that will translate into improve mileage provided we keep our respective lead feet under control.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    With AWD, those numbers sound right about where the EPA has them, I believe. The FWD version is listed at 18/28.
  • 777guy777guy Posts: 3
    We have a 2008 Sable with about 600 miles on it.. So far, I have gotten 22 and 24 mpg on two tanks. This is pretty disappointing to me even though the car's not broken in yet. The sticker said 28 hwy and I have a feeling that's never going to happen.

    By comparison, I rented a 2008 Milan two weeks ago and drove it pretty hard for three days. The Milan only had 20 miles on it when I picked it up.. When I checked the milage on that car it beat the sticker giving me 27 mpg.

    On a brighter note; I love the car. I handles well, rides well and I love the "Sync." Don't count on 28 mpg hwy as it probably isn't going to happen unless you happen to like driving @ 45 mph.. :mad:
  • Ok. Some facts are needed here.

    What was your mix of city & highway?
    Do you cruise at 80 mph on highway?
    Are you an aggressive drier?
    Are you in a state where gas has higher concentration of ethanol?

    Nothing like buried the car on mpg issue before 1000 miles logged onto it. :confuse:
  • 777guy777guy Posts: 3

    95% of this driving was done on the highway @ 70 mph. All of the highway driving occurred with the cruise control engaged.... No ethanol in this part of Texas.

    The fist tank where I got about 24 mpg occurred in the flat lands and the second tank was in the Hill country going up and down some reasonably steep hills.
  • dmers1dmers1 Posts: 8
    We have had our 2008 Sable Premier FWD for 3 months now w/ 7000 miles. We made the change from Grand Marquis's (4) over the past 22 years to the new revised Sable in order to get a lot of good technology that was not offered in the G.M. cars (such as ESC, in-dash GPS, Satellite radio, Voice Sync, etc) The car rides good, but not like the last 2000 Grand Marquis LS w/ 131K on it. I think Ford did the best they could with FWD and torque steer is minimal. I miss RWD, but my wife wanted a bit smaller car so here we are. Most other FWD drives have poor back seat room such as Camry, Nisson, and others. I would have to buy a BMW 740i or Mercedes S series to get a RWD vehicle close to this car’s interior room. The seats are 3" higher off the ground which make entry much more ergonomic for us 57 year olds and much better for my wife's folks_ 84.

    Power is quite good for a V-6, 260 HP and it shifts very smooth with the 6 speed Automatic. The oil filter is located in a pretty good spot and I use my drive up ramps using 5W-20 oil every 7500 miles. I changed at 2500 the first time to get factory grit out of the engine as I tend to keep cars quite a long time. This car starts every time and never misses no matter what temperature__4-8 degree mornings for us.

    The only problem, I had was an out of adjustment cruise control switch on the brake pedal that would kick out the cruise occasionally. I took it to a nearby Ford dealer for a quick fix and that was it. I did buy the extended 6 year/100K mile warranty since I still remember the $1800.00 Sun visors that went bad with Home-Link/Visor lights wiring shorts that wiped out the Digital Dash (which I miss). I had the mechanic wire around for $80 each time on each visor instead, to bypass the visors. I will know more about this car in about 100K miles.

    The room in this car is phenomenal, especially in the rear seats and the trunk is large, though space is awkward, but still handles large suit cases for international travel quite well. The courtesy lights on this car are great and the interior controls grow on you after awhile. The plug-ins are plentiful for our Radar Detector, phone charger Fr/Rr, ipod, etc.

    This is the car Ford/Mercury is pushing as they neglect the Grand Marquis design. The price was quite good with $3000 rebates and trade. We ordered and waited 2 months to get the Sage color we wanted w/ Camel interior and light plastic wood.

    I feel this car is the precursor for the upcoming Lincoln MKS, which has a better looking C pillar, dished out chrome wheels, and a few more gadgets. My wife did not like the front end of that car on the websites we viewed. Our car had every option except the rear DVD player and it has plenty of toys to play with. We get quite a few compliments on the color and look of the car as they tried to make it look closer to the smaller Milan (mileage is not much better on the Milan than with the larger Sable).

    Overall, I would recommend this car to anyone who drives a lot of miles and hauls 3-4 people often, as well as drives it to work daily. I regret buying the extended warranty, but for the overall price I feel good about the purchase as this car goes to Chicago quite often (600 mile trips)

    Our mileage: We normally drive on Interstates about 65-75+ MPH regularly and do some town driving. I select regular gas w/o ethanol to avoid the 2-3 mpg loss, which I have tested. The weather is now cold in Southern Illinois which also cost about 1-2 MPG. If I keep my foot out of it, mileage does go up about 1-2 MPG.

    We get about 23-26 MPG on trips and 18-20 MPG going to work__5 miles away. (not much better than what we got on the 2000 Grand Marquis)

    Good Luck to all.
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