Ford Mustang

Ford Mustangs are suffering from a steep sales decline and many people believe it is the car's reputation as a gas hog that is harming sales while others believe it is just a general economic downtown that is responsible for the sales drop off. Whatever the reason, cars with a reputation for excessive fuel consumption suffer when gas prices soar above $3.00 a gallon.

The 2008 4.0L Mustang with an automatic transmission gets only 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon in the highway. The 2008 4.6L fares even worse with an average of 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Other muscle cars with bad gas mileage are cropping up like the new 2008 Dodge Challenger with an estimated gas mileage of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on the highway. The Ford Mustang is obviously not the only car with gas mileage problems.
Mustang Picture

Part of the problem is the way the EPA figures gas mileage was changed in 2008. The new estimates use rapid acceleration, the use of accessories such as air conditioning and other factors like cold and hot weather usage. These new usage conditions have negatively impacted gas mileage estimates.

If you still want to drive your Ford Mustang, even with the record gas prices, there are some ways to improve the Mustang's fuel efficiency. By avoiding speeding and rapid acceleration, you can save up to 33 per cent on the highway and 5 per cent in the city. For every 5 miles per hour that you drive over 60, you pare paying an extra 20 cents a gallon for gas. Driving at a reasonable rate can save you a lot of gas money.

Using your overdrive button can bring engine speed down which will save gas. Idling can also hit your gas mileage hard. If you will be stopped for longer than three minute, you should turn your engine off to conserve your gas. Keeping your tires properly inflated can increase your gas mileage by over 3%. For every 1 psi drop in pressure, you lower your gas mileage by 3.3 per cent.

Regular tune-ups are just part of your Mustang's regular maintenance, but did you know that it can also increase your gas mileage. You can save up to 4 per cent with regular tune-ups. If you have a serious problem like a faulty oxygen sensor can cost you an astounding 40 per cent of your fuel efficiency.

Other ways to increase your fuel economy are using your cruise control to maintain a constant speed and changing your air filter can improve your gas mileage by 10 per cent. A good aftermarket air filter can result in even better performance and better fuel economy

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  1. headlight restoration May 19, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

    That's a sweet picture of the new ford mustang. I had an older one and it just developed a bad rust problem.