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Old 12-22-2016, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy Didderly

New Ecomodder from the UK. Recently become interested in ecomodding, but now I've finally obtained a half way economical car I've decided to get stuck in.

I've recently acquired 2005 Ford Fusion, the small UK hatch version, not the American market one. It's a 1.4 petrol, and through paying more attention to my driving I've taken it from 37 to 44 mpg Imperial.

Next up is a bit of grille blocking, some underside fairings, slight tyres over inflation, the usual shizzle. If I can get it beyond 50mpg I'll be happy, and delirious with joy at 55.


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Old 12-22-2016, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site! Sounds like you're off to a good start.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Daox. I don't want to go potty with it, the car still needs to remain practical and useable, but I'm sure I can make some meaningful improvements for little or no cash.

I've started work in a lower grille block. I had some clear still like cores intended formalizing greenhouses, but a spray of satin black and it looks the part. Paint and plastic already in the garage, so total cost so far = 00.00. It'll be held in place by 2 discrete screws, and I've made a template so I can make a lesser block to let more air in in the warmer weather.

Next there are some daft vents above the front fogs. They're blind, don't go anywhere or do anything so they'll be getting smoothed across in due course.

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The OBDII standard is global, right? You should be able to hook up an OBDII adapter and get it to talk to a monitoring app on your phone to make a cheap instant feedback info system.

I've found that nothing makes a bigger difference than knowing more about what is going on under the hood. When you know whats happening, you can know how to change what you're doing.

That is a neat car. We didn't get it here in the States.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi eligh. Yes, it's standard OBDII so eventually I'll get a gauge so I can monitor coolant temp, intake air temp, throttle position etc. For now it has a moderately useful fuel computer that shows average and instant consumption, so I've got something to work with.

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I see it's the European equivalent to the 1st generation of the EcoSport, that was available only in Latin America and a handful of African countries.
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Hi eligh. Yes, it's standard OBDII so eventually I'll get a gauge so I can monitor coolant temp, intake air temp, throttle position etc. For now it has a moderately useful fuel computer that shows average and instant consumption, so I've got something to work with.
The cool part of the scanguages is the calibration you can do. Maybe your factory gauge is accurate. If so you are fortunate !
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It's proven fairly close to pump to pump fills and calculations.

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