Originally Posted by tjkj2002
You may not have a oil comsumption issue,to properly check the oil level you must be on a level surface and wait at least 30mins after shutting the engine off before getting a accurate reading the dipstick.
As for the mpg's don't expect anywhere close to advertized ratings till you hit at least 10,000 miles and your driving habits and gas quality comes into play after that.
While I completely agree with you on your oil checking comments I have to say I completely disagree with you on the comments that you need 10K for MPG to come close to advertised MPG #'s. While I do agree that the MPG will usually go up a little when the engine/drivetrain fully breaks in( does not take 10K though )I disagree that you can't see the advertised MPG #'s or even exceed them. It is all about how you drive really.
A vehicle should still get the advertised MPG even if brand new as long as you drive conservatively which mirrors the rating test proceedures. Also, remember that the ratings are not just the 2 bold numbers but rather, as another member pointed out, the small print will state they can vary by a few MPG either way depending on driving style. So the bold city MPG rating may be 22 but the fine print can state as low as say 18 and as high as say 24 or 25. The bold number is just the average MPG and not a guarantee.
I meet and usually exceed the EPA ratings on my vehicles and I don't need 10K to do so. Pretty much from day one or within the 1st couple tanks. Currently I have a 2011 Patriot Latitude( 2.4L, CVT, 4WD, FD1 ). The EPA rating is 21/26. I have easily exceeded those numbers since day 1 with the vehicle( hand calculated so accurate #'s ).
The 21 MPG rating for all city is about right if it is 100% city. I see 21-22 all city. If I have some highway thrown in I see 23-26 MPG depending on the mix ratio of city to highway. If my trip is all highway( 90-100% ) I have seen the following MPG returns...
28.9( had 370 miles on OD )
34.7( had 1400 miles on OD - *highest to date )
28.7( had 3200 miles on OD )
30.6( had 4050 miles on OD )
30.5( had 5100 miles on OD )
31.8( had 5650 miles on OD )
32.2( had 6200 miles on OD )
So far and away above the 26 average rating for me on higwhay driving and I only have approx 6500 on the vehicle( 1 year old in Aug ). The best MPG I have seen to date came with just 1400 kmiles on the vehicle. The absolute worst MPG I have seen is high 19's. That is when I have towed my duck boat. Not only is it towing( 1700lbs +/- )but it is during winter so cold temps and winter gas which hurt MPG.
IMO if the OP drives conseravtively then the MPG being seen is low.