CleanMPG Reviews the 2011 Ford Fiesta

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by seftonm, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Pulse and glide is not something everybody has an opportunity to do due to traffic conditions.

    While P&G uses large swings in speed and is optimal for cars with manual transmissions, you can use smaller swings with Driving With Load in any car and get good results. When you combine sensible average speeds, DWL and add that to the Free Money stuff like light timing and buffering you'll easily be an EPA beater in a conventional vehicle.
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Colin:

    P&G does not need large swings in speeds either. Whenever and wherever it can be applied "properly" is the key.

    Wayne
     
  3. swskeptic

    swskeptic New Member

    Thanks for the kind words and tips everyone.

    I just wanted to throw it out there that I achieved over 50mpg on the highway tonight going 58mph. Minimum speed on the highway here in MI is 55mph.

    When I said I got 48-49 a couple weeks back that was on a loaner car that was brand new. Now that I've got about 1100 miles on my actual car I've noticed it doing better. Once it reaches a couple thousand more it should do even better.
     
  4. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Congratulations on breaking 50! Not many people have achieved that.
     
  5. anyone know what the Neutral Idle mode is on the AT with the SFE package?
     
  6. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    a quick question to y'all, the automatic uses two dry clutches, no torque converter.. what is the estimated life of those clutches and how does it start up from a stopped condition?

    What is the replacement interval on the engines timing belt?
     
  7. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member

    150,000 miles.
     
  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Umm , Kirk ? I thought "up to 150,000 miles" was how long Ford says the PowerShift transmission could last. I bet yer glad you have the manual !
     
  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Oops,my bad. Now I see that you answered Herm's OTHER question. Sorry.
     
  10. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    It starts moving like a traditional manual transmission, by slipping the clutch. Only difference is it's a computer doing it and not the driver.
     
  11. FXSTi

    FXSTi Well-Known Member

    Edwin,

    I saw that on the powershift transmission and knew it wasn't for me. The way Ford worded it made me picture the transmission grenading at 150,000.1 miles if not sooner.
     
  12. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys.. any ideas on how much it costs to rebuild the clutches on the transmission?.. or is it another one of those $5k deals for a factory rebuild?
     
  13. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    What happens if someone accustomed to conventional automatics creeps very slowly up a long hill with one of those, during a traffic jam, for example? Does the software protect the clutch from overheating, and if so, what does it do? The same circumstance is normally no problem with a torque converter.
     
  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    In theory , the dual-dry-clutch transmission is not a bad idea , but as RedylC94 asks , how does it really handle the sort of crappy situation he describes ? Not with grace, I'm sure. But I'll bet the computer can handle clutch engagement a lot better than many drivers I've seen who claim to know how to drive a manual , but replace the clutch every 40-50K miles. But only 150,000 miles ? That sucks. When my Civic Si died of rust after 14 years and 233,000 miles, the original clutch worked fine and the shifter was still precise.Why would someone like me choose the Powershift ? No thank you.
    I think I will start another thread in the appropriate place to ask owners of Powershift and DSG vehicles how well they REALLY work , short and long-term.

    Kirk, you definitely picked the right trans.
     
  15. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Now is the time to ask, Ford dealers are eager to deal.. and Hyundai dealers not so much
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012

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