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post #1 of 58 Old 09-03-2003, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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2003 Accord gas Mileage

Wanted to compare notes on gas Mileage for the 2003 Accord with other owners.

I've got 7,500 miles on my LX 4-cylinder so far. Around town (City Driving) my Accor was getting right at 19.7mpg.

The last few tank fulls have yielded a lower 16.8 mpg. Not sure why the drop in mileage. But I am taking the car into the dealer next week for the Transmission and breather tube "upgrade" that Honda sent me a notice about last week.

I took a little trip up to Seattle from Los Angeles last week with my wife and son. I was averaging 70-80 mph the whole trip and the Accord returned a consistant 31 mpg. I must admit the Accord has a longer range than my bladder does, (400-500 miles between required fill ups!).

Anyways I'm pleased with the highway mileage, just wondering if the Accord is performing the same as everyone else's...

I popped a K&N air filter in before the trip. Don't know if this will change the city mileage or not. I'll find out near the end of the week when I need to fill up again.

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My EX V6 is currently getting 30 mpg with about 95% of my driving being highway (70+ mph). When I drive it more around town (with a heavier foot :-) the mieage drops to around 25. Still that is only around 25% city driving.

One thing I noticed is the mileage jumped by around 5 mpg after 3000 miles. Guess it's breaking in.


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'03 I4 manual. i am getting over 25 city, and well over 30 highway on premium 93 octane. I am very impressed with it

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2003 I4 mt, I get 24-27 in the city ~30 on the freeway.
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I can't get very good gas mileage on anything I drive! I'm too lead footed! I feel lucky when I manage to adverage 20 mpg on my V6 Accord. Now my husband gets 25 around town & has had up to 35 on the freeway in the same car! Our driving styles are so different that we could have identical cars on the same stretch of road & he'd always have better mpg & we'd arrive at the same time! The trip computer makes us laugh when it drops when I'm behind the wheel!!

One interesting point is that the car learns it's driver. If he does too much of the driving then the next time I take off the tranny does it's shifting for his method & feels odd to me for a little while. Then she gets used to me again. It's just so weird to me that technology has come to the point that our cars get to know us!!
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2003 EX V-6 -- get around 20-21 in town, 30-35 on interstate. I put in 87-oct. Have almost 12,300 miles on it -- milage is getting much better as I put more miles on.

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Update on my Accord's city gas mileage.

Took the Accord into the dealership for a severe rattle in the front end whenever I hit a sharp bump or drove over a "rough" road.

Turned out there was a loose bolt holding the lower wishbone to the strut. Not good! Dealer torqued the bolt to spec and checked all othe suspension components.

The rattle is gone and my first tank of gas since the repair indicates my "city" gas mileage is back up to 20 mpg from 16 mpg.

I'm not totally satisfied that the front end is in proper alighment still, so I will take the Accord to an independent shop to verify and adjust as needed. (I asked if the service manager how the alignment was, he stated it was fine, but nothing on the service ticket indicated the alignment was even checked). I feel that if the front end was not "tight" to begin with there is a good chance the alignment is not correct either.

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What is Zaino???


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pshivers,

Zaino is a protectant for the paint. It's not a wax, in fact all the wax is removed by using "dawn" dishwashing soap first. I'ts a polymer coating. It shines better than any waxes we've tried over the past bizillion years! It goes on in steps, but is actually easier to apply than wax. Then you wash it with their shampoo. We put 3 coats on in one weekend, then about 6 months later touch up. It beads nice!

The drawback is that the shampoo needs to be removed off the windows before windexing them or it streaks. Alcohol is used for that. It's not hard, but VERY important! We didn't know it for the first year & blamed our window cleaners, towels.....now it goes smoothly.

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You are gonna hate me.

I drive 90% highway. 100 miles a day I am driving a '03 4 cyl coupe and getting 34-35 mpg consistantly. Sometime I travel from Columbus ohio to Cleveland about 2.5 hours, the last two time I went I got 39 mpg.


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Dan,

We don't hate you, 39 mpg is great!, but hate you no... We do feel a little sorry for you having to drive 100 miles per day, in Ohio no less

My "city" driving is 12 miles per day through "low" rent towns like San Marino and Pasadena Ca, (average home there is $1.5 mil) It's a tough drive, but someone has to do it!

Seriously though I think my slightly lower mileage is related to front end alignment. The first 2,000 miles I was getting 22-23 mpg on my 12 mile round trip. Then it started dropping slowly to 16 mpg untill I had iot fixed arounf the 8,000 mile mark.

Now that the "loose" suspension bolt has been found and corrected mileage is again past 20 mpg. I think it may go higher as I feel the front end is still not aligned properly. I'll know more after the shop takes a look at the alignment for me.

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It is 50 miles each way, and I drive at off hours, so traffic is not bad at all. It is really a nice drive. Anyway.... Which bolt was loose in your suspension and how did you know. I think I may have issues with my rear passenger side suspension. A while ago it was making some rattling noises, and I could replicate them if I bumped my hip against the rear of the car to shake it. I was thinking something may be loose.
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It was one of the bolts holding the lower wishbone to the left front strut.

It rattled very noticable whenever I hit a sharp bump or drove over a rough road. I could not reproduce the sound by bouncing the car by hand.

One thing that was corrected that I thought was strange when I first started driving the Accord was a vagnuess I felt in the steering while at highway speeds. It was just vauge enough that I wasn't sure if there was a problem or if it was just the way the (new) car should feel. Steering is nice and tight now. Big difference now that it is fixed.

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Princess...fess up. You know Zaino is the "elixir of youth" for your cars finish. It's more a way of life rather than a maintenance chore.

As for mileage, I'm no longer doing the 1500 miles/wk this year, but miles I continue to average better than 35mpg on long interstate cruises with the AC on. In the city it's around 20ish.
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