Poor mileage.

jimbolitis
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Asked by jimbolitis Apr 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM about the 2003 Volvo S40 1.9T

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Volvo S40 with just over 100,000 on the odo. Mileage has dropped to less than 20 mpg. Closer to 15 mpg. Runs very well, but "ouch" on the mileage.

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Josh Funk
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As cars get older, the MPG decreases to a degree. Several factors contribute to maintaining MPG - what type of octane are you using? Has the MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor been checked? What type of air filter/is it clean? Type of spark plugs/coil packs? If you are at 100K, you are due for a tune-up, including a timing belt/water pump...so, $1K may be what you spend if you don't do the work yourself. Also, check your suspension (control arms, links, etc.). And don't forget tire pressure...if you are a mechanic, sorry if I told you things you already know...I'm learning the easy and the hard way about these things after 2 years of owning Volvos ('00 S40 and '00 S70).

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