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  • mrrealtor 10/03/08 11:47 pm PST

    Well, the EPA website shows your vehicle getting 12 in the city so 10 is not out of line. The oil should have been clear driving off the dealers lot or at least changed when you took it back to them. Sounds like your dealer took the money and ran!

    Tell them you want your money back and find a realiable place to get an oil change or raise heck with the dealer and have them make this right. Dodge's are known for terrible gas mileage. Go to EPA.gov and check different vehicles for mileage estimates.

    Source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/sbs.htm

  • tony78 10/04/08 12:26 am PST

    Actually your vehicle is getting quite good mileage considering it weighs around 2 tons.

    As for being " certified " all that means is the dealer repaired what needed fixing,,gave it a bath,,and hung one of those pine tree air fresheners from the rear view mirror.

    As for the lifetime oil change,,all that means is the dealer will change the oil only according to the service schedule as listed in the owners manual.

    If you feel that the car needs oil changes more often,,you can change the oil yourself,,without asking for the dealers permission.

    Back in 2004,,when this car was first sold,,and because gas was cheaper then,,12 mpg was considered good fuel mpg for this ca.

    ,Besides,,this car was marketed to folks who had the discretionary income to afford to fill the tank.

  • karjunkie 10/04/08 7:28 am PST

    Low MPG can result from various problems. First try the simple things you can do yourself and don't cost much. Change the spark plugs, the fuel filter and the air filter. A worn spark plug or clogged air or fuel filter could significantly affect mileage. You may want to try an aftermarket permanent air filter from K&N. They claim an improvement in MPG of about 10% and don't cost much more than the paper filters. Make sure your injectors are clean and functioning properly as dirty injector spray patterns reduce MPG. Run some Techron Concentrate injector cleaner through a couple of tankfuls of gasoline. Clean the MAF sensor wires in the intake plenum with CRC sensor spray. A dirty MAF sensor will result in rich running condition which reduces MPG efficiency. These are all the usual suspects that cut down on fuel efficiency. Good luck!

  • tony78 10/04/08 10:25 am PST

    I disagree with with karjunkie about using a k&n filter,,this type of filter uses a cotton guaze contained between a wire mesh.

    The cotton guaze is coated with a special oil,,the oil in combination with cotton guaze,,traps dirt particles.

    When you purchase a filter such as this,,you also need to purchase a cleaning-renewal kit,,
    this filter needs to be cleaned occasionally and when the cleaning is done, the filter needs to be re-oiled.

    Therein lies a potential problem,,if the filter is not oiled adequately enough,,then you may have an air filter that provides less than 100% filtering efficiency.

    On the other side of the coin,,if too much oil is applied to the filter,,then a portion of this oil,,under the pressure of intake vacuum,,will leave the filter and coat in a fine oil mist,,everything downstream,,including the,,maf.

    When the maf elements get coated with this oi,,the sensor will not work correctly.

    Then the sensor will need to be removed and cleaned.

    In essence, a plain old stock paper air filter will work just fine.

    A k&n air filter is a good choice,,minding you are prepared to be fussing over you car more.

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