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Poor gas mileage

Hi,
I just purchased a 96 Subaru Legacy LS (2.2l 4 cyl), and even after changing the Oil & filter, Air filter and Spark Plugs, I find that the gas mileage is very poor. My driving is split almost 50/50 highway and city driving and combined, my gas mileage is 11+L/100km (21MPG) on my last fill. I do have air leaking in my tires as its been a cold winter, but I top up the air (when the car/tires is cold) each day before commuting. The leak is a pound or two over a day.
I also think I might be smelling gaseline on a cold start too.

Any help appreciated,
Thanks

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  • markt12 Mar 16, 2009

    The car is auto with all wheel drive, and I fill with regular unleaded, or octane 87.
    Thanks,

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Gas mileage (overall, combined driving city and highway) is 24 mpg, so 21 is a bit low. Is it auto or standard trans, and 4 wheel drive?

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Yes, but there is still a lot of stuff to move out of the way to get in there and pull them. I would try all the chemical remedies for sticky lash adjusters (oil flush, marvel's mystery oil, etc.) first, then check the timing belt to see if a worn timing belt has let it slip a tooth and the valve timing is off for that reason before digging into the lifters. There used to be a forum that had video and audio from a subaru legacy this model before and after swapping out a bad lifter. Google for it and see if the noise matches.

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Winter time driving does reduce the MPG due to temp not allowing the fluids to warm to thinner viscosity allowing parts to operate with less friction. Hope this eases you a bit. Have a good day.

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Yes it will fit. Try to get the computer out of the EJ25 motor donation. Really make things easier. Good luck and have a good day.

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