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What a VUE 02-13-2022 01:19 PM

Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
Hello all, been awhile.

2007 VUE, 3.5 AWD 220k on the clock. Not so long since plugs changed, well under recommended interval.

Runs well, seemingly. Recently changed oil and replaced the coolant temp sensor as it had failed and spiked the gage to trigger the overheat indicator. Hoped that was the cause of decreasing mileage but apparently it wasnít. No stored codes, no active MIL. Mileage has cratered down to about 14-15 highway. Iím a little stumped.

Anybody have any ideas?

Vue6 02-17-2022 05:45 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
...Have the o2 sensors checked, depending on miles on vehicle, also which plugs you used, if not the factory plugs, i would get them, check coils ,if they are making solid contact with plugs, just some thoughts, DC.

SL2 Ride 04-03-2022 07:15 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
Maybe the injectors?

What a VUE 04-03-2022 10:03 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=Vue6;2369922]...Have the o2 sensors checked, depending on miles on vehicle, also which plugs you used, if not the factory plugs, i would get them, check coils ,if they are making solid contact with plugs, just some thoughts, DC.[/QUOTE]

DC: 200k-plus on the engine.

Iíve considered plugs, coils but no misfire codes. Ever. No O2 codes. I get the feeling Iím going to have to start with a new tune-up, O2s all-round and if that doesnít workÖ

[QUOTE=SL2 Ride]Maybe the injectors?[/quote]

Maybe the injectors.

Far2Grumpyís been trying to help me as well, and itís got us both stumped.

SL2 Ride 04-13-2022 10:16 AM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2371265]DC: 200k-plus on the engine.

Iíve considered plugs, coils but no misfire codes. Ever. No O2 codes. I get the feeling Iím going to have to start with a new tune-up, O2s all-round and if that doesnít workÖ



Maybe the injectors.

Far2Grumpyís been trying to help me as well, and itís got us both stumped.[/QUOTE]

what have you checked so far?

What a VUE 04-13-2022 12:48 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=SL2 Ride;2371582]what have you checked so far?[/QUOTE]

Everything I mentioned. Itís driving me nuts.

No codes. Of any kind. No misfires. No vacuum leaks, no plugged exhaust. Runs smooth and idles smooth. Iím completely stumped.

SL2 Ride 04-13-2022 01:11 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2371588]Everything I mentioned. It’s driving me nuts.

No codes. Of any kind. No misfires. No vacuum leaks, no plugged exhaust. Runs smooth and idles smooth. I’m completely stumped.[/QUOTE]

Well injectors aren't the worst thing to replace...

Well what's the cost of the O2 sensors vs swapping out the injectors?

Oh, and fdryer says to check the external fuel filter.

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What a VUE 04-27-2022 10:42 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=SL2 Ride;2371589]Well injectors aren't the worst thing to replace...

Well what's the cost of the O2 sensors vs swapping out the injectors?

Oh, and fdryer says to check the external fuel filter.

[url]http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=235861[/url][/QUOTE]

Until he didn't.

I thought of that as well, but realized after scooting under there - they weren't there.

newbievueowner 05-04-2022 03:25 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
Swollen front brake caliper hose?? Just throwing out there as a possibility since there are no codes being set. Does it feel an little sluggish? Check and see how hot the rotors are, unless you are doing frequent, hard stops the calipers should be warm to the touch not super hot.

What a VUE 05-04-2022 07:44 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=newbievueowner;2372162]Swollen front brake caliper hose?? Just throwing out there as a possibility since there are no codes being set. Does it feel an little sluggish? Check and see how hot the rotors are, unless you are doing frequent, hard stops the calipers should be warm to the touch not super hot.[/QUOTE]

Brakes are new and fine. Problem pre-dated the brake job as well.

Not sluggish at all, no stumbles, no nothing. Thatís what makes this so hard to dx.

newbievueowner 05-05-2022 08:27 AM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2372173]Brakes are new and fine. Problem pre-dated the brake job as well.

Not sluggish at all, no stumbles, no nothing. Thatís what makes this so hard to dx.[/QUOTE]

Not sure if maybe you misunderstood what I said or whether I missed something in what you might have mentioned. So you have had the front brake caliper hoses changed? On these Vues, the front brake line getting pinched off due to rust on the bracket that holds the hose is VERY common, especially if you live in an area that gets salt put on the roads on the winter. I've had to do them on both the Vue's I owned in the past. Was just a thought/area to look at as you are not getting any DTC's and really crappy fuel economy.

What a VUE 05-05-2022 09:38 AM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=newbievueowner;2372177]Not sure if maybe you misunderstood what I said or whether I missed something in what you might have mentioned. So you have had the front brake caliper hoses changed? On these Vues, the front brake line getting pinched off due to rust on the bracket that holds the hose is VERY common, especially if you live in an area that gets salt put on the roads on the winter. I've had to do them on both the Vue's I owned in the past. Was just a thought/area to look at as you are not getting any DTC's and really crappy fuel economy.[/QUOTE]

Understood perfectly. As I said, brakes are new, includes hoses.

newbievueowner 05-05-2022 02:30 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
Ok, I have no other idea then at this point.

What a VUE 05-05-2022 09:00 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=newbievueowner;2372186]Ok, I have no other idea then at this point.[/QUOTE]

Welcome to the club. 😑

SL2 Ride 06-30-2022 08:56 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2372194]Welcome to the club. 😑[/QUOTE]

I'm wondering if you ever solved your low fuel mileage.

What a VUE 07-08-2022 05:51 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=SL2 Ride;2373637]I'm wondering if you ever solved your low fuel mileage.[/QUOTE]

I have not. Haven't been driving it as a result.

SL2 Ride 07-12-2022 11:56 AM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2375468]I have not. Haven't been driving it as a result.[/QUOTE]

Did you ever swap out the injectors? I have to wonder if worn injectors couldnt be dumping more gas in the cylinders.

What a VUE 07-13-2022 08:24 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=SL2 Ride;2375533]Did you ever swap out the injectors? I have to wonder if worn injectors couldnt be dumping more gas in the cylinders.[/QUOTE]

I haven't yet. Going to start with obvious, basic fixes. Plugs, coils, filters, O2 both upstream and downstream.

Started thinking about this again the other day, wondered if a bad EGR could be
causing issues? Also, Honda is now recommending 0-20 synthoil, and that's what the tech has been using for some time. I'm also wondering if the thinner oil is contributing to the problem.

SL2 Ride 07-13-2022 10:02 PM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=What a VUE;2375592]I haven't yet. Going to start with obvious, basic fixes. Plugs, coils, filters, O2 both upstream and downstream.

Started thinking about this again the other day, wondered if a bad EGR could be
causing issues? Also, Honda is now recommending 0-20 synthoil, and that's what the tech has been using for some time. I'm also wondering if the thinner oil is contributing to the problem.[/QUOTE]

Wouldn't a bad egr or 02 sensor throw a code?

What a VUE 08-01-2022 11:16 AM

Re: Very poor gas mileage, 07 3.5 AWD
 
[QUOTE=SL2 Ride;2375595]Wouldn't a bad egr or 02 sensor throw a code?[/QUOTE]

You'd think so. But no codes, no nothing.


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