Low gas mileage? 12mpg V6 200k miles CITY

Lero

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2004 Alero v6

Just bought and registered. Guy said it just needed alignment and I was willing to put a little more money since he went down on price. Drive for a little and a whole tank gets probably 170 miles? Now I'm a do it youreselfer and understand OEM and what not and I can do stuff like replace spark plugs, wires (air filter and oil is new) maybe try cleaning MAF and I found a mechanic that will clean my fuel injectors for 55$ and if I can, maybe replace oxygen sensors.

Now has anyone experience d this on Alero? So far all I've done is use fuel injector cleaner before I do the other stuff :p I think on a V6 I read I'm supposed to get at least 18-20mpg city and I'm getting 12? If I can get up to AT LEAST 15-18 I'll be so happy :p

What you think? I think it'll cost anywhere from 150-300. Thanks
 
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Yes, real low on the mileage. I noticed that weather and even switching brands of tires can lower mileage. I own a ultra low mileage 2004 GLS coupe. I get 28-30 in town, but that is kinda cheating, since my in town is running 1.5 miles at 25 mph and the rest 40-60 mph the rest of the way to work.

My best was 34.1 mpg on the hiway for 3/4 of a tank. IIRC was about 360 miles. I was down at little with new tires which were inflated at little less 35psi than usual and was running in the mountains of PA. and got 31mpg. I will have to run them up to 38-39 next time and see what the wash out is.

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When you do your startup, does the check engine light come on (meaning that it is working). And what I'm getting at, do you have any codes; seems a reduction in mileage of that magnitude would create a rich condition code.
 

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Well I I seemed to fix the problem as I'm getting up to 15mpg and it seems like it's getting better. I filled up tank to top and I got 45 miles so far with gauge still in the higher pip which means I'm probably getting close to 20-25 :p
I had to drive smooth and I used engine cleaner additives which seems to help :p
 
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