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    2006DTSDRIVER is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Exclamation Dts Mpg Help!

    Got a new 06 DTS in late Sept. Started out with 16-17 MPG, lately it's 13 to 14. Same type of driving. Any explanation...on the blog I keep reading about people complaining about getting 21MPG! And I'm driving calmly, no leadfoot here.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    We have the performance model and by the car computer MPG we are getting about 16 with carefull driving. I'm going to check it against the actual miles driven just to check the computer. I know the Performance model has a lower final drive ratio which helps with the pick up but I have to say we are a little disapointed also. Our Q45, V8 also, was always around 20MPG and that was not babying it! Well it is what it is, still like the car.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    Checked it against the trip computer, It's getting about 19 MPG

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    I get about 17 in a mix of city and suburban driving. I was surprised it was not higher - my Infiniti M45 with the 4.5 V8 got about 19, and it too had a short final drive ratio.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    I regularly get 19 city 27 highway using 87 (non ethanol)

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    I tell you what helped my MPG and that was to put more air in the tires. I think the tag on the door recommends 32 or something like that and I ended up putting like 37 or 38 in my tires. If you don't want to go that extreme then try 35. I can tell a small difference in the ride but my MPG ratings are definetly better.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    We have a 2006 DTS III. Our mileage is terrible. The most we get is 18.8 per gal. I've had it back to the dealership twice without much help. We have been driving Cadillacs for over 20 years and have never had one like this. If anyone gets an answer, please let us know.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    I have an 06 performance model and I'm averaging 16.5 MPG mixed driving I realize the performance model has a lower final drive ratio to give it more pep but I thought I wpold get 20 MPH but that's not going to happen. Anyone remember what the EPA sticker mileage was supposed to be?

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    The EPA mileage sticker on our 2006 III was 17 mpg to 25 mpg. So far, anything over 18.8 is wishful thinking.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by pjblush View Post
    The EPA mileage sticker on our 2006 III was 17 mpg to 25 mpg. So far, anything over 18.8 is wishful thinking.
    My 2006 DTS bought in NOV of 05 AVG's about 22-23 HWY bout 14-15 Local

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    I drive in town, where there are traffic lights or stop signs every few blocks but not an unreasonable amount of idle time at each. I checked yesterday and was 100 miles into a full tank of 87 octane and the gauge said 18.1 average MPG. I have been routinely getting 16-17 in town and my Continentals are at about 30PSI. 3000 miles on this standard DTS. I get 25MPG on the interstate even at 75-80MPH. As an aside, I recall one really cold day (20 degrees was the high) some years ago I was traveling about 150 miles and I got significantly lower gas mileage on that trip than I had ever seen before. I remember it was like 10MPG versus the usual 15 or so MPG, on a conventionally aspirated (not fuel injected) Ford V8 back in the late 80's. Wonder if MPG on fuel injected Northstars can be impacted by low temperatures?

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    We are getting the line that since the specs are 17 mi/gal to 25 mi/gal and we are getting 18.8 avg, that meets the specs. It doesn't meet hwy mileage by a long shot. I am going to call Cadillac Customer Service. Do you think they will really be of help? Has anyone ever called? If so, what is your experience? I'm not holding my breath. I sure appreciate having a message board to ask about these kinds of things.

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    Fill up your gas tank in the early morning hours when the gasoline is cold and thus more compacted. You get more gasoline for your money than if you get it at high noon when the gas is hotter and thus more space between the molecules. (I know this is true because I read it in the press and we all know that reporters do not lie)

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    Re: Dts Mpg Help!

    Considering that gas is in the ground when you buy it, I would expect that the temperature stays fairly constant. My basement sure does. Or..hey...maybe you were kidding?

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