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Old 12-30-2003, 12:11 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I know that it is a little early now that the turbo is out. But what has been the average MPG that peiple have been getting? I am not too mutch of a lead foot. I am going to be getting my turbo in a month or so and was wondering what people have been averaging already? I also was wondering if peiple have seen a differance with a bed cover and not.

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Old 12-30-2003, 09:27 AM   #2
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The first MPG was 21.3 mph with 50/50 on highway/city. In visual perspective, the needle was pointing almost 1/8 at 259 miles. I thought wow, 1/8 with my old Impreza was about 300 miles. I wasn't gunning it in any way, so this is pretty much it. I don't have a bed cover as that will be taken off for the most of the time anyway (bike).
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Old 01-01-2004, 06:03 PM   #3
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I've had mine alittle over a week.My mileage has been 21 MPG.I think that will drop after break in.Because i'll be driving it harder.This is my 2nd Baja,the last one was a 5spd.I got the auto Turbo this time and i like it better.I had the soft top from Subaru,did'nt care for it much.I'm thinking of getting the painted hard top or the camper top.I've been told by my dealer that this is the last year for the Baja.
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Old 01-03-2004, 12:23 AM   #4
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I'm starting to average closer to 22 or 23. I usually get to about 350+ miles before the gas light comes on.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:27 PM   #5
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4th refill, and I hit 300 miles and fuel light came on. It took 13.6 gal, so that would make it 22 mpg with a turbo. Occasional 4k rpm, but very easy on it. I guess that's as good as it gets. I just took off the roof rack, which reduced the wind noise and save some gas - what, 500 feet for a tanK? Also debadged everything but "AWD" which reduced the weight by some onces. Now with a truck plate, my car looks like a for those never paid attention to Baja.
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Old 01-12-2004, 07:58 AM   #6
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I've been told by my dealership that it's actually good to run the motor pretty hard the first 5k miles of its life as it "loosens up" the internals and will actually produce more power once this happens. Anyone notice this happen, or is this guy full of it?
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Old 01-12-2004, 08:38 AM   #7
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I've been told by my dealership that it's actually good to run the motor pretty hard the first 5k miles of its life as it "loosens up" the internals and will actually produce more power once this happens. Anyone notice this happen, or is this guy full of it?
I would go by the Subaru Engineers that wrote the manual , not the salesman . The book (at least for the impreza) says to keep revs UNDER 4k rpms for the first 1000 miles. In my opinion you don't want to run it to death while all the internal parts are getting used to each other.

After 1000 miles, you should be good to push it a bit harder.
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Old 01-12-2004, 08:40 AM   #8
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Yeah, that sounds more like the requirements for breaking in any of the engines that I've built in the past. I thought it sounded just a little weird.
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:29 PM   #9
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I've had mine for 10 days. and have 1500miles and 5 trips to the pump.. I've been averaging right at 21mpg. It was hard keeping under 4000rpm for the first 1000 miles!!! going to do my first oil change at 2000 miles, second one at 4000 then switch over to synethic oil...
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:01 PM   #10
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Hi all - speaking of fuel economy, does anyone use premium gas vs regular? Does it make a difference as far as performance and MPG go for the Baja? Just curious as to what others are doing. (I use premium gas, but if it doesn't make much of a difference, I'll switch to regular)
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:04 PM   #11
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Unless your engine's been modded with either a turbo or a higher comp ratio, I'd stick with 87 grade fuel. Mid-grade and premium, unless required by the engine configuration, actually increase the amount of emissions your car produces and as a result, will actually increase the amount of carbon buildup inside. Are you in a high-altitude area? If so you may consider mid-grade to prevent detonation, but that aside, 87 should do the trick.
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Old 01-13-2004, 12:00 PM   #12
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Hey cadillacjake, thanks for the reply. To answer your question, I live in New England, so altitude is not a problem. I just tried the 87 grade, and didn't notice any difference in engine performance. I'll go with your recommendation and use the 87.
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Old 01-13-2004, 09:12 PM   #13
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I've been averaging about 22 mpg with about 50/50 city and highway driving. I'm somewhat of a leadfoot too.

However, with my last tank of gas I only got 16 mpg. OUCH!!! I have an automatic and my dealer had recommended that I use the sport shifter for down-shifting in city traffic to reduce the amount of braking. Obviously doing so dramatically reduced the milage.
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:55 PM   #14
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I would go by the Subaru Engineers that wrote the manual , not the salesman . The book (at least for the impreza) says to keep revs UNDER 4k rpms for the first 1000 miles. In my opinion you don't want to run it to death while all the internal parts are getting used to each other.

After 1000 miles, you should be good to push it a bit harder.
Thats what i was told also was to keep it under 4k for the first 1k miles
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Old 01-13-2004, 11:02 PM   #15
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Hi all - speaking of fuel economy, does anyone use premium gas vs regular? Does it make a difference as far as performance and MPG go for the Baja? Just curious as to what others are doing. (I use premium gas, but if it doesn't make much of a difference, I'll switch to regular)
I ran mid grade with my non Turbo Baja,But now that i have a Turbo i got to run premium.They say that it will greatly affect the performance if you use any thing but permium and may eng knock
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