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'98 MPG - What's Normal?

I bought a manual '98 civic not too long ago. I'm pretty happy with it but have been slightly disappointed with the MPG. Everyone was telling me I'd get 35+ MPG highway.

This is the real-life result I've gotten:
1. 200 mile trips between Utah and Idaho @ 80mph: 30 MPG.
2. Roughly 50/50 city/highway mix in the Salt Lake City area: 27 MPG.

When I drive I'm conservative and conscious of economy, but don't use in any techniques like pulse and glide or anything.
Is this normal? I just expected a little better. I guess 80mph is pretty quick.
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Re: '98 MPG - What's Normal?

Yes 80 mph is pretty quick if your concerned about mileage.

You can't just expect a car to get good mileage on it's own...
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Re: '98 MPG - What's Normal?

Originally Posted by mar4k View Post
1. 200 mile trips between Utah and Idaho @ 80mph: 30 MPG.
2. Roughly 50/50 city/highway mix in the Salt Lake City area: 27 MPG.

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normal for a 20 year old car,

your expectations were unreasonable and too high
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Re: '98 MPG - What's Normal?

Did you just buy the car? Winter blend gas does not help. Tires inflated properly?
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Re: '98 MPG - What's Normal?

you'll get way better mileage driving at 65 rather than 80
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Re: '98 MPG - What's Normal?

I have only had the car for a few tanks of gas but in my highway and city experience (mixed) I am getting about 27.5mpg combined which includes a lot of idle time. I have the AT, not the MT though.
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