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Old 03-31-2016, 06:58 AM   #41
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Upon purchase, I drove my empty Forester MBS W 3,000 mile coast to coast on I-10 to get home. As far as I could tell, 2,999 of those miles were across west Texas. My wife, who prefers to camp at The Marriott, kept asking "Why aren't there any Starbucks?" Set the cruise control at the speed limit of 80 mph for a full tank. Got 9.8 mpg. Then set it at 55 for a full tank. Got 15.0 Averaged 12.6 mpg over the whole trip which I mostly drove at 69 mph. I hope that the mileage goes up once the engine gets fully super-duper broken in.
11.8 to 12.8 towing a Malibu. Did get 14.8 when not towing. I think 15 is going to be about the best. MB may advertise 16 to 22 but, but that is in a straight Sprinter van. I am happy with what I have gotten especially over the gas powered.



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Old 03-31-2016, 08:20 AM   #42
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Upon purchase, I drove my empty Forester MBS W 3,000 mile coast to coast on I-10 to get home. As far as I could tell, 2,999 of those miles were across west Texas. My wife, who prefers to camp at The Marriott, kept asking "Why aren't there any Starbucks?" Set the cruise control at the speed limit of 80 mph for a full tank. Got 9.8 mpg. Then set it at 55 for a full tank. Got 15.0 Averaged 12.6 mpg over the whole trip which I mostly drove at 69 mph. I hope that the mileage goes up once the engine gets fully super-duper broken in.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:21 AM   #43
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Upon purchase, I drove my empty Forester MBS W 3,000 mile coast to coast on I-10 to get home. As far as I could tell, 2,999 of those miles were across west Texas. My wife, who prefers to camp at The Marriott, kept asking "Why aren't there any Starbucks?" Set the cruise control at the speed limit of 80 mph for a full tank. Got 9.8 mpg. Then set it at 55 for a full tank. Got 15.0 Averaged 12.6 mpg over the whole trip which I mostly drove at 69 mph. I hope that the mileage goes up once the engine gets fully super-duper broken in.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:22 AM   #44
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Just returned from a round trip to the FROG event in Charleston, SC. Going to Charleston we averaged 15.4MPG. Drove around 60MPH with no significant winds. Returned today driving at around 70MPH, with bad headwinds, and averaged 12.5MPG. It pays to go slow but I needed to get home and re-winterize today as the temperature here will be in the mid-20's tonight!

Although I doubt it impacted my return leg MPG I'm off to the M-B dealer in the AM to get the DEF system checked out, again . I have a Check Engine Light, DEF Light (in count down mode ), and a P206E error code showing on my Scan Gauge. This is the second time the DEF system has had major issues.

Update on the DEF problem??


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Old 03-31-2016, 10:40 AM   #45
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Update on the DEF problem??
The issue this time was a bad DEF injector. It was replaced under warranty by my local M-B dealership. They think that should cure the ongoing DEF issues. After almost six weeks total in the M-B shop, and a completely rebuilt DEF system, I would hope so but only time will tell...
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I drove from south Texas to Vegas,1400 miles, with crosswind the whole way. No towing. Ran at 65-70. Never got over 11.6. On the trip over and back did not add any DEF and no lights. Rig performed flawlessly except for the swaying. Will add Sumo and shocks in future.

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Forester MBS Fuel Consumption

It will improve.
But you showed the difference between cruising rpm.

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You won't believe me!!!

I have a 2015 2401S MBS and my first big trip last year was a run to Alaska and back (not towing). First, I would never drive with more than a half tank of fresh water. I travel alone (guess that also means no witnesses). I found that indeed, the mileage improved the longer I drove (more mileage on coach). I found the 'sweet spot' for me was at 2200 RPM or about 50ish MPH. With that I was able to often get 17 MPG. Not a typo! Sure, it was usually around 14 to 15+ and that's pretty good.
I got the coach out for a trip last week and was forced to drive the I-5 at 65-70 MPH and I was getting 12 MPG. Can't wait to get off the big interstates and not be forced to drive that fast. The coach of course doesn't mind, and I am quite happy driving it.
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as long as with everything else it doesn't exceed your max allowed loaded vehicle weight of 11030# (GVWR ), I would say ( not GCWR which is for towed whatever )

also pay attention to the GAWR REAR of 7720#

to further clarify, weigh your vehicle as normally loaded, then see whether adding your scooter exceeds either of the above limits
Well, he also needs to meet the hitch weight capacity. If not quoted elsewhere, it's generally stamped right on the hitch receiver.

You have to meet each and every specification:

Overall weight with cargo and all, do not exceed GVWR

Rear axle load, do not exceed GAWR

Hitch load, do not exceed receiver hitch rating
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