Originally Posted by Ninbri64
I have two questions about my 5-speed caliber...
1) I'm only getting a reading of an AVG 18 mpg or so on my car. is this normal? the car has approx 300 miles on it so far. I thouht these cars were supposed to get like 28 for the 1.8. I understand its realistically gonna be a little less than that, but to me, 18 mpg seems too low...
It does seem a little low, especially for the 1.8.
However, and as you may have already assumed, this is another of those things that has been discussed in some previous threads here.
First of all, it seems that both mileage and performance noticeably improve during and after the Caliber's "break-in" period. Mine certainly has.
In addition, like any vehicle, your mileage may vary with driving conditions. Not only how it is driven by the operator, but local conditions as well. I average just over 20 MPG driving mostly in heavy stop-and-go tourist traffic, but 30 MPG on an "open road".
I believe some folks have noticed fuel efficiency improvement after a computer reflash involved with a TSB (technical service bulletin) and recall of certain production-run Calibers.
If I had time at the moment, I would look up some of the previous discussions about all this and provide links. However, you can easily find them with the search feature with keywords such as "mileage", etc and browsing the resulting list for the appropriate discussions.