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Old 08-24-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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thinking back when i worked for Budget RAC in 1986 i remember driving an 85 or 86 Mercury Colony Park station wagon. Curious about the mpgs compared to wagons from the early 70s

the 1973 Ford Country Sedan with a 400 V8 did 7-14 mpg in normal driving and 12 mpg on a 300 mile trip

what would an 85 or 86 Colony Park do compared to that?
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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I had a 75 LTD with that gas drinking 351m <same engine as the 400. The big wagons lost out to mini vans .
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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Not much better.

My parents had an '85 CP, and though my siblings and I loved it, my father ALWAYS complained about the gas mileage. It had the 351 with OD, and still we only averaged 14mpg on the highway. And that was driving at about 55 mph.

Hilariously, my father traded that wagon in on a 1991 (last of the CP wagons). That one did a little bit better on mpg (around 17-18 on the highway). He then traded that in on a 1998 Grand Marquis in 1998. The weird thing is that the GM was probably within 600 pounds of the CP, and yet my father would routinely average 28mpg on the highway.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Jeez Roger, you sure know how to bring back bad old memories. My sister had a 72 Ford Country Squire station wagon w/400 engine. Due to a business deal with her I was stuck paying her gas for her car for a year. That POS used as much gas as any of 13 rigs I had on the road. Pretty bad when a car uses as much gas as a 2 ton truck. She was getting about 8 mpgs town and if she drove right- 10 hiway. I'm not sure but she was probably rackin' up the miles more so than my trucks. I've accused her many times about selling it out of her gas tank. She was going thru over 120 gallons a month to give you an idea. The car was a major lemon though with water pump failure, complete front end collapse, driveshaft had to be replaced, A/C hardly ever worked and other things. But as bad as that was, it was a far better car than the 70 Thunderbird she had. Now that car should have been put on parade for being the worst car ever built. Everybody except my niece who was in it when she totaled it was happy about the damage.

Hope yer health is doin' better!
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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trapper if i could have your old 72 Monaco my health would improve!! im fine right now i just gotta do 2 more tests then it will be decided what and when treatment will begin
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