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Our 2007 Ford Focus is only getting an average of 18 mpg - this was tested and confirmed by a local dealership. We took it to the dealership we purchased the car from who claim they did "nothing" to it, but the mileage went up to 24 mpg. From there, it started dropping again - 21, 20, 18.8... Last weekend we started smelling gas (3 different days), but same as always...the car is not putting out any codes and they cannot find anything wrong with the car. We know there is a problem somewhere. Can you help?

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Donna Burmeister, Service Manager at Classic Nissan If your experiencing a fuel odor, you could possibly have a leak. Did the dealer check for leaks? If you don't get satisfaction from your dealer call the 800 number to ford motor company, they will issue a case number and direct the dealer involved.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Laura, If you smell gas from your vehicle, bring it in right away for service. This is a dangerous situation. You should never smell gas from your vehicle. As far as the mpg, a huge factor is driving habits. If you accelerate quickly, or constantly have to brake hard, you will definitely notice mpg go down. Other things you can do to improve the mpg is to keep up with regular maintenance including changing the air and oil filters. Also, check your tire pressure regularly. Suzanne

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