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So I bought a 2011 Matrix a few weeks ago. The first time I sat in it, I noticed the on-wheel radio controls weren't working. I tell the salesman, and we make an appointment to come back and get it fixed. Apparently, they didn't hook it back up properly when installing the Bluetooth.
I come back, wait an hour, and get back in my car when it's done. Nice little scratch on the radio display panel. I talk to the salesman, and he says he'll order a new one and give me a call when it's in. Fine.
Now, I've been driving it for a few weeks now and have had the feeling that the gas mileage is ridiculously awful. I drive 90% on the highway, and it looks like I'm getting under 500km per tank (50L tank according to the manual and website). Coming home from work today, I went through about an eighth of a tank in an 18km ride. This is not normal.
The specs on the website list three different consumption stats for my model. City/Highway/Something else? In any event, it's 12.35 / 15.87 / 13.7 KM per L. I'm just over empty right now and sitting at about 425KM on my trip meter. If I shoot high and estimate I'll hit 450KM before I run out of gas, that's 9 KM per L with 90% highway driving.
On the highway, I notice a very, very, very slight rumble in the car that comes and goes in spurts as I drive. Like I'm driving over a series of rumble strips, but very faint. When going up an incline, I pretty much have to put the pedal to the floor just to keep up with the slow lane, let alone go at a speed I'm used to. I'm guessing the brakes could be stuck slightly, causing a lot of drag and explaining these symptoms.
I'm going to go to the dealership (for the third time now) tomorrow and talk to them. What should I do here? If it is a problem with dragging brakes, isn't that a lot of unnecessary wear on the engine/brake pads/rotors/etc? Even if they are able to fix it, I've wasted $200 or so on gas in the past few weeks and shortened the life span of a number of components (and possibly the engine). The odo is at about 1850KM total now, so that's a long ways to drive with something like that wearing on the car.