well all the road testing will surely take its toll on the mpg as it did mine. with that last bit of info i found and reviewing some of the bowden threads, i realized that there was way too much slack in mine as you can even see a slight curl in the picture. all in all i've given it 5 turns and it just started taking the slack in. i gave it another full turn for tomorrow's drive in to work...
1993 300e-2.8 - gone now <sigh>
"Do not adjust your mind, it's reality that's malfunctioning"