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Old 01-11-2012, 07:39 PM
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Alright first off, I did search, and I only found a bunch of threads saying to use the searchbar. Helpful.

I'm getting about 16mpg, and I am extremely light on the gas, and 90% of my driving is a constant 50mph. I got a small truck to get better mileage than a full size, knowing it still wouldn't be great. I got a 3.0 hoping to get better mileage, knowing it would be gutless. I keep the throttle below 30%, to help mileage. I have a bed cover on too.

I have synthetic oil and only run good quality (Mobil, Hess, Sonoco) gas. I changed out plugs, wires, and filters, all without a real increase.

16 wouldn't be bothering me so much if I didn't know people with GM 1500s getting 19-20 in the same conditions, and they hit the gas a lot harder.

So, any suggestions? I work for minimum wage and drive 50 miles a day, so every little bit helps.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:45 PM
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Alright first off, I did search, and I only found a bunch of threads saying to use the searchbar. Helpful.

I'm getting about 16mpg, and I am extremely light on the gas, and 90% of my driving is a constant 50mph. I got a small truck to get better mileage than a full size, knowing it still wouldn't be great. I got a 3.0 hoping to get better mileage, knowing it would be gutless. I keep the throttle below 30%, to help mileage. I have a bed cover on too.

I have synthetic oil and only run good quality (Mobil, Hess, Sonoco) gas. I changed out plugs, wires, and filters, all without a real increase.

16 wouldn't be bothering me so much if I didn't know people with GM 1500s getting 19-20 in the same conditions, and they hit the gas a lot harder.

So, any suggestions? I work for minimum wage and drive 50 miles a day, so every little bit helps.
tire pressure, maintenance, are they all up to par? 3L although smaller in displacement isnt that much better in gas then the 4L
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:54 PM
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That might be about right for gas mileage. I usually get 17-18 in town and 23-24 highway but with the colder weather I get around 16 in town. It goes back up when the weather warms up. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:10 PM
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Tires are street tread, and kept at 38psi. Oil changed every 5kmi all other maintenance is done according to the back of the manual.

@taylor, I hope you're wrong. (no offense) if a small truck being driven under more or less ideal conditions is only getting 16mpg, then there are a couple engineers out there that need to be smacked. In my mind, 20mpg should be right about where this truck should be given the circumstances. Is that possible or am I just delusional?
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:32 PM
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Buying a 3.0 for fuel economy doesn't usually work. The smaller engine has to work harder to push the truck that weighs the same.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:39 PM
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My 2.5L got 23.3 mpg today @ my fill up, mixed driving!





You bought a 3.0; it's a motor that was used for the Taurus. The 3.0 is a car motor, not a truck motor. You bought a low displacement v6; if you want gas mileage, swap to a 4-banger.


For what it's worth, my 1989 Taurus with the same 3.0 got 25mpg highway. Truck has more wind resistance and is heavier. Your mileage is normal.

Plussss... You have 130k miles on the motor. I'm sure you've lost a MPG or two over the past 14 years.
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I'd say the weather is probably a factor, right now when it's been cold I've gotten around 19 to 20 mixed when in summer it's around 24 mixed
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:21 PM
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Hmm, is there anything I can easily (and prefferably cheaply) do that would give me an extra couple mpgs?

I've heard a good bit about programmers (superchips) and I know they're not inexpensive, but would they make a difference in gas milage?
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Nothing that will cost less than the minute savings in fuel.
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When was the last time the filter was changed, the IAC and MAF was cleaned?

Auto or Manual?

Dude, the 3.0 is highly under powered for the weight its pushing. Im doing good when I get 21 MPG on the Hi-Way. You want gas mileage, get a Focus.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:52 PM
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Yep, one of them Flashpaq Superchips programmer can give you some increase mpg... there was one guy on here who bought one and posted some info.

His had 3 settings, Performance, Towing, and... well i cant remember the 3rd, lol

And you can always set it back to stock too.

I think he said he gained like 3-5mpg.

But those programmers are like $275.
I am saving up for one myself.

As for your mileage issue, my 99 Ranger 3.0ffv 4x4, got only about 16mpg with my stock tires... and now with my 33s, i am getting like 14.5.
Now as for mileage/motor age.. I dont think that is a big issue... my motor is a rebuilt one, and i only have about 50K on it, and I had the transmission rebuilt last November, and i just put on about 8K on that.
So my motor and tranny are practically new, and i am still getting the same mpg as before.

Another simple tip to get better mpg, don't have a led foot!! lol
When I am at a stop-sign or red light, when it turns green, I ease on the pedal and take my time, I have no need to be in a big hurry, and yea I get passed alot, but I am saving fuel and $$.

As for the 3.0 being a CAR motor, thats just bull... so what, they put the same 3.0 in the taurus, they also put V8s in one Ford LTDs.
Just because it shares the same motor, doesn't make it a CAR motor.
It's a MOTOR, plain and simple, no matter if it's in a car or a TRUCK.
What about the 2.3L motors in RANGERS, is that a CAR motor? No its just a small motor, suitable for a small truck or a car.
I am sure its the TRANNY and REAR AXLE/gears that make a big difference as well.

Maybe you believe the 3.0 lacks power for a ranger, well i dont think so.. ive had mine for 6 years, it's done everything i needed... If i wanted better MPG i would have kept my old 95 Ranger 2.3l reg cab 5 speed... now that got great gas mileage, but sucked with no 4x4 and couldnt tow/haul much.

As for 3.0 v 4.0 on gas mileage, yeah about the same... and if you really need the extra power, get the 4.0. For a daily commuter to work, and some fun on the weekends hauling my atvs, my 3.0 does just great.

Other tips for helping mpg: tire pressure, air filter, new spark plugs, oil change, fuel injector cleaner, and good braking habits.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:53 PM
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When was the last time the filter was changed, the IAC and MAF was cleaned?

Auto or Manual?

Dude, the 3.0 is highly under powered for the weight its pushing. Im doing good when I get 21 MPG on the Hi-Way. You want gas mileage, get a Focus.

Filter was about 3,000miles ago, IAC was last weekend. Havent done the MAF.

Auto, I would have gotten manual but apparently noone else in my area knows how to drive stick, so I couldnt find one used.

I knew it was underpowered, but I didn't think it was that bad. What I wanted was a 4x4, that could tow at least 2,000lbs and got halfway decent milage. If I just wanted something to toodle around in I would have gotten a VW TDI. My mother has one and it gets 50MPG and can do a burn out.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:57 PM
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Filter was about 3,000miles ago, IAC was last weekend. Havent done the MAF.

Auto, I would have gotten manual but apparently noone else in my area knows how to drive stick, so I couldnt find one used.

I knew it was underpowered, but I didn't think it was that bad. What I wanted was a 4x4, that could tow at least 2,000lbs and got halfway decent milage. If I just wanted something to toodle around in I would have gotten a VW TDI. My mother has one and it gets 50MPG and can do a burn out.
I had a 04 VW Jetta 1.8T getten 35+, but I hate cars unless they are going fast in a straight line. HAHA!!

Shitty MPG is the nature of the beast with the 3.0. Each is different. Once the motor breaks in, its gunna get what it gets.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:16 PM
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I agree to an extent. Fuel mileage is what it is. But there are things you can do to improve this. Someone else made the coment that the weight to power kills the mpg. This is true. Increasing horse power can improve the mpg. That's not to say mmaking your Ranger a 650 horsepower monster will give you 50mpg. But what I am saying is maximize your engine. Clean air in, clear exhaust path out, maximum spark, all of these will increase power and mpg. Cold air intake, duel exhaust, quality spark plugs, and yes maybe even a tuner program. Not exactly cheap ideas but they will help. My 08 gets between 19.5 and 21mpg. I'm starting to add these changes and will update mileage as I do
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:50 PM
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I agree to an extent. Fuel mileage is what it is. But there are things you can do to improve this. Someone else made the coment that the weight to power kills the mpg. This is true. Increasing horse power can improve the mpg. That's not to say mmaking your Ranger a 650 horsepower monster will give you 50mpg. But what I am saying is maximize your engine. Clean air in, clear exhaust path out, maximum spark, all of these will increase power and mpg. Cold air intake, duel exhaust, quality spark plugs, and yes maybe even a tuner program. Not exactly cheap ideas but they will help. My 08 gets between 19.5 and 21mpg. I'm starting to add these changes and will update mileage as I do

You had me up until the CAI, you lost all credibility with that one.


Frankly I'm disappointed with the ranger. I just got back from a 200 mile highway drive and averaged 17.2, with nothing in the bed, bed cover on, and 66-68mph the whole way. Is this really normal? I log about 350 miles a week, and at 16 mpg, 3/4 of my paycheck is just going to gas. I'm trying to save up for college and thats just not working.

Does anyone have experience with gas mileage on other small 4x4
trucks? Are they comparable or is the ranger distinctly worse than the competition?
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