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Old 06-07-2010, 05:02 AM
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I think GM is the one who hurt the Diesel here in the US. GM was the one who made the gas block into diesel. Also CA is a state that pretty much "outlaws" anything, or says it's bad for your health.

I agree, diesel has a lot of power, and I've driven a tractor, and it can move on it's own. No way you can do that on a gas one....

I'd be at the dealer door step the minute Ford comes out with a Diesel Ranger!
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:40 AM
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:38 PM
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Oh yeah, they blew up their own rig and caused the biggest environmental and economic disaster in history which will cost them billions of dollars to clean up in order to save money. Good thinkin'
First, I never said "they" blew up their own rig.
Second, it's arguably not the biggest economic disaster in history.
Third, I never said their motive was to save money.
Good reading
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:07 PM
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Agreeing with me? And, homo?
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:55 PM
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For those wondering why they don't do that from the factory, I think the last few posters have nailed the answer... emissions.
I can't understand why there aren't more diesel powered options here in the U.S.
You can get a diesel powered Ranger in Europe, why not here??? You guys that are impressed with high 30's in mpg (It is impressive for a gasser truck) would be in the high 40's to low 50's with a diesel. Not to mention the TORQUE! Go drive a VW Jetta, Golf, Beetle TDI and see what I mean.
My Jetta is a 5 speed manual. Entering a parking garage, I can put the car into 1st gear, ease out the clutch, let the car pull itself along idling, and it will climb the ramps in the parking garage with my foot off the go pedal. Even did it with 4 adults in the car. Don't believe me? Go try it!
I would be all over a Ranger with a diesel, or an F-150 with a light-duty diesel. A guy I know with a 98 Dodge Ram with the Cummins diesel and 5 speed, 4wd, extended cab, long bed.... gets as high as 22 mpg.
I think our government sets us up to fail with their bullshit policies. If we had more diesel powered vehicles, we would be saving massive ammounts of fuel, we could make bio-diesel, synthetic diesel, refine WVO (waste vegetable oil) as well as using dino diesel.
Ok, sorry for the rant...
i wanted a diesel a while back cuz of the mileage. and yeah it would be alot better with em. i actually accidentally put a lil diesel in lawnmower today lol. i caught myself b4 enough could get in to do any damage xp it was alot darker
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:00 PM
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Just did my first mileage check on my new (used) 2008 with the 5spd. I drove over 400 miles on my first tank. Just under 1/4 when I refilled. I drove a combination of Hwy/city. Tried to take it easy on the accelerator. I calculated over 31 mpg. My mileage was actually higher than what I calculated because the pump that I used to fill up the first time, shut off prematurely. So I probably used maybe 1.5 to 2 gallons less than calculated. So my real MPG is probably around 33-34. I'll re-check it next fill up, but I'm stoked.

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Old 06-17-2010, 07:45 PM
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Cool! Average it out over at least three fill ups but more is more accurate.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:10 PM
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I would like to keep this thread alive. After all, us four banger owners won't get very far trying to discuss what great acceleration we all have. Most of us bought our trucks with economy as a prime motivation, or we would have picked the bigger engine. So lets hear about it.
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What steps or mods have been most effective at increasing MPG? I haven't had my truck long enough to tell.

How about low rolling resistance tires? I might be interested in changing over to these if it makes much of a difference, especially when gas prices hit the roof.

What about aerodynamic mods? When I look at the front area, I see a grill with huge holes in it, lots of wide cracks between the lights and panels, and areas of the dam where fog lights would go. All of these look to me like they scoop more air than would be good for aero. One of the things I notice about the truck is that it doesn't seem to want to accelerate down light grades much. I mean on grades where you think.. "man, I should be accelerating!" (with the clutch in). I think this is do to poor aerodynamics. I put a canopy on the back and I think it improved the aero slightly. Don't know if I'll be able to tell much difference at the pump cuz I only ran one tank of gas so far. That's the problem with these trucks. We refuel so seldom, it's tough to gauge what effects any given change might make. I am very much interested in the computer add on that gives you instantaneous MPG readout. Anyway my mind goes to how could I mod the aero stuff easily. I could see some trials in the future with cleaning up the front area and even trying some fender skirts. I know, it would look rather retro, but hey, I'm an old geezer anyway and I think if I throw in some bonneville wheel covers, I could have a whole look.

Just some random thoughts about how to increase my mpg's.
Any thoughts?
Let's here em.

One more...
I have heard that covering the undercarriage makes a huge difference. So think about that one.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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Run a full body pan (undercarriage) and you will see more gain than all the other "aero" mods put together. people seem to forget that the air traveling under the vehicle causes as much drag as the air traveling over the vehicle.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:33 PM
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^^ That pretty much sums it up. ^^

Carry as little weight as possible, keep everything maintained according to the owner's manual, run fuel system cleaner every once in a while, and maintain proper tire pressure. You can go with passenger car tires for less rolling resistance but realize your payload capability will be diminished some. In any case, that will give you the best MPG possible with in reason. Go easy on the gas and brake as well. Racing from red light to red light is gonna take a hit on your mileage.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:57 PM
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Run a full body pan (undercarriage) and you will see more gain than all the other "aero" mods put together. people seem to forget that the air traveling under the vehicle causes as much drag as the air traveling over the vehicle.
Have you ever done one? Great idea but might be hard to do. Would be alot easier if I had access to a hoist. Pretty tough crawling around on the ground trying to get pattern done i think.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:20 AM
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Never said it would be easy.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:25 AM
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lol x2. im getting 15 mpg city id kill for 30 mpg
Even though I'm new here, I can't tell you how many times I've listened to people gloat about fuel economy, and every, EVERY time I've personally called someone to the mat, they were getting the same averages as anyone else. (had to teach them basic math).

I suppose I should get my "feet wet" here first, but I remember being part of the Chevy 2500HD diesel forums, and how some would boast about getting 25 mpgs, towing goose-necks and 5th wheels (14,000lbs, etc.,) . It's just not physically possible given the engineering that goes in to these vehicles, no matter what they put on 'after market'.

I am getting average 14mpg's out of my current Ranger, and this is 50/50 hwy/city. I would like to think I can improve that, with some repairs, and tune-up mods.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:42 AM
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You won't get much help coming into places thinking your gonna "teach them." The people in this forum will help whenever and however they can until its abused. Don't burn bridges before you get to them.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:23 PM
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New here also, but I have to tell you it's true. I got my new Ranger on Thursday. On Friday I topped it off and went 210 mi., mostly Interstate and open road, went through a few towns. I stopped and topped off with 6.8 gallons, packed it in.. Thats 30.88 MPG.

Yes it's only one tank, an average over several tanks is more exact. I just wanted to see what it got on highway driving. Will know better how much of a hit the mileage takes with a lot of stop and go real soon.
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