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Old 03-24-2011, 02:32 PM
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the key is to be in a gear that is put very little strain on the motor and cost as much as possible. im geting about 22 25 with my truck.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:33 PM
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Hmmm Dixie, Auto, 4x4 and 4.10 gears, you must be getting some of the worse fuel econo here. .

anywho back on topic. I don't complain about the fuel econo of my 4L. I knew what I was getting as long as I am in 20-25MPG, i am happy.... so far I have been doing 19 MPG (broken in phase+winter+city driving) Its good to me
14.7 average according to the UG. I get 18 highway and 14-16 local

Ive actually seen my mpgs increase since warmer weather
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:44 PM
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Two things i've noticed. Staying below 2K at all times helps alot. I've recently implemented this technique, and it's helped alot.

Two, never buy gas on your own dime. Last Wednesday I put gas in my truck, $15 worth, so I don't feel as broke. That got me to half a tank. By Friday I was down to 1/4. This week, mom put $15 in my truck on Tuesday. Once again, up to a half tank. It is now Thursday, and I am still above 1/4 tank. I have driven the same exact places each day, both last week, and this week.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:49 PM
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but no one else drives my truck, who's gonna pay for the gas then? lol

I got a 4 day average of 16.6 mpg over 270 miles with about 75% of that highway driving. If you read the Ranger's manual, Ford claims that driving at 55 mph uses 15% less fuel than at 65 mph. I, too, keep it around 50-55.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:50 PM
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guys, it's a truck. if you intended on driving something with good gas mileage, you would have purchased some tiny compact car.
you knew what kind of mileage a ranger gets when you purchased it.
Well, I think the lesson is if you want/need good MPG out of a truck - stick with the 2.3l 5spd. Otherwise if MPG doesn't matter a whole lot - then you might as well go with the larger, more versatile, F150 because MPG will be pretty much the same.

A lot of people assume because it's a small truck/Ranger it must get great MPG.. but most V6 drivers probably get teens, low 20s at best if you drive like a Grandma.

Not a knock on the Rangers really.. I love mine - but if I were to buy one new, I'd go with the 4 banger, or 6cyl F150 probably.

Being that 21mpg is probably the best I'll get out of my truck aside from 100% hwy usage - is a little disapointing.. but is what it is.. Will try to pick up a motorcycle this summer.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:53 PM
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I just filled my tank up today, calculated the mileage and I got 33.5 mpg WOW!!!, for the last week I've been driving like a dead granny on the way to the cemetary, mostly hwy driving 60 mph with cc on. 2.3 5-speed.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:05 PM
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Because I practice voodoo, I honestly cant tell you how it works.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:28 PM
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Not a knock on the Rangers really.. I love mine - but if I were to buy one new, I'd go with the 4 banger, or 6cyl F150 probably.
I honestly don't think the V6 F150 would be any better than a V6 Ranger. The F150 is a big brick pig. The numbers Ford provides are under optimal conditions, in which rarely anyone travels under. Those optimal conditions probably net you a few MPGs by themselves.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:36 PM
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I honestly don't think the V6 F150 would be any better than a V6 Ranger. The F150 is a big brick pig. The numbers Ford provides are under optimal conditions, in which rarely anyone travels under. Those optimal conditions probably net you a few MPGs by themselves.
Yea, you're probably right. I just checked fueleconomy.gov to see what a '95 F150 6cyl gets. And it's about 4mpg less than the 3.0 Ranger auto. So that is a pretty decent difference if you run a lot of miles with your truck.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:28 PM
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dont put it in neutral to coast. leave it in gear. neutral=idling=burning gas to keep the motor from dying. i coast in gear, which shuts off the fuel injectors because the engine is being turned by the transmission. i love my 28mpg mixed.
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damn you double posts!
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:49 PM
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Here's tips from the hypremiling crowd on how to pull good mileage
http://www.gasolinecreditcards.com/e...and-resources/
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:11 PM
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Any of you ever try drafting? I was on my way up north and did it at like 3am to a semi but I don't know if they like it or not... whatyou all think?
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:55 PM
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There's two kinds of people in the world. The kind that get lousy gas mileage and the kind that lie.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:56 PM
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drafting big rigs works amazing, but keep your distance. Mythbusters anyone?
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