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Old 09-07-2009, 03:45 PM
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Alright well it sounds like I'm not the only one that gets bad mpg. I'm going to fill it up for the week and gonna put plus in it instead of regular. I'll post another reply mid week to see if it does any better.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:31 PM
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Hey folks. I just wanted to get some opinions about my gas mileage. I have a 2001 ford ranger xlt ext. cab with a automatic and 4.0 v6 and just hit 22,000 miles on it (yeah 22 thousand). I'm the origanal owner and am baffled with the MPG. I'm getting about 32-40 miles on a 1/4 of a tank and around 200 miles to a tank. So far on this tank I filled it up and now down to a 1/4 and went 158 miles so it's looking like I won't even make 200. I drive it back and fourth to work but it seems like I'd be better off driving my expedition or excursion. I know the 4.0 probably doesn't get great mileage to begin with but geez
Millerman if you have an auto trans you may have overdrive if so you can probably disengage it . check the manual or look on the end of the shift for an engage - disengage button ,
there should also be a disengage dash light indicator. you should see a difference immediately,used along with some of the other tips found here there should be a noticeable improvement. how much i don't really know yet but certainly some.

as a newby i just found this out and i'm glad i did ,i was starting to worry!
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:15 AM
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Well I guess these 4.0 rangers are just not meant to get good gas mileage but you really can't beat a ranger. They are good trucks with enough power maybe to much if you look a the mileage but I said I would let everyone one know how the premium fuel went and just about the same so far I've been 72 miles on about a third of a tank. Anyway anyone know a good exhaust that gives these a good deep throaty sound?
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:22 PM
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The Ranger gets good gas mileage....if you drive accordingly. If you rev it to 3-4K all the time you forfeit your right to be disappointed.

I get 20 mpg city with ease. In another thread, STL posted 18-19 city 21-22 highway.
We both have the 4.0 SOHC, the largest and thirstiest engine offered in the Ranger. So unless the truck has issues, poor gas mileage cannot be blamed on the truck.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:04 PM
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:19 AM
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I don't drive it hard unless I'm in a hurry. When I drive to work it's 14 miles of interstate and reads about 2600-3000 rpm going about 75-80. Could this where my problem could be coming from? What do you think?
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:36 AM
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I don't drive it hard unless I'm in a hurry. When I drive to work it's 14 miles of interstate and reads about 2600-3000 rpm going about 75-80. Could this where my problem could be coming from? What do you think?
Well interstate driving normally yields better fuel economy, but going slower than 80 would help. Your RPM is about normal for those speeds.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:59 PM
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i feel really bad after reading about this...
ok i have a 94 4.0L 5 spd manual... i shift at or before 2000rpms everytime. in the city i get about 12.5mpg, but if i drive like an old lady and piss everyone off behind me i can get up to 14-15mpg in the city... the weird thing is on my latest trip on the freeway, i was damn near getting 20-22mpg... this doesnt make any sense to me. any ideas?
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:08 PM
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early shifting can lead to bad gas mileage also.

millerman I bet if you drop your speed on the highway you will see you mileage get better.

I get 17 on average with mine all back read driving.. cant wait for the cold weather to come and start seeing 15's or lower
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:21 AM
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early shifting can lead to bad gas mileage also.

millerman I bet if you drop your speed on the highway you will see you mileage get better.

I get 17 on average with mine all back read driving.. cant wait for the cold weather to come and start seeing 15's or lower
Isn't cold weather wonderful, during the winter's here I see 7 to 10, but it is also 40 below most of the time too.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:55 AM
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i do love winter here, temps in the 60s and i get better gas mileage in winter too
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:39 PM
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well i just burned my 1st full tank of gas a lot of stop and go miles and also plenty of big hills i got 261 miles to the tank which averaged just over 16 mpg's which was a lot better than i had thought i was getting. i also made an effort i my driving habits, though i'm still going to go for new tuneup parts .
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:52 PM
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well i just burned my 1st full tank of gas a lot of stop and go miles and also plenty of big hills i got 261 miles to the tank which averaged just over 16 mpg's which was a lot better than i had thought i was getting. i also made an effort i my driving habits, though i'm still going to go for new tuneup parts .
excuse me , i guess i should have mentioned it's an 01 xlt 4.0 off road automatic.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:38 AM
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i get up to 18 in my 06 on 32's. but still only 200 per tank. i did go 180 miles on one tank, half of that with 700 lbs in the bed.
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