2002 Ford Ranger XL Regular Cab 4x2, Bought Brand New
2.3L DOHC / 5-speed Manual Tranny / Stock 3.73 Gears
I only ever run standard regular unleaded, without Ethanol when possible. Engine burns about 3/4 of a quart of oil after 3000 miles. Never blows any smoke though, even on start-up, and possesses no loss of power I can feel. All listed mileages are based on a full tank of fuel and not cherry-picked from some partial tankfulls.
Up to 33._ MPG, mostly highway miles, numerous times when driving it like a little old lady:)
Once I hit 36.7 MPG on a mostly highway drive all in one day but all conditions were perfect on mostly level ground with a stiff wind helping to push me along. Cruise set at 75 MPH. Another time recently (few weeks ago) babying it on the highway I got 34.6 MPG.
Much much earlier in this thread someone mentioned seeming to get better fuel economy at 75 MPH than at 65 MPH. I think he might be onto something there and will be testing it out during this next year if the truck keeps going that long.
In 80% or more regular city driving without babying it mileage falls to 22-24 MPG. If I really baby it in town I can still get 26 MPG.
Regular mixed city/highway driving without babying it is 26-28 MPG.
For a while I had 5.13 gears with 31" tires and it dropped fuel economy in all respects 2-3 MPG. LOL, I could hop the front end off the ground with those gears. Not by much, but the front tires would clear the ground.
One time I way overloaded the truck on a +200 mile drive helping someone move in mountain country. The rear leaf springs were bent the wrong way and I know there was at least 3000 lbs in the trailer I was pulling from the rear bumper. Yeah, I know, stupid! But, I was younger and dumber back then:) I had it floored in 2nd gear at +5250 RPM just to keep going +50MPH over numerous mountain hills. Anyway, blah blah blah, I had filled up the tank before I left with the load, had to fill up before I even reached the destination, and checked the fuel economy which ended up being 11.7 MPG. Honestly I was baffled the truck was even capable of feeding that much fuel to the engine.