Originally Posted by purplemonster
electric fan conversion will pick up mpgs and a few horses
This will add noise to the electrical system - noise in the stereo, noise in any radio comm equipm’t, not always the best choice but it will give you a few more ponies.
Originally Posted by Brandon97xlt
If you want more MPG's then get the 2.3 or 2.5.
My 2.3, 5sp 2wd got 24 overall, nice, wish my 3.0 got a little more but I am thinking V-8 and I should end up with at least what the 3.0 is getting so I need to get used to it.
Originally Posted by PSIJOE
Realize your mistake of buying a 3L. Accept it. Then sell it and buy a 4L. ;-P lol I'm totally just kidding dude. Don't take offense.
U may b kid’g but it is so as you stated. A mistake, so sell and get a 2.3L or which ever other motor you think will be better.
You mother’s vehicle is getting better milage because she does not have a lead foot.
Swapping engines MAY get you more milage but the work involved is a lot, unless you really want this truck; these engine swaps are not what they appear to be unless you have the money to throw at it.
Most of them have a lot of problems that are not mentioned or you have someone that knows exactly what to do; a shop will screw you to a wall with labor cost on something like this so beware.
As PSIJOE stated and I agree, start looking for something else, easier in the long run.
Another thought, 85% of your gas consumption is use in only 15% of your driving method. Acceleration, Up hills and passing; consider chg’g your driving style, easier take offs - no lead foot, do not over accelerate up hills and easy passing. Biggest problem is usually too much lead foot and excessive speed when considering the 3.0L gas milage, especially if you are running larger tires, another milage killer.
KEEP YOUR FOOT OUT OF IT !
Another thought, not sure if it will give better milage though… how about a Super Charger.
That should only set up back about $5K, $3K for the unit and $2K to install it properly.
Some people say the chips work but I am not always sure of that. Increase in HP always causes a “Lead Foot” so there goes the milage.
A higher ratio Rocker Arm (1.7 vs OEM 1.6) can increase low end torque, giving the feel of more HP and night increase the milage, something to look into.
Chk out all of these avenues and chk cost vs what you get in return before doing anything.
Luck and live with it for a while, then if things don’t pick up, sell it and buy just what you want.