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3.0 MPG Tricks

I have an 2008 3.0 Sport with an auto. I get between 16 and 17 mpg. Is this the what everybody gets or does somebody have some tricks to do better.

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If you don't mash on the gas and do a lot of coasting down hills and when approaching stops, you might squeeze a few more. Emphasis on might and few. Its a truck. There is only so much you an do within reason to get more economy out of it. There is nothing you add-on / bolt-on / modify to get more mileage that won't cost 4x as much as the money you save in gas.
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What he said^^^ my truck is an '05 and I get around 18 mpg...
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I had an '03 Edge, it got 18 +.
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my 3.0 gets a consistent 20 in the summer and 18 in the winter.

proper and frequent tune-ups, e-fan, TPS adjustment, exhaust, proper gearing, 3k or under shifts are what help me
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i've told people that one and they look at me all confused like..... guess they don't get it
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The best thing for me was moving up a tire size. I get 18 city and 22 highway with my lifted 3.0
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i get like 15 now :( and thats driver super good
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And to think that when Mr. Ford came out with the model T, It was getting 19mpg.
One would tend to suppose things would have improved by now.
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There is nothing you add-on / bolt-on / modify to get more mileage that won't cost 4x as much as the money you save in gas.
That is not true. An under-drive pulley and an electric fan both pay for themselves rather quickly. My fuel economy increased 15% with the Taurus fan.
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Mine does really good on gas
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18-22 in a 2.3 :(

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i love these threads... 18 - 22 mpg in my 4.0L...
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Get a scangauge and watch your throttle input. I stay at or below 30% on the freeway and I don't accelerate going downhill. The best I could manage was 19.5 MPG mostly highway driving.
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I have a '08 Sport 3.0 5 speed, and just tanked up today. MPG calculated at 20.9 for city driving. Not bad!?
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That is not true. An under-drive pulley and an electric fan both pay for themselves rather quickly. My fuel economy increased 15% with the Taurus fan.
15% is not that much. It sounds like a lot but it is only about 2mpg. This seems to be the typical MPG improvement people get, including myself.

If you take an average of $180 to convert to an E-Fan, it would take three years to pay for itself. Maybe I'm just overly critical, but when I think of an "MPG Improvement", I think of something much more substantial than 2mpg.
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Drive it like you stole it. You'll get the best mileage out of it.

Try and run over as many signs and stuff as possible, too. Each one will give you more horsepower, resulting in better fuel economy.
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15% is not that much. It sounds like a lot but it is only about 2mpg. This seems to be the typical MPG improvement people get, including myself.

If you take an average of $180 to convert to an E-Fan, it would take three years to pay for itself. Maybe I'm just overly critical, but when I think of an "MPG Improvement", I think of something much more substantial than 2mpg.
Wow, I did not realize that when folks wanted to improve gas mileage that 15% was sub-par. I do not play around on these forums much, though, so I apologize for being naive to that.

I can see where folks could spend closer to $200 on the fan swap, but I did mine for just under $100. My truck is seeing about 200 miles a week at a minimum. Even with gas prices down to $2 where they are at now, the increased fuel economy pays for itself in about half of a year. This is working off of minimums, so when the truck is doing more like 300 miles in a week at times, gas was up to $3.50 a gallon, and the increase in economy is a bit better then I may be low-balling, return on investment is even sooner...my math shows as quickly as three months.

On average, though, I am sure you are right. Most folks will spend more on the swap, drive the truck less, and need a year-and-a-half minimum to get that money back. It all boils down to application.
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