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Old 06-29-2010
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yea, I was just pointing out all the variables when comparing mpg.
the only way to get a "true comparison" would be to have several rangers of various bodystyles do the exact same trip, with gas from the same station.

the greatest increase in mpg I ever saw was when I put a fiberglass tonneu cover on my ranger.
when I lived in Naples, fl, and would take a trip to miami int airport
before the tonneu it would take me about 3/4's a tank of gas just to get there.
after the tonneu, it would take me less than 1/2 tank for the same trip. (I could actually make the entire trip with 1 tank of gas if I was feeling risky and driving conservatively)
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Wow, that is huge. I have tried experiments with a cap, without a cap with tailgate up, down, and off on an F150, a Toyota, and my Ranger. I never even saw a 5% difference and in the Ranger I got the best MPG with no cap and tailgate up. I know that isn't supposed to be but oh well.
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I had a hard time believing it either, so I tested it a couple of times.
without a doubt, if I take off the cap, my mpg drops considerably.

I bought my wife a moped a few yrs ago in Ft lauderdale, and of course I had to take my tonneu off to pick it up. and it took between 1/2 and 3/4's a tank just to get there, but we're talking about 1/3 less distance than MIA.
then another time I picked up a friend who came into the lauderdale airport, with the tonneu on I made the entire trip on 1 tank of gas. lauderdale airport is about 1/3 closer than miami's.
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Your engine should get better mileage in warm weather. Warm air helps atomize the fuel making for a more consistent air/fuel ratio.
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My best mileage was driving to Pembrook which was about a 6-7 hour drive for me. I took a few stops, but I also wasn't driving the speed limit. I was doing 110-130KPH... Its a hilly area so there was lots of down shifting.

I'm not really sure, maybe its just driving style plain and simple. I used to try different gas stations and I've found I get better mileage at one then others. I believe its because the others use Ethanol in their gas and the other one doesn't. I used to calculate my mileage religiously, but now I find no point. My tanks are all within about 20-25Kms of each other.

Maybe some 3.0Ls just weren't born to get better mileage.

Sean
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People complain about something all the time.
I came from a near 300 HP 3.73 geared mustang and really the difference ain't all as bad as I expected.
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Well my truck is a 2005 ext. cab with the 3.0 and i have an automatic tranny and I have 3.73 rear gears and an open rear end also it's a 2wd.. so let me know if my mileage is what i'm supposed to be gettin

all city- 16-17

mixed city and hwy - 17-19

all hwy- 21-22
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sounds about right.
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I had a 2000 3.0 with an auto tranny.... with 35's I was getting around 8-12 city (yeah... 8 lol) and 18-20 hwy.

had 149xxx miles on it and it did this


and I was all like
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Well my truck is a 2005 ext. cab with the 3.0 and i have an automatic tranny and I have 3.73 rear gears and an open rear end also it's a 2wd.. so let me know if my mileage is what i'm supposed to be gettin

all city- 16-17

mixed city and hwy - 17-19

all hwy- 21-22
I'd say its about right too. Driving habits may improve it some, unless you already drive well for MPG.

It is a little better than mine but my highway is 20 at best. I got 21 or 22 once or twice. Though i am probably contradicting myself somewhere on here.
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ok, i was just curious seem as how the op got crazy great gas mileage. Thanks for the input and the answers!
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That was just my feeble attempt at humor.
Lots of very fast imports on the road these days......
lol i have been poking fun at one of my co-workers little civic hatch with a coffee can trying to get him to race...finally did today :) he said my magnaflow sounded good when i passed him lol. then another co-worker in his srt4 went by doing about a buck twenty.... jerk haha
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