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Old 11-07-2009
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Icon5 Automatic 4.0 gas mileage?

2WD models preferably, but I'm interested to know how 4WD's do as well. I'm still getting 22 highway in my automatic '95 4-banger so I wouldn't mine "downgrading" if it meant 18-20 highway. Miles per tank would also be appreciated. Thanks fellas.

A couple years ago someone I used to work with bought a brand new 2004 4WD automatic 4.0 and said he got around 250 miles per tank. Does that sound about right? Out of a 19.5 gallon tank thatís only 12 MPG combined. Isnít that just a wee bit crazy? My brotherís V8 Dodge Ram crew cab gets 16-17 highway which is why Iím curious about looking into the 4.0 Rangers mileage.
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In my daily driving (4.0 4x4) I get over 18 mpg. It would consist of 25, 35, 45, and 55 mph county roads (about 70% of driving) and some 65 and 70 mph interstate driving. I routinely go 300 miles before I look for gas. I ease up to speed and drift alot....I try to avoid having to use my brakes.

Caution....if you use the gas pedal to make you happy more than once per tank, you will NOT get anywhere near 18 mpg!!!!! I allow myself one showoff stunt per tank....but alas...I often fail.
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The '03 in my signature get maybe 15 driving around town, and I am lucky to get 18 on the highway. I get about 240 miles out of a tank before I have to fill up too. So I would say your doing pretty good. I definately would not buy one if you are looking for good gas mileage. lol
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My 4.0 4x4 get's about 20.3 daily driving, which is mostly highway with some secondary roads. City mileage, I'm currently getting about 18 mpg. Letting the truck warm up in the morning this past week, currently getting 16.5 this tank FTL.
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im getting 13.5 on a goodday with mine (2wd auto 4.0) but i think my exhaust might be clogged so in a week or so i should have a bit better. i use to get 15-16 driving like own a fast car
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4.0L auto 4x4 gets 16 city/mixed and 19/20 hwy. I really never had a tank all hwy before, but going to a meet once I got 20 MPG.
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4.0 4x4 with 4.10 gears im getting about 16 to 18 mpg on average
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09 2WD 4.0L SOHC getting about 18.0 - 18.7 mpg out of a tank. Thats the average. I do alot of freeway driving, and try to keep it around 70mph. When i go faster, milage drops like a stone.

I got 16.5 when i first got the truck, milage has been getting better as ive racked on a few miles. The low fuel light comes on around 310-320 miles, and I normally put around another 30 miles on after that if its convenient so 350 per tank is normal for me.

I also top off the gas tank EVERY time. I like the cruising range and no, ive never set off a check engine light doing this with either my 09 or my 04. Basically ill fill it till the pump clicks off, then the tank can hold another 2.4 gallons.
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your a retard if you use every last drop of fuel in your tank. that being said, say 16 gallons = 250 miles or 16mpg. Now dont forget those of you with new trucks - 2--6 and newer are running little baby tires... so your mileage will be better. That was Ford's way of making their little truck look more economical to the stupid american consumer.
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i get 13
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I get about 15 all around
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My 4wd '09 with the camper on got 13.4 mpg on its last tank, 75% highway/50mph rural roads and 25% city stop and go (which is what really eats the fuel with it). Empty the truck was averaging 16 - 19 mpg depending on my speed, roads, and attitude. However, for me my total fuel consumption hasn't hardly changed cause I camp at work a lot and don't do any unnecessary driving.

I would think a 4 cyl 2wd 5 spd shouldn't get any less than 20 - 22 since you're not pushing the front axle and the truck's a fair bit lighter, but if you drive them both mildly I bet a V6 would net you pretty much the same fuel mileage unless the truck's a basic single cab short box that never hauls anything... and at that point, why not just buy a car then and get 30 mpg? LR
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With a tuner and running 93 octane I can get 18 mpg mixed, before it was about 15.5-16 mpg. I have a lead foot so I usualy only average 16mpg, right now though I am down to 12mpg. Over several tanks of gas I have noticed that unlocking my front hubs gives me an additional .25 to .5 mpg increase, and the Bassani catback exaust I use to have gave me another .5 mpg increase, just something to think about.

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Lol Leadfoot Same! I never let off the gas, I get around 180-200 miles per tank haha.
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My '07 4.0L SOHC extended cab 4x4 auto w/3.73 I averages 275-285 miles/tank and usually 16-16.5 gallons to fill in mixed city/country driving. I've seen 18 mpg when I drove mostly hwy. In other words, 17 mpg average. It's a Sport model with the bigger 16" "Y"-spoke wheels. I wish it did better but at the time I was looking for one I couldn't get an extended cab 4x4 with the 4 banger. It runs great and has good power. Just wish I could coax 20 MPG from it. Good luck finding a true 20+mpg 4x4 auto with a 4.0L :-(
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The '03 in my signature get maybe 15 driving around town, and I am lucky to get 18 on the highway. I get about 240 miles out of a tank before I have to fill up too. So I would say your doing pretty good. I definately would not buy one if you are looking for good gas mileage. lol
ha i get about the exact same as you with my 03
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My 02 4.0 4x4 Off Road gets around 18-20, 300 or so per tank. I agree with the posters above, you get one, maybe two showoffs per tank to keep that kind of mileage. At 134,000 on all original parts, I'd say that's pretty dang good.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I guess at the end of the day if you truly want or need 20-22+ mpg highway in a pickup then a 4-banger is the way to go. I'm just glad I found this out now before I jumped into a 4.0 and doubled my gas bill. Thanks once again.
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My truck is still new with around 3000 miles on it. I gassed it up and went 205 miles on a half a tank, then filled it back up with 8 gallons on gas. 205/8 gallons = 25.62mpg

That's with 50/50 hwy and city driving, stock tires filled up to 38psi and 87 octane fuel. My only mod is a K&N drop in filter and at 3000 miles my original oil is dirty...I blame the air filter.
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i just got 13mpg for my last fill up ....typically i get around 15 for pure city though, and 20 for pure highway, and 17 blended
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hi there i have a 97 40 2wd auto, with a 89 octane tune and 3.08 gears i get an average of 16-17 mpg with 235/75-15 wheels
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your a retard if you use every last drop of fuel in your tank. that being said, say 16 gallons = 250 miles or 16mpg. Now dont forget those of you with new trucks - 2--6 and newer are running little baby tires... so your mileage will be better. That was Ford's way of making their little truck look more economical to the stupid american consumer.


My truck has 235/75 15s on it. They've used those for years on Rangers and Explorers alike. Its not a new thing. IIRC FX4 LII's were rated at the same MPGs as other 4WD models even though they ran 31s stock.
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all ranger cmae with different tire/gear combos but mine had some thing like a 27" tire stock now its a 29
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09 2WD 4.0L SOHC getting about 18.0 - 18.7 mpg out of a tank. Thats the average. I do alot of freeway driving, and try to keep it around 70mph. When i go faster, milage drops like a stone.

I got 16.5 when i first got the truck, milage has been getting better as ive racked on a few miles. The low fuel light comes on around 310-320 miles, and I normally put around another 30 miles on after that if its convenient so 350 per tank is normal for me.

I also top off the gas tank EVERY time. I like the cruising range and no, ive never set off a check engine light doing this with either my 09 or my 04. Basically ill fill it till the pump clicks off, then the tank can hold another 2.4 gallons.
thats not good too do. gas pumps have settings so that when it clicks it sucks the fuel back up the hose so every time you do this you pay for gas and give it back. i dont know about you but giveing my gas away is not my grand plan for saveing money.
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thats not good too do. gas pumps have settings so that when it clicks it sucks the fuel back up the hose so every time you do this you pay for gas and give it back. i dont know about you but giveing my gas away is not my grand plan for saveing money.


We have vapor recovery nozzles here in CA, and ive never heard of them sucking fuel back up. I just know that on my truck and my Cougar, i can get quite a bit more fuel in there topping it off. It will fill until i can visually see it in the neck so it IS getting gas all the way to the top. In fact, that wont happen on my Cougar because its got a pre emissions filler neck on it so in order to fill it up, i gotta do it in a certain way so that the nozzle never touches the liquid fuel once its gone into the car. its super tempermental on that car, (due to the shape of the very short filler neck) it clicks off and on even if the tank is nowhere near full so you have to pull back on the whole nozzle and use caution when filling it up. yeah another reason CA is a PITA sometimes.
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