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Horrible (9 MPG) mileage on 06 Ranger - can dealership fix?

First off: I love my ranger, and I understand it's not a civic.

Now, my mileage is a joke, way way below what I read on here. On this current tank I have gone 130 miles and I have a quarter tank left... that comes to 8.6 MPG. Yeah I know that isn't scientific, but my other tanks have been around 10 MPG also (using the gallons re-filled divide by trip odometer method).

I do not drive hard at all. I rarely go over 2,000 RPMS and damn near never go over 2,500 RPMs, don't have any significant idling periods (ie: never stuck in rush hour traffic).

My Ranger has 1,500 miles on it, so I think it's done breaking in, but maybe it's going to be ****ty until I change the oil or something?

Is there anything a dealership can do with the computer or anything, or am I just SOL?
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well i'm assuming you have a warranty. Take it in and say "WTF i dont want this truck back till it's getting 15+ mpg"
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somethings not right... you might even fall under lemon laws with it if they cant fix it...
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(using the gallons re-filled divide by trip odometer method).
that should be miles per gallon (read as miles divided by gallons), but even if you do gallons per mile you'd get a number not making sense. Like say 14.105 gallons divided by 336 miles = 0.041979.....

so that kind of rules out checking your math.

don't know why I used the above numbers. My last tank was 14.something gallons to fill and 300something miles. I just know I hit 22.6 mpg and was dancing (see sig for reason), and I don't dance!

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Thanks guys, I called some of the local dealerships and their service department is closed for the day and aren't open Sunday. I'll probably take it in Tuesday. I am guessing they are going to be like either:
A) "Okay, we inspected it and found nothing wrong"
B) "That's not our problem"
C) "We did something to your computer"

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that should be miles per gallon (read as miles divided by gallons), but even if you do gallons per mile you'd get a number not making sense. Like say 14.105 gallons divided by 336 miles = 0.041979.....
Yeah, lol I meant miles divided by gallons.
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Look up your lemon laws then. But I think they shoudl find something if they pull their heads out of their asses.
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Hey I looked this up, you're in luck since it sounds like your truck is new.

http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/general/lemon.htm

Take it in, tell them to fix whats wrong. Then a month later if you still have problem, take it in again. Then pursue lemon law.
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I own a 2006 Ford Ranger 4.0 and when i first bought it i got around 15 mpg, then about 2 weeks later i bought a topper and now i get almost 18 mpg in town, and i drive the same as you do never go over 2000 RPM. So something could be wrong with your truck.
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damn dude that sucks..i thought mine was bad with 33s lol..

i really dunno what else to say but dddaauummm
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Do you know if the EPA ratings are rated differently for each Ranger model? I know my window sticker says 17 city 22 highway (yes I know EPA ratings are higher than real-world mileage), but I was looking at www.fueleconomy.gov and I only saw one "ford ranger 2WD 4.0" so do they only measure one and apply that to all their models (IE: XL, XLT, Sports etc.)?

If that is the case I can expect the dealership to blame the larger tires on the sports model. If the EPA rates each model separately then I have even more fuel for my fire.
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Do you know if the EPA ratings are rated differently for each Ranger model? I know my window sticker says 17 city 22 highway (yes I know EPA ratings are higher than real-world mileage), but I was looking at www.fueleconomy.gov and I only saw one "ford ranger 2WD 4.0" so do they only measure one and apply that to all their models (IE: XL, XLT, Sports etc.)?

If that is the case I can expect the dealership to blame the larger tires on the sports model. If the EPA rates each model separately then I have even more fuel for my fire.
They rate it per engine, and whether it is manual or automatic. Not additional trim levels or options.

Ie, 2 ratings for 4 banger, 3.0, and 4.0.

Just an FYI if you use the method you are using and trying to see how many miles per gallon you are getting by looking at what the gauge says you won't even get close. The Rangers are known to have literally 2.5 (MINIMUM) to 4 gallons of fuel once the light goes on. I have literally driven 65 miles with the light on and I still had a gallon left.

So when it says you have a quarter tank, it is actually close to a half tank, give or take.

start by calculating how many miles you have at fill up, and then divide that by the number of gallons you put into the truck. that will be as close as it gets.


If you are actually driving consistently at below 2500 RPMS even ALL city and still find the number to be below 13-14MPG I am confident the dealer will ackowledge a problem.

Good luck
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This seems to be similar to what happened to me... ABout 2 years ago my truck all of a sudden went from [city]14mpg to 9-10. I was like wtf, i havent done anyother mods or driving differently. I just took it into ford and told them basicially that, they had it for about a day and when I got it back it was all fixed. I believe they did something with the computer or something, its been too long for me to remember exactly, but just take it to them and explain ur ****ty mileage
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my truck got great milage when she was brand new. i'd change the oil. I did it a 1000 miles
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When my 2003 was brand new I only got like 10 Miles per Gallon...Stopped checking it after that...specially now...always flooring it, which doesn't help, but job pays for all of my fuel..so what the hell...!!
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