Looking for better gas mileage - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech General discussion of 4.0L OHV and SOHC V6 Ford Ranger engines.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-21-2011
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Leland, Ill
Posts: 2
Looking for better gas mileage

I have a 2003 Ranger Edge with a 4.0 engine. I'm getting about 20 mpg with it but I'd like to improve on that. Anyone have any suggestions what I can do? I appreciate any help I can get.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-21-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Levelland
Posts: 34
cold air intake i have a superchips programmer that i put on mine that helped increase my gas mileage if your interested in purchasing
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-21-2011
04RangerDave's Avatar
JDM> RANGER

iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: RI
Posts: 5,030
Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS)

You won't get any better. If you want 20+ buy a 4 banger car
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-21-2011
logan03CO's Avatar
Member

iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by 04RangerDave View Post

You won't get any better.
x2

I worked mine up ONCE...then stopped. lol (Hint..it wasn't even CLOSE to starting with a 2)

The trucks a truck!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-21-2011
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Leland, Ill
Posts: 2
what did you get before and after the programmer install
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-21-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Buy a car or a full size
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-21-2011
djfllmn's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: York, PA
Posts: 5,796
its a truck...its gonna be hard on gas...get used to it
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-21-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Upstate,NY
Posts: 2,598
Run skinny tires,wide ones have more rolling resistance.
Use non-ethanol fuel,if you can find it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-21-2011
Fink132's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alberta
Posts: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayeDee View Post
cold air intake
^^ Most useless mod anyone can do....
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-21-2011
Shaaaft's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 49
That video is hilarious
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-21-2011
rolsmojave3's Avatar
Level III Supporter
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,852
About the only thing you can do is make sure your tire pressure is the maximum listed on the sidewall. If you don't pay attention to rotation however your tires will wear in the middle, some people say it rides rough...whatever, it's a truck deal with it. Eliminate warm up time, eliminate stops on your trips.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-21-2011
morris's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South Detroit.
Posts: 7,833
I'm happy with 17 city and I'd totally be happy getting 20 whether it's or highway.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-21-2011
07rangersport's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Maple Ridge CANADA
Posts: 800
20 is fantastic. If you want better gas mileage do the 'car mod'. It worked great for me. My fuel economy tripled
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-21-2011
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
Quote:
Originally Posted by 07rangersport View Post
20 is fantastic. If you want better gas mileage do the 'car mod'. It worked great for me. My fuel economy tripled
x2. If your seeing 20mpg regularly, you need to tell us some of YOUR secrets.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-21-2011
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
for real, 20 is on the upper end for a pickup. Some folks on here get a little over 20 with regearing and playing with tire size and never pushing rpm over 2500
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11-21-2011
Bwanaworker's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: St. Paul MN
Posts: 108
18's my best with oversized tires, Borla muffler and a tune. Whens its cold like it is now I get 15
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11-21-2011
Jelly's Ford's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: KnoxVegas, TN
Posts: 874
Sometimes I can get into high 19's to 20 if I keep it on about 65 on the interstate for long trips. But most of the times only about 16-17. But like everyone else has said, there is little that can be done for gas mileage when driving a truck.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11-21-2011
Fink132's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alberta
Posts: 758
I get 20 all day long even with my 3" BL according to my UltraGauge (awesome little unit BTW. Very happy I got that instead of the scangauge)
Even travelling at 120kms/h (75ish)
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 11-21-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Levelland
Posts: 34
well i got about 24 highway which i only got about 18 on the highway before that
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 11-21-2011
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
i consistently get around 17mpg. that city/highway combined. just about half of my driving during the week is the highway, (never much over 70mph) and city (usually 55mph)
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 11-22-2011
allstateguy's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 41
I get 21: half city, half fwy at 75, but I have the 3.08 axle and auto in a 95 supercab with 100k miles. A/C on or off makes no difference.

best I ever got was 28 on a 400 mile trip, doing about 70 the whole way (~2100 rpm)

This is after verifying my odo was not even 1% off using the roadside mile markers to check.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-22-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: spokane,wa
Posts: 6
2011 4.0 Supercab 4*4. Mixed driving 20 mpg. Driving like a Gma.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 11-22-2011
djfllmn's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: York, PA
Posts: 5,796
20MPG is pretty good im happy when i see that on highway trips( i avg 18-19 on the highway)

and i get 13-14 in the city
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 11-28-2011
web's Avatar
web web is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 210
I do almost all highway (55 mph to 75 mph). I just got my Ranger a few days ago and on the second tank of gas I'm averaging about 24-25 mpg on the highway. I keep my scan gauge activated to monitor what I'm getting and it's almost spot on when I have it in my other cars. I have an 4.0L '04 XLT 4x4 with stock tire size (245/75/16, but it has Goodyear Tracker 2 tires). Nothing else is done to the motor or the truck, but I'll see how things go when I change all the fluids and clean out the TB and IAC. I know it's still new and I'm only 1/2 way through my second tank, but I'll keep you all posted on what I get around here.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11-28-2011
Shaaaft's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 49
My 93 got 25 on the highway once. I usually get between 18-21 city driving(I usually drive it easy)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I want better gas mileage! m1tch 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 63 11-17-2010 03:47 PM
Getting better gas mileage when I don't fill up all the way? 95Rangerjunkie SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 14 03-17-2008 12:33 PM
Randomly better gas mileage Werty 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 26 11-20-2006 05:37 PM
getting better gas mileage xXcecinestpasXx 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 34 08-19-2006 02:56 PM
How to get better gas mileage thread 2003stealthedge General Ford Ranger Discussion 32 09-03-2005 02:50 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:41 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.