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Old 03-28-2011
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Gas Saving Tips

Here is what I follow for better gas mileage in my Ranger

1. Keep tire pressure correct
2. Remove unnecessary items from the truck and bed
3. Drive lightly on the throttle
4. Use overdrive or highest gear whenever possible
5. Do not use those magnetic gas savers, if gas did have metal chunks in it, 1 (then you have a serious problem in your gas tank), and 2 (if it did have chunks in it, and you put a magnet on the fuel line, wouldn't they build up and clog the fuel line?) Thanks guys
I don't know if this was another thread, I apologize if it was, but I had that thought about the magnets to throw in there!

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Using a Scan Gauge helps alot too... you see in real time what your mileage is and it helps you to see when to be on and off the throttle and how small adjustments in your driving can make a big difference - the best way to accelerate, best cruising speed, etc.
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i was surprized how heavy my step bars were when i pulled them off today, if i see much of a improvement with them off i may just scrap them rather than refinish them.
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Best way to get the ultimate mileage is to dump off all the 4x4 mods that you have done if you plan to do alot of driving.

For instance ditch the sliders, bumpers, roof racks, toolbox etc etc. Drive consistent, accelerate slowly and brake late (just in case it turns green ).

Keep a Ranger properly tuned up, maintained and light will yield the best results (coupled with smooth driving).

I have lots of excess steel on my truck, but with my 33's, 3.73's and light foot, with mostly freeway driving I consistently get bewteen 15.61mpg and 15.93mpg. Which ain't bad for a 4000lb, clapped out truck manufactured 15 years ago.
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Biggest gas saver tip.....GET RID OF YOUR RANGER. I knew exactly what i was getting myself into when i bought my truck, MPGs werent even on my mind. Youll never get good mileage with a Ranger, people need to just give up and deal with it.
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yeah that's pretty much right with any heavy rear wheel drive vehicle and especially with four wheel drive, the best way really if you have big tires is to put a lower gear ration in the differentials so its easier for the engine to move the truck but with the price of that its not really all that practical.
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Biggest gas saver tip.....GET RID OF YOUR RANGER. I knew exactly what i was getting myself into when i bought my truck, MPGs werent even on my mind. Youll never get good mileage with a Ranger, people need to just give up and deal with it.
Yeah, I'm getting 29 MPG with my Ranger and my sister is only getting 32 with her Scion xD and she's having a pretty hard time dealing with that - guess she should have opted for a Prius if she was hoping to get significantly better MPGs than my truck. I don't believe the message should be to get rid of your Ranger...perhaps just don't F*** with your Ranger if you ever expect to see decent MPGs. Especially if fuel economy is your concern.

Another thing. When you need tires, see if LRR (low rolling resistance) rated tires are available in your size.
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neutral down hills if you have a 5 speed no biggie. probably a pain if you have an auto.
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Some days I wish I had a 4.0 or 5.0, but not of gas days, gas days are the days I thank jesus I bought a 4 cylinder.
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neutral down hills if you have a 5 speed no biggie. probably a pain if you have an auto.
This is a common misconception when applied to most EFI engines.

Using closed throttle in gear downhill may actually use slightly less fuel than idling downhill in neutral. That's because the injectors shut completely off at closed throttle above a certain RPM after a short time delay. This applies to Fords in general, Rangers specifically and vehicles from other manufacturers as well.

Coasting in neutral won't buy any fuel savings with EFI and is illegal in many, possibly all, states.
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I currently get 23.7MPG mixed use in my high-mileage Ranger.

Things that seem to help (assuming traffic flow is not impeded):
* coasting to red lights
* driving "ahead" (ie, planning to avoid unncessary stops)
* picking up speed when it's "cheap", like on a downhill
* steady throttle
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dont buy a ranger
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dont buy a ranger
x2 its a truck what else do you expect.
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i understand gas is almost 4 00 where i;m at but you bought a truck not a car
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try an older 5.7 hemi (no MSDS) or a 5.4 triton and then you can complain about gas mileage....
I'm pretty happy with my trucks mileage so far...
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shoot, our old farm truck got 9 no matter what. '77 F250 4x4, 400, C6, 4.10's ,would pull anything or plow any driveway though.
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I average 25 mpg and get 30 mpg on the Highway. So if you say don't buy a Ranger, just buy the right one if you what MPG.
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don't brake
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don't brake
Thats exactly why I have 200lbs of steel on the front of my truck between the bumper/winch, so that I can just railroad/bulldoze my way through intersections
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Yeah I figured today I A. Need to find a job closer to home w/ better pay and B. Get a second vehicle with better mileage for commuting. Ive spent about 65% of my whole months pay on Gas... stupid high gas prices.
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I get around 28 in town and 35 on the highway in my 87 2.3 . :) Who says you cant have a truck with good gas mileage!
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I just stopped trying to get good gas mileage its so boring to drive like that.
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I just stopped trying to get good gas mileage its so boring to drive like that.
Best advice ever. Stop caring cuz its a truck, it is what it is and won't change unless you drop $5000. But we all know $5000 can also buy alot of gas, so its all relative.

If you really can't afford the gas then change to another vehicle.
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My biggest gas saver is letting off the throttle and coasting before hitting the brakes. I can easily see a 1-2 MPG increase when I do this.
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