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Old 12-04-2009
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mpg question

ok so i have a completely stock 3.0, it has 49k on the engine, i change fluids regularly, but i cant seem to get more then 20mpg on the highway. i also got new tires and they're 31's and its even worse.

i want to keep the tires but any ideas for better gas mileage? im on a highschoolers budget so its not much.

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these trucks got horrible gas mileage.. i know mine does and its stock. i think most of the guys on here would love to get 20mpg's haha.
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yeahh haha i get about 330-350 km's to a tank.
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yea man wheni had my stock 235 75 15 i got around 22 max on highway with my 5speed 3.0 i get 20 with my 32s now (not recalibrated) but 20 sounds about right especially if yours is auto
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wow, 20mph highway sounds good to me, i get about 18 highway...with the tailgate down...ive added a K&N cold air intake($270), it helped a little
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yeahh haha i get about 330-350 km's to a tank.
i get about 400-500kms on a tank with a 4.0L 5 speed with 235/75/15's.
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wow, 20mph highway sounds good to me, i get about 18 highway...with the tailgate down...ive added a K&N cold air intake($270), it helped a little
tailgate down is worse for mpg, yeah my buddy has a 5speed too, and he gets around 450, i dont know why i get such bad milage, i dont even drive hard.
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like most said, 20 mpg for a 3.0 auto is good especially on 31s
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I've hit as high as 24 on the highway.

3.0, auto, 31's.

City though.. I'm rocking an avg 13 mpg.
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my old 2.3 5 speed on 31's got 26 highway
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my old 2.3 5 speed on 31's got 26 highway
what year 2.3 cause if its not a duratec i have a very hard time believing that number
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HEY another 'Nati guy.


I hate to tell ya, but your SOL. A tuner will be your best bet, but on a budget your gonna hate the price.

Highest I've EVER got was a 100% all highway 20mpg.

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...with the tailgate down...
You get worse mileage with the gate down. The gate helps create a high pressure area behind the cab that allows air to just flow over the bed.
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Wow. Who is complaining about 20 mpg? My truck gets maybe 16-17 on the highway. Around here driving, Ill be lucky to get 14.
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Im getting about 16-17 highway and 11 in the city. So i think your doing pretty good haha.
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what year 2.3 cause if its not a duratec i have a very hard time believing that number
it was a 95 with 2wd gearing changed and a lot of lightening. also had some head work so it had a little more power than stock.
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also had an intake an 19lb injectors
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yeah but i have a 30 mile round trip to school 2 days a week and the day after i got my tires on i used a quarter of a tank there and back. my parents dont pay for my gas lol so theres nothing i can do?
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yea i used to get about 20 on the highway, but after intake and exhaust i get 18-19 average a tank with about 85% highway driving
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Best suggestion is either ditch the larger tires and get a tuner for MPG reasons or buy a cheap Honda.
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