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pre break in gas mileage

i just bought a new 08 ranger 4x4 with the auto and 4.0l and im getting about 12-13 mpg and i want to know how much of an increase i can expect and most of that is highway and a little bit of city. is it going to get better.
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Not with a 4.0L :P
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your kidding right
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your kidding right

Naw, hes being serious about that, I'm getting at 15 for city and 19-20 for highway

You have a 4*4 and 4.0, alot of extra weight you are carrying around bro.

Suggest a tuner for an xtra 2-3mpg

Its a truck, what were you thinking of getting out of it mpg wise?
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15 city 18-19 highway is what i thought iwould be getting. my 99 sierra v8 ext cab 4x4 got 13-15 city and 18-21 on the highway with 33's. and my 04 f150 with 5.4 got 12 city but that weighed 2 k more and had 300+ hp
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Fuel economy and power will be down until you get some break-in miles on it. Things will improve somewhat with miles but don't expect miracles. It is still a large V6 in a 4000 pound 4x4 fighting pickup truck aerodynamic drag. 19 highway is possible if you stay within legal speeds.
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i bet you will stay around 17-18 if you drive decent

i get 15-16 with my setup now
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Yaris's get like 30-35 mpg, maybe you should have looked into one of those if you wanted something more green!
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i just broke 4800 miles in mine and i drive 250 miles a week on the highway between speeds of 70-80 and i get 15 mpgs
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yeah it wont be good and broke in until 10k or more
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i just bought a new 08 ranger 4x4 with the auto and 4.0l and im getting about 12-13 mpg and i want to know how much of an increase i can expect and most of that is highway and a little bit of city. is it going to get better.

I just got my 08 Ford Ranger FX4 4.0 4x4 with the Sport package with the 5 speed auto. I have the Goodyear RTS 25575R16 tires on it and Im getting 15 to 16 city and I got 20 keeping it on the hwy around 60-65 mph. I did spend the coin on the K&N airfilter and thats it for now. I try not to run air on it, if I do, I use the A/C setting instead of max A/C setting.

I am planning on getting a tonneau cover so that should help some.

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I get like 13 mpg and I am at 4000km so like 3300 miles or so?! I get to spend atleast $25 just to go 200 km
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I got 17 c and 20 hwy until I put on my 265 75 16's. 2005 4x4 4.0 auto...
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Keeping the shift-points low (under 2k RPM) would help, but that is really hard to do w/ an auto.

My best tank to date was 21 MPG. That is in a largely stock '03 FX4 LII, which I think is pretty much the heaviest, least efficient Ranger package around.
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i aint driven no yaris so get that thought out of your head but by the sounds of it the milage should get better
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man my last tank i averaged 17 MPG all city driving and on my freeway trips i get around 20. drive like a grandma it pays of in spades. also im running a 4.0 4x4
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so by the sounds of it its going to take a while to get better but the secret lies in keeping the rpms low (i wish i bought a manual). do taunno covers help alot?
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Not in my opinion. YMMV here, but I've never seen a significant improvement in MPG when using a soft tonneau. I am neurotic about keeping fuel logs and have data for both my current and previous Ranger. One was an I4 2WD std-cab, the other is a V6 4WD ex-cab. I had soft tonneaus on both.

I always tell people to buy one if you wanna keep yer groceries dry, not because you think it'll drastically improve your mileage.

I can't help you w/ your auto.

One other tip is to slow down. I saw a noteworthy improvement when I dropped my cruising speed from 75 MPH to 70 MPH. (Indicated, my speedo is a little fast.)
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best help for the money is a tuner. but even that will take a while to pay off.

another thing is ASP pullies
or an efan

with all that and keeping your RPMs low its the best way to see better mpg
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I try not to run air on it, if I do, I use the A/C setting instead of max A/C setting.
FYI, A/C and MAX A/C are the same except MAX A/C uses recirculated cabin air instead of warm outside air. If anything, MAX A/C is more efficient than A/C but don't expect a major difference in fuel consumption. Also, at highway speeds, running the A/C with windows up uses less fuel than running without A/C and windows down - lower aero drag.
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FYI, A/C and MAX A/C are the same except MAX A/C uses recirculated cabin air instead of warm outside air. If anything, MAX A/C is more efficient than A/C but don't expect a major difference in fuel consumption. Also, at highway speeds, running the A/C with windows up uses less fuel than running without A/C and windows down - lower aero drag.
That reminds me of a Mythbusters episode. Haha. But as far as gas mileage, if you can keep your foot up a little on the skinny pedal you should see a gain in mileage, but only after you've gone the recommended break-in period.
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i drive whatever and how ever and normally get 14-15 all the time. if i stay out of it and drive slower 16? so is it worth it? probably not. you might see differences though since I am aerodynamically challenged and have larger tires.
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so by the sounds of it its going to take a while to get better but the secret lies in keeping the rpms low (i wish i bought a manual). do taunno covers help alot?
I have the M5OD, I drive in hilly country, and use the 4x4 more than I care to due to winter. Even so, I still get your milage using winter blend fuel in an engine that has 179,xxxmi. on it. With my hubs unlocked I get 18mpg, and in the summer 21+ in a mix of city/country driving. I never push my truck over 3,000rpm, and only climbimg hills do I exceed 2000 in 4th gear. Otherwise my rpm's are kept under 2,000, period.
But then, too, I am cheap old fart who would sooner put the money in my quad come summer and go explore new places where the Ranger can't go. Some fishing holes even my truck can't quite get to, but my quad can... carrying an inflatable and trolling motor, heh.

Now when the 2 feet of ice finally melt off of the lakes...
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