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Old 06-25-2009
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Good problem to have?

Not sure it's even a problem, just a "Huh..."

Never liked the mileage on my '03 Ranger 4.0 4x4. Going downhill, with a tailwind, driving like granny I might get 18mpg. 16 to 17ish was typical back in '03-05 when I was driving 100 miles a day for my commute.

Last few years I've worked mostly from home and haven't tracked the mileage.

Started a contract couple weeks ago that's 75 miles each way, and I thought I wasn't burning gas as quick as usual...especially since most of it is at 70-75mph.

Last fillup was 19mpg. Today's fill-up had me at 19.5mpg.

Hopefully it's just something to be thankful for and not something like a hidden hole on the air intake bypassing the air filter :D

Only three things I can think of is the Michelins I put on last year, I keep the pressure up pretty high on them; the last oil change I went with a full synthetic Valvoline...usually use Valvoline Durablend but Walmart had the full synthetic on sale for the same price (!); or with a 170,000 miles the truck is finally broken in.

I guess I'm just sharing a story unless anyone has an "Oh my God, that's a symptom of..." to warn me about improvements in mileage :)
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170K! Nice. I can get 19.5 MPG if I drive like a granny in my truck. Usually I pull 17.5 driving mostly highway with some city.
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i usually hover around 20mpg on the highway and 17-ish in the city
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Ahh... the beauty of a 2.3L 4x2 -

I can usually count on 26 Hwy, 22-23 in town. And that's with the auto!
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Ahh... the beauty of a 2.3L 4x2 -

I can usually count on 26 Hwy, 22-23 in town. And that's with the auto!
Nice! The best I've gotten yet during the summer was last tank averaged just a tick under 25 mpg, but you've got a good 30 hp extra at the same time. I can respect a 4.0 average 19-20 mpg though, what i would give to actually have some torque :)
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Coming home from Michigan I averaged 19.5 for a good chunk of the trip. That was doing about 72 with the A/C on. I have the 4.0 4x4 too.

Now....Time to seafoam.
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Nice! The best I've gotten yet during the summer was last tank averaged just a tick under 25 mpg, but you've got a good 30 hp extra at the same time. I can respect a 4.0 average 19-20 mpg though, what i would give to actually have some torque :)
Yeah, I've never driven one of the old school 2.3's, but I've heard there's quite a difference. I was surprised when I got behind the wheel of an 09 2.3L auto how much power there was (well... relative to what I expected).
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