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Most MPG out of a Ranger 4x4

I am new so any help or advice is appreciated.

I have a bone stock 95 4x4 Ranger with a 3.0L and 5-speed
KNN Filter + High flow exhaust
Manual Hubs
No A/C

My mpg is ranging from 16-19 in town/mix and 20-22 Highway

I am currently waiting for Jet UDP and Flex-a-lite Electric Fan

My hope is to get 23-25mpg on the highway I do a lot of traveling to Northern Cali.

Anyone else have any suggestions for increase MPG?

Again if this has been talked about too many times or if there is advice for the forums I need to follow let me know.
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keep dreaming...consider yourself lucky already with the MPG youre getting...
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I'm shooting for the same goal of 25mpg hwy. Last year I was averaging 23mpg over very hilly country with a heavy foot. The UDP and E-fan will help. Have you looked into lowering the ride height?
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just FYI the K&N air filter and exhaust dont do ****
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keep dreaming...consider yourself lucky already with the MPG youre getting...
x2!

That's actually a relatively high average for these trucks.
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do a good tune up.

new fuel filter
air filter
change oil/filter
spark plugs/wires.
synthetic oils in front/rear diffs
check tire pressures

read some hypermilling techniques, drive slower, coast to stops, don't sit and idle.


my 94 civic is rated 43 highway stock, i normally average around 40, using hypermilling and taking a longer road trip(97% hwy) i averaged 55.63 mpg on that tank of gas.
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I have done a complete tune up (wires, plugs, oil, filters ect)
I will be doing the diff oils very soon and yes bumping up the tire pressure.

I do not really want to mess with ride height due to the fact I do go off road quite a bit at our property.

My driving habits have changed and it is a big difference keeping the revs below 3k and letting the trucks momentum carry it. Dad always said, "when you hit the brakes you're wasting gas"
(little extreme but good point)

I guess I can consider myself lucky by the mpg im getting :) .
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I've found that these little 3.0's do better on fuel if the revs are kept higher when under a load. Drove with a light foot, keeping the revs under 3k rpm for several tanks of fuel and lost 1mpg. Went back to my normal driving style of revving it to 3500-4200 daily under 1/4-1/2 throttle (merging w/traffic, pulling grades, etc) and actually yielded better fuel economy than lugging it.
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everyone says you should be happy with what your getting ive got a 2006 4x4 4.0 5 speed and i get 21
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Did a fuel mpg test over the last week with my 4.0 4x4 and am getting 17 with a rotted out exhaust. 25 is going to be hard, but achievable
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Yeah I'm hoping the 3.0 will come through.
I have a 93 4x4 4.0 as well and I can not get any better than 19mpg (normally 15-17) out of it IF i am lucky.
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They exhaust will be better with the back pressure being released clean out the air filter if u haven't in awhile put the tires to 40 psi don't slam on the gas make slower stops basically
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2003 B2300 4cyl 2WD with automatic and A/C

I just filled up with 13 gallons even, and 226 miles = 17.4 MPG

I would estimate 30% highway and 70% street.

A/C was on 90% of the time.

That automatic transmission coupled to a 4 banger in the summer is a gas hog.

Its the worst MPG 's of my cars which include:

BMW 545i 8 cyl

Infiniti Q45 8 cyl.

Lexus LS430 8 cyl.
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keep dreaming...consider yourself lucky already with the MPG youre getting...
x3

I average 15mpg per tank. A full size gets better MPG than my Ranger.
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2003 B2300 4cyl 2WD with automatic and A/C

I just filled up with 13 gallons even, and 226 miles = 17.4 MPG
I get this and my motor is twice as big. You should be getting better than that.
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I average 15mpg per tank. A full size gets better MPG than my Ranger.
yea mine was the same...i get the same MPG with my 150 as i did with my ranger...sometimes even a little bit better
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Perhaps, part of my problem, is that I've been driving responsive 8 cylinders and so I might be just a tad "heavy" on the foot.

I replaced the spark plugs for NGK Iridiums and the fuel filter Air filter is fine and the Trans and Diff fluids recently changed.

But, I think the "foot" is the primary reason.
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The thing that kills the MPG in a Ranger is the gear ratio in the rear end. For example I have a 4.10 and I'm getting about 15-17 (driving 100+ miles every two days). With that ratio, I can accelerate a lot faster than most other vehicles at a light, but when the truck drops into 5th gear at 45 mph, you can't expect to get much better than what I'm getting because my drive is all highway and interstate. With a 3.73 ratio, you get much better MPGs but you have a lot less acceleration and torque on take off than I do.
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Dewy I have 3.73's and 31's. I'm getting 17 city, my freeway driving is only 7 minutes and only 5 miles.
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The thing that kills the MPG in a Ranger is the gear ratio in the rear end. For example I have a 4.10 and I'm getting about 15-17 (driving 100+ miles every two days). With that ratio, I can accelerate a lot faster than most other vehicles at a light, but when the truck drops into 5th gear at 45 mph, you can't expect to get much better than what I'm getting because my drive is all highway and interstate. With a 3.73 ratio, you get much better MPGs but you have a lot less acceleration and torque on take off than I do.
Yes, I have the 4.10 rear end as well.

I was hoping to use this truck as my daily driver over the Q45 but I'll stick with the speed, comfort, acceleration of the Q over the Ranger since it saves me money. Weird but true.

The Ranger (B2300) will be my Home Depot option.
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I regularly get 25 on the highway with my 99' 4x4 3.0L, I've got a K&N drop in and a larger exhaust. The big difference for me is the tires, I've got 3.73 gears and 31's and I noticed between my mud tires and my street tires I can get between 20 and 25 mpg's.

In town I get probably close to 19 w/ street tires. 25 highway.

Mud tires I average 17 city and 22 highway.

With the 3.0L I'm moderate on the throttle, and I do have a 5 speed which helps pick better shift points.
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I regularly get 25 on the highway with my 99' 4x4 3.0L, I've got a K&N drop in and a larger exhaust. The big difference for me is the tires, I've got 3.73 gears and 31's and I noticed between my mud tires and my street tires I can get between 20 and 25 mpg's.

In town I get probably close to 19 w/ street tires. 25 highway.

Mud tires I average 17 city and 22 highway.

With the 3.0L I'm moderate on the throttle, and I do have a 5 speed which helps pick better shift points.
Good luck getting 25mpg with slashed tires. This state is only big enough for one of us
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Good luck getting 25mpg with slashed tires. This state is only big enough for one of us
Don't be jealous bro...
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yea mine was the same...i get the same MPG with my 150 as i did with my ranger...sometimes even a little bit better
I don't doubt it. I'm waiting for the new trucks to roll out and im getting me a fullsize.
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Over the last 2 months (4/5 tank of gas ) mainly hyway been able to average 20 mpgs happy with that...
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