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gas milage too low

help????? 2000 ext cab
v-6 3L only getting 16 miles/gal in controled driving... have new egr sensor ,, spark plugs,, tires [properly inflated]
all fluids new or topped ,,,, all filters newer. my experience with older ford v-6s has been arond 23mi/gal.???
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manual or automatic
2WD or 4x4
see if you had a signature I would not need to ask these questions

if your truck is a 4x4 that is good mileage
if your truck is an automatic and 2WD it is low, but not that bad
if your truck is 2WD and a 5 speed manual, well it could be about 3-5 MPG more.....
and your rear end gear ratio will also make a big difference.......
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23MPG is pretty good for a Ranger in my experience. I averaged about that in my old 2.5L I4 powered 4x2 w/ the manual and absoloutely no options (ie no AC, no power nothin'). That truck was probably one of the lightest, most efficient Rangers available. I wouldn't expect 23 in a V6 powered truck.. Especially if you are a 4x4..

My current 2003 4.0L powered 4x4 averages about 17-18 MPG. My record high for a tank is just under 21 MPG.
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The only time I ever got more than 20 in my 4.0 was driving for 10 hours on the highway. My average is around 17-18
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I average 16 with 35" tires and 5" of lift.

But I only got 17 to 18 typically before the modifications. That's a 3.0L 2WD automatic. The mileage figures for highway are almost unachievable except on speed-limit driving for long periods on the highway, in my experience. I did get 22 mpg on long trips at one time -- haven't measured it on the highway since all the mods.
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I used to get about 18 mpg with 33's on my 02 3.0L.
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I'm only getting around 16 mpg - Gotta love the Rangers
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The only time I ever got more than 20 in my 4.0 was driving for 10 hours on the highway.
Same here. My record was on the return ride from Centralia PA. All highway through PA, NY, CT and MA w/ the cruise locked in at 70 MPH.
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i have an ext cab 3.0 auto 2wd with 4:10 gears and i have very controlled driving and I rarely push it to 2500rpms when driving. I also have 245/75/r16 tires and I avg in the high 16's. So if your setup is anything like that its about avg.
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i get use to get 16 mpg (04, ext cab, auto, controlled riving, 4.10 gearings)

Now i get 18 average. I have never hit 20 mpg.

Just this last time, i was moving, so i carried a lot of stuff back and forth. I only got 13 mpg, haha
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Wow, you guys dont get good mileage at all!

I have had tanks average out at 27mpg! Most of the time I am around 23-24. But that is a 4 banger/5spd.
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on my 4.0 auto with 3.55's and 30" tires I get 17-18 consistantly. Before the mods I could get 20, but I wouldn't go back stock for any amount of gas milage..
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Wow, you guys dont get good mileage at all!

I have had tanks average out at 27mpg! Most of the time I am around 23-24. But that is a 4 banger/5spd.
That's actually about what I saw w/ my 2.5L I4 w/ manual.. (Gotta watch saying '5spd', the new autos are a 5-speed auto now!) The V6's seem to be a whole different story though..
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2002 4.0 4x4 Auto, supercab 300# tools
15mpg winter..
I'm getting 18-18.5 over the last 4000miles.
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I guess 16 to 18m/gal will be my limit on v6 3l unless you can telll me value of $30.00
air filter or which one best. Thank for misl. talk on ac/defrost only I really didn't remember [senility]about vauum stuff and your talk got my eyes and tactiles to guide disconnected hose into ball and i have selctor control in order [a gift since it feels like 100 degrees]in so. fl..
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yeah i was looking up the specs online on all data at school and it said that with rangers or any car its more efficient to have the a/c on with the windows up on the free way or the drag makes fuel economy worse
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I think that depends on how fast you are traveling. I believe it at highway speeds, but have doubts of that in-town.
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yeah i was looking up the specs online on all data at school and it said that with rangers or any car its more efficient to have the a/c on with the windows up on the free way or the drag makes fuel economy worse
Its the opposite there. You will allways get better millage with the A/C off. It takes ~12hp to turn the A/C pump. The way these trucks are built (and any car for that matter these days) there is almost zero drag with the windows down. When you roll down your windows does it get really windy inside? No, so drag is minimal.

I get ~12 on the street. Maybe 15 50/50. And I have gotten 22 on the freeway cruising 70-75.

Like I'v said, this thing is a truck and if you wanted good gas milage you should have bought a honda.
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that not bad i checked my mpg today and only got 13.9 using ac a lot this week i average 16 in town 18 on highway
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I have never seen 20mpg out of my 3.0. mid teens is about it! shoulda' got a v8 hahahaha
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gas milage too low

continue to wonder about 16 mi/gal on auto v-6 3L tell me about special air filter $30.00. does it increase gs/mi?? heat index 100#
must use ac 75 is my age not my speed..love you guys,,,thank you

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The last three Rangers that I have owned (98 Reg Cab, 02 Ext Cab, 04 Ext Cab) have all averaged 21 to 23 MPG. They were all 3.0 v6's. Most of my driving is Highway as I commute about 60 miles roundtrip. The biggest influence has always been tire pressure. I have always run them at 34-35 psi.
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try rolling on 37s thats the only thing i hate about them it seems like im filling up every day. i havent recalled my odometer since putting on new tires so i cant get a number but it dropped but i guess it aint so bad.
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i was getting like 25-30mpg in my 2.3 on a good day.
but other days i would get like 19-23.. the 2.3 lima is a very strange motor tho.
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There are so many varriables in the configurations of these Rangers. Engine size, drivetrain (4x4 vs 4x2), trans, gearing, cab/wheelbase, etc etc. Slap individual driving styles and environmental differences on top of this and no two of us are going to see identical MPG figures. One guy w/ a 4.0L 4x4 can drive like a grandma and nip at 20 while another guy can downshift to 3rd on the super slab in his 4x2 3.0 (just read Wowak's post!) and be lucky to clear 15-16.

That said, I've yet to hear of any 'silver bullet' of an aftermarket product to improve fuel efficency. As much as I wish I had.

I too would agree that tire pressure probably is one of the factors. I too run at 34-36 psi..
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