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Old 11-13-2006
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4 cylinder 98 Ranger, honest gas milage opinion please.

Hello-

I've done some searching, but I've found a ton of different results. The truck I'm looking at purchasing is the following:

98 Ranger XLT
Manual windows/locks/etc
2wd
4 cyl
automatic
short bed
regular cab

What kind of milage should I realistically get with this thing? It seems like it ranges from 15mpg to 28mpg in here, so I don't know what to believe. If it's 15mpg, I might as well just get a car instead.

This truck will be used only for getting to work and back. I realize it will be slow and it won't tow a lot, but I already have a bigger truck for towing and 4x4 and a race car and a family car. This thing will just be used to eat up miles.

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a stock 2.3L will get about 20-30mpg.
just keep it in good shape (tuneup and stuff).

btw welcome, more people from michigan!
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auto YUCK... auto 4cyl rangers are complete DOGS i mean horrible... granted you will get like 20-23mpg but a manual can get so much better...
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^ yeah i didnt notice that.
but they are still "ok" on gas.
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Yes, unfortunately this particular truck is an automatic. I know the stick would be much better, but this truck seems like a good deal. Also, I am on the phone a LOT for business, so even though the truck will be a pig, it might be better for me to get an auto.

So is 20-23 about what everyone thinks this thing will get?
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thats about what i was getting was like 20 some days 23 some days and 25 every once and a while when my truck was small.. depends on how hard you push it. and also remeber you sayed you would buy a car if it was to bad well cars still cant haul **** so a truck is better
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98 Ranger XLT
Manual windows/locks/etc
2wd
4 cyl
automatic
short bed
regular cab

my grandpa has a 99, auto, 4 cyl short bed, reg cab, and i was actually impressed by its acceleration for what it has. i drove it for a week maybe 2 weeks and averaged 26mpg

i have a 4.0 and 4x4 so completly different and get 16mpg with it.
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thats about what i was getting was like 20 some days 23 some days and 25 every once and a while when my truck was small.. depends on how hard you push it. and also remeber you sayed you would buy a car if it was to bad well cars still cant haul **** so a truck is better

I hear what you're saying, but I already have an '06 F150 4x4 with the 5.4 and trailer tow package and all that. I know the Rangers are good, rugged little trucks though, this one I'm looking at has less than 70k on it and it's less than $2k. I was hoping I could pound 100k more miles on it just using it for work.
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go for it, the 2.3L is a really good motor. i have seen em with over 300k and they still run, kinda like the ford I6 motors.. the bodys rots out before the motor dies.. lol.

just do a tuneup along with a timeing belt and you should get 100k out of it with no problem. only problems i could see it having are with the auto trans.

if you drive hard then it will get crappy mpg, but if you drive normal it will get great mpg.
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I've got a 2000 2.5l 5spd., and get about 22-23mpg, but thats when I dont take it easy, and floor it and stuff. We also have hills too. As far as acceleration goes, I think its pretty good, specially since you get 23+ mpg. Heres a video of my truck 0-60.


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what the hell. My truck accelerates at like half that speed.. if that. I thought all trucks were slow like mine. Granted yours is newer and a 2.5 and mines only a 2.3 but damn yours is way faster
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I get about 24ish, depending on how hard I push the little tyke. I'm using it more now cuz gas was killing me in the cobra.
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yep, i got the 2.5 automatic and it's a dog for sure! I'm averaging around 22mpg at 65mph on the highway cruising just over 2500RPM. -Mike-
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Hi Raj!

I have a 98, 2.3l with 4.10s and an auto. Currently on Mustang 17s, if that matters.

I get about 21mpg, but that's pretty much straight e-way, 70mph. I noticed a big drop when we got that first snow and I couldn't help sliding it around a bit :)
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what the hell. My truck accelerates at like half that speed.. if that. I thought all trucks were slow like mine. Granted yours is newer and a 2.5 and mines only a 2.3 but damn yours is way faster
It's probably not anything special he did to his truck, either. I bought a 2000 Ranger 2WD with the same 2.5L engine last Thursday, had 90,474 miles on it when I drove it off the lot, and I'm getting virtually the same acceleration speed as SouthernMudSlinger is in that video.
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It's probably not anything special he did to his truck, either. I bought a 2000 Ranger 2WD with the same 2.5L engine last Thursday, had 90,474 miles on it when I drove it off the lot, and I'm getting virtually the same acceleration speed as SouthernMudSlinger is in that video.
I did a recent 0-60 time in 9 seconds.
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I did a recent 0-60 time in 9 seconds.
I'll try to time mine this weekend if possible. It's kind of snowy here now, so hopefully it will all be melted by then.
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I get around 23mpg in my 98 2.5 5spd. Sounds like a good deal though. I would jump on it.
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Yeah, I would get it, it will get good mileage as long as you are easy on it and tune it up, hell, my ranger gets great mileage in the summer,and its a 4.oh yeah. 20-24 all the time, thats all around driving btw.......
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