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Old 03-16-2008, 07:34 PM
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I HAVE A 1997 FORD RANGER 4 CYLINDER AUTOMATIC
I JUST HAD A TUNE UP DONE ON IT & ALL I AM GETTING IS 18 MPG
I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD DO A LOT BETTER THAN THAT.WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY GAS MILEAGE? WOULD IT HELP IF I CHANGED THE REAR & IF SO
WHAT WOULD I USE? THE TRUCK HAS 78,000 MILES ON IT.THANKS BOB

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Dunno what to tell you.

A guy I work with has a 97 (could be a 94) 4 cyl/5-spd
best he can get is 20mpg

I have a 2005 with a 3.0 v-6/5spd
23 is the best I have ever got----on a trip----with the cruise on.

I'm not too impressed with the mileage in this
I think my 97 V-8 T-Bird gets 24-----and rides nicer too!
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Howdy. Turn yer caps off. That combination isn't the best for fuel mileage. My 88 Ranger with 2.3 and 5 pd. gets 27mpg avg. My 93 barely got 21 with same set up. I do know the rear was geared different. I didn't keep the 93 long enuf to find out what the rear gear was, it was for resale any way. The 88 has 3.73 gears and it seemed to pull better than the later model. My guess was that it had a 3.00 ratio in it , you just didn't use O.D. unless you were at freeway speeds.
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One thing is that the newer Ford and GM small trucks are larger and heavier than when they first came out so the mileage is not going to be as good as it was..thats the price of "comfort and features"..

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Need More Gas Mileage

I HAVE A97 FORD RANGER 4 CYL AUTO I GET 18 MPG.I JUST HAD IT TUNED UP.I THINK THAT I SHOULD DO BETTER THAN THAT.I HAVE TALKED TO OTHER GUYS & THEY ARE GETTING A LOT BETTER THAN THAT.I DONT KNOW WHAT MY GEAR RATIO IS,I WAS WONDERING IF I SHOULD GET A REAR FROM A RANGER THAT HAS 5 SPEED.THIS IS NEW TO ME SO I WILL WELCOME ALL THE HELP THAT I CAN GET.I ALSO HAVE A 51 FORD F1
FLATHEAD V8 WITH 3 ON THE TREE.IT IS ALL STOCK & I DONT KNOW WHAT THE GEAR RATIO IS ON IT EITHER.I DONT KNOW IF I AM GOING TO LEAVE IT STOCK & JUST RUN THE FLATHEAD OR PUT A 302 WITH A C4 IN IT{i already have the 302 & the c4}.ANYWAY I WAS THINKING OF SOMETHING LIKE
300-308 GEARS.I WAS TOLD THAT FROM 57-LATE 60's WILL FIT,IS THERE ANY NEWER MODELS THAT WOULD FIT IF I CANT FIND ANYTHING FROM
57-60's? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT GEAR RTIO THESE 51's CAME WITH?
I APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP THAT I CAN GET.THANKS AGAIN. BOB
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mercury man... I merged your new thread with an old thread of yours that had the same questions .

I then moved it here to general tech area... mayb these guys will see the tread and help you.
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Gas mileage

We have come a long way ain't we? The model A FORD averaged 30 mpg according to a recent news article in NYT. Of course they didn't drive them at 70mph on a daily commute.

1981 Ford Fairmont 4cyl, 4spd, averaged 34mpg with a carb and no ECM. Go figure!

1987 Lincoln Conti. v-8, 4spd auto got 26mpg and all that stlye and comfort.

And you's guys are telling me that a late model 4cyl p/u only gets 18mpg? Holy crap!!!

My slap worn out 1989 Dodge 150 p/u still gets 19mpg with 243,000 miles on it. Guess I'll keep running it.
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A co-worker of mine has a 2007 Colorado 4 dooor truck... 4 cyl engine.

He says mileage is about 20-22 mpg on a good day... then in the same breathe he admits to running 80+ on the freeway.

My turbo diesel VW Jetta provides 41- 43 mpg... just paid 4.10 a gallon for diesel yesterday
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Don't know where those Ranger figures are coming from but I have owned several 4 cylinder/5 speed combos and they all averaged 24 MPG or better. I have a 93 that has nearly 200k on it and it will do 27 with no special effort and a 92 I had was about the same. Of the two I own now, the 93 and a 2000, the 93 does slightly better but the 2000 is a bit larger and heavier. I would suspect that maybe fuel could be the culprit since it is becoming harder to find fuel without alcohol which will not get the fuel economy of pure gas, although I would not think that even a 20% mix would cause that much difference but maybe it does.


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Mercury man
I have an 89 ranger and was tripping out at what I thought was 17 mpg.
Does your truck have the stock size wheels and tires on it?
If not keep in mind that when you go to a taller tire/wheel combo your speedo and odometer will read slow, this will make it appear your mileage is in the crapper.
I changed to a 16" wheel/ tire combo, this is what made my mpg look bad.
These trucks came with tiny tire combos (most of the time)
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A year ago I traded my 2003 Ranger, (small 6 cyl, 5 spreed auto) for a new 2007, basicly the same truck.

Was getting 25 hiway with the 03, now get 21 hiway with the 07. Ford Rangers mileage suck.
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................... Ford Rangers ...... suck.
Edited it to be more accurate .
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I drive a 94 Ranger 2.3 with a 5sp best i can get is 18. The wifes 06 Tahoe does better than that. It will get 21 on the hwy.
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original tire size-was 235-60-15-now it has 215-75-15

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Mercury man
I have an 89 ranger and was tripping out at what I thought was 17 mpg.
Does your truck have the stock size wheels and tires on it?
If not keep in mind that when you go to a taller tire/wheel combo your speedo and odometer will read slow, this will make it appear your mileage is in the crapper.
I changed to a 16" wheel/ tire combo, this is what made my mpg look bad.
These trucks came with tiny tire combos (most of the time)
first of all i would like to say sorry about the caps--now,my 97 ranger came with
235-60-15 from the factory,when i got it 5 months ago it had{and still does}
215-75-15
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A year ago I traded my 2003 Ranger, (small 6 cyl, 5 spreed auto) for a new 2007, basicly the same truck.

Was getting 25 hiway with the 03, now get 21 hiway with the 07. Ford Rangers mileage suck.
So----the Auto trans is costing you up to 2 mpg.

i have managed to get 24 on a couple of tankfuls, but for the most part it hovers between 21-23. Most of my driving is hiway at 60-75mph, with maybe 50 miles of city traffic a month.
30 miles hiway to work and 30 miles hiway back is about all I do.
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