Ford Ranger, 40 MPG?

Discussion in 'General' started by Lugnuts001, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Thanks for setting the bar high! and encouraging people to go for it! I saw what you did in your last run in your Ranger and said I want some of that! :D
  2. hmiwb

    hmiwb Member

    I've not made it to 40 mpg in my Ranger yet, but I've managed some 36 and 38 mpg runs. Great mileage for a truck!
  3. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    yeah were beating the epa of all those tiny cars wizzing by us eh? keep it up! i predict you will get 40 and more !
  4. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Have you tried it yet? it is nice to be able to do a fas when aproaching a turn without losing your blinkers and confusing drivers around you!
  5. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I have done it, and I am working a little more on it. Just turn it towards ACC until the RPMs drop, hold it, then back to RUN. I've almost got it to the point where I can do it without thinking about it much. I still overshoot it a little sometimes. It's a small spot there, but it can be found.
  6. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Cool! :thumbs_up:
  7. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    Still not there, but the smell is beginning to be overwhelming.

    The only thing that stopped me was one morning that I was half an hour late. I only managed 35 mpg that morning.

    The final result for this tank was 39.85 mpg.
  8. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I finally did it.
    604 miles on 14.961 gallons
    40.4 mpg
  9. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Wow you are getting good! nice work! :thumbs_up:
  10. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I'm starting a test as well. It'll be 48" long, but it looks like it will be really easy to remove and install for when I need more than 2' of bed.
  11. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I haven't got the cover on yet. I have the materials, but just haven't gotten around to cutting and placing.

    However, I have managed to get my 3rd 40+ tank in a row.

    And to toot my own horn, my FE challenge mpg just passed xcel's lifetime mpg. :)
  12. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Most excellent! :D:thumbs_up:
  13. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I feel pretty good about my Ranger right now.

    My FE challenge rating just met ILAveo's lifetime average (and that's a pretty tough goal to meet). I don't think I'll be able to match that next time.
    I just logged my 6th 40+ tank in a row.

    I'm going to try like crazy for a #7, but cold weather is already moving in. We've had a few mornings in the 40s already.

    I've set up my sig to show the learning curve I've gone through. My lifetime average of 34.4 is weak compared to the more recent ratings, but all that proves is that I am learning more and more.
  14. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm reaching back in time on this thread, but I noticed your mpg going up the hill here.

    And I realised that I usually DWL up a hill at 30 mpg (35 if I can get away with it). On the highway part of my commute that will drop me to 45 mph from 55.

    And then going downhill I'll go for 50-60 (or FAS if I can get away with it).
  15. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I was looking at my Ranger not long ago and I noticed/remembered that I have "special" wheels on mine.

    And it looks like they are starting to flake and wear out.

    It it possible that these old wheels are heavier than the stock wheels, therefore affecting FE?

    Either way, I am looking at taking it in soon for the 100K mile maintenance. I should see a little improvement from that as well, especially since I will have the steering looked at. It just started to shudder when taking corners.
  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Maybe it is all those speed bumps taking a toll? :(
  17. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. These are the wierdest speed bumps I have ever seen. About 6" high and very gradual at 20' long.

    I think it's just age finally catching up to it. 7.5 years and just shy of 100K miles. I rather expect some things to start wearing out now since the only things I have replaced are the tires and the clutch.

    Yeah... I really need to see about chaning the brakes and battery. :eek:
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I don't know about the brakes -- my Elantra is the same age and has the same number of miles, still has the original clutch and still has the original brake pads. <shrug>
  19. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    My 03 has a little less mileage, but may beat the Elantra in Ton-Miles ;). Only thing I've spent maintenance/repair money on is wiper blades, washer fluid, and oil and filter changes.

    I'll put some money into it this Spring though, it could use tires and the Driver's side parking brake cable is seized(currently disconnected) so I'll be recabling the parking brakes and putting fresh brake shoes on it when the weather warms up--Taliesin might want to check his brake cables--having to tear into your seized brakes in a random parking lot stinks. The front end feels a little loose too, so I probably could use fresh tie rod ends. The paint flaking off my steel rims doesn't bother me enough to make me want to buy new ones.
  20. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I had them check the brakes and battery when I had the 100K maintenance done, and even the brake pads were fine. The battery had to be replaced, but I can't complain about that since it was 7.5 years old.

    And I might be pulling the 40 mpg tanks a bit sooner this year. Filled today with:

    552.2 miles
    14.707 gallons
    37.5 mpg

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