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Posted: 11/22/21 08:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Lol @ the theory that the “new” Ranger is basically the “old” F150 since Ford finally wised up and quit producing 2 different cabs for their full size platform. Something the competition has always done and Ford departed from in the 90s until recent years.
Sure, the Colorado and Ranger are very capable mid size trucks, as far as mid sized trucks go. But I can’t even begin to understand your theory.


Is this a question or new information?
I don't understand the post you put up.
Is this the gibberish that goes through your brain when you think? LOL, we all enjoyed seeing into your thoughts, but not sure why you shared. What mpg does it get?

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Is this a question or new information?
I don't understand the post you put up.
Is this the gibberish that goes through your brain when you think? LOL, we all enjoyed seeing into your thoughts, but not sure why you shared. What mpg does it get?


Neither. It was commentary on this response by another poster...

"Ranger took over for the F150 in size after the F150 was moved to share same cab/body as F250/350."

Hence the reason I quoted it in my post. Just doin my best to dispel the info tht some of the "experts" put forth here, that is sometimes completely opposite of real life.


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Could this be part of the fuel economy issue?
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Also forgot to mention, while the turbo 2.3 is "designed" to use 87 octane, it may perform better and get slightly better mileage while towing if you use a higher octane grade.

This is outlined in the 2019 Ranger users manual..

HERE

Page 136..

"Your vehicle is designed to operate on
regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum
pump (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87"


Continued on page 137..

"For best overall vehicle and engine
performance, premium fuel with an octane
rating of 91 or higher is recommended. The
performance gained by using premium fuel
is most noticeable in hot weather as well
as other conditions, for example when
towing a trailer.
See
Towing (page 208)."


OP most likely will get better fuel mileage with that engine in both non towing and towing bumping up to 91 or a bit higher fuel.

That engine is running 10:1 compression ratio which often benefits greatly with using a higher octane rating, otherwise the ECU compensates by reducing engine timing which affects power and mileage.

Run a couple of tanks of 91+ octane and check mileage if it goes up some it may be to the OPs advantage to use the higher blend..

I had a car that while it ran OK on 87, it ran and got better mileage with 91 octane..

Ford includes some helpful tips (a few that I have already mentioned) on driving habits..

Page 213

Its a bit long so I will not repost it in it's entirety..

"ECONOMICAL DRIVING
Your fuel economy is affected by several
things, such as how you drive, the
conditions you drive under, and how you
maintain your vehicle.
You may improve your fuel economy by
keeping these things in mind:

Avoid these actions; they reduce your fuel
economy:

Sudden accelerations or hard
accelerations.

Drive a heavily loaded vehicle or tow a
trailer.

Carry unnecessary weight
(approximately 1 mpg [0.4 km/L] is
lost for every 400 lb [180 kilogram] of
weight carried).


Heavily loading a vehicle or towing a
trailer may reduce fuel economy at any
speed."


Interestingly enough that section in bold if one were to tow just 5000 lbs with that truck that could result in a reduction of up to 12.5 MPG from the normal unloaded mileage!! And that is just weight and not including frontal drag or tire drag..

I didn't make this up, Read the manual, it is in there.

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Grit dog wrote:

And to all the wanna be state patrol speeding ticket writers, OP didn’t ask for your opinion on his driving speed.
Of course opinions will be given, mine as well, but omg. The creativity of the assumptions that some folks here make is impressive!


Why wouldn't we warn him about the dangers of out running the tires?


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Grit dog wrote:

pianotuna wrote:



Try 55 and see what happens.


Driving 55 many places in the Western US, one better be thankful they are pulling a camper. As you might not even make it to the next town with a hotel in the same day!


Having driven "out west". I call BS. Even across Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, the towns aren't THAT far apart.

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Terryallan wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

And to all the wanna be state patrol speeding ticket writers, OP didn’t ask for your opinion on his driving speed.
Of course opinions will be given, mine as well, but omg. The creativity of the assumptions that some folks here make is impressive!


Why wouldn't we warn him about the dangers of out running the tires?


Not saying it's not worth a mention. However unlike what you said, most newer ST tires ARE rated higher than 65mph.

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Terryallan wrote:


Having driven "out west". I call BS. Even across Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, the towns aren't THAT far apart.


Haha, it was tongue in cheek, but there is way too much country to cover, with long straight roads with little traffic and no visibility encumbrances that 55mph is abhorrently slow.

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Grit dog wrote:

Terryallan wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

And to all the wanna be state patrol speeding ticket writers, OP didn’t ask for your opinion on his driving speed.
Of course opinions will be given, mine as well, but omg. The creativity of the assumptions that some folks here make is impressive!


Why wouldn't we warn him about the dangers of out running the tires?


Not saying it's not worth a mention. However unlike what you said, most newer ST tires ARE rated higher than 65mph.


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