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Old 03-03-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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How to get better gas mileage

I didn't ever worry much about saving gas but now with the prices at $3.00 and it cost me almost $50. to fill up today I need help. I drive my Ford Ranger a lot...and I just moved to the country so no walking to the store as before, it's 20 miles to the market. Thanks for your help, Norma
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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several things you can do that are easy...
1. Plan your trips so you kill several jobs in one go
2. tune the 'ol bronco up to tip top shape
3. set your tire pressure to the number on the tire (this will be higher than the vehicle recommendation)
4. this is the most important... Drive gently rabbit starts and sudden stops kill milage and wear out brakes.

I hope these four things help
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:05 PM   #3
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5. Keep up on the maintenance, skimping $6 for a new airfilter every year is no bargain if it costs you $2 more every time you fill up. (Well actually a full tank is a full tank, what I mean it it stops you having to go to the gas station by 4% more than you need to, on a once a week fill up that would be like getting two free tanks of gas a year.)
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Is your Ranger automatic or manual?
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #5
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4WD or 2WD? What kind of tires? Any bed caps?
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You could also buy a second vehicle that gets better mileage that can be used for those situations where a truck is not needed. If you are handy with a wrench, you could always buy an old Civic quite cheap and fix it up. Doing so would DEFINITELY save gas, while at the same time give you the security of a second car AND allow your truck to last longer.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:10 AM   #7
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I just got a scooter and love it...113+ mpg. If I had a truck with a bed I could take my scooter even more places. Actually I can mount it on a rear cargo rack...have to work on that.

The "dual average" so far is 67mpg
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Good idea, if you've got a lot of "running around" to do in a smaller area when you "go into town" you could bring along an electric bike or something, park up the truck, just use it for distance, and go to the bank, post office, etc on that, probably best to park at the grocery store, do your "lightweight" errands on the electric bike or scooter from there, then return and do the big shop and leave.
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you could actually do some research and not be a noob......
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Yeah, you could read the sticky thread "list of gas saving tips from best to worst"

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread.php?t=2584
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