Uh Oh.....MPG controversy....


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Probably needed in order to create enough of a bow wake to overcome the brick like aerodynamics a Suburban has.
Probably. I've never experimented with it myself, but guy I worked with years ago had a 99 that he had bought new and said it seemed to hit peak around 70 MPH.
 


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Probably. I've never experimented with it myself, but guy I worked with years ago had a 99 that he had bought new and said it seemed to hit peak around 70 MPH.
I would have been too scared to take the '78 Suburban we had in the family. Solid vehicle but boy was the steering on that thing touchy!!!! That and it wallowed like a beached whale going down the road.
 

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I would have been too scared to take the '78 Suburban we had in the family. Solid vehicle but boy was the steering on that thing touchy!!!! That and it wallowed like a beached whale going down the road.
same for 78 to 88 to 98 to 08. lol
 

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I've had my ranger for about 2 weeks and put over 2800 kilometers on it. Drove through Germany to Austria and then to France on 2 separate trips. Speed limits in Europe are crazy: change all the time on their Autobahn (freeways) due to construction and other factors. Anyway, I set the Cruise on the France trip at 65MPH and computer said I got 23.3MPG with almost all freeway driving. Because of the distance and the fuel costs in France, I took 2, 5 gal gas cans with me so I wouldn't have to fill up until I got home (don't have to pay the crazy European taxes because of my military status in Germany). Based on my calculations the MPG was pretty accurate.. One the way back, I put my foot into it a little more and was averaging 75MPH, and my MPG was at 19.7. Everything was the same except the speed so its pretty evident the speed, as we all know, was the major difference. I don't think I've ever seen anything from EPA stating at what speed a vehicle has to be going to get the estimated MPG but wonder if they aren't still using the 1980's highway speed of 55MPH: wouldn't surprise me at all!
 
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IDK but the highway speed in most places is still 55. Interstates are 70 in most places.
 

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Y'all don't kill me for saying this lol. I'm new here lol. The pushing a brick theory has always been my mindset. In 1987 I bought a 87 ranger, 2.0 carb, generic as possible. No AC in that one. If I am remembering correct it got 27-28 when driven correct. I have not purchased a "NEW" vehicle for myself until Sept last year. I bought a 2018 Ram 4 door loaded Ecodiesel. A BIG BRICK right now that truck has 21,240 miles on it and the avg mpg is 27. Pulling two race boats at 70 it gets 21 and yes there two loaded or not 55-60 is best for MPGs. I finally got my ranger 01, 3.0 to not stack miles on the new truck. My ranger has been getting 19mpg. I have vowed to make that better. I am sure that I can help it some lol.
(it's the dodge part I don't want to get killed over lol, I'm really a FORD man)
 

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Good luck making the Ranger a better fuel miser...
 

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Y'all don't kill me for saying this lol. I'm new here lol. The pushing a brick theory has always been my mindset. In 1987 I bought a 87 ranger, 2.0 carb, generic as possible. No AC in that one. If I am remembering correct it got 27-28 when driven correct.
That was a 2.3L (Lima) and the EPA ratings were 23 city, 26 hwy. My 2007 2.3L Duratec is rated at 24 city, 29 hwy, which is relatively accurate. I've been able to squeeze out almost 31 mpg on a long highway trip in moderately warm weather. Mileage appears to peak when temperatures are in the 90s. It may be better when the temperature is over 100, but I end up turning the air conditioner on. City driving nets me 22-24 around here due to a lot of stop and go that is more stop than go. I've owned a 1995 and a 1997 with a 4.0L. I think the best mileage I got on either one was 21 mpg when I had some wind helping me along.
 

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I've had my 2019 close to 10 days and have gone through one tank. With a lot of in town driving + some highway, my average 22.2MPG.

I don't know what octane or brand the dealer filled it with. I filled up today at 87 with a "top tier" brand with the various detergents. Will see how it goes.
 


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