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My Ranger has decided to kaput on me. I was looking for something with good mpg since I travel far to work.

I still have my 1990 Ford Bronco. It has a 4.9L with a 5spd manual transmission. I was wanting toget 20mpg+ if possible but I don't know if this is possible.
Everyone was telling me my Ranger would get 18mpg at best or less....and it had a 4 cylinder in it!

Anyone know what MPG I should get with my Bronco?
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A guy at work has a 94 with 4.9 with 5 speed he said he gets aroung 22 mpg but his is a short wheel base 2wd pick up.
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yep, 4wd with 275 35 15 tires (not big mudders, as that kills mpg) should get about 18 in good running condition if you go 60mph for the most part.

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I got 19mpg with my 89 F-150 2wd with 4.9 and 5 speed shifting it at 1750rpm's, this was the best I could get out of it with it running it's best. shifting at 2500 rpm's would net 12 mpg city/hwy. Funny thing was that it would get 19mpg towing a car trailer down the highway with my mustang on the trailer. My truck had 3.08's with 31x10.5's.

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With the right tires and good driving my 89 F150 with I6 and 5 speed will get 17-18 but I beat the snot out of it and only get 13-14.

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12-15 at the very best, geared for 4 wheel drive, different than a 2 wheel drive pickup and heavier.

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12-15 at the very best, geared for 4 wheel drive, different than a 2 wheel drive pickup and heavier.
there are guys on fullsizebronco tuning these up and getting 20+ mpg out of a 4x4. But you gotta REALLY keep your foot out of it.

That being said, my single cab shortbed f150 with 9" of lift and 36x15.50s with a 4.9L/zf5/bw1356 and 3.55s in the axles, would get 12-15.

When I had it on 32s, it got almost 18.
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My Ranger has decided to kaput on me. I was looking for something with good mpg since I travel far to work.

I still have my 1990 Ford Bronco. It has a 4.9L with a 5spd manual transmission. I was wanting toget 20mpg+ if possible but I don't know if this is possible.
Everyone was telling me my Ranger would get 18mpg at best or less....and it had a 4 cylinder in it!

Anyone know what MPG I should get with my Bronco?


MY 4CLY RANGER STICK GOT 28 , 415 MILES 15GAL TANK,WITH A LITTLE ROOM TO SPARE,

the 4.9 300 six does great if its carbed, the efi is worst then a 302efi. we did a lot of tests on these when they switched the 300 to efi, shame, but because of tail pipe test the 300 lost to the 302

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MY 4CLY RANGER STICK GOT 28 , 415 MILES 15GAL TANK,WITH A LITTLE ROOM TO SPARE,

the 4.9 300 six does great if its carbed, the efi is worst then a 302efi. we did a lot of tests on these when they switched the 300 to efi, shame, but because of tail pipe test the 300 lost to the 302
Everyone was telling me my ranger would be getting 18 or less because it's a 4wd...
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the 4x4 ones seem to get 16 to 20 tops, 2.3 not enough power work a little too hard, i had one with a/c with it on i lost over 4 mpg

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