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Old 10-31-2011, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Waspswatter View Post
I'm going to see how much I can improve the economy of my 2005 Ranger. No mods yet and I'm thinking about getting a scanguage so I can establish a good baseline. I've been reading threads all day and I'm anxious to get started!
Welcome to ecomodder !

The first step is to start recording your fuel use, if you aren't already doing so.

The major improvement is in how you drive, so read through the
100+ Hypermiling / ecodriving tips & tactics for better mpg -
and start applying those you see fit.
The main tips are to
- drive slower, your average might be just as high despite the lower cruise speed ;
- keep it rolling as much as possible;
- not waste energy accelerating to a stop further down the road;
- reduce your idling time.

Avoid manoeuvring with a cold engine, park so that you can drive straightaway .

As for mods, check out the 65+ Vehicle modifications for better fuel economy -
You may object to some of them, but the most common ones are increased tyre pressure, a blocked front grille, an air dam, and getting rid of stuff you don't need to haul around all the time.
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