That's an honest to goodness number. If I was a betting man though I would say it was the gearing. And the fact that it was a Level 2 FX4 and it had factory 31x10.50-15 tires on it probably didn't help it either, (mileage and ride). Truck before it was a 92 S10 that they bought new, extended cab 4wd with a 4.3 and a 4 speed automatic. They used that truck like a half ton and it never let them down.
And I am not just some Ford bashing guy either. Up until 3 years ago all the vehicles I've owned were Ford's. I'd love to have my 89 Bronco II back. That thing would go almost anywhere, it had the perfect mix of power and gearing. Compared to the wifes Liberty it was a tank!
I'd say that had a lot to do with it!
The FX models had 4.10 gears, where the base 4.0 or 3.0s had 3.55, or 3.73.
At one time my XLT 3.0 5 speed had a body lift, suspension lift, and 33" tires, my mileage tanked. After the tires wore out I took the body lift off, left the suspension lift since I paid 1500 bucks for it and went back to stock tire size.
Edited by toomanytoys84, December 18, 2014 - 07:12 AM.