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ed2hess
08-26-2006, 07:52 PM
We are trying to decide which one to get. We want to get a truck that has decent gas mileage, and don't want to back into some other problem. Could I get some feedback on gas mileage running around town pulling a trailer.

Jpocket
08-27-2006, 12:05 AM
If you want to stay away from problems then buy a GM

RedWingsDet
08-27-2006, 12:23 AM
Ive had a chevy 2500HD and a Ford F350. When buying new, I will buy a chevy. I sold my chevy for my ford and now I know next time I will deff. buy a chevy

tthomass
08-27-2006, 12:32 PM
my truck:

2002 Chevy 2500HD
6.0L gas
4.10 rear..........for towing
Extended cab, long bed
47000ish miles on it

i average 8.5mpg..........when it moves it 99.9% of the time has a 6x10 10,000 GW dump trailer behind it that weighs 2500lbs empty

without the trailer i get 10-11......12 if i'm lucky..............road trips have been as high as 15

ed2hess
08-27-2006, 08:32 PM
If you want to stay away from problems then buy a GM
What kind of problem? I am interested in gas mileage as my number one item. I have 3 Ford trucks, 150, 250, and 350. The big ones get around 6 miles to the gallon, now that is a problem.

Scag48
08-27-2006, 08:43 PM
6.0L gas is bulletproof, 155K on mine with zero problems.

Jpocket
08-27-2006, 09:04 PM
:gmctruck: What kind of problem? I am interested in gas mileage as my number one item. I have 3 Ford trucks, 150, 250, and 350. The big ones get around 6 miles to the gallon, now that is a problem.

Most chevy owners, don't even know what a recall, or Service bulletin is. I didn't until I statred reading guys posts on here about Fords.

:gmctruck:

tthomass
08-27-2006, 09:32 PM
honestly i do not know of a chevy that has serious issues..........now if it is overloaded and gas to the floor all the time, that doesn't count and those people are idiots that will put a hurt'n on any manufacturer's truck

lawnmaniac883
08-27-2006, 11:14 PM
Out of those two, chevy no doubt. But overall, dodge/cummins is my vote for best fuel economy.

ALarsh
08-28-2006, 11:08 AM
I only have 23,000 miles on my chevy, but I would buy another one if I had to get another truck tomorrow.

For gas mileage, get a tune. www.wait4meperformance.com provides tunes for the 6.0 gas chevy. I get about 12 in city towing, 16 highway empty empty w/ tune.

mcwlandscaping
08-28-2006, 11:15 AM
I only have 23,000 miles on my chevy, but I would buy another one if I had to get another truck tomorrow.

For gas mileage, get a tune. www.wait4meperformance.com provides tunes for the 6.0 gas chevy. I get about 12 in city towing, 16 highway empty empty w/ tune.
ALarsh, how does that work, did you order some kit from them and you tuned the truck yourself?

ALarsh
08-28-2006, 11:27 AM
You contact them and tell them what you do with the truck (tow, empty, grocery getter, what octane, tire size, gear ratio, etc) and they make a custom tune to fit your needs. They send you a new PCM and you put it in the truck. Keep your old one incase you need any warranty work.

POPO4995
08-28-2006, 01:47 PM
2004 Ford F-250 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel 61,000 miles-----

Towing -- 12
Highway -- 17
City -- 14

ed2hess
08-28-2006, 06:29 PM
2004 Ford F-250 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel 61,000 miles-----

Towing -- 12
Highway -- 17
City -- 14
Thanks that is what I was looking for......we are hearing numbers that are a little higher for Chev but apparently not many people buy diesel on lawnsite?

all ferris
08-28-2006, 10:49 PM
02 duramax 2500hd
13-14mpg towing 16' open trailer with 3 trimmers, 2-3mowers, 2 blowers
11-12 mpg towing 11,000# trailer/bobcat combo
17-18mpg mixed unloaded driving

best highway 20.4mpg

All this is with a completly stock truck and trying to not to mash the gas too much.
The less you hear the turbo whine the better the mpg.

dcondon
08-28-2006, 11:15 PM
Ford F350 turbo diesel dually
14.7 MPG

JTHutch
08-29-2006, 02:38 PM
1999 F-350 7.2L Diesel
13-14mpg pulling 16ft trailer
17-19 Hwy

Blk94fiveOh
08-31-2006, 12:21 AM
05 F350 6.0 diesel

19-20 highway (75mph)
14-15 around town (empty)
12-13 towing a 26' enclosed trailer (mostly city driving)

CutRight
09-01-2006, 10:22 PM
2005 gmc 2500hd 6.0L Gas - City-10 mpg highway 12 mpg

2006 gmc 2500hd 6.6L Duramax Diesel City and towing 16 mpg highway 20mpg

Mike33
09-01-2006, 10:28 PM
06 F-350 srw 6.0 6 sp. 16.7 around town. Pulling bobcat and rockhound, hydro-seeder 1000 gal, or dump trailer with 2 skids of allen block ( 7392 lbs ) 15.4 - 15.7
Mike

Mr.Mow-It-All
09-04-2006, 01:09 PM
2005 dodge 3/4 cummins 4x4 4 door towing a 8-9000# trailer 36,000 miles on it.

Towing in town-------12-13
Towing @ 70mph-----15
Empty in town--------17
Empty @ 75mph ------23

ed2hess
09-05-2006, 10:18 PM
We ultimately decided to go with the 3/4 ton chev over the Ford. The diesel engine is a little quieter than Ford and the mileage is expected to be better. Buying a vehicle is still a big ordeal when you try to get bottom dollar. In our case Chev simply outsold Ford....and we are Ford guys. Anybody want to buy a 1997 F250 White Ford with the long bed and extended cab? It has the big V8.