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05-31-2000, 07:31 PM
Right now I have a Ford F-150 with 4.6L V-8. I am getting about 11 miles to the gallon with my trailer attached and about 15 without my trailor. I just switched from a 4-cylinder Ranger to this truck and am sick of paying high gas bills. What is your experience with small trucks with 3L or 4L V-6. Do you think I should get a 3L V-6 or a 4L V-6? What gas mileage do you guys get? How do you guys with F-250's and F-350's afford the gas especially when you are out running around to different job sites?
05-31-2000, 07:58 PM
97 S-10 4.3 V6 3.42 rear end. I get 15.5 <br>pulling a 2000lb load. Truck alone,20 <p>----------<br>Bobby <br>Ft Lauderdale
05-31-2000, 08:03 PM
I get about 11-13 mpg 98 F-150 4.2 v-6 with full trailer.
05-31-2000, 08:18 PM
maybe your route is long or something. but it has always been my opinion that, if your worrying about the pric of gas, your prices are too high. I have made 4k this year (part time, i go to school) and i have spent mabe 200 on gas. thats not enough to worry about. yeah it sucks when i shell out $40 to fill up my truck, but i realize that half of that driving was personal, and its not bad when i make $500 off that $40 fill up. <br>88 Chevy 1500 305 v8 (5.0 liter) 13-16 mpg
05-31-2000, 09:09 PM
Paddy was right about the route. Make sure your route is the most efficient it can be. My route still has some tweeking to make it better. If your equipment is minimal you can get by with a six cylinder. There used to be a saying.."theres no replacement for cubic inch displacement" Im a fan of torque however.
05-31-2000, 09:42 PM
My Dodge gets 9 mpg, 300 a month for gas another 120 for the equipment, the truck sits unless its going from job to job.<p>radio blurb this am, expect another 50c/gal by July 4, then even out, dropping slightly after Labor Day but $2/gal gas will be here to stay soon. Prepare for it.<p>Bill
05-31-2000, 10:05 PM
Bill,<br>Thanks for the bad news...how much can a Geo Metro tow?
I currently have a 99F250 diesel and I get 16 mpg with a total weight of just under 5 tons inc. trailer<p>Tim Campbell<br>Clean Cut Lawn Care
05-31-2000, 10:15 PM
I have a 89 Chevy 2500 with 4.3 v6 auto and its very short on speed and power on any hill or even a long incline. I would not recomend a 6 cyl in this business. My weight requirements are incressing every year.
05-31-2000, 10:42 PM
My 95 F150 (302/5 speed)gets about 10 towing and about 14 without. I thought it did worse but I check several tanks lately and thats what it got. Not great, but if you use it only for work, it's ok.
05-31-2000, 11:04 PM
gene wrote:<p>>I have a 89 Chevy 2500 with 4.3 v6 auto and its very short on speed and power on any hill or even a long incline. <p>What rear axle ratio do you have?
05-31-2000, 11:18 PM
I not a motor head, but I didn't think chevy put a V6 in a 2500 series truck. I've got a GMC 1500 and it has a 350 in it, it gets around 15-17 without trailer and equipment and about 12-14 with. The trailer is a 10,000 gvw dump and when equiped with mowers weighs in at about 4700#. No problems on hills or passing on the highways.
06-01-2000, 01:22 AM
Gas mileage should be one of your least concerns in my opinion. Do you have the power to pull a trailer and carry loads if needed?? Just correcting bad driving habits such as punching the gas from a dead stop will improve your mileage. Do you use a manual or automatic? Automatics tend to get less gas mileage than manuals. <p>I now average around an $800 a month gas bill running both my work truck and wife's van. I get around 7 miles/gal towing a trailer and carrying loads. I may get 13 when doing all highway driving. Current gas prices for unleaded gas in my area averages around $1.85 a gallon. The benefit to the high gas prices, everybody has to pay the same price. It is now easier to ask for a price increase due to higher operating cost.<br>Jean
06-01-2000, 07:30 AM
Sounds like you might be better off running<br>a diesel motor. Maybe a transplant from a<br>wrecked unit may be possible. One guy here<br>put a 6V53 GM 2 stroke in a F350! :)<p>Karl<br>
06-01-2000, 08:12 AM
rice grinder report:<p>toyota xtra cab, 3400cc v-6, 22 mpg highway no load (but high cruising speed).<p>drops dramatically to about 13 mpg when pulling the loaded trailer. the toyota is not my primary pull vehicle but I've used it enough to know that 190 horsepower out of a high reving V-6 aint what it's cracked up to be pulling a load.<p>GEO
06-01-2000, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the input guys. I pull a 8*5 trailer with a riding Encore ZTR. It is possible to pull it with a 4-cylinder but it is annoying. This also my only truck, for work and play. My gas bill is around $400 a month and I have only about 50 bi-weekly customers. I pretty sure I am going to get rid of the F-150 and get a small truck with a 4L or 3L V-6. What do you think 4L or 3L?<p>Thanks<p>Rick
06-01-2000, 01:20 PM
I own a '94 s10 5 speed with a 4.3l v6. I have no problem pulling a trailer and can drive around town in 5th gear without a problem. I know the ford and chevy six cylinders have more low end torque than a lot of the import trucks, which really helps when pulling away from a light.
06-01-2000, 08:03 PM
'00 DODGE RAM 2500 W/ DEEEEEZZZZZEEELLLLL ENGINE, 8.5 MILES TO GO AND I WILL HAVE 400 MILES ON THE LAST FILL UP. STILL HAVE 1/8 TANK TO GO, JUST GOT THE WARNING, SO MAYBE I CAN SQUEEZE 425-430 MILES OUT OF ONE TANK FULL. THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY BE TWICE AS MUCH AS I GOT OUT OF THE 98 CHEVY 1/2 TON WITH 350 VORTEC. MIND YOU THIS IS COMBINED, BUT SO WAS THE CHEVY. BIG OL' TRUCK SIPPIN' THAT FUEL, NOT GULPIN', SIPPIN'.<p>HOMER
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