1500 Hemi vs. F150 5.4

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tbambersvc, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. tbambersvc

    tbambersvc LawnSite Member
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    With fuel being close to $5/gallon and the truck being too much to run I am getting rid of the diesel and buying a 1500 Quad Cab with the Hemi or an F150 with the 5.4 Triton. I will be pulling a 6x12 trailer twice a month with mowers, barrel, and hand tools and some weekends be hauling my quad around. I two my 5600# boat twice a year, so the 1/2 ton truck will be fine. The truck will be primarily be my daily driver to my job at a local high school.

    Dodge is offering $13k off the sticker plus the Lifetime warranty on the 1500's. I have talked to a few people who own Hemi's and they average around 350 miles per tank and see 17mpg on the highway at 65mph. Around town is 13-14 mpg.

    Ford is only offering $2500 or so off the price plus 5.9% for 60 months, thats it. Don't really know about the miles per gallon on these trucks but will probably be test driving one tonight. If anyone has any info on these trucks it would be much appreciated.

    Any feedback or information on these trucks would be much appreciated.
     
  2. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
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    i like fords but i would test them both and find out the gas mileage. i heard that the ford new 8.2 diesel is a gas gusler.don't know about dodges because i have always believed they were cheap crap.might try chev. too.
     
  3. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    The mileage claims from the people you talked to about the Hemi trucks is about 5 mpg higher than what I've ever heard anybody else claim. 12-13 highway is more what I've heard. I don't know if they're driving like idiots, but this is without trailer.
     
  4. tbambersvc

    tbambersvc LawnSite Member
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    IA, everyone says that but apprently with the new MDS system on the Hemi trucks it gets 17mpg highway empty. I am going to check out the Ford tonight, but I think it may be too expensive for me. We shall see.
     
  5. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 792

    i have ownded both, 2 dodges and 1 ford. I just bought an 07 dodge an its awesome. Ill never buy another 5.4 again, its a dog. driving 70 i can push 20mpg and i have 35in tires on it. The MDS is awesome. i tow a 7x16 enclosed 4 days a week and it does great. probably close to 6k loaded up
     
  6. Irby Lawn Care

    Irby Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I've got an 07 F-15o with the 5.4, you can expect 16-17 Highway and 13-14 around town...I average 14-15 usually per gallon. Definately not cheap on gas...350 miles on a tank is about right.
     
  7. FDuce

    FDuce LawnSite Member
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    I do slightly better than that with my Lightning (supercharged 5.4), which surprises me. A K&N system made a huge difference im my mpg, don't know if it would have the same effect on a N/A engine though.
     
  8. kingwinter

    kingwinter LawnSite Member
    from MN
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    what year did the MDS system come out? Thats the one that turns off cylcinders when their not needed, right? Or is that something else?
     
  9. CAT MAN

    CAT MAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 330

    my cuz has a hemi gets 8 mpgs in town and 13 on the highway, personaly i would keep the diesel just straight pipe it and intake and maybe a chip and you will get 20 mpg all the time
     
  10. newdude

    newdude LawnSite Member
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    Take a look at those to and also, if you want to also check, you could try chevy/gmc. I see where you are going with getting rid of the diesel. Yea, they may get good mpg's but at that $5.00+ price per gallon, its not looking so good. Good luck with your purchase.
     

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