Best gas engine?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by doubleedge, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
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    I need to buy a 2500/250 for next year. It will only be hauling 3 people, a bed full of grass (with sides), and towing less than 3k #. What engine would provide the best gas mileage while still being able to handle the weight easily? The truck that the engine is in has to be cost around $10000-$12000 with an extended cab and long box.
     
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You only need a 1/2 ton for that little of weight.
     
  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Chevy 1/2 ton, V8.
     
  4. SouthernLandworks

    SouthernLandworks LawnSite Member
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    I'd go with the 5.4L Triton but the 6.0L Chevy is also a good engine with good power.
     
  5. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Posts: 912

    How much would a full bed with sides of grass weigh? Im not sure if a 1/2 ton has enough payload for that.
     
  6. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
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    Chevy 6.0

    Hell I put one in my 1/2 ton :weightlifter:
     
  7. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    both Ford and Chevy make reliable and fuel efficient V8s
     
  8. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Ive always loved the Triton V8.
     
  10. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
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    If you're going to put sides on it, then fill it with grass, that's way too much for a half-ton. Might work for a while, but you'll be visiting Mr. Goodwrench a lot. I've owned Fords and Chevys. Keep the oil and filters changed and either will last a long time. My 00 F350 gets as good mileage as a lot of the lighter trucks, cause it's hardly working. I've filled it over the top with grass and shredded leaves, and it's a good load, but not a problem. It has a 5.4 V8, 5-speed and 4.10 gears. (It's for sale on Lawnsite, but maybe too far for you to travel.)
     

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