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Gas mileage comparison?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Larson Lawn Care, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    The dealer in October was offering to pay me $4500 for it. I think they offered $3500 at first. I have been wanting to buy a brand new truck (or very close to it) because I am tired of buying used trucks that will eventually (sooner than a new one) need some sort of major repair. I gave $14,000 for it in March 2007; it had about 100k on it. Now 4 years later it is only worth $3000-$4500 and I paid about 12% interest for 60 months? I just finally paid it off however, and I was hoping to get by several months without spending any money on major repairs to offset the savings of no monthly payment. I have been noticing a bit of a slip with the transmission. I am going to bring it in somewhere soon to have it checked out to see if I can make it until the fall without buying a new truck.
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    I have used my 2001 GMC Yukon XL, 5.3, 4wd, 3.42. I have gotten 20.7 mpg @ 70 mph highway, 15's mpg local.

    The 3/4 trucks are heavier and have larger engines so they will get less mpg. Yes 3/4 trucks can carry more and tow more then a 1/2 ton. Unless you need to pull heavier trailers and or loads then a 1500 can handle there is no benefit to buying a more expensive truck that will get lower mpg.
  3. GrassesGuy

    GrassesGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Liston to this guy. More weight equals more gas. Stay with a half ton. I use them and they can easily pull a couple 48" and 21". I use an F-350 for bigger jobs like landscaping etc. Keep your truck you need a back up. Buy a used 1/2 ton with no more than 50,000 and you will be fine.

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