V8 or V6

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cubedmack, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. cubedmack

    cubedmack LawnSite Member
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    What's a good truck to run with these high gas prices? Thinking about downsizing to a small V8 or maybe a V6. My Chevy 2500 is killing me on gas.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I have a 4cyl Toyota and I get about 13mpg because it works so hard. so I guess it depends on how hard you plan to work the vehicle.
     
  3. Lance712

    Lance712 LawnSite Member
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    Small v8. We have a 1/2 ton v6 for a spare. Its a turd when it comes to pulling a trailer it just works it like crazy.
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  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    if you can pull a small trailer like a 5x10 with a 4cyl toyota then you can get 18-20mpg. depends on how weighted down it is. all i carry on mine is a ztr and a pushmower. trimmer and blower are in the bed of the truck. if you have a big load then try a v6 if it isn't too heavy. you might get 15mpg if you're lucky.
     
  5. EvenCutLawnCare

    EvenCutLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I would recommend a Chevy 5.3 liter. In most unloaded conditions it gets very similiar milage to a small v8 (like the 4.8 liter), but when towing it will probably get better mileage because it doesn't have to work as hard. Just by stepping down to a half ton, you will see a considerable increase in MPGs. Your 2500 is heavier, geared lower, and has a larger tranny which takes more power to run.
     
  6. Dogbonz

    Dogbonz LawnSite Senior Member
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    my 94 6.5 diesel gets 14! loaded, unloaded, what ever,, 14! Sad, but then again, it's a Ex-cab Longbox 2500 3/4ton with a 8500 GVW. I'm a small solo guy W/ a trailer, 1 ZTR & rest of stuff in the bed. But I can make BioDiesel in my polebarn for about $1.25- $1.50 per gallon, and my truck love's it!! Mileage does go down to 11 or 12 on Bio,, but who cares at that price. ;)
     
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didn't see that gas mileage without a trailer and a supercharger!
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  8. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    If your truck is paid off and not falling apart, it's a losing proposition. You would not save enough on gas to pay for a new one. Besides that, it remains to be seen how well a new 1/2 ton would do towing. My regular cab F150 with a 302 and a 5 speed got 10 towing around town. My 4x4 F350 Crew Cab V10 gets 8.5-9mpg.

    Now, if you are using this truck for personal use as well, then it might be a decent idea. The difference in mpg in a 3/4 ton and new 1/2 ton unloaded will be huge. My solution to this was to buy a 4 cylinder Ranger for that, and to use the F350 only for business.
     
  9. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I roll with a Nissan Frontier 4 cyl, get over 25 without trailer and around 21 mpg's with the trailer. I pull a 5x12 with 1,000 lb ZTR, handhelds, tools, and walk behind. For larger jobs, I have a regular cab dually 454 that stays hooked to a larger trailer.
     
  10. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Binky, is your frontier a extended cab or crew cab? Also is it standard or manual? I'm really thinking about getting a small truck to save gas. My f-250 is killing me, definatley don't need a diesel for hauling around one walk behind.
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