Dodge v10 gas milage

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by CoreysOutdoor, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. CoreysOutdoor

    CoreysOutdoor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Have an 01 dodge 2500 with v-10 for about a year now. Gas milage sucks!!!
    Does anyone have any history with these motors? How about any serious ways to improve the milage? Has anyone looked into a new chip or anything for these engines? Can't quite justify getting rid of quite yet.
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Face it, you bought a gass guzzler.

    Either get a diesel or a V8.

    Bad idea to buy a truck then not be able to afford the gass bill :hammerhead:

    G&S LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    :dancing: I have a 2001 dodge 3500 dually ,and get 8.5 mpg towng or empty. loves gas ,but will pull anything i give it.
  4. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    The best way to improve fuel mileage in that truck is trade it for a diesel. You've got a great motor, but it's thirsty. Some things that might help (though not much) are synthetic oil and lubes, free flow exhaust and air filter, do not put on oversize tires - and keep them properly inflated. That's all I can think of.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Well my '98 dodge 3/4 ton V-10 gets about 8 mpg unloaded-not towing, and around 4 to 5 mpg with the trailer.

    Yes that's WORSE that my ford did with the 460 in it! I am not happy with the gas mileage at all to say the least, I was hoping for 8 to 9 towing at least!

    Only thing I can think that may be killing my mileage is my catilitac converters (sp?) One is ratteling around pretty bad and I'm sure it's not flowing like it should. Whole exhaust system on dodge trucks SUCK to start with, never seen so much rust on an exhaust with low miles like this one has. I'd prefer to replace it all sometime and leave off the cats... but is that even possible on a vehicle with o2 sensors all over it?

    My tires are stock size (it's a 4x4 as well)
    I'm using valvoline max life oil, not synt, but I like the stuff.
    only has about 56,000 miles.
  6. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    With that gas mileage you should buy a horse. 4 to 5 mpg. A strong horse should be able to pull a 12 ft trailer. You can even have free food, the grass clippings!
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    thanks for the laugh! :laugh:

    On a fuel related story... the other day I was filling up the cans and I always top of the truck (you DO NOT want a 35 gallon tank to see E) So anyway it was on the first hash mark after the full mark. I jokingly said it wasn't going to take much to fill it, JUST 10 gallons probably! Well I stuck my foot in my mouth... To get from that mark back to full took 9.5 gallons!!! :dizzy: :dizzy:
  8. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 223

    We have 2 dodge v10's. 1 is a 2500 with a manual tranny, the other a 3500 with an AT. Both are 4wd. We chipped both, k&n air filters, replaced the stock exhaust and a few other minor things. The 2500 is getting around 16 mpg, the 3500 around 13.5-14 mpg minus about 1-1.5 mpg when towing heavy (over 10k lbs). They are running 500hp and 650 ft.lbs of torque.
  9. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    Markam, I wish that were true but I can't see that V10 getting 16mpg even down a steep hill.
  10. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 223

    Whether you can see it or not, I don't know what to tell you.

    I just returned from South Carolina with 400 trees in a 28' stock trailer. Gross weight was approximately 22,000 lbs. I averaged 12.8 mpg in a 3500 dually, 4wd, with an AT, running the AC the entire way. 547 miles each way, 85.1 gallons of gas total.

    Let me help you with the math.
    547milesx2 =1094miles/85.1gallons=12.85 miles per gallon

    So Henry, if you personally don't own or know anyone who owns a v10 that has been modified such as ours have, i suggest you sit quietly since the question was if anyone had any knowledge of how to improve the fuel mileage of these trucks, not what does Henry believe.

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