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Don't ask a Red Neck what kind of fuel mileage they are getting on their Pickem Up Truck. You will only get a very Blank look and a DUH response. Ask a compact owner and you get an answer to the hundreds of a mile.

So the Question is WHAT KIND OF MPG DO YOU GET and ON WHAT ENGINE.

Mine are.

2.5 Ranger gets 27 MPG

300 6 F 250 gets 14 MPG

Isuzu NPR 135 hp gets 12 MPG Diesel


I am looking to buy an other truck and put a 200 gallon Skid Sprayer in it. I believe the 4.3 V6 Chev gets the best gas mileage, But would like some input from those smart enough to operate a calculator and figure costs of driving. I want to replace the F 250 with a better mileage Truck. BTW I plan to buy used so I can pay cash. There are a few 3/4 ton 4.3 made but they are hard to find used because the run great and cheap. I will take a 1/2 ton.

Please only reply about a truck you own or have owned.
 

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My dads 1/2 ton chevy with the small v8 gets the exact same gas milage as my truck, which is exactly the same, except I have the 4.3 six cylinder. With a tank in the back and the motor straining more from the weight of 200 galolons of water, the v8 would probrably be more efficent, as its not straining as hard. I wish I bought a v8, I thought I was saving gas...
 

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2006 ford f350 6.0l 15.4mpg

ric if you get a 1/2 ton truck let me know if you need the rear springs beefed up..i can do that at the shop for you
 

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*Needs me a blank look "DUH" icon thingy*

4.0 V6 Ranger-anywhere from 12 to 16, mostly around 14.5
350 V8 C20- 12.5 or so pretty consistently
 

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2006 ford f350 6.0l 15.4mpg

ric if you get a 1/2 ton truck let me know if you need the rear springs beefed up..i can do that at the shop for you
Karl

From the Feed Back so far I might as well stay with my F 250 which already is set up including F 450 Leaf Springs. I could use some Shocks. about 2000-2001 I had a 351 F 250 go in the shop for a head job. A kid working for me offered to pull my 20 ft Haulmark. Not only did his 4.3 pull it better with a 410 but I paid for all his gas on and off the job. As a kid he cruised all night long Between Naples and Sarasota. My gas bill was still less than the 351.

The F 250 has seen better days as a 1994 model. I bought it brand new and after 14 years and 200K It doesn't owe me any thing. But with a car, a Motorcycle and 3 trucks I do have a slight parking problem. The F 250 is more a back unit that I could do without. But I would like to replace it with something newer but used so I can pay cash and not feel the cost bite of a a brand new model.
 

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98 Chevy K1500 w/ the 5.0.

Empty: city=13.8, hwy=16.8

Loaded with Chems+Trailer: city=8, hwy=10

I, too, find that my "more efficient (aka "smaller")" v8 is so underpowered that I actually suffer from it. Not only is it terrible on gas, it can barely get me up hills. I kid you not when I say I have to turn off the A/C to make it up some hills.

Given the cash flow, I'd buy a diesel in a heartbeat. My bed gets loaded with 3500# and my trailer adds a whole lot more. I'd gladly pay an extra $0.75/g to have 500ft.lb. of torque on demand... And a suspension/frame meant to do what I do...
 

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I would buy something like 50 studebaker or redone 5 window chev with a straight six . 3/4 ton . HELL WITH GAS MILEAGE . Good advertisement and coversation piece .Its kind nice to chew the fat and not have BMs ,hemroids and cost of prescriptions come up . mabe a c1500W/T,a.k.a. heavy half work truckw/ 4.3 L. A big chev./GMC dealer with fleet sales can probly round up one for you .
 

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I would buy something like 50 studebaker or redone 5 window chev with a straight six . 3/4 ton . HELL WITH GAS MILEAGE . Good advertisement and coversation piece .Its kind nice to chew the fat and not have BMs ,hemroids and cost of prescriptions come up . mabe a c1500W/T,a.k.a. heavy half work truckw/ 4.3 L. A big chev./GMC dealer with fleet sales can probly round up one for you .
Naughty

Not a bad idea and you could even put an old body on a modern frame to have reliability. But this is a back up truck and I really don't want to put that kind of money in it. I am feeling the economic crunch like everyone else. While I am actually making a little more on the bottom line right now I am running scared of the future. Therefore I don't want to spend a great deal of money. One problem with a one off design or older truck is getting parts.
 

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Put a add in the biggest paper near you and tell em exactly what you want .Let them come to you . Or a guy can call a salesman at a large dealer and put a bug in his ear . In the mean time keep a eye on estate and business auctions . 6 banger pick ups are probably a hot item .do a local search on line and give em a ridiculously low offer and dont forget to leave your ph. number.Large dealerships some times take in strip model fleet trucks ,right before they ship em to the auction . A guy does have to watch the budget.Ray Charles could have seen this financial mess coming down the pike .
 

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08 2500HD 6.0vortec 6speed auto 11.4mpg or towing bobcat s250 8.1 mpg
Same vehicle.

Well, I don't feel so bad, I guess. I'm getting 11.75 mpg towing my 6.5 x 12 enclosed trailer with 2 - 21" Toros, a 36" TTHP, a Spyker push spreader and usually anywhere from 200 to 500 lbs of bagged fertilizer.

My '01 Blazer w/the 4.3 V6 decided it didn't wanna move into 2nd gear without a thud. I wasn't putting "transmission money" into it w/0% for 72 mos being offered. But hated to part with it. 15.5 mpg, and never burned a drop of oil.
 

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Mine goes from full to empty every tank :cool2:

My 1/2 ton Z71 with 4.10 gears and a 6.0 engine gets bout 14 on the highway if you drive like a sane person. Had a 06 1/2 ton 2wd with the 4.3 it got about 14.5. Full size trucks usually get a little better mileage with the V-8. The V-6 is a little under powered for the full size
 

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o4 F150 w/4.2 V-6 5 speed OD 16 in town working it, 22 HWY empty. 04 F-250 5.4 4 sp auto 13.5 in town working 16 Hwy empty. For the best Mileage/ power late 90's 1/2ton chevy's with SBlock vortek 350 known to get , over 20 on the HWY pulling small trailer with dirt bikes.
 

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Other than one Isuzu tanker truck, we run GMC & Chevy 2500HD's w/6.0 liter vortex gasoline engines. Highway = 15 mpg, in town = 6 - 10 mpg depending on route density. My truck averages 11.5 mpg, but I put on more highway miles than our route trucks. (I drove 95 miles today)

NOTE: We get about 12% better mileage with 87 octane unleaded compared to 10% ethynol (89 octane). Synthetic blend motor oil bumps up oil pressure about 10 psi compared to conventional motor oil.

Bottom line, we use 87 octane gas & syn blend oil.
 

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'94 F250 7.3l diesel 4wd auto trans-14mpg
'97 Dodge 8.0l v10 4wd auto trans-11 mpg
'97 F350 7.3l diesel 4wd auto trans-13mpg
'08 F250 6.4l diesel 4wd auto trans-11 towing, 13 normal

We have a few of each truck listed and the numbers are the same. The difference between these trucks isn't the mileage but the power. The 08's pull hard with something like 650 pounds of torque.

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Yo Diesel Drivers

Don't any of you have programmable chips????????? I had a 7.3 with a Dial on the dash board that reprogrammed the Turbo for Mileage or Power. I was getting 18 MPG around town and 24 Hwy. My son won races with it but lost the long term battle when it blew up and that is why I no longer have it.

So far it looks like my old 300 6 at 14 MPG is a winner. But it is getting old and after 200K and 15 years it is time to up grade. But with my car getting 30 MPG. My Ranger getting 27MPG. and my Motorcycle getting close to 60 MPG if I ride it like an old man, The 14 MPG doesn't look good.
 

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ric i got a banks six gun on my truck and haven't really messed with it to try and get better milage but just turn it up and hold on is the only thing i have done with it..even oin the highest setting i got 15 mpg....

had to fight with ford to get some warranty work done on my 6.0L they didn't want to warranty the truck b/c it had a programmer on it...i wasn't buying it so after 2 weeks of fighting they fixed it and had to pay for the rental truck also dumb ass's...they have to prove to you that your programmer is what caused there part to fail and they couldn't so they had to fix it....
 
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