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rodltg2
02-11-2007, 02:44 PM
my dodge truck gets really bad gas mileage . 8.7mpg :eek:
it wasnt a big deal till now. i am opening up a second showroom which is about 100 miles away. i will drive there and back about twice a week , maybe more. i still need a pick up truck and i aslo wanted lifted. what my best option? i was thinking maybe a f150 or going diesel...

Carbon Dreams
02-11-2007, 02:53 PM
My '06 MegaCab Diesel Dodge gets 18-23 mpg with a 6" lift and 37" Kumho's. Granted I'm still running with stock gearing that is 3.73. 60MPH yields 1480 RPM. With the computer hops and intake you have all the power in the world. A buddy of mine is running about 750 RWHP and 1500 lb/ft tq. His is modified, to say the least.

All that being said, the Duramax is a great stocker. Put and edge computer in it and a 6 inch lift with 35" tires and be done. Don't modify the engine, as you will likely blow it up. Stock for stock the Chev is probably the best overall truck. The Dodge is tough as nails with the Cummins. The Ford, well, stock engines blowing left and right...

123src
02-11-2007, 04:29 PM
My '06 MegaCab Diesel Dodge gets 18-23 mpg with a 6" lift and 37" Kumho's. Granted I'm still running with stock gearing that is 3.73. 60MPH yields 1480 RPM. With the computer hops and intake you have all the power in the world. A buddy of mine is running about 750 RWHP and 1500 lb/ft tq. His is modified, to say the least.

All that being said, the Duramax is a great stocker. Put and edge computer in it and a 6 inch lift with 35" tires and be done. Don't modify the engine, as you will likely blow it up. Stock for stock the Chev is probably the best overall truck. The Dodge is tough as nails with the Cummins. The Ford, well, stock engines blowing left and right...


I have the Duramax with an edge computer, cat back custom exhaust, 6 inch lift and 35" tires (along with too many other add-ons).... and I have no idea what my actual mileage reading is that I get because the computer can't deal with the 35" tires, so it actually reads a lower mpg than actual. The computer tells me I average about 14 around town and 20 on the highway... I don't know if that help you at all, but there you go! Oh yeah, the power from that Duramax with the Edge computer is INSANE (Even with the heavy camper and Mastercraft) :D :D :D

atlfootr
02-11-2007, 10:11 PM
mine :) :) :)

Willski
02-11-2007, 10:21 PM
I have a 99 Silverado and I am pretty happy about my mileage. 18 on the highway.

Datdude
02-12-2007, 10:31 AM
I have a 2006 Chevy 2500 crew cab/short bed 4x4 with the Duramax LBZ/Allison transmission and my mileage is terrible:mad: . With a basic mix of city and highway driving I am getting 14mpg. All highway that number goes to 16 max. Yesterday I pulled a 3000lb trailer 200 miles and got 10.7mpg which is unacceptable. The only mod I have done to the Chevy is 285/75/16 BFG All Terrain tires. Coming from a 2000 F-250 CC/SB 4x4 7.3L Powerstroke that got no less than 17.5mpg pulling the same trailer and a 2005 Dodge 3500 (non-dually) quad cab/short bed 4x4 Cummins that got 17mpg the Chevy sucks. The Ford had a 75hp chip and K&N air filter. Empty on the highway I was getting 21mpg with this truck. The Dodge (stock) was a close second at 19.5mpg empty. My Chevy only has 11,000 miles and I am hoping that the mileage improves. I have considered a programmer (EDGE) but have heard conflicting info on warranty coverage? Any way you look at it, the mileage of a diesel is better than you are currently getting at 8.7mpg. When I got my first diesel 4 years ago, fuel was $0.45 cheaper per gallon than gas. Now it is $0.40 more expensive(around here), plus the $7000+ upgrade when you buy the truck. I am addicted to the power the diesel has, plus the resale of the truck is much easier in my opinion(around here). Bottom line......if mileage is a concern get a diesel:cool:

123src
02-12-2007, 11:29 AM
Did you have the dealer reprogram the computer for the new tire size? Just curious?

I have a 2006 Chevy 2500 crew cab/short bed 4x4 with the Duramax LBZ/Allison transmission and my mileage is terrible:mad: . With a basic mix of city and highway driving I am getting 14mpg. All highway that number goes to 16 max. Yesterday I pulled a 3000lb trailer 200 miles and got 10.7mpg which is unacceptable. The only mod I have done to the Chevy is 285/75/16 BFG All Terrain tires. Coming from a 2000 F-250 CC/SB 4x4 7.3L Powerstroke that got no less than 17.5mpg pulling the same trailer and a 2005 Dodge 3500 (non-dually) quad cab/short bed 4x4 Cummins that got 17mpg the Chevy sucks. The Ford had a 75hp chip and K&N air filter. Empty on the highway I was getting 21mpg with this truck. The Dodge (stock) was a close second at 19.5mpg empty. My Chevy only has 11,000 miles and I am hoping that the mileage improves. I have considered a programmer (EDGE) but have heard conflicting info on warranty coverage? Any way you look at it, the mileage of a diesel is better than you are currently getting at 8.7mpg. When I got my first diesel 4 years ago, fuel was $0.45 cheaper per gallon than gas. Now it is $0.40 more expensive(around here), plus the $7000+ upgrade when you buy the truck. I am addicted to the power the diesel has, plus the resale of the truck is much easier in my opinion(around here). Bottom line......if mileage is a concern get a diesel:cool:

Thrall
02-12-2007, 01:02 PM
I have a 2006 Chevy 2500 crew cab/short bed 4x4 with the Duramax LBZ/Allison transmission and my mileage is terrible:mad: . With a basic mix of city and highway driving I am getting 14mpg. All highway that number goes to 16 max. Yesterday I pulled a 3000lb trailer 200 miles and got 10.7mpg which is unacceptable. The only mod I have done to the Chevy is 285/75/16 BFG All Terrain tires.
My Chevy only has 11,000 miles and I am hoping that the mileage improves. I have considered a programmer (EDGE) but have heard conflicting info on warranty coverage? :

Are you correcting for tire size? If not, that's about 8% off of factory tires. Aslo, the DIC, if your going by that is known to be off (it's usually optimistic though from what I've read.).
Winter blend fuel this time of year too, and new truck, maybe not broken in yet.
Between tire correction, winter fuel, and new truck, you may be able to attribute about 3mpg to that, which would put you in 17-19 mpg range.
My 02 DMax runs 17-18mpg commuting, mostly highway. Same for straight up 80 mph highway driving. Pulling the MC I'm at 14-15mpg and pulling my enclosed sled trailer, about 11-13 mpg. WInd resistance plays a big part in pulling, seeing as the loaded sled trailer is considerably lighter than the boat, but it punches a bigger hole in the atmosphere.
Best mileage to date was driving from Park Falls to Marshfield and back. Low altiude, summer, no hills, slow (55-65mph), netted me 21 mpg over a week of driving back and forth.

ROd, I think you posted a pic of your truck once? Ram 2500, Hemi, lift and big tires? 8.7 mpg sounds right. That's alot of truck to move around w/a small engine.
My F150, 5.4L, 2wd, gets about 12-13 mpg commuting. Dodge 1500 4x4, 5.9l got about the same.
Chev gassers have about the best mpg for 1/2 ton trucks. Cummins or Dmax, newer ones will get 15-20 mpg empty depending on the size of the truck and how you drive.

milkmania
02-13-2007, 12:24 AM
hey Rod,

here's ya truck that'll stick out!

the pic is linked
http://67.15.66.118/south_pics/1FTSW21P95EC40432/DCP_6376.JPG (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-F-250-POWERSTROKE-2005-FORD-F-250-LARIAT-CREW-4X4-LIFT-KIT-DIESEL-37K-MI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ39415QQihZ008QQitemZ 180084214864QQtcZphoto)

(http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-F-250-POWERSTROKE-2005-FORD-F-250-LARIAT-CREW-4X4-LIFT-KIT-DIESEL-37K-MI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ39415QQihZ008QQitemZ 180084214864QQtcZphoto)

milkmania
02-13-2007, 12:30 AM
pic is linked

http://67.15.66.118/south_pics/1FTRF04584KB02510/DCP_6461.JPG (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-F-150-WE-FINANCE-2004-FORD-F-150-FX4-REG-CAB-4X4-LIFT-KIT-LEATHER-40K-MI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6219QQihZ008QQitemZ1 80084211332QQtcZphoto)

Mag_Red
02-13-2007, 06:42 AM
Those aren't bad prices on the two Fords, concidering the lift kit and rims and tires.

X-45
02-13-2007, 06:48 AM
Just a little off topic but last night I saw Ford advertising a 450 crew cab, like it is built for domestic drivers:rolleyes: . 25000 lb towing :eek:

Sodar
02-13-2007, 08:47 AM
Just a little off topic but last night I saw Ford advertising a 450 crew cab, like it is built for domestic drivers:rolleyes: . 25000 lb towing :eek:

Yeah, the F 450's are pretty cool. A couple of my friends have them to pull their toyhaulers and offshore boats. One buddy just got a Kodiak.... no that thing is ridiculous! The rear airbags look like someything off a semi and the tow hitch on the thing is ENOURMOUS. He bought it as a bobtail, and had to have an aftermarket bed installed.

Sodar
02-13-2007, 08:48 AM
I was told that you should stay away from the 6.0l PowerStrokes, is there any truth to it? I guess they pop headbolts....

Ric
02-13-2007, 10:01 AM
I bought my 05 for 19k driveout price in January 05. I get about 22 city and 28 highway mileage
6.0L gas 3.73:1 , 1500HD 4x4 CHEVY

BrianM
02-13-2007, 10:29 AM
I bought my 05 for 19k driveout price in January 05. I get about 22 city and 28 highway mileage
6.0L gas 3.73:1 , 1500HD 4x4 CHEVY

Ummm is that a typo? I call BS on 22 and 28 mpg on a 6.0 Chevy.

Ric
02-13-2007, 10:40 AM
Ummm is that a typo? I call BS on 22 and 28 mpg on a 6.0 Chevy. you guys are too sharp for me

Sodar
02-13-2007, 11:03 AM
Ummm is that a typo? I call BS on 22 and 28 mpg on a 6.0 Chevy.

I think he has the 2's messed up and they should be 1's!!! My best buddy has a 2006 2500 with a 6.0L. We both drive twice a month to the river. I can make it to the river on 1 tank pulling the boat and have enough fuel left to drive around for the weekend. He has to fill up about 200 miles into the drive in order to be able to have enough fuel to drive around the river for the weekend. My guess is that 12-14 mpg is more realistic. I only have a 5.3L in my Tahoe and I only get MAYBE 15-17mpg....

Ric
02-13-2007, 01:11 PM
I think he has the 2's messed up and they should be 1's!!! My best buddy has a 2006 2500 with a 6.0L. We both drive twice a month to the river. I can make it to the river on 1 tank pulling the boat and have enough fuel left to drive around for the weekend. He has to fill up about 200 miles into the drive in order to be able to have enough fuel to drive around the river for the weekend. My guess is that 12-14 mpg is more realistic. I only have a 5.3L in my Tahoe and I only get MAYBE 15-17mpg.... you have a best buddy ?

Sodar
02-13-2007, 02:03 PM
you have a best buddy ?

Yeah... it is you! Didn't I tell you!?!?! Best buddy, best bro, best friend.... whatever ya want to call them!!!!

Datdude
02-13-2007, 04:23 PM
Did you have the dealer reprogram the computer for the new tire size? Just curious?


The dealer did not reprogram anything for me. I did not know that was even an option as this is my first truck with larger tires. I guess I need to look into that;)

My mileage calculations are hand calculated then I do add 8% for the larger tires. I am still getting really bad mileage pulling a realtively light trailer(3000lbs). I used a calculator on www.tirerack.com to calculate my speed(and figure out the percentage over stock tires). My DIC is actually pretty close to the stock tire number when comparing it to hand calculated numbers....if that makes sense. I know the high idle really sucks fuel so I try to limit the amount of idle time. I also reset the DIC miles per gallon number on every fill-up to get an accurate picture.