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TPLynch

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RedRocket204 wrote:

bmanning wrote:



Time to make the popcorn...


truth. Or, the picture that comes to mind from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, "Here we go again", - C3P0


Observations on my '11 F350 6.7L CC LB 4x4:

All travel is in rural, hilly and mountainous terrain, rarely on flat land. No stuck in traffic driving.

18mpg - 20mpg unloaded

12mpg - Towing a 9K TT

Reliability - Owned for one year, ODO = 10k and 0 problems, no dealer visits. At only 10K, too early to tell about reliability.

At 400/800, no need for aftermarket tuner for power and I will not delete federally mandated emissions equipment.


I seriously doubt you are getting 18-20 MPG!


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phenrichs wrote:

I know I am going to be upgrading to diesel truck.

I have a 3 part question for people with experience.
Of the Big 3: Given the years 2004 - 2012 models.

Which when bone stock gets the best mpg? ( I ask because it will be my daily driver as well.)



Which after DIY mods gets the best mpg and which mod is the key?


Which, given proper regular care, is the most maintenance free?

I do not want to start a debate I would just like people to reply with their experience so I can compare data because finding data on a chevy has been difficult to the point of me taking them off my list.


No diesel for me....to many horror stories on this forum!


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Based on my experience:

Fuel milegage is affected by many factors which include the driver as being the biggest detractor.

My experience with the trucks in this year range as the one that produces the best fuel stock mileage:

1. 03-04 Dodge 5.9
2. 00-05 Chevy 6.6
3. 11-12 Ford 6.7

Worst fuel mileage stock (these also have strong potential for great mpg with deletes):
1. 08-10 Ford 6.4
2. 07-12 Dodge 6.7


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YEP....!!! HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!


RedRocket204 wrote:

ib516 wrote:

That's the best info I can think to give you, and I'm certain there are those who will disagree with me.


Your summation seems to be very fair and non-biased. I applaud you.


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dshelley can you elaborate on why you said you might go with a gas powered ford for the 7-12K range?

I will be towing a pretty heavy TT and not a 5er so you have piqued my curiosity.


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rob85546 wrote:

YEP....!!! HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!


RedRocket204 wrote:

ib516 wrote:

That's the best info I can think to give you, and I'm certain there are those who will disagree with me.


Your summation seems to be very fair and non-biased. I applaud you.


Another vote for your suggestions. Quick let's close this thread while it's still civil


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2006 c3500 work truck city driving duramax 136k same s from factory no problems 12mpg city.
2006 express cutaway 12 ft box 8 ltr gas 11 to 13 mpg city rear axel seal less 2000 miles city driving same as factory delivered 101k still great truck
2011 F350 6.7 drw, 8'bed, lariate, sory gps/sync system, 15k no mod's pull 2012 big sky 326re average for total milage 14mpg (towing 11-13mpg city/highwY 15-18)
JUST my input not brand ruyled. had dodge 1500 too much noise and poping in the front end.

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My experience says drive all three and buy the one you like best.


Jeff


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eye8Ubutler wrote:

No diesel for me....to many horror stories on this forum!


What; 2? If you bought products based off the "horror" stories from rv.net you'd never own a diesel, all powerstroke 6.0L are problems, Lippert frames are death traps and Thor industries churn out******quality trailers.

There are more chicken littles in this place then the whole interwebs combined.

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Hey, its another SOCK PUPPET TROLL ALERT!


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