I am considering buying a 2001 F-350 4wd ext cab with the v10 a 4:30 rear end and manual trans. Can you get the v10 motor with a 4:10 rear ? What kind of gas mileage should i expect? I will be pulling a heavy gooseneck trailer most of the time.
I'll post my numbers so you can see what to expect under the worst possible conditions. I get 8.5 - 9 mpg around town. Almost all my trips are less than 6 miles and there's lots of stop sign and stoplights on hilly terrain. Plus I have a lead foot.
This past couple weeks I've tried to see what the best possible mileage would be if I drive like a grandma. Very slow acceleration, no long winter warm ups, trying to keep the tach under 2000 and keeping speed under 65 mph on the few highway miles I do. The result is almost 10 mpg around town. This is my second Super duty with V10 and 4.30 gears and auto. The last one gave close to the same numbers. Best highway mileage was 12.5 mpg on the old truck (it was a early 99).
The manual trani will probably yield better mileage because the auto isn't very effecient I hear. I figure the dually drops the mileage almost 0.5 mpg also.
2000 F350 CC DRW Lariat 4x4 LWB 4R100 V10 4.30ls with Torklift tie-downs/Superhitch and Rancho RS9000 and Ride-Rite air springs.
1998 Alpenlite Pendelton 11'10" Slide-in camper with all options.
2000 F350 4x4 CC DRW V10 4.30ls Lariat LWB.
Firestone Ride-rite airbags, Rancho RS9000 shocks and Torklift Superhitch.
1998 Alpenlite Pendelton 11'10" camper held on by Torklift tie downs
All I can tell you is don't buy the truck for fuel economy and don't expect better than 15 mpg. I have personally drove my truck all over the country and have experienced some areas are better than others for gas mileage. The truck is a pig on gas and anyone who would say it is a 12 to 15 mpg truck doesn't use it for work. if i am in the city stop and go all day, expect 7 to 9 mg my all time worst is 5 mpg and that was with 1,000 lb. in my bed with a 8 foot fisher plow and 8 inches of wet snow. if you are going to work it you are going to pay at the pump. And I don't know why people are buying a V-10 if they plan on really working the truck hard (Buy A diesel) I maybe have the privilege of owning both a 1998 V-10 And a 2000 ford Diesel. And would not sell them in for anything. they both have served me faithfully.
Farmer: Opt for the Powerstroke. You will not regret the expense. Most of the Powerstrokes now with the 3.73 gears are getting 12-15 mpg in town and 15-17 mpg highway. Mileage towing depends on the load. As for performance, after chipping, the Powerstroke will run very close to the V10 empty and will leave the V10 standing, towing large loads while getting 33% better mileage. Trade in values are another issue. Try to locate a clean Powerstroke on a lot, nearly impossible. Diesel and gasoline are about the same price at the pump, do the math and figure the difference per thousand miles in fuel costs. The Powerstroke will be running 2-300,000 miles with proper maintenance, very few gasoline engines will near that mark towing heavy loads, even the trusty V10.
.Well, I 'll try to keep it short. Currently here in Va. diesel is costing more (25 to 30 cents per gallon). But even with that aside when you do the math, at 100,000 miles,about where we all like to trade up,it works out about the same. The real decision here is do you want to pay at the dealership or at the pump. Or if you think your a diesel man , buy a psd. If you think you would prefer th quiet torque available with the gas, buy the gas. I always find it funny when people fork over the 4 grand for the diesel and then consider spending more money on chips or other upgrade with their target being the performance they could have got with the V-10 for a lot less up front.Anyway I have a 99 F-250 SD,SC,V-10,XLT,4X4,4.30rears,and a lead foot and do alot of city and highway driving and experience 7-9 mpg. the best I ever got was 11mpg on the first tank while I was taking it easy during break-in.
FINALLY!! I am seeing some other guys getting the kind of mileage that I have been blessed with. Don't get me wrong, I wish we were all getting 15 mpg but too many times I have read about guys saying they're getting 11-12 mpg in the city and 15 highway. I'm up there with the guys getting 7-9 and it's nice (sort of) to see I'm not alone.
'01 F250 4x4 Crew Cab Shorty V10 Auto 4.30ls
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Hello everybody, new user to the site, looks great. Just wanted to drop a line to say I'm glad I'm not the only one getting such great gas mileage[sic]. I was going to post a question of how to improve my gas mileage, I guess I won't waste my time. My problem is I only have the 5.4 F-250SD 4x4 SC, has all the bells and whistles plus the 4:10 gears. I bought off the lot so thats what I got. Anybody who buys a Ford SD will love it, I would'nt trade mine, except for another when this 1 is shot.
I have a 00 F250 SD 4x4, V10 with 3.73 gears. I love the repsonse and torque of the motor. Its fun to drive.
I average about 9.5 mpg's combined daily driving. If I'm on the highway crusing I get around 13-14mpg averaging 75 mph.
Pulling a 21' bass boat I get around 8-9 mpg.
One thing I do not se people mentioning is the cost of an oil change. How much oil does the diesel hold... 15-16 quarts I believe. I have heard of oil change prices going from $70-$110 per oil change. That is more that double what it costs to change the oil on my V10. Even if you do it your self you still have a higher cost involved. Make sure you consider that in you cost.
As for fuel prices, around here I can get regular (87) gas for $1.23. Diesel is still around $1.35.
They are both great motors. If you pull heavy loads all the time I would get the diesel. For everything else I would get the V10.
PSD's hold 14-15qts depending on the year of the truck. Some have 14qt pans and later trucks have 15qt pans. If you change your own oil you can buy the oil and filter at Walmart for under $35. I have a 99 PSD and wouldn't trade it for anything but another one...Les
I love my V-10. I've got the 3.73's, and love the performance. The 4.30's would have been more fun, but I'd had to installed the Gear Vendor's Overdirve to get the MPG's up.
I'm doing better than most as for fuel economy. My total overall (non-towing) average is at 14.7 MPG's. I've been as high as 19's and as low as 10's though. I generaly keep the foot out of it when on trips, and that help's. I've also installed a SuperChip and the Banks PowerPack which both helped.
Check out my MPG files at: http://ic.net/~wawii/MPG/
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