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gas or diesel?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by snowplower82, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. snowplower82

    snowplower82 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    was thinking about buying a used F 250 anyone have experience with the mileage with both?
    My options were the 5.4gas compare to the 6.0 diesel I know the diesel gets better mileage, but how much better? they re also more money:)
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    what year??
  3. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    6.0 ? Do they come with spare head gaskets in the glovebox? I wouldnt buy one. A 7.3 Is a good motor. 5.4 Is a good motor Slightly underpowered But no problem pushing snow.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  4. snowplower82

    snowplower82 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    probally 03 to 05
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I would say diesel and would rate the engines as follows: Dodge, Chevy, Ford.
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    the OP was asking about a F250 not about dodges and chevys
  7. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    if you want a ford that bad, buy a v-10. better then the 6.0 and the 5.4. if you want a real truck buy a chevy. better engines and you dont need to carry headgaskets in the glove box
  8. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    I did not forget about the v10 But I thought he had the mention of fuel miledge somewhere:eek:
  9. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Ok maybe we should have welder in Chevy for frame.:rolleyes:

    V8 5.4L with 4.10 gear ratio is better than 3.73

    For diesel 6.0L avoid 2003 and 2004 it worst. But if you really want diesel so I say 7.3L but you could have lucky to keep 6.0L run no problem.

    V10 would be great but lot people try sell that cheap because gas.
  10. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    I will take the chevy 20 min fix over the 20 hrs cab removal ford headgasket fix thanks.
  11. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Wow thanks for the insight. What I was trying to say was get a diesel, and that Ford uses crappy diesels. From his second post he said "probably 03 to 05" so it sounds like there is still time to not get a 6.0h no!.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  12. snowplower82

    snowplower82 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    thanks everyone for all the input, but does anyone have any real input on the mileage? thats really what i want to know
  13. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    You will not go wrong with a diesel. Fords probably get the worst of the big 3, but diesel vs gas is better no matter what...............especially working. That's what you want to consider. Let's just say you are getting 15mpg's, conservatively. Start pushing with a 5.4 and it will literally drop to like 5mpg. A diesel will be more like 12. Yes, everybody will jump in and say theirs gets 25mpg, yada yada. Yes, 20's is possible, but empty, with an economy tune, and over the road. My 03 Dmax averages 16.5-17.8. Always loaded with a service bed and a trailer half the time. Empty it would probably see 22+ over the road. Between my Dmaxes, they've mostly been within about that. I've just been calculating the 03 the most lately. An 04 F350 Reg cab SRW 6.0 of mine(well, just sold now) just calculated about 14 over the road, pulling a small boat 1 way. Ok, but not great.

    With a diesel, I never bat an eye heading out with a half a tank or less to push for an evening. Nothing I would have ever considered when plowing with gas trucks!!!
  14. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    my 05 6.0 ford diesel f350 gets anywhere from 13-16 empty and around 11-13 towing around 8,000lbs (i know it can tow more just havent yet)
  15. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    getting 16-17 with the d max empty, half city half highway .
  16. dieselboy

    dieselboy Member
    Messages: 43

    my 2001 crew cab SRW f-350 gets 18 unloaded highway and about 16 towing 5k lbs. no mods just barley broken in with 178,000. the 7.3 is an awsome engine. i also have the 6spd. not sure if that makes much of a difference from the automatics as far as milage goes
  17. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Diesel will always get better mpg's than gas, especially if you are working it.
  18. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    look at it this way. the 5.4 is cheaper but you will work the piss out of it pushin snow. the 6.0 has had its probs no dought but still a diesel makes a better work truck in my mind.

    if your just doin your house and a few others get the gas but if you ever want the truck to work get a diesel and dont look back.
  19. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    My 04 6.0 gets 19 over the road with a stock tune. Ive yet to plow with mine personally, but Ive plowed a looooonnnggg time with a single tank of fuel, whether it be 7.3 or 6.0. I wouldn't dream of plowing with anything other than a diesel, ford, dodge, or chevy.

    Everyone's information and most of the opinions in this threat are right on, except for the guy that said Fords are crappy. :nono:

  20. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i vote diesel, i, like most guys that have gas trucks, wish i had a diesel