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What your mpg? Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by theguynextdoor, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    I was wondering what you guys get in terms of gas mileage on your trucks, just driving or towing and plowing. Also, do you have any ideas on ways to increase fuel economy or any good mods or engine work that can increase mpg?

    I have a 98 dodge ram 2500 5.9 L V8...getting about 11 mpg. I just bought teh truck, it was well taken care of but i havn't done any work yet. I rebuilt the engine in my 85 bmw, so i know a thing or 2...but that gets crappy mpg too.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007
  2. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I have a 2003 Ford F-250 Ext. Cab Short Bed 5.4 V8 and I get about 11-12mpg city
  3. dakotasrock

    dakotasrock Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 260

    My dakota with the 5.2 gets 14 city AND highway. Weird isnt it? Towing about 11, plowing about 7 or 8.
  4. DSLL

    DSLL Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    2000 ram 2500 gets about 11-12 just driving around.
  5. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    my 350 V8 gets 10 city and towing and i get about 12 highway. worst i ever got was 8.2 mpg but that was with a lot of idling and trail riding in low range.
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    '04 2500 HD 8.1/Allison combo....gets 11.5 on the Hi way empty and 8-9 mpg in town, down hill, uphill or down a mine shaft :D! No compaints on the power though..:nod:
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    Truck in sig.
    Last tank mixed freeway and city- 14mpg. I usually get about 13-14 in the city. Best of 16 on a tank of 50% highway.
  8. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    2001 chevy 2500hd 11-12 mpg summer 8-10 mpg winter
  9. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    down a mine shaft? lol i gotta see pics of that.
  10. bike5200

    bike5200 Senior Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 437

    My 01 Chevy 2500HD 8.1 Allison I get 10 around town and about 12 highway. truck weights about 8000lbs. 3.73's
  11. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    I have a 2004 F-250 V8 5.4L SCab long bed. I get 12mpg on average, city and highway. that's also loaded or unloaded.
    When I'm plowing I can't really say what the mpg's are, b/c the truck is on even if she's not moving.
  12. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    my 99 Ford f250 with 7.3 diesel gets 18 highway, and 16 city. Loaded or not.
  13. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Well start with your tire, stock size(over size tires, use more fuel) and run the max. psi as stated on the tires.
    Keep your engine in great running condition. Synthetics threw out (trans, diffs., motor) help a bit to.
    Acetone added to your fuel can help as well.
    If your looking for a silver bullet Buy a Prius LOL
    The diesel's will tow, and plow more effiecent.
    My 01 Ram got about 11 around town with 4.10 gears, and about 6 plowing.
    The 03 Hemi truck got about 13 around town 4.10 gears, about 7 plowing
    05 Cummins truck 15-16 around town 3.73 geasr, about 11 plowing.
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Yep, the 8.1's are just like the old style big blocks...doesn't matter what your doing with them..it doesn't affect the MPG's one bit...:confused:
  15. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    My 6.0 Powerstroke...... City 12 Towing 10 Highway 17-18
  16. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    2000 Chevy 2500 6.0 4.10 gears. I get about12-13 city, 13-14 highway empty.

    Your economy sounds about right for a modern gas powered 3/4 ton pickup truck.
  17. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Truck in sig does 19-21:D
  18. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    mpg or plowing

    '03 dodge 5.7 hemi
    about 13 mpg
    about 6 hours per tank plowing.
    do any of you guys have an odometer that keeps track of your backwards or idle mileage?
    I've been looking for one of those for 39 years.
  19. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    You guys will cry... Always over 20 average. I can get 25 on a tank of all highway and sometimes more! xysport If I beat it it goes down my I seldom do...really!

    Plowing... who cares.. It only uses less than a 1/8 tank doing my small route.

    Note this is not depending on my computer... this hand calculated because it shows higher with my tuner.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2007
  20. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    It's a truck not an economy car.
    Your MPG is about right for that size engine. My partner at work gets about 11 / 12 with his Hemi. My 5.8 - 3spd auto gets 10MPG. The brother in laws ( both of them ) with V10's get 11 / 13 on a good day. Your lucky the old 3 spd auto unlead 360's got about 8MPG no matter what you did!