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whats the mpg with the 6.0 diesel fords

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dieselfreak, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. dieselfreak

    dieselfreak Member
    Messages: 60

    what is the mpg with the 6.0 ford diesels just wondering
  2. pbeering

    pbeering Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    I'm getting about 18-22 on the highway and about 10-12 plowing (carrying 11,000#) 2003 supercab/shortbed

    Messages: 37

    I have a 2004 F350 Diesel Regular cab XLT auto. I wish my millage was that good. Empty truck in summer drove to pa and back on a full tank. I got like 560 divided by the 38 gallon tank leaves about 15 MPG at 70 with cruise control on. Towing a 8 by 14 dump trailler with a Bobcat S 250 about 10 mpg on through way at 65. When plowing i find it to be the worst at about 250 miles to the tank. When plowing I would say it gets about 6.5 maybe 7 MPG if im Lucky. MY truck only has 5 thousand miles on it so I dont think its broken in yet. Hopefully it get better as I put more miles on it. I love the engine in terms of power and torque but I hope it starts to get better millage seeing diesel is 2.40 per gallon here in Buffalo and at the RES it is now like 2.05. Hope this helps you out.
  4. ZamboniHDB

    ZamboniHDB Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    2004 F250 Regular Cab XLT

    14 Mixed driving with no bed cover.

    16 Highway with no bed cover and an average speed of 74 MPH.

    As for plowing, a guess would be around 6 - 7 MPG.

    I do a fair amount of extended elevated idling time on all of my diesel powered equipment.

    Just my .02¢
  5. szippijr

    szippijr Member
    from S.E Pa
    Messages: 50

    Fords gas mileage compared to the duramax are not even close. The max burns 25% less.
  6. Hardware 2

    Hardware 2 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    05 f-350 15-16 aound town. duramax may get 25% better, but it has no presence. its low like a CAR.
  7. PSDF350

    PSDF350 Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    Who cares i dont recall anyone asking. i get about 17-18mpg. i am curious how you guys are getting more on hiway. becuase I get less on hiway. the reason for that is becuase of the higher rpm's that I am running on hiway. I dont live in city so I dont do the stop and go. I am usually going between 40-60mph+. on hiway 75-90mph. plus alot of ideling.
  8. jeffwoehrle

    jeffwoehrle Member
    Messages: 56

    Average around 15 on a tankful, with lots of idling. Highway trips loaded I get in the mid 18's.

  9. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    Unloaded around town driving I average 13 to 14. On the highway, 15 to 16. I only wish I was getting 18 plus...!
  10. Mowman62531

    Mowman62531 Member
    Messages: 98

    It is really hard to compare fuel mileage without knowing the gear ratios. If you have 3:73 gears, then it is going to get better mileage than something with 4:10 gears. I am wanting to get a diesel so everytime I see a post like this I am all over it! I don't pull any heavy trailers, I just push snow and occasionally haul a heavy load. Most of my driving is empty. So how many of these posts are 3:73's and how many are 4:10's?
  11. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    2004 F350 crew short w/3.73 gears getting 14 when the wheels are not locked, and an average of 11, 50/50 4 wheel / 2 wheel during the snow storms. During storms it is left on a lot, and still comes up with 11 mpg. This is not the plowtruck, and transports a snowblower and shoveling crew.
  12. Mowman62531

    Mowman62531 Member
    Messages: 98

    I have always heard better mileages on the diesels. People around here are getting those mileages with 3/4 ton gassers.
  13. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    because of the ratios in the tranny and rear end. If you got a heavy duty anything on the truck you may have a lower ratio then you think somewhere along the line.

    My boss's 04 E350 van gets about 17 empty city, don't know about highway- havn't driven it on there yet (I'll tell you in another month after the spring trip)

    the 4.10 rears get about 17 where as the 3.73 should get around 23 (that's what the dodge CTD's get so I would expect Fords to do the same)
  14. Ben

    Ben Member
    Messages: 62

    I have a 2004 f 250 crew cab gas 5.4 6 speed with 4.10ls and i get 11 mpg plowing and 15 mpg around town. I thought the power stroke got alot better mpg than that.
  15. bugthug

    bugthug Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 268

    duramax is the way to go if you have even a hint of milage concern. I asked a lot of my friends that plow and I was blown away. My friend has a 2004 with a d/max and it is doing better than my wifes envoy. I dont even wanna mention my 99 with a 454 4 mpg.
  16. Peopleeater

    Peopleeater Senior Member
    Messages: 249


    My suburban was 10 MPG on highway or in town, didn't matter. Could make it worse though by driving harder, never any better though. It has a 350 gasser. The newer 350 in my z71 seems abit better, haven't figured it out yet, but I'm guessing around 15. I do alot of highway miles as I commute with it. Maybe 2/3 highway, 1/3 city. I know it isn't diesel, but just more to compare with the diesel/ gas mileage question.


    My diesel Mack gets anywhere from 4-5 mpg. Lots of extended idle time. Usually it is only turned off at lunch time, and not even then sometimes. Runs 8-12 hours a day. 4 on the bottom end and 5 at best. I would be happy if it went up to just 7 or 8! It should be an interesting summer since they are saying the prices aren't coming down anytime soon. If anything it is gonna go up. Im thinking about a new career choice. Is anyone here a Home Inspector? Would like to ask a few questions if anyone is.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005
  17. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    My 05 F-350, supercab, long box, dually, FX4, 6.0L/auto with 4:10's and 9,400 miles gets 16-17 on the highway at 70 or under. In town I getting about 13-14 both of there are running empty. Towing an 34' enclosed tri axle gooseneck weighing around 14,500 most the time, I have been getting anywhere from a low of 9.5 to a high of 11.8 with an average of 10.7 this is in 5,000 miles of towing. One thing that does kinda get to me is the fact that my 99 F-350 super cab, long box, dually 4X4 7.3L/6spd with 4:10'salways seems to get about 2 mpg better both towing and empty and my 03 F-350 reg cab, long box, FX4, 7.3L(472RWHP/793 lbft)/6 spd with 4:10's gets consistant 19 mpg empty with an all time high of 24. Towing 14,000-18,000 lbs it gets 12-13 if the driver is nice but it can get as low as 10 if really pounded on while towing.