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Ford F-250 Super Duty, Diesel, Truck
#56 of 105 justdrifting...mpg
Aug 15, 2002 (8:09 am)
'02 F250 Crew cab, SB, automatic, 4x4...
drove off the lot at 50 miles on truck - 20 mpg. Have been averaging close to 20, driving on the highway at 75 mph., drops to about 18.5, but they say break in is between 3,000-5,000 miles, we now have 2,100 (all in about a month). Towed a load (trailer & 70 bales) of hay about 120 miles, at 60-65 mph, never noticed a difference in mileage. Love it!
Aug 15, 2002 (8:12 am)
You just paddle upstream, supposedly they are pretty easy to move but I have never tried it. I prefer my method which involves a jet drive and a 330hp V-8 for propulsion.
Aug 15, 2002 (1:18 pm)
'99 F-350 SC LWB DRW PSD 6-speed/3.73 rear end; Mixed city/highway driving, empty, 18.5 mpg. Towing, doesn't seem to matter whether city or highway, 11.25 mpg.
Aug 16, 2002 (6:54 am)
#60 of 105 re: upcoming 6.0L diesel
Aug 19, 2002 (9:41 am)
Nikiblue1: I am looking at the 2003 F250 myself with the same issues in mind. Is the pain of the inevitable slew of TSB's for a new engine design worth the pain? For me, yes. Given the improvements claimed for the new design, I'm leaning towards the 6 over the 7.3, even though it won't be available for supposedly 6 months or so. At least I'll wait till I can read some actual reviews.
The 7.3 was updated 5 times. Strong design but it had its gremlins. Why did they spend all that money to come out with a new design if the old one was okay?
Ford claims the 6 is 20% quieter and 10% more efficient. The filters are easier to reach and change. The single overhead cam is adjustable and has variable valve timing etc. Less emissions (which may be the main reason for redesign).
For me, I'd rather live with a design that's moving into the future than one that is about to be discontinued. So, while Ford delays the issue of the new 6 so they can sell off the 7.3 stock and parts, anyone actually seen/heard one of these?
Aug 19, 2002 (8:53 pm)
ksystems: I think I will wait as well. I went to ford-diesel.com and people there stated as well that I should wait. I had a lift done on my Excursion a while ago. I just towed a trailer from Utah to California with the lift. Ouch, 8 miles per gallon average. I WANT the new diesel. I think I may actually wait until the end of next year. A lot of website rave about this new engine--I think it will be worth the wait. Thanks for advice.
Aug 21, 2002 (10:31 am)
One draw back to a drift boat is that you need a second vehicle at the pull out point. Either that or hitch a ride back to your truck. Drift boats are a great boat. Hard to tip over and we apply an epoxy type resin to the bottom so the aluminum hull won't hangup on rocks. Some drifboats are fiberglass such as the ClackaCraft which are made locally. We also use a small outboard motor for use in larger rivers or on lakes.
Aug 21, 2002 (12:34 pm)
My BIL just bought a canoe. I can't wait to unload it in one of the small rivers around here. We are planning on taking it all the way to the Ohio River. Our waterways probably aren't near as interesting as what you see. Ours are all very slow moving.
Aug 21, 2002 (2:44 pm)
Be careful those canoes can be tippy. Keep the weight low in the bottom. Sounds like a fun trip.
Oregon has diverse waterways. We do have some slow moving rivers but the fun ones have lots of rapids which means boulders. A lot of white water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Just wish I could get out and do some.
all the best