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Old November 18th, 2006, 12:08   #1
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Whats the best full size diesel truck for general use. No towing and very little to no heavy hauling. Just a motorcycle or two in the bed.

Since towing is not needed I could use a very low gear and turn very little RPMs to increase MPG. 4x4 is prefred over 4x2. Don't want a huge long four door truck.

Would love to get a light duty 1/2 SWB 4x4 truck, but they don't make them.

Whats the best truck that can use a very low gear for best MPG?

Whats the highest MPG you've read about from a 3/4t Diesel truck?
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Old November 18th, 2006, 12:37   #2
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Here's a little different idea- the Dodge Sprinter, really a Mercedes, with a 2.7L, 5 cyl., 154 hp diesel, get 24-28 mpg. It's a van, not a pickup, but comes in both passenger and cargo versions and various wheelbases. There is plenty of room for motorcycles, but not 4WD.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 21:46   #3
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I had a friend in SE Colorado that owned a 96 Dodge 3/4 ton 4X4 auto diesel and he got between 25 mpg and 30 mpg on the highway but it had a high speed rear end in it. He was a diesel mechanic by trade and knew what he was looking for when he bought it.
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Old November 18th, 2006, 22:20   #4
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You don't want low gears so the engine will turn slower, you want high gears.

Which means the numbers will be smaller.

IE 4.11s are lower than 3.89s.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 07:02   #5
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My Duramax with a 6.6L diesel gets 20 mpg uphill or downhill.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 04:08   #6
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I have a 2002 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 with the Duramax. When I am on the "Juice" get about 10mpg. Normal driving, uphill, downhill, or even loaded I am averaging 22mpg.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 11:53   #7
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Whats the best full size diesel truck for general use. No towing and very little to no heavy hauling. Just a motorcycle or two in the bed.

Since towing is not needed I could use a very low gear and turn very little RPMs to increase MPG. 4x4 is prefred over 4x2. Don't want a huge long four door truck.

Would love to get a light duty 1/2 SWB 4x4 truck, but they don't make them.

Whats the best truck that can use a very low gear for best MPG?

Whats the highest MPG you've read about from a 3/4t Diesel truck?
The Ford LCF (a cabover commercial vehicle) has a 200hp twin-turbo 4.5L V6 diesel which may end up in the F-150.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 14:38   #8
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Would love to get a light duty 1/2 SWB 4x4 truck, but they don't make them.
Sure they do. You don't see them very often, but they make a 1/2 ton, reg cab, shortbed (6.5'), 4x4 truck. It'll be up to you to make it a diesel of course.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 02:40   #9
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Originally Posted by DesertV10
Here's a little different idea- the Dodge Sprinter, really a Mercedes, with a 2.7L, 5 cyl., 154 hp diesel, get 24-28 mpg. It's a van, not a pickup, but comes in both passenger and cargo versions and various wheelbases. There is plenty of room for motorcycles, but not 4WD.
Sure there are sprinter pickups, crew cab or single cab, three wheelbases, a choice of five diesels and three gearboxes.
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There's more info on the microsite.
http://sprinter-microsite.syzygy.de/2/start/en-GB/

AWD is available as a retrofit from Iglhaut.
http://www.iglhaut-allrad.de/htm/e_home.html
review here:
http://www.iglhaut-allrad.de/htm/pdf/003.pdf
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Old April 8th, 2007, 08:04   #10
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Sure there are sprinter pickups, crew cab or single cab, three wheelbases, a choice of five diesels and three gearboxes.
pickup:
Hey MR42HH, how can I kindly tell you to #^&* off?

You Euros alway have to rub it in our faces don't you.

What I wouldn't give for one of those dual cab pickups with an Iglhaut retrofit.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 14:46   #11
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The Ford LCF (a cabover commercial vehicle) has a 200hp twin-turbo 4.5L V6 diesel which may end up in the F-150.
I did a little search on the 4.5L diesel and found this. Some interesting stuff here. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...66/ai_63256175
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Old April 9th, 2007, 05:57   #12
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No worries guys, these sprinter trucks are sold for us as well. They even come with the luxuries: side airbag, xeonons, steering wheel controls, two available wheel bases, and a 11,000 LB GVW.

http://www.fl-sprinter.com/index.asp?n=5&p=0&s=5

also click on the gallery they show one with that exact bed in the photo above!
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Old April 9th, 2007, 07:45   #13
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Ah, great. The bed in an option for the chassis cab. Makes sense.
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Old April 10th, 2007, 02:25   #14
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I have a 2002 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 with the Duramax. When I am on the "Juice" get about 10mpg. Normal driving, uphill, downhill, or even loaded I am averaging 22mpg.
i call bs on that one....22mpg??? up hill or down loaded or unloaded??? please...I have an 03 duramax with the lb7 motor...argueably the best duramax to have from a mpg standpoint....with my edge/attitude set on one driving like an old lady I might..and I stress might see 20mpg on a flat stretch of highway... towing 12k pounds I get around 12-14 mpg...and for general mix of highway and city driving I see around 15-16...lets not forget this is an 8000 pound truck...
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Old April 10th, 2007, 02:28   #15
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question for the origonal poster....if you do not intend on towing...and the most you will haul is 2 bikes...why pay 8 thousand bucks more for a diesel?? granted you will get it back on the resale...but you will pay more for maintenance....100 dollar oil changes...35 bucks for a fuel filter you change every 5k...10 bucks for a tranny filter you change every 5k...it all adds up...I'd sitck with a 1/2 ton gasser with a 5.7 in it...just my 2 cents though
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