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I have always been pretty impressed with my tacoma mileage when babying it.
I have been concidering looking into a 3/4 ton or 1 ton diesel truck to be able to more easily pull my holiday trailer and just offer greater flexibility as to what I can do with the truck. Especially since the bottom has fallen out of these vehicles price wise they are starting to look more attractive.
Fuel Economy is a big concern to me because I put on a lot of miles
today i test drove a used 04 6.0 Ford powerstroke 1 ton 4x4
before you guys go crazy about 6.0 powerstroke reliablity dont worry I'm not pulling any triggers just yet, however I was shocked at the kind of economy I got with that big fat one ton I drove that truck and my tacoma on the same 30 km route this afternoon. mileage was measured using my scan gauge.
On this trip that one ton ford got 12.5L/100km or 18.8 US mpg I couldn't believe it I never thought that truck would get that kind of mileage.
my tacoma got 10.5L/100km or 22.4 US mpg on the same route back to back.

the trip was done in both cases accelerating like a grandpa and proabbly 2/3 of that route was done on paved backroads going approximately 80km/h however its a fairly apples to apples comparison becuase I drove both trucks at the same speeds and the same day both with no weight in them and both fully warmed up to start.
 

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You should test drive a dodge with the cummings in it, they get even better mpg than my tacoma, but i allso have a heave foot and 285;s on it.
 

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i very seriously doubt you were getting ~18mpg in that ford (not just because i hate them). the problem lies in your scangauge. sure it may SAY 18mpg but the deal is the scangauge takes time to learn and calibrate itself for each vehicle (like 500-1000 miles). mine always read higher than what i was actually getting for the first 1200 miles, so i think you were really getting somewhere around 15-16 at best...

but honestly dude if you want a diesel get a dodge 2500 or 3500. my friend's got a 2500 with the 5.9 cummins in it. he gets 27mpg going 80 down the interstate!
 

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shit, i'm lucky to get 15 in my taco, but i don't care about gas milage. in the long run it's futile to worry about pennies on the dollar. i enjoy my truck. period.
 

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I owned a 6.0 PSD 4x4 and there are three more in the family still. If your set on a ford go with 05 or newer and avoid the 6.4. personally id get a 03 7.3 a lot of potential for power, incredibly reliable motor with a standard turbo not VGT. Dodges are nice trucks but the allison trans in my opinion needs some help if your going to do some heavy hauling or power add ons. the 6.0's trans fixed almost all of the problems found in the 4r100.



My 2 cents. I have tons more info in your inerested.

My lifted f250 on 35's got 14-15 in town and 14-15 on t highway, before it got the lift it was about the same.
 

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i very seriously doubt you were getting ~18mpg in that ford (not just because i hate them). the problem lies in your scangauge. sure it may SAY 18mpg but the deal is the scangauge takes time to learn and calibrate itself for each vehicle (like 500-1000 miles). mine always read higher than what i was actually getting for the first 1200 miles, so i think you were really getting somewhere around 15-16 at best...

but honestly dude if you want a diesel get a dodge 2500 or 3500. my friend's got a 2500 with the 5.9 cummins in it. he gets 27mpg going 80 down the interstate!
Scan gauge does not need to learn a vehicle it reads the fuel rate which is a function of the factory computer and then calculates the mileage on the fly based on the speed you are driving. how can that have any "learning" involved as long as it can read fuel rate and your speedo is not out it should be pretty godamn close. The truck i test drove had stock sized tires on so the comptuers speed reading should be within 5% or so

One of my buddies said he used to get 27 imp mpg (22.5usmpg) with his 7.3 at 70mph with a 60 hp econo tuned chip.
 
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