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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-26-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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im looking at a 2001 f250 sc,8' bed, 4wd, stick, 7.3. it has 121,000 on it clean carfax. tan interior & green paint. asking $9500 for it. truck runs great, drives great. good pickup.. problem is i drive 114miles round trip every day to/from work. so im like 99% highway driving. currently have a 4cyl 5spd cheapo car for the commute but its needing more in parts then i paid for it. i get 29mpg in that. would it be possible to get truck above & achieve at least 25ish mpg out of it? or any 2000+ 7.3? what mods to get truck there? wouldnt lift truck. thinking lowering rear to match front instead of lifting front. bed cover, changing all fluids to synthetic. taking off the mud tires it has & doing an 18" or 20" rim with an a/t tire. what else? i know dont beat on it.. if i cant get the mileage i want i wont get the truck & i'll keep looking. mabye a 2wd
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Look for a 2000 to 2003 VW Jetta TDI. Stay away from the automatic and keep up on the dedicated maintenance. I have just bought a Scan Guage II and it has improved my mileage about 6 mpg. My overall average is 48, but this tank I will make at least 56 mpg. I will drive 800 miles before the low fuel light and put in just over 14 gallons.

It is really a stupid car. lol Kind of like not having a fuel bill.

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For your driving distance, the VW Jetta is hard to argue with, but if you want a truck (I did), hold out for a 4x2 with a stick and the PowerStroke.

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i have an old stick 4x2 and i get about 21 if im trying so you can do it with the right set up,good luck man

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im looking at a 2001 f250 sc,8' bed, 4wd, stick, 7.3. it has 121,000 on it clean carfax. tan interior & green paint. asking $9500 for it. truck runs great, drives great. good pickup.. problem is i drive 114miles round trip every day to/from work. so im like 99% highway driving. currently have a 4cyl 5spd cheapo car for the commute but its needing more in parts then i paid for it. i get 29mpg in that. would it be possible to get truck above & achieve at least 25ish mpg out of it? or any 2000+ 7.3? what mods to get truck there? wouldnt lift truck. thinking lowering rear to match front instead of lifting front. bed cover, changing all fluids to synthetic. taking off the mud tires it has & doing an 18" or 20" rim with an a/t tire. what else? i know dont beat on it.. if i cant get the mileage i want i wont get the truck & i'll keep looking. mabye a 2wd
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Re: how to improve mileage?

well i got the car for the commute. i got a ranger for after work & weekend pimping. then i got an 88 f250 6.9 4spd 4wd for home depo/dump/junkyard/towing/plowing/hauling stuff. i'd like to get rid of all of these & just have one trucki to replace them all...but still get 20+ mph..am i not thinking clearly?
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If you got a 2wd stick..and got a eco tune..you might be able to squeeze a lil over 20...but why spend 75-80 bucks in diesel every three or four days etc...when you could buy a jetta tdi or something and get 600-800 miles and only spend 30-40 bucks a tank once a week or so..just a thought..

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am now looking into a tdi....thanx for the suggestion...guess i'll just get rid of the ranger & escort & mabye get a tdi...hell intake, full exaust, tune... make sum nice power been reading... even sound great.. youtube exaust clips. next year after i get my raise ill look into a superduty to replace the ol beater 6.9 idi
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I like to think I've proven that a 4x2 stick Super Duty can get over 25 on a routine basis. I have a couple tricks left to get to 30.

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Yea Dave, and you know how to and are dedicated to getting mileage. I watch most people, including myself get on my 97 and burn fuel to just to feel the acceleration and power.

With the Jetta, it is like a cult. I use it as a game to see how much I can really get out of the damn thing. When I started driving the Jetta or when I drive it like I stole it, I average about 44-46. Then I backed off some and pushed it up to about 48-50. Now that I have a Scan Guage II, I can see the areas of poor driving and I am working on this tank at 57 mpg. Hoping to break 800 miles before the low fuel light.

I don't know about the 7.3, 6.0 or 6.4, but when ever in the Jetta and I pick my foot off of the accelerator in slow down situations, the ECU shuts the fuel off and the SGII fuel reading goes to 3000 to 7000 mpg. That is where I have learned to really make mileage. Also, I can get better mileage in the 38 to 46 mph area. At 40 mph the scan gauge shows 80 to 90 mpg. Once I go above 55 it really comes down.

Does anyone know if the 7.3 diesels ECU's shuts the fuel off in the standard transmisson or while in torque converter lock up during deceleration in the automatic. My 89 F-150 does and it has a 300 six and C-6 transmission I will see if David Lott knows about the diesels.

If you do buy a Jetta, do your home work. the 2000 to 2003 are still the best, but you also have to do dedicated maintenance. It has a timing belt and if it is not changed and watched and if it breaks, hang on, because it gets expensive. It is German engineering and gets complicated.

I would bet Dave that if you bought a SGII that you could squeeze 1 to 2 more out of that B----h.

OldFordisBetter, do you home work before you buy. I was lucky and got a good Jetta and I bought the 97 F-250 new and am the only person to drive it.

The Jetta really is a stupid car. Rides nice, handles good, comfortable to sit in, great mileage, not to slow on acceleration and believe it or not, I saw 123 mph on the GPS showing a new F-150 where his upper limit was. What I can't figure out is why the USA drivers are so resistant to diesel cars.

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