I'v had mine just over a week. So far my overall average is 8.6 mpg. All
driving so far has been slow rural & city roads, with most trips barely long
enough for the engine to be completely warmed. My commute to work is only
Buying a 3 or 4 ton vehicle with a 500+ cu in. engine and THAN asking about
mileage or asking at all is nuts. It's BIG it's HEAVY and it's got a BIG
HONKIN motor. They use gas and LOTS of it. ;-)
if u gotta ask, u should not be buying...i admit i bought a diesel halfway
for its pulling power..ands halfway for fuel useage...but if u figure i keep
the truck 5 yrs and 150,000 miles, i barely broke even on the extra cost for
the duramamax engine....
For the Ranters....Unless you are buying the vehicle, new or used this last
year 03 with a GVWR over 6000 lbs and then inservicing the vehicle to your own
company and electing to take a 50 % depreciation loss to the company profits
and needed to budget for the additional ROI income of state, and federal
gassoline taxes based upon last years average millage. But that might be just
a guess, anyone else using the information for Taxes this year??
The 5.3 gets 16 Hwy and 14 City, but the truck is pulling a 4000 lb trailer
about 75% of the time.
Hope that helps
I get 12 or so with 5.7 3/4 ton long bed with 4.11 gears so the 8.1 is not
doing bad and, a lot more power. Has anyone put a late 7.4 in place of a
5.7? What needs changed in a 96 model and a damned fine truck.
REAL numbers on my 8.1L w/ 4.10 rear, 4WD, crew cab, long box:
Averaging 8.2 MPG city/hwy
Done as good as 10.0 MPG w/ more hwy than city
Have yet to take an ALL hwy trip on a tank, but my Dad's '02 8.1L w/ 4.10
rear has done as good as 12.5
His towing a 32' TT w/ slide that is around 10K lbs. has been between 8 and
I have yet to tow our 32' fifth-wheel w/ slide so can't give REAL numbers on
Like has been said here though, you don't buy 'em for economy! They like to
had mind for 1 year ....
if you take it easy you will average about 11 in the city and 14 on the
and to my suprize the type of gas does seem to matter ... i get the
best mileage with shell and the worst with hess ...
11 and 14!!!!!!! Is that figured using NEW math or achieved by shutting the
engine off with a strong tailwind pushing down hill???
Even the 6.0 is lucky to get 12.5 - 13 MPG on the highway....... I know, I
had a 6.0L w/ 4.10 and now have the 8.1L w/ 4.10. The 6.0L would do a solid
12.5 MPG and the 8.1L is lucky to get 8.5 - 9 MPG city/hwy. ALL highway it
can get to 12 MPG.
depends if your talking the same body style truck.. I could believe 12.5 -
13 MPG from a 8.1L with a Reg cab long bed... That's what I got with my old
91 F250, w 5spd, & 4.11's Reg cab long bed..
That's close to what I currently get with my 2002 2500HD Silverado 6.0,
4.11, auto.. (13-14 highway) Reg cab long bed.
I would also believe 8.5-9 if the 8.1L was in a X or Crew cab... or a
3500HD .. It's the weight & final ratio that makes the most diff in the
mileage for HD trucks.
my next one is going to be a 8.1L
The 12.5 MPG was from an '02 2500HD w/ 6.0L, 4.10 rear, ext. cab, short box,
The 8.5 - 9.0 MPG city/hwy is from an '02 2500HD w/ 8.1L, 4.10 rear, Allison
tranny, crew cab, long box, 4WD
I have yet to run a large portion of a tank on the highway alone, but know
of another ext. cab, long box, 2WD that gets around 12.5 MPG doing such
Can't even imagine getting 14 MPG from the beast unloaded on the highway. It
will be quite interesting to see what it does towing our 32' fifth-wheel
this summer. The 6.0L averaged about 9.0 MPG doing that work.
just drove from florida to west virginia during the holidays ... on
the interstate mileage was between 13.4 - 14.4 for each tank.. speed
was around 65-70 mph ...
in the city to get 10.5 to 11 mpg i found the key is to use cruise as
much as possible
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