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Old 02-03-2009, 05:18 PM
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Price Per Mile

Sweet place, first post. I am interested in a 7.3 Powerstroke, 4 door, 4X4 etc... I have never owned a diesel and I won't be pulling anything substantial of any frequency. So a diesel pickup would be a luxury expense for me. I am trying to figure out if it is worth it or not (that number is different for everybody).

1. What does general maintenance alone cost per mile (mostly oil changes I guess). I have been told oil changes are every 5000 miles.
2. What kind of reasonable MPG can I expect on the highway/city?

If I have these two numbers I can narrow it down to a reasonable estimate for any given fuel price.

Thanks for your help.

Metz
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1. depends on where you get the oil...55 gallon drum bought thru a race shop is muuuuuuuuuch cheaper than buying by the quart at the local squishy-mart.

2. depends on if youre in the city, on the highway, have a heavy foot and love the whistle or are a lightfoot and cant hear worth a dam anyways
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sorry...its been one of them days...more responsible answers will be following shortly
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depends on what motor also. 7.3, 6.0, or the 6.4
i would say you could average 17 mpg's give or take. i go every 6k miles per oil change. cost me $35 to have it done.if you never owned a diesel or never driven one, once you do, theres no goin back.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:39 PM
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13 ltres of oil and 1filter $$
15-18 mpg $$
owning a 7.3 powerstroker PRICELESS
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Oil and filter every 5K, fuel filter every 10k, transmission every 35k

A 7.3 auto with 373 gears will get 15-20 mpgs depending on driving habits, go up in gear ratio or tow and they will drop off. I pulled a 6K camper from AK to KY and averaged 14mpgs.
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5000 miles per oil change= roughly $125
Fuel in that 5000 miles at 15 mpg= 5000/15= 333 gals* $2.50/gal average=$832.5
So roughly $1000 per oil change. Plus/minus other stuff and goodies.
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my current cost per mile for a 7.3 ex-cab is $0.18 per mile
that includes cost of fuel and oil changes
$2.35 per gallon with 15 avg mpg
and $50.00 for an oil change every 4000 miles
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also
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Ok is the $40 oil change doing it yourself cause that is quite a difference between $125?

A diesel is roughly $.19 per mile ($2.50 diesel, $125 oil change every 5000, 15 MPG). A gasser (my current 1/2 ton) is roughly $.18 per mile ($2.50 gas, $30 oil change every 3000, 15 MPG)

Now what about $2.50 diesel and $2.00 gas. Diesel cost is still $.19 per mile, gasser would be $.143. That is quite a difference (~33% increase over gasser)

I think the numbers would actually look a little better with highway miles, my 1/2 gets about 17-18 an empty 7.3 should do about 20.

So this begs the question.....generally speaking what % higer is diesel fuel over gas especially when gas was about $4?
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