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Old 03-27-2008, 06:54 PM
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Truck value plumits; need more MPG's

Ok, looks like selling my SD is not going by any means good. Trade in value fell almost $5k within 1 week!!! So I have to start pondering about my plan on action for keeping it. I've come up with Remove the 4" lift kit and go back to stock F250 height, and maybe rid those monster 35x12.50 Procomp Xtreme AT's and opt for some 285 BFG AT's or some 305 Toyo AT's. something a tad lighter. Also looking into a (cheap) Toneou cover. I already have a 4" Turbo back exhaust.... What else can I do? I need to find out if I have the most current Flash also. It's been 1yr since I bought my truck. Other than that... Can't really think of much other than lower it and put it on pizza cutters and fab my own 10,000 CFM electric fan. And keep as much weight as possible out of it and drive slower than a turd rolling up a hill in winter time. I can feel the excitement now.

But on the positive side of the coin, Gas is going up...slowly, but it's going. $3.50 for regular and $3.99 for diesel. The gap is closing. They couldn't get away with raising gas like they did diesel b/c the country would flip out. but few cents every month and they won't notice... tards. So the value should come back and we shouldn't be wishing we had F150's that ran on $1 cheaper fuel. OR any vehicle larger than a box of cereal will lose value. I tell ya, the oil folks are playing to the liberal hippy fidel and banking on it. Go green, raise gas prices, force people to buy cracker boxes... whatever. When the hippy's munchy food cost $10 for a twinkie then they'll flip out. Last time I checked Hybrid Freight Liners don't exist. Rant OFF>

I think the country's answer is hand out birth control for free and have a "pre-mate inteligence test". and set the bar fairly high. And offer California to the mexicans as a sacrificial gift for them leaving the country. That would be a start.

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:19 PM
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I think the country's answer is hand out birth control for free and have a "pre-mate inteligence test". and set the bar fairly high. And offer California to the mexicans as a sacrificial gift for them leaving the country. That would be a start.
Maybe cutting your mullet for some weight reduction will help your MPG's.
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Hard times call for hard measures..... I will be buying up all the diesel trucks possible during this "so called crisis" mine is still beating a v-10 by twice the mpg with all the mods and twice the power, LOL! I would even consider Duraturds and cummins for possible purchase over any gasser on the market.

Come on guys! It could be worse, WE COULD BE WHIPPIN IN V-10
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:28 PM
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Cut my mullet, look I didn't mean to be offensive, but population seems to be the root cause for many dismays in human history. FYI, I have a crew cut and work as an engineer. no harm no foul hoss. And I'm a catholic that believes in evolution if you can buy that one. Maybe I should of said "we should send more bicycles (american made ones!) to china and stop buying their crap." b/c we have stuff made there to save money, but then we pay more for our fuel b/c their economy is growing... so what did we save? China market is proof of short term thinking, selfish lazy people in conjunction with bean counters that never look up at the gas pricees. I think the pot we're in is a very complicated one... moreso then most would of thought even 5yrs ago. But I do my part, I avoid china products like the plauge. I'll even go w/out just b/c. and the most important fact: I don't believe in Politically correctness. An opinion is an opinion. I didn't go to counceling b/c you told me I have to cut my mullet Not everything in life is soft and P.C. And I'm 10-4 Aok with that.

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There is more influencing fuel prices than China, and if the benefit of labor costs that are 1% (in some cases) of US labor costs is undeniable. If a company didn't go there to exploit low labor costs, another company would have (It's unfortunate though).

The best mod for the truck is never touching the brakes. Theoretically driving it slowly all the time will mess the turbo and EGR system up with soot though, so keep that in mine. I try to beat the piss out of it at least once a drive towards the end when everything is up to temp

It isn't surprising that truck value plummeted, I suppose I should have paid more attention to the diesel futures market before buying mine. Everyone that bought one for fun is now selling, inflating supply, which reduces the price.bleh
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exactly. the Retail value stayed up. but the trade in came WAY down. In other words they don't want anymore on the lots. I wonder if the EGR system helps or hurts MPG's. Tomorrow I'm still going to one chevy and one GMC dealer to look and get a trade in value for grins. never know until you try. that way the issue is put to bed and i'll move foward.
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I would hope that you didn't buy the truck for daily driver? I mean why would you unless your a contractor, right? It just doesn't make sense to drive it to and from work, unless your stopping off at home depot on the way home. Mine sits in the bole barn during the week, I drive an old 98 Jetta TDI with 230k back and forth to work. For me, unless the weather is really bad, it's insane for me to drive my truck the 85-90 miles round trip to work and back.
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I bought it b/c I off-road quite a bit (used to anyway) and liked the Dana 60 and FF rear axle, plus it was the 2nd to last 6.0 off the lot and I got a better deal on it then a comparable F150 version! and I'm always hauling misc crap around. Me and the woman Mt bike on the weekends, I was and still am considering buying a boat at some point, and I always need a pickup for doing house remodeling work, IE hauling away old Doors, debre from trees etc. But I'll admit, the F250 is overkill for what I need. and at the time diesel was $2.30 and gas was $2.60. But now I'm up the creek w/out a paddle. I can afford it, it's just more expensive than it should/has to be. That's why I'm looking at a GM 1500 CC/SB 4x4.
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I know what your saying, and feel your hit in the wallet. But If you look at it, that truck with proper care and maintenance will last you a very long time. I'm thinking realistically it should last 350k 10-15yrs. I have an old first year powerstroke (88) that runs good still, gets great mileage (19mpg), but I didn't take good care of the body, and its rusting away in my dads pasture. I could still drive it, but am too spoiled to modern conveniances, so I drive my Jetta.
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Maybe cutting your mullet for some weight reduction will help your MPG's.

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