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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Versailles, KY
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Until last year, I had a Ranger FX4 with the raised suspension and 4.0 V6. Loved the truck, but was getting fed up with the somewhat dismal fuel mileage, and that was when gas was $2.50. That, and I couldn't haul anything worth hauling in it.
Traded it in on an 06 F350 with 6.0 diesel, crew cab, and dually rear. Oh, and the King Ranch interior... I could just about park that Ranger in the back of this big monster. I think I came out quite well on that deal.
Fuel mileage - the big F350 actually does a bit better than the Ranger. On the hwy at 70, the Ranger got maybe 16, while the F350 gets around 17 with the AC running. Cut the speed to 55, and it jumps up to 20-21.
Diesel or gas - no brainer there. Diesel fuel is around 18% more expensive than gasoline, but the engine gets around 30-50% better mileage. Diesels pull loads a lot better, by virtue of their immense torque. I just hauled a ton of red oak back home from Red River Gorge, over some pretty steep mountains. The F350 just shrugged the load off, I hardly knew anything was in the back. Lost maybe 1mpg on the trip back.
Higher cost of maintenance: I will grant you, oil changes cost a lot more, 'cause they take a lot more oil. Around $100 at the dealer, but that's with 15 qts of oil. Otherwise, mine has been pretty trouble free. The diesel engines will live a lot longer - diesel doesn't wash oil off the moving parts the way gasoline will. When a diesel does break, it tends to cost more to get it fixed - not just anyone can work on them.
Look around - you're bound to find a dealer who'd love to unload a big truck for a small one, even if the future owner doesn't know that the big truck uses less fuel. You should be able to find a F250-350 with a lot lower miles that some dealer is wishing they could give away.
"Big Duke": 06 F350 King Ranch
long bed, crew cab, dualies