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Old 04-09-2013, 04:01 PM
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Thinking of swapping out the powerstroke for awhile

I have an 02 7.3 that I am thinking about swapping out for an SUV because of a long commute. What do you guys have and what do you recommend
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:40 PM
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What kind of SUV???
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:47 AM
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Well that was what I was asking. I am looking to make a pretty even trade for an explorer or jeep Cherokee. I am looking for better fuel economy but still want a tow package
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Well you won't get fuel economy from a Jeep Cherokee. Here is my fuelly for mine. Check it against my truck and there isn't much difference.



It's an older model with an inline 6. But from what I understand the newer models aren't that great either.
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My daughter has an '04 Jeep GC with the small V8. It's all wheel drive and gets 14-16mpg on the highway. With my 7.3L, I can get 17-18 on the highway. (see my signature info)

If you want MPG in a SUV, you may want to look at the smaller ones. If you're looking a tow package, you should look at the mid-to-large ones so the load doesn't push the tow vehicle around.

Do some research - You might be better off keeping the truck.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:56 AM
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You could always get one of those new jeep cherokees with the diesel, really good highway miles and good towing.
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Thanks guys for the info. I have been on a few of the Cherokee forums just to see what fuel mileage is and it is about the same as my truck that gets 16 mpg. I am thi king I might save on maitence costs though since parts are cheaper. I live in northern Indiana so 4wd is a must. The bad thing about getting rid of the truck is it has 292000 miles on it and if it isn't a cummins no high schoolers want it
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We love our Excursion... I know... not the advice yer lookin for! But it hauls us and our 5 kids great.

Bottom line is you are going to sacrifice towing ability for fuel mileage. Jeep GC would get about the same mileage as my red trk but no way I would ever hook up the 20' flat trailer and haul 12,000 lbs like I do with the red trk And not worry like crazy while doing it.

Need mileage? Buy a work/beater car for a grand or 2. '91 chev lumina 3.1 v6 2 door I had got 26-30 mpg and was zippy as hell... buddy called it the zoom-ina.

Keep the trk.

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Keep the truck get a commuter car. I drive a 02 civic that gets commonly 37-40 mpg on the interstate.

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if u trade for an Explorer any money you save on fuel will go towards repairs IMHO
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