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ford250ford250 Posts: 25
edited March 17 in Dodge
I would like to know what kind of fuel economy you
owners are getting with any of these engines in
your truck thanks.


  • themacguythemacguy Posts: 416
    Check post #10 in Topic #1943...
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    ford250 - My latest MPG update: 4400 miles on my QC SLT+ 4.7, 3.92, T&H package, K&N air filter, tonneau, about 75% highway, 25% moderate city, A/C on most of the time (New Orleans area..and it's been HOT!!) and the occasional lead foot to keep my ego happy with that 4.7. MPG after yesterdays fillup: 18.1 MPG no complaints here...
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    Sorry.. I left this out: 2WD with the Automatic.
  • bigal31bigal31 Posts: 189
    Check topic #1943 post #18...
  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    Just turned 1,900 miles. 4.7, 5 sp, LSD, T&H package, stock air filter and exhaust system. I'm getting 15+ to 17+ with most driving going to and from work 6-7 miles each way.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Spike, you're doink okay, considering that your terrain is not anywhere as flat as we experience in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Actually, you run a short distance that does not provide the opportunity for the engine to warm and stabalize along with the inertia created during longer runs.

  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    I've burnt out a lot of mufflers this way not getting everything hot enough to be above the condensation temperature of sulfur acid. I figure I'll get to put on a Flowmaster, Gibson, etc. sooner.
  • adelucaadeluca Posts: 1
    I have been getting 12 in the city and about 16 to 18 on the highway. (Most of my driving is city) I am quite disappointed with the 12 MPG I am getting in the city... I try to drive it lightly..
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Tony, your milege report does not reflect on two important aspects. 2WD or 4WD? Also, the ratio of your differential, 3.55 or 3.92. Another consideration would be the amount of miles on the odometer. For city driving, 12 MPG with 4WD and a 3.92 in Western, PA (hilly terrain) does not sound
    as if it were "out of the question." As you put more miles on your vehicle, it will tend to improve. The reason I am using the 3.92 as an example, is because many times if a dealer orders one with a towing package, they will opt for that ratio to assure maximum capacity. I would be curious to learn the other facts as regards your truck. Tony, if you have not done so, go to the owner's club section of Edmunds for Dodge Dakota and sign up as a member. There are a great number of people there to help out with information, advice, etc.

  • sambone1sambone1 Posts: 5
    I am now working on the third tank with about 600 miles on a 4.7, 2wd, 5 speed, 3.55, QC. The overhead computer is showing 15.2 average mpg. (and still climbing) Best I can figure I'm getting about 13/14 city - 19/20 hwy.

    PS - I don't think the AC has been turned off yet.
  • jones27jones27 Posts: 42
    Just put 1500 miles on the truck during vacation driving from east central illinois to Little Rock, AR. I had two bikes mounted on a rack on the trailer hitch. I got 15 mpg on the way to Arkansas and 18.7 on the way back. It is 500 miles of flat highway, but I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock has a ton a truck traffic so you can't use your cruise. Without the bikes mounted on the trailer hitch, I averaged about 19-20mpg. Wish it was better, but I'm not complaiing too much. The truck now has 6,300 miles on it.

    Bought gas for $1.40 per gallon at Sam's Club in North Little Rock. Haven't seen that price since April here in Illinois!
  • pttaylorpttaylor Posts: 34
    I run a nightly delivery route with this vehicle configuration and get right at 13 MPG on the 35 mile route. I've never seen this truck get over 16 MPG. Really very disapointing.
  • bja4bja4 Posts: 67
    Club cab Sport with 3.92, 4.7L, 5 spd.,4x4, T+H package, 1800 lbs. package, and cruse. I can get 17+ mpg on average with both city/highway driving (empty). I can get 15+ mpg with a 1400 lbs. NothStar slide-in pop-up camper at 70 mph. on the highway. I usually tow a small boat (700 lbs.) when I have the camper on the truck. I get better mpg the slower I drive. Wind kills the mpg. with the camper on the truck. I once went up to Walden, Colo. and got 17+ mpg., but the never went over 55 mph.
  • resqmanresqman Posts: 71
    '00 Dakota Quad Cab, 4.7, 3.55, auto, lsd, tire & handling, HD service, tow package, A/C, cab height bed cap.

    Took a road trip last week, 1800 miles round trip from North Carolina to Upstate New York. 2 adults, 2 kids, weeks luggage and supplies. 75 mph using cruise control most of the way. 17.9 hwy. 13-14 mpg city.

    Started trip with 1800 miles on the truck, ended with 3600. Three weeks ago took a 1000 mile round trip from North Carolina to Atlanta Ga. Got two more 500 mile round trips scheduled for next week. 5000 miles in six weeks. Tough first month for the new truck. Hope to settle down soon to a much more common 1000-1200 miles a month.
  • bfergbferg Posts: 2
    '99 2WD reg. cab, 3.9, 3.55 gears, auto. tranny, A/C 95% of the time, no cruise control, 75% highway driving (16 miles each way to work), 26,000 miles. Averaging 17.5-20.7 MPG.
  • bfergbferg Posts: 2
    The MPG has gone up about .5-.75 MPG with the Continental Mark V high wedge fiberglass cap over what I was getting with the tonneau cover I put on when I bought it new 10/1/98.
  • '00 4WD QC, 4.7, 3.55, Auto, LSD, 4000 miles, mostly city driving, 12 mpg. I am very disappointed in my gas mileage. The sticker said 15 city - 19 hwy. I thought I would do better than that. Houston is flat, no hills. Put K&N filter and Flowmaster exhaust. Little or no effect on mpg. Took hwy trip this weekend for 170 miles at 70 mph got 17.5 mpg on computer but I usually like to drive 75 or 80 mph on hwy. RPM at 70 over 2100(?). My wife's '00 Suburban, 2WD, 3.73 does about 1800 or 1900 RPM at 70 mph. I don't get it. I had '95 GMC Z71, 4WD, 5.7, 3.73, LSD (much heavier) and got 2-3 mpg better in city and hwy. I like the truck but don't understand 12 mpg in the city. I usually ease along with no quick accel.
  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    Have the 4.7 L, 5 sp, 3.55 rear end, T&H group (31x10.5 15's), soft tonneau cover, and routinely drive 8 miles to and 8 miles from work in south central PA. Took delivery on May 4 and just recently passed the 3,000 mile mark running on 87 octane stuff. First oil change was around 2,800. Plan to go to Mobil 1 (oil and filter) with next change at about the 6,000 mark.

    My most frequent mpg's are between 15.3 to 15.8. My range to date has been from a low of 15.3 to 17.9 mpg.
  • snowedinsnowedin Posts: 58
    in my 4.7L, 5 sp, 3.55 lsd, T&H group, 4x4 with 5,500 mi. was after a 300 (highway) mile trip consistently staying below 70mph earning me 18.5mpg.
  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    I guess I forgot to also say that I have a 4x4 Quad.
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