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Old 11-25-2008, 10:47 PM   #15
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5.4 with tow package and 3:73 rear end. It has 18 inch tires and all options other than sunroof. 4x4 with a package for the front suspension and plowing.

Mileage on the road depends, on e85 around 14 and towing around 11. regular is 18 and 12 towing. computer shows avg is around 15, so not too bad. It has towed the 28 over 18k miles with no issues in every road condition this country has to offer. Leaving for southern calif next week. The truck has had only oil changes, all inspections at dealerships across the country show no problems or issues.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:17 PM   #16
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For whatever it's worth my 99 F250 Superduty 2WD Triton engine and in other ways similar to yours gets about the same mpgs towing. I think it weighs about 1000# more than a 150. I was wondering if the mpg difference would be significant but sounds like not.

Also I used to pull a Sovereign which weighs about 1000# more than my Tradewind. Little mpg gain with the lighter trailer. Maybe +1 mpg. Oh well.
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The 5.4 has never been known as a fuel miser or even a powerhouse of the small block v8 engines in the industry. They have over the years added 3 valves/ cylinder, variable valve timing and it now produces just under 300 h.p with majority of torque under 2500 rpm. I do notice some power reduction when running e85.

It is however a legendary engine for reliability. I work with HVAC contractors nationwide and the 5.4 in fleets of e series 150 and 250 vans yield a record of endurance, it is not uncommon to hear the engine has only had a tune up and regular oil changes @ 300k miles. I do know some older model 250 series guys complain about power when loaded down, but the damn things will run full throttle all day and keep on going. Here again, we never hear about this when they say Detroit does not build what we want. In this case however, they have not talked with working people who depend on these beast everyday.
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My Lincoln Mark LT (which is really an F-150 in a tuxedo) also creates some looks of astonishment as to how nice it is. Sadly, the Mark LT's last year was 2008. It is replaced by the 2009 F-150 Platinum Edition. I would like to take a look at one of these to see how it compares.

Mine is equipped much like safari 28's: 5.4, tow package, 3.73 rear end, but mine is a 4X2 with 20" wheels. I averaged 12.9 mpg towing this past summer on my 10,500 mile trip. It gets around 17.5 not towing on the highway.

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My Lincoln Mark LT (which is really an F-150 in a tuxedo) also creates some looks of astonishment as to how nice it is. Sadly, the Mark LT's last year was 2008. It is replaced by the 2009 F-150 Platinum Edition. I would like to take a look at one of these to see how it compares.

Mine is equipped much like safari 28's: 5.4, tow package, 3.73 rear end, but mine is a 4X2 with 20" wheels. I averaged 12.9 mpg towing this past summer on my 10,500 mile trip. It gets around 17.5 not towing on the highway.

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I some times call mine a cowboy Lincoln, you actually have one. I would think twice before getting rid of it, with all the cost cutting in the industry, the Mark LT is truly a gem. I noticed in the 09 models, they do not offer the sandstone clear metallic paint, just solid white. Here is another example of cutting back. I might keep the 08 when the lease comes up, the paint job alone is something that really sets it apart form the crowd. I may move over to custom e series van for all the cross country trips and keep the 150 for local use.
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