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Old 10-11-2006, 06:07 PM   #113
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Unladen:
Around town = ~13 mpg
@ 65 mph = ~18-20 mpg

Towing the rig:
Around town = not applicable/don't ask
@ 65 mph = ~14 mpg

Keep in mind, this is with biodiesel, which has slightly less energy content than petrodiesel.

I have almost exclusively owned Toyota or Nissan passenger cars, with my prior Ford Explorer being the exception. I find the F-250 TD to be up to the same fit and finish as the imports, but with much more capacity and power. My truck is a "keeper". I am extremely satisfied with its' performance. My daily driver is a Toyota Prius hybrid.

Your mileage may vary.
I am so excited to discover someone using biodiesel. My husband and I would love to do that. How has that worked out?
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:12 PM   #114
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I have used B100 in my F250 for a little while, its not easy to get here.
It smells so much better than regular petro diesel. It also cleans the fuel system out well.
I would use it every tank if it was a bit closer to home to fuel up. I am trying to fill both tanks on the truck so I can last longer between trips to the bio station.
I can get B20 nearer, but the B100 place guarantees their quality.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:11 PM   #115
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I would use it every tank if it was a bit closer to home to fuel up. I am trying to fill both tanks on the truck so I can last longer between trips to the bio station.
I can get B20 nearer, but the B100 place guarantees their quality.
Northern Tool and Supply sells 60 gallon in-bed fuel tanks, between that and the stock tanks, you would have almost 100 gallons of fuel, with a 1,000 mile cruising range. Price on the tank is not bad, either.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:55 PM   #116
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F250 Diesel Mileage

Mine is a '01 7.3 diesel. I've only had it about a year. First couple of trips I got 15mpg pulling our 31' Sovereign. I also got about 15mpg commuting the 15 miles back and forth to work.

I added a bed cover and I am up to 17mpg. Pulling or not, same mileage. That still seems odd to me. I only pull at about 62mph, 2000rpm, so that might be why the mileage stays the same.

But it's not broken in yet. Only 37k miles.

It pulls the Sovereign like it is not really there and the couple of times I've gotten into a jam and needed power it accellerates like crazy.

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Old 10-11-2006, 09:27 PM   #117
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Northern Tool and Supply sells 60 gallon in-bed fuel tanks, between that and the stock tanks, you would have almost 100 gallons of fuel, with a 1,000 mile cruising range. Price on the tank is not bad, either.
Alan,
If you really want to spend the bucks Transfer Flow sells oversized tanks that will fit in the stock locations. With these and an in bed tank you could drive all year...but I would hate to pay for the fillup when it came

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Old 10-12-2006, 01:03 PM   #118
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yeah its hard to pay to fill the two I have now, 40 gallons or so.
I like the truck so far but it did set me back some bucks this week on the brakes. Now the abs light is on, and that usually means the sensor is bad. At least that is only a 20 buck part.
I am going to try and clean up the contacts first.
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:51 PM   #119
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yeah its hard to pay to fill the two I have now, 40 gallons or so.
I like the truck so far but it did set me back some bucks this week on the brakes. Now the abs light is on, and that usually means the sensor is bad. At least that is only a 20 buck part.
I am going to try and clean up the contacts first.
Do you have RWAL or 4WAL on your truck?
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:59 PM   #120
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yeah its hard to pay to fill the two I have now, 40 gallons or so.
Uhhuh and I typically fill up every 4 days or so Fortunately most of that cost is covered by my company. IIRC since January I have driven around 26,000 miles with about 23,000 of that paid for I used to have a company truck, but this seems to be working out.

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Old 10-13-2006, 09:31 AM   #121
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yeah its hard to pay to fill the two I have now, 40 gallons or so.
My '05 F-250 holds about 29 gallons and I have been filling up every Friday for the past few months. Since diesel has come down to a mere $2.49 in my area, I can now fill her up for under $70 each week. (It's not quite on empty when I fill her up.) That's better than the $84+ during the summer!

Then you add to that my wife goes through about 24-25 gallons of regular gasoline per week in her Expedition and we go way over the $100/week just in gasoline to go to work and run our errands on week ends.
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:35 AM   #122
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I think mine is Four wheel anti lock - if that is the quesiton above. I checked the connections last night, tried some cleaning of the contacts on the top of the pumpkin. Not sure if that will help, as i did not drive it today.
I wold be ok to disconnect the abs if it didn't throw a light and code on every time after that.
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I think mine is Four wheel anti lock - if that is the quesiton above. I checked the connections last night, tried some cleaning of the contacts on the top of the pumpkin. Not sure if that will help, as i did not drive it today.
I wold be ok to disconnect the abs if it didn't throw a light and code on every time after that.
My '95 F-150 has rear wheel only anti-lock brakes. My truck looks just like yours does. Entirely posible that Ford upgraded in '96 or '97. I never understood why a truck manufacturer would put abs on the rear wheels only. There were a couple of occassions when I needed abs and the front wheels locked.

BTW, the abs on mine, per the Ford service tech, works only when the bed comes up suddenly as in an emergency stop when the nose or the truck dives. This makes no sence since you might have some load in the rear that would prevent the rear from coming up and the rear wheels still lock. The first time my rear wheels locked were in a light rain on a down hill slope near Perimeter Mall when the light changed. Because of the slope of the road, the rear didn't come up and because of the road film and water, the road was slippery. My rear wheels locked and the rear came around on me a little. The front wheels didn't lock, that time, thankfully. That's when the Ford service tech explained how the Ford truck abs works.
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:11 PM   #124
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If anybody is interested, here is a link to some photos of the new redesigned 2008 F-250 Superduty trucks. These will have the new 6.4 L PSD available. Should be out the first half of 2007. IMHOP, wait a couple years for Ford to get the bugs worked out.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/09/...0-f-350-f-450/
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I think mine is Four wheel anti lock - if that is the quesiton above. I checked the connections last night, tried some cleaning of the contacts on the top of the pumpkin. Not sure if that will help, as i did not drive it today.
I wold be ok to disconnect the abs if it didn't throw a light and code on every time after that.
Alan, if your truck has 4 wheels ABS (4WAL), you will see wires running to the hubs on the front wheels. If you don't see wires, you have rear wheel ABS (RWAL) only.
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:07 PM   #126
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well now that makes a lot of sense. I will look at it. I was thinking with it being a loaded up tow package 4x4 xlt with lots of bells and whistles it wil have 4 wheel abs.
What of disconnecting the back abs? Will it turn on the idiot lights permanently or cause problems? Since I cleaned the contacts the lights are not coming on ..yet.
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