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  • #16
    Re: Fight for your Brand!

    Originally posted by DuckButter View Post
    Chevy 1500, 4.3 with cap.
    What kind of gas mileage do you get? I was getting 20 before getting my cap and now I get 16mpg.
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    • #17
      Re: Fight for your Brand!

      Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
      What kind of gas mileage do you get? I was getting 20 before getting my cap and now I get 16mpg.
      17-18...you might get a tune-up, or alignment...somethings not right.

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      • #18
        Re: Fight for your Brand!

        I have ford f-350 diesel w/ eagle lift gate reading work body.I use it to pull my kabota backhoe and LOVE the lift gate for heavy stuff.However It kills me in fuel.so I bought an astro van just for service work(I do 90 % service work) and I am extremely impressed w/ that little van!especially when I pull up to the gas pump.Each has its place in my driveway

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        • #19
          Re: Fight for your Brand!

          I also have the 4.3 in this turd and I get over 20mpg with out the trailer

          My 3500 dully only goes to work when I`m pulling the backhoe or doing septic work as it has a 454 and gets about 6mpg

          Last edited by All Clear Sewer; 01-02-2008, 11:35 PM.
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          • #20
            Re: Fight for your Brand!

            FORD - First on Race Day!
            GMC - [and] God Made Crap
            DODGE - Daily Overhauls Do Get Expensive


            I think this illustrates my point of view
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            • #21
              Re: Fight for your Brand!

              Originally posted by bigPipe09 View Post
              FORD - First on Race Day!
              GMC - [and] God Made Crap
              DODGE - Daily Overhauls Do Get Expensive


              I think this illustrates my point of view
              FORD-F&cked Over Rebuilt Dodge
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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              • #22
                Re: Fight for your Brand!

                FORD- Found On Road Dead

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                • #23
                  Re: Fight for your Brand!

                  I run a company van (I work for a company, don't have my own yet) - which is a 2005 Chevy Express with the 4.8 L V8 and 3.73 gears. Not a bad van - only issue is on the highway. The speed limit on the highway corridor I travel to various sites is about 55 MPH. I try and do the speed limit because the cops are rabid about the speed limit up there (gotta get their quota). So the problem is 55 MPH is right about the sweet spot where the 3rd gear isn't bad but not optimal, but if you dip it down to overdrive, as soon as you encounter any hill it needs to unlock the torque converter and downshift. Well everytime it needs to do this, it's hard on the transmission as you guys probably already know. The 4.10 gear option would have been a better bet - would have given me more power in overdrive.

                  The biggest difference came when I decided to try some Mobil 1 synthetic 5w30 in the van's engine as that's all I run in my personal, (TOYOTA only) vehicle (93 Toyota 4x4 Pickup). There is this one big long highway grade that I drive up everyday where in 3rd gear around 50 MPH I would lose speed slowly and have to downshift to 2nd gear to get back up to speed. Now with the synthetic oil I can hold 50 MPH on this hill in 3rd gear. Huge difference. Only got about 40,000 miles on my truck - the synthetic oil makes it run strong. I'm considering switching the transmission over to Amsoil ATF to reduce heat and last longer. In fact I'm working on the boss to switch the entire fleet (about 15 vans) over to Amsoil synthetic fluids to reduce maintenance and costs and all that.

                  How about IROC - Italian Retard Out Cruising

                  Or TOYOTA - Take Off Your Oversized Tires A*sh*le

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                  • #24
                    Re: Fight for your Brand!

                    My last two ford vans really were a bad joke. The 93 E-150 with the inline six was a gutless joke that got terrible gas mileage and the front end would come out of alignment constantly, it also ate brakes like no tomorrow. My 97 E-250 with the 5.4 would also eat brakes and go out of alignment easily. Bad, bad design, no more fords for me. Ever notice ford hasn't updated their body style in years?

                    My current chevy one ton with the 6.0 has been good so far.......

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                    • #25
                      Re: Fight for your Brand!

                      I had a Ford Escort that was 10 years old and had over 335000kms(200000 + miles) on it and is still going....

                      Of course I faithfully ran synthetic fluids in it and kept up on the maintenance - still had the original muffler......

                      Mechanic told me it was a Mazda engine.....I dunno...

                      I don't buy the whole "It's the brand" thing when it comes to vehicles, I gotta see what kind of treatment/maintenance it gets too.

                      Or maybe I figure you guys were bad mouthing FORD a little too much.....
                      I'm on "The List" and I love it!!

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                      • #26
                        Re: Fight for your Brand!

                        I like to bash all the domestic brands, because you can get a lemon with any of them. I've heard nightmares about brand new chevies, fords and dodges. But I've also heard/had good experiences with all of them. I think really when it comes down to it, any mechanical system that large could give you problems.
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                        • #27
                          Re: Fight for your Brand!

                          I do not know what I would buy to day,

                          I was a FORD person and my old fords are great, have a F500 my dad bought new and is only 55 years old and still does everything a new one would do, the odometer has been setting on 65000 miles for nearly 40 years of that so who knows how many actual miles is on it,
                          my 1978 one ton has been a good truck for me, over the years, put one motor in it, and I don't think it was necessary as when they were putting in the over hauled motor it was discovered the oil sender was leaking all over the rear of the motor, making it look like a rear seal out.
                          and I have a 1978 Ford van that will not die, I do not know how many miles it has on it, put one motor in it, and a transmission (case was missed machined and would eat starters)
                          it has been a good truck,

                          My best car was the 1969 Ford Galaxy drove that car for 30 years, and finally could not get electrical switches for it any more, and it was wearing out some, and my daughter ran it off the road and tweaked the body a little, (not bad for sliding it off a 5' bank at 60mph side ways out into a field and rolling two tires off the rim never rolled it, we still drove it for a long time after that),
                          when my Dad died, my mother gave me a Crappy 91 S10 pickup, gutless thing, poor mileage for what the motor is, (yes it does better than my large trucks for gas mileage), but a poor example of engineering and design in my opinion,

                          the other trucks on the place is a 1974 Chevy 4x4, that has been beat to death, and has spent 90% of its time off road, checking cattle in rough prairie (great drive train, lousy body),
                          and I have a 1953 GMC military 6x6 that is a tough old truck when needed. drinks fuel like it was free, (military issue hum), not very creature comfort tho.

                          may be some day I will think about a new truck but as long as the old will do the job that is what I will use, but I do not know if any thing made out there is worth any were near what there asking for it,

                          I have a few other old pick ups I will use if I need an extra running trunk I have a 78 ford one tone flat bed welding truck that was give to me, I use when I have kids out helping me, and I have a old 78 ford 4x4 I think I will res erect for a extra pasture pickup, need a little engine work,
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                          • #28
                            Re: Fight for your Brand!

                            Been driving Dodges for years, even named my daughter Daytona
                            And when I am making enough I will make the move to the Sprinter cause I love the Diesel Mileage for service work since gas is $100 a barrel.
                            Bryce (Cuda) But dont get me wrong I own a vet too
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