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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
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.
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.......
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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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,
Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
attributed to Samuel Johnson
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.
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