F350 diesel mileage?

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  1. D-FENS

    D-FENS New Member

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    I'm thinking about buying a 1993 Ford F350 crew cab 7.3L diesel for $5,500, look likes it in excellent condition. Would be used as my main car, and often used for long-distance trips, with people in the cab, and tents, food, etc in the bed. However, I don't want to buy something with totally shitty gas mileage. What should I expect from it? 350, 7.3L diesel.
     
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    duallie or no?

    i'd guess around 10-12. The powerstroke 444's get better mileage than do the gasoline 460's
     
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    is it an auto or a stick?

    on a seperate note, if it's an auto, RUN AWAY.
     
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    I've heard as good as 20 mpg for the diesel, but it sound like bullshit to me. It's a duallie.
     
  5. Diesel66

    Diesel66 My standards for women is like rent-a-centers stan OT Supporter

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    16-20mpg from the cummins 12valve dualleys
     
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    Most people get 15-18 MPG in the 7.3 L PSD.
     
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    My dad just drove his 97(I think) F250, non duallie, with the 7.3 Powerstroke turbodiesel and automatic tranny about 600 miles one-way to visit me. He averaged about 20mpg, but that was about 65mph due to a tall but light weight load.

    I think that motor is still the same as what they used in 93/
     
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    I don't think that 93 7.3l is a Powerstroke fellas.

    He's just dealing with the old 7.3 diesel.

    I'd look for a 6.5 GM diesel instead.
     
  9. If you go w/ a 6.5 liter diesel, make sure the injector pump isn't the old mechanical style. They are known for crapping the bed.

    I'm selling my '96 Suburban 3/4 ton w/ a 6.5 turbo diesel if anybody is interested. Just rolled over 200k and it has the new electronic fuel injector pump. pm me for more info
     
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    Mechanical injector pumps do better when trying to gain more oomph from this underrated motor.

    http:/www.thedieselpage.com
     
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    I emailed the guy on ebay selling the 93'. He said it gets 15-18 mpg. I'll definately buy one, but I figure I should wait a while, seeing as I won't get my license till October, and that I should wait till I see one with less miles on it, and captains seats in front instead of a bench seat.
     
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    ford's capains chairs suck.... Chevy is the only diesel with good captains chairs.
     
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    Your right not Powerstroke its still a good engine. Have one at home for the farm, then a 95 powerstroke, looking at the 450 now
     
  14. ItchySac

    ItchySac Oh, thats the spot....

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    oooohhhhhhh..... 93, only one year shy of it being a 94 and having a Powertroke. If its anything like an old work truck I used to be forced to drive, you will probably care more about its sluggishness than you do fuel mileage. Id say 14-16 mpg at best. Id spend a few bucks more and get a 7.3 Powerstroke if you can fnd one. Don't worry about its mileage that much. If its anything less than 175k and taken care of half decent, its still got alot of life in it. Im on my second 7.3 Powerstroke. My current truck is a 2000 F-350 crew cab, Lariot, 4x4... You can't kill a 7.3. Big TS Performance chip and all. I get around 15.5 mpg on the second setting of my chip and 15 even with the car trailer...
     
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    it's not the engine that dies... it's the tranny that goes out.
     
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    ItchySac Oh, thats the spot....

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    You take care of the truck and stay away from go fast goodies, you might get a VERY long life from the tranny too. My 97 F-250 which I kept bone stock was still on the original tranny at 120k when I got my 2000 F-350.. On my F-350, I fixed the tranny issue before it could start. So I don't know how long the stocker would have lasted. I knew ahead of time an adjustable 50-135 horsepower chip was gonna wear it down.....

    Regardless, we are talking 7.3 powerstroke era trucks and probably something in the mid 90's according to the orginator of this topic. Neither Chevy or Dodge had an engine/tranny combo any more reliable back then than Fords setup. The Cummings was coming along nicely and was my second choice to a Powerstroke, and don't even bring up the 6.5 litres of crap that Chevy was calling a turbo diesel back then. Why Chevy was so late to the turbo diesel dance with the Duramax is beyond me....
     
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    i cant comment on d-max's and psd, but my ctd averages to aroun 18mpg thats with 70%highway miles and 30%city
     
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    um, the original post was about a 93 7.3 Ford diesel...not mid 90's powerstrokes.

    In their time, the ONLY competition to the 6.5 GM diesel was the 7.3l Ford.
    The Cummins was a little short to compete back then...certainly didn't get the mileage they see now.

    The 6.5 is a good motor and is certainly capable of hauling a load. Nice thing is that I could buy and older C/K series, call up Peninsular diesel and get one hell of an upgrade that costs thousands less than a new truck.
     

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