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Old 12-21-2011, 18:03   #1 (permalink)
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Is 11 MPG normal?

I have a 1997 F250 HD 2WD 5.8 with 145,000 original miles on it. Bought it just to tow my boat to the lake. It runs great, but I rarely drive the thing.

Just figured out my gas mileage is 11 mpg.
Mix of city/hwy driving.
That is unloaded, and with a light foot.

Is that about right, or should it be better than that?
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Old 12-22-2011, 15:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Is 11 MPG normal?

Could check your car here for a guide on mpg .

Gas Mileage of 1996 Vehicles by Ford
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Old 12-22-2011, 16:10   #3 (permalink)
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Yep. Looks exactly right.

My truck is a 97 for sure, but looks nothing like most 97's I see. My engine size isn't even listed on the 97 page, but it was on the 96 page. Split year?
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Old 12-22-2011, 16:34   #4 (permalink)
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That engine size seems to be on the 96 specs and then changed in 97 . I have had this before on some cars that were older stock and then registered later , possible explanation ?

Ninth generation (1992–1996/1997)

Engines:



Engine

Years

Power

Torque

Notes



4.9 L I6

1992–93

145 hp (108 kW)

265 lb·ft (359 N·m)




4.9 L I6

1994–96

150 hp (110 kW)

260 lb·ft (350 N·m)




5.0 L V8

1992–93

185 hp (138 kW)

270 lb·ft (370 N·m)




5.0 L V8

1994–96

205 hp (153 kW)

275 lb·ft (373 N·m)

195 hp (145 kW) for automatic



5.8 L V8

1992

210 hp (160 kW)

315 lb·ft (427 N·m)




5.8 L V8

1993

200 hp (150 kW)

310 lb·ft (420 N·m)




5.8 L V8

1993–95

240 hp (180 kW)

340 lb·ft (460 N·m)

Lightning only



5.8 L V8

1994–96

210 hp (160 kW)

325 lb·ft (441 N·m)




7.5 L V8

1992–93

230 hp (170 kW)

390 lb·ft (530 N·m)




7.5 L V8

1994–97

245 hp (183 kW)

395 lb·ft (536 N·m)




7.3 L Diesel V8

1992–94

185 hp (138 kW)

360 lb·ft (490 N·m)

IDI



7.3 L Diesel V8

1992.5–94

190 hp (140 kW)

390 lb·ft (530 N·m)

IDI Turbo



7.3 L Diesel V8

1994–97

235 hp (175 kW)

425 lb·ft (576 N·m)

Direct injection Turbo, Powerstroke


The 7.5L and diesel engines were not available on the F-150, and the 4.9L and 5.0L were not available on the F-350 or F-450.


Tenth generation (1997–2004)


Engine

Years

Power

Torque

Notes



4.2 L Essex V6

1997–2003

202 hp (151 kW)

252 lb·ft (342 N·m)




4.6 L Triton V8

1997–98

220 hp (160 kW)

280 lb·ft (380 N·m)




4.6 L Triton V8

1999–2003

231 hp (172 kW)

293 lb·ft (397 N·m)




5.4 L Triton V8

1997–98

235 hp (175 kW)

330 lb·ft (450 N·m)




5.4 L Triton V8

1999–2003

260 hp (190 kW)

350 lb·ft (470 N·m)




5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8

1999–2000

360 hp (270 kW)

450 ft·lbf (610 N·m)

Lightning



5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8

2001–2003

380 hp (280 kW)

450 ft·lbf

Lightning



5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8

1999–2003

340 hp (250 kW)

425 ft·lbf

Harley-Davidson



6.8 L Triton V10

1999–2003

310 hp (230 kW)

425
ft·lbf|| Super Duty Only



7.3 L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8

1999–2003

250 hp (190 kW)

500 ft·lbf

Super Duty Only
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Re: Is 11 MPG normal?

Works for me. 11mpg is pretty bad, but apparently spot on for this thing.
It tows my boat like it's not even there, and I have pulled tree stumps out of the ground with this thing, so I can't complain about performance. Nossir.
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Seems to be paying it's way o.k , have a Merry Christmas .
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Yep. Looks exactly right.

My truck is a 97 for sure, but looks nothing like most 97's I see. My engine size isn't even listed on the 97 page, but it was on the 96 page. Split year?
The 97 F250 2WD HD shows engines 5.8L, 7.5L & 7.3L diesel. The F250 2WD LD shows 4.6L & 5.4L. Looks like they only reviewed the Light duty F250's.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:34   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Is 11 MPG normal?

The 5.8L (351 cu/in) motor is the old push rod motor.
The last push rod v8 motor used was in 2002 was the 5L in the SUV series to use up the supply of motors.
If all your baseing the fuel milege on is pulling the boat, it's about normal with a heavier truck and 145k on it..
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Old 12-28-2011, 15:27   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry, the 97 F250 HD was available with the 5.8L

Owners manual http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../97f23og1e.pdf
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I have a 1997 F250 HD 2WD 5.8 with 145,000 original miles on it. Bought it just to tow my boat to the lake. It runs great, but I rarely drive the thing.

Just figured out my gas mileage is 11 mpg.
Mix of city/hwy driving.
That is unloaded, and with a light foot.

Is that about right, or should it be better than that?
Towing 7K you'll get 6-7mpg at best.

My old plow truck, 2006 GM 6.0L V8 gasser with a 1800lb loaded salter and a 9' Boss V plow was lucky to see above 12mpg mixed driving in the summer months unloaded. Went to southern Ohio before I sold it and managed to get 14.2mpg over 1100miles, 90% highway at 65mph.
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