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#11580363 - 05/03/16 10:32 AM Ecodiesel update
redchevy Offline
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Still love it. Just short of 6k miles on it. Used less than 1/2 a tank of DEF. Still on factory oil change not using any. Last tank of diesel was commuting back and forth home to work and back 20 miles one way with some mixed driving on both ends plus 40 miles towing the boat. Hand calculated average over the tank 26.4 mpg. I think I like it a little more every time I drive it.

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#11580985 - 05/03/16 04:02 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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What does the trip computer say?

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#11582184 - 05/04/16 07:36 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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Trip computer said 27.2 mpg. My computer readout is usually 1-2 miles per gallon off. It has been lower than what I actually got a time or two, but most frequently it is a mile or two high.

Some say its always spot on. My explanation is those people probably don't check their fuel mileage the real way and divide miles traveled by gallons used.

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#11582464 - 05/04/16 09:36 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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I always found it funny when people believe the truck can't calculate economy but have full faith that it correctly displays miles driven and by-God never question a gas pump.

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#11582485 - 05/04/16 09:51 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
redchevy Offline
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My computer on my 6.7 ram told me I got 19 mpg once their aint no way in hell it was right.

I trust the odometer/trip odometer. I know fuel pumps are not always accurate because I have had one not shut off till fuel was pouring out the filler neck and the next one shuts off right or before, and I have put 27 and change gallons in a 26 gallon tank before it hit the first click to shut off.

I still have much more faith in miles driven divided by fuel required to fill.

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#11582489 - 05/04/16 09:52 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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Also fuel pumps are required to be inspected for consistency. In my experience fuel mileage calculators on vehicles are bs. The older ones weren't even in the ball park half the time. The newer ones are much better but I still don't think they are right.

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#11582925 - 05/04/16 01:35 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
Samsonsworld Offline
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Next time you're on interstate, set your tripometer and compare to the mile markers. Even if yours is accurate now, it won't be when the tires start to wear.

And yes, stations get dinged all the time for inaccurate pumps.

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#11582928 - 05/04/16 01:37 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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So you think the mile markers are perfectly aligned and spaced at the exact spacing?

Tire wear will make less than a 1% error. Im still going to take the hand calculation over whatever garbage the compter spits out every time. Ive seen the computer spit out way too many numbers that I know are wrong.

Also if you are saying the trucks odometer cant accurately count miles traveled then the computer readout is just as wrong as hand calc based on those same numbers no?

Maybe ill have to take my gps along to test and see what it says vrs the odometer/tripodometer for a trip to work etc.


Edited by redchevy (05/04/16 01:39 PM)

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#11582964 - 05/04/16 01:52 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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So you think the mile markers are perfectly aligned and spaced at the exact spacing? Nope, but if you do it over 100 mile or so, they should be pretty accurate. Don't forget, the roads were surveyed.

Tire wear will make less than a 1% error. Losing a half inch of rubber on a 32" tire would be about 3%


Also if you are saying the trucks odometer cant accurately count miles traveled then the computer readout is just as wrong as hand calc based on those same numbers no? Now you understand why I don't bother? lol

Maybe ill have to take my gps along to test and see what it says vrs the odometer/tripodometer for a trip to work etc. Good idea

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#11583309 - 05/04/16 04:31 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
Nathan "Bull" Montgomery Offline
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Thats pretty dang good mileage! My 98 Ranger single cab 2.5l 5 speed averages about 20.5 mpg hand calculated and that's usually stop and go highway traffic (mornings and evenings dangit) and about 15 miles one way. So not too bad! If it were in anything but a Dodge I'd consider getting one! lol

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#11584435 - 05/05/16 07:40 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: Nathan "Bull" Montgomery]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nathan "Bull" Montgomery
Thats pretty dang good mileage! My 98 Ranger single cab 2.5l 5 speed averages about 20.5 mpg hand calculated and that's usually stop and go highway traffic (mornings and evenings dangit) and about 15 miles one way. So not too bad! If it were in anything but a Dodge I'd consider getting one! lol


I found a shop when I was in highschool that put 4 cylinder cummins motors in 1/2 ton chevies. I was gung ho ready to do it, but dad warned me not to so I didn't. Still wished I had! If my old '94 would have had the cummins swap good chance I would still be driving it today.

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#11584911 - 05/05/16 10:59 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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That is awesome mileage. Rumor has it Ford is working on a 1/2-ton diesel as well. Got to love competition.
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#11584932 - 05/05/16 11:05 AM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: JonBoater]
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Originally Posted By: JonBoater
That is awesome mileage. Rumor has it Ford is working on a 1/2-ton diesel as well. Got to love competition.


Have heard the same. it is rumored to be another 3.0 liter and has a little better projected performance numbers.

I have nothing against ford and would love a little competition, chevy and Toyota should bild one too!

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#11585396 - 05/05/16 03:10 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Originally Posted By: JonBoater
That is awesome mileage. Rumor has it Ford is working on a 1/2-ton diesel as well. Got to love competition.


Have heard the same. it is rumored to be another 3.0 liter and has a little better projected performance numbers.

I have nothing against ford and would love a little competition, chevy and Toyota should bild one too!



It's not a rumor, it's reality. Ford had sent me a link on it, I have no need for a 1/2 ton diesel so I didn't read the story.

I use gps from time to time to check my miles and speed. I've found Fords almost always are going 3mph slower than what the speedo says at 70mph. Hence, I really drove less miles than what my speedo said I have driven.


Edited by grout-scout (05/05/16 03:12 PM)

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#11585554 - 05/05/16 04:02 PM Re: Ecodiesel update [Re: redchevy]
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I believe speedometers are routinely set a tad low to avoid lawsuits regarding speeding.

I would think but don't know that the odometer is separate.

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