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Old 08-03-2007, 07:28 PM   #51
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Not a bad truck. That i6 will last ~300k without much problem if its been well maintained. You'll need to see which tranny its mated to. The early e4od'* had longjevity issues that 'fixed' in the later builds of the 94 season.

Note that i6 is a workhorse of a motor, it'll pull a stump/tow a house but won't race or mod at all, don't even try. It makes a ton of torque all down low and as a result just about all the trucks are geared for towning and if it has a manual tranny you'll probably even have a granny first gear just to get you going when you tow a heavy load. Most people with those start off in second when not towing. They even used this motor in tractors fwiw. Mileage will be about 15 with mixed highway/city driving. Don't even think of seeing 20 highway...LOL . 16 to 18 is about average, a few 4x2'* see 20.
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I said that. If a 67 Impala with a 283 can get 28 to the gallon, I don't see why a V10 can't get 20

My dad has a V10 Excursion and he is lucky if he gets 14mpg on the highway if that much. EagleKammback you dont actually know what a dodge v10 gets from experience you are just guessing.
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i would try to find a 302 v8, but the i6 arnt that bad either.

Popatim, the E40d in my moms truck (93) is great. and yea my brothers bronco (94) has 245K on it
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How about one of those 80s to 90s Dakota convertibles
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I drive a 2005 F150 Supercrew and I have been very happy with it. My dad has a 95 chevy 2500 that plows snow with which runs good too. I think you will be happy with both of thier offerings.
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My friend had a 94 F-150 just like that with the same engine and a manual tranny with regular maintenance it lasted until 492k ALMOST made it to 500. He told me it still ran fine at that time but something about the bellhousing cracking all the way around and he didn't find it in his best interest to replace with that kinda mileage. Although, he did say there was one very annoying thing IIRC it had to do with the distributor, not positive on that, but i believe so. He said it would break about every 20k and it wasn't all that cheap to replace.

Otherwise and extremely reliable truck. a manual wouldnt hurt either, for mileage and reliability
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Oh and yeah, I have a friend with a V10 Cargo/Pass van 20 mpg?!! now thats funny. I drove it once to move something and I averaged...get this...6.5mpg And it was actually MOSTLY highway
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My friend had a 94 F-150 just like that with the same engine and a manual tranny with regular maintenance it lasted until 492k ALMOST made it to 500. He told me it still ran fine at that time but something about the bellhousing cracking all the way around and he didn't find it in his best interest to replace with that kinda mileage. Although, he did say there was one very annoying thing IIRC it had to do with the distributor, not positive on that, but i believe so. He said it would break about every 20k and it wasn't all that cheap to replace.

Otherwise and extremely reliable truck. a manual wouldnt hurt either, for mileage and reliability
I'm not surpised by that mies, those good engines. The Distributor thing might be the cap & rotor. Best to buy motorcraft as the others don't fit exactly right and the contacts will corrod prematurely.
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Oh and yeah, I have a friend with a V10 Cargo/Pass van 20 mpg?!! now thats funny. I drove it once to move something and I averaged...get this...6.5mpg And it was actually MOSTLY highway

Yeah dodge or ford V10s get really poor gas mileage and are noty all that fast in the trucks or vans other than the SRT10 dodge
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Also look at Nissan pickups. Nissan hardbodys, 90'*, with a v6 and a 5speed are absolute tanks. I know 2 people that have had tremendous luck with them. They can be found fairly affordable as well. There is some good advice in this thread, as I've done research myself for smaller pickups. Nissan hardbodies, tacomas, rangers, and s10/sonomas would all get my stamp of approval with a v6, and preferably a 5 speed. good luck!
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