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2020 Ford F-250 7.3L *Test Drive*

Old 12-05-2019, 07:22 PM
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I purchased an almost identical truck except 2019 (F 250) with the 6.7 L diesel. It only has 34 gallon diesel tank, but I added a low profile 35 gallon additional tank in the bed. I have about 400 miles on it so far. Still on break in--and the manual says don't tow until you have 1000 miles. My mileage around town average is 15.5. That was better than I expected. (Had a 2013 GM Yukon XL) gasser, which didn't get as good mileage. Yes, I have to factor in the higher cost of diesel. (and the diesel engine cost). I am towing at least 8,000#. The 10 speed tranny is interesting. We took rides in several trucks before deciding on the one we bought. One of those had the 10 speed. I discussed the speed usage and gear ratio with the sales person. He claimed that often the transmission would not go thru the entire range, but pick the best combo of gears for the load. Watching the gears on the dash readout that appeared to be the case--non towing obviously
Old 12-06-2019, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by patro View Post
That would make sense but this is what came up when searching. I will check tomorrow. Either one is better than the small tank on my ‘16.
I believe it's only long bed diesel has the 48 gallon tank. The normal bed doesn't due to the DEF tank next to it. Gas model regular size bed should come with 48. I have long bed diesel and love the big tank.
Old 12-06-2019, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by thataway View Post
I purchased an almost identical truck except 2019 (F 250) with the 6.7 L diesel. It only has 34 gallon diesel tank, but I added a low profile 35 gallon additional tank in the bed. I have about 400 miles on it so far. Still on break in--and the manual says don't tow until you have 1000 miles. My mileage around town average is 15.5. That was better than I expected. (Had a 2013 GM Yukon XL) gasser, which didn't get as good mileage. Yes, I have to factor in the higher cost of diesel. (and the diesel engine cost). I am towing at least 8,000#. The 10 speed tranny is interesting. We took rides in several trucks before deciding on the one we bought. One of those had the 10 speed. I discussed the speed usage and gear ratio with the sales person. He claimed that often the transmission would not go thru the entire range, but pick the best combo of gears for the load. Watching the gears on the dash readout that appeared to be the case--non towing obviously
Skip shifting. Used to do it when I drove truck.
Old 12-06-2019, 06:40 AM
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It's not a test drive without a 0-60 and a rolling 60-100. Gotta test the passing capability.
Old 12-06-2019, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ZMAN617 View Post
I believe it's only long bed diesel has the 48 gallon tank. The normal bed doesn't due to the DEF tank next to it. Gas model regular size bed should come with 48. I have long bed diesel and love the big tank.
I have a minor case of fuel tank envy. CCSB 6.7. I have to fill up too often, after coming from a 3.5 EB with a 36 gallon tank.
Old 12-06-2019, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by JointAsset View Post
Crazy to me is working everyday and not enjoying what I drive.
i feel the same way, unless you have to drive 80k miles a year whats a few MPG's in the grand scheme of things
hearing boat owners talk about fuel economy in a heavy duty pickup is kind of ironic isnt it?

if it carries a lot of people, can tow alot of weight, or goes real fast- its going to use more fuel than a civic
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
i feel the same way, unless you have to drive 80k miles a year whats a few MPG's in the grand scheme of things
hearing boat owners talk about fuel economy in a heavy duty pickup is kind of ironic isnt it?

if it carries a lot of people, can tow alot of weight, or goes real fast- its going to use more fuel than a civic
No doubt. Complaining about a truck that gets 15-17mpg on average but it’s OK that boat get 1.5mpg on a moderate cruise of 30-35.
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The new 6.6 GM gasser is going to have to be mighty damn impressive to keep me from having a new BBF in my driveway for my next truck!
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Originally Posted by patro View Post
Not that I’m aware of. I was comparing this truck to my ‘16 F250.



At 65mph the tach was reading right at 1500rpms.



Ford’s build site shows it at $2045 when I built it.


Going to sleep on it tonight and make my decision tomorrow on wether to proceed with this truck or keep my diesel a little longer. If I decide not to buy this truck I will probably go with a F-150 w/ the max tow configuration.

I will say this truck drives and handles so much better than my current ‘16 F250. Fuel mileage is showing around 14.5mpg. Same driving conditions my diesel averages 15.5-16.5mpg and that’s with no regens.
How is the cost of diesel compared to gas in your area? Diesel is $0.50 more a gallon in my area or roughly 25% more than gas. Edit.. it is 20% difference in my area.

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Old 12-07-2019, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Riptide31 View Post
I’d love to hear how it pulls 12k pounds. I wish I could buy gas instead of diesel next go round.
It should be great to tow 12k.
I tow 13k with my 2012 F250 6.2 gasser. It's not great, it struggles a bit, and gets 7.4mpg
Which means I have to visit a gas station every 200 miles.
If it has the 48 gallon tank, it will be a big improvement, and this truck has a lot more torque than the 6.2.
If I were to buy a new truck now, it would be the 7.3, but with the 4.30 axle
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
How is the cost of diesel compared to gas in your area? Diesel is $0.50 more a gallon in my area or roughly 25% more than gas. Edit.. it is 20% difference in my area.
Ranges anywhere from $0.30 - $0.50 more per gallon here. Gas makes the most sense for me but after driving a diesel for the past 5 years it has spoiled me.
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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr View Post
The new 6.6 GM gasser is going to have to be mighty damn impressive to keep me from having a new BBF in my driveway for my next truck!
Still waiting for further testing but from a performance perspective Motor Trend didn't have anything good to say about it compared to the Ram 6.4 8-speed combo. It is more powerful than the old 6.0 but not sure what else can be said. It seems like they handicapped it going to 3.73 gears and keeping the 6-speed (larger 34" tires to boot).
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Originally Posted by Jonboater View Post
Still waiting for further testing but from a performance perspective Motor Trend didn't have anything good to say about it compared to the Ram 6.4 8-speed combo. It is more powerful than the old 6.0 but not sure what else can be said. It seems like they handicapped it going to 3.73 gears and keeping the 6-speed (larger 34" tires to boot).
One of my best buds is a Dodge diehard, he has a Powerwagon with the 6.4 but his regular towing isn't anywhere near truly needing a HD truck. My understanding is the 6.4 requires premium fuel? If so that's a deal breaker for me right there. If I'm going to buy higher priced fuel in my truck then I'm gonna go ahead and get a diesel. (Same reason I didn't get a GM 6.2) Dodge wise, I must admit that my absolute favorite "WTH go all out truck" is a Cummins powered Mega-cab! The only reason I don't already have one is the tight ass parking situation (lot as well as parking garage) at my condo in FL wouldn't work with a truck THAT big and long in it!
Old 12-19-2019, 12:15 PM
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Every dealer I've spoken to says they're getting the 7.3 equipped truck after the new year.
Old 12-19-2019, 01:24 PM
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it will get ok fuel economy as daily driver, it will haul some pretty heavy loads. the diesel is going to out shine it when loaded heavy! so it really depends on how heavy and how often you are hauling. personally i would say that if the load is heavy than the 6.2 can handle, your into diesel country
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I have 2016 F-250 6.2L gasser 4WD. I don't think I have ever seen >14 MPG but then again, I have a heavy foot.
It is also my daily driver.
I am very interested in the 7.3 gas truck but I just can't get around the F-250/350 badge being on the fender. Each to their own but I hate it. Gonna hold onto the 2016 for awhile longer. I am at 85K and have had an issue yet.
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Just bought a 2020 F250 Lariat Power Stroke today. Loved my '18 Raptor and put 40k miles on it in 2 years but got the itch for a new ride. It was a tossup between this and a new Raptor and the wife picked the Super Duty. Had a '13 Platinum before that and it was trouble free so thought I'd take a chance with the new 10 speed and upgraded motor. Was going to wait on a 7.3 to come in but dealer made me a deal that I couldn't pass up. Only did a test drive and the ride home so only about 15 miles on it so far. I'll see how it does after driving it to work for a few days.
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Originally Posted by tmd11111 View Post
Just bought a 2020 F250 Lariat Power Stroke today. Loved my '18 Raptor and put 40k miles on it in 2 years but got the itch for a new ride. It was a tossup between this and a new Raptor and the wife picked the Super Duty. Had a '13 Platinum before that and it was trouble free so thought I'd take a chance with the new 10 speed and upgraded motor. Was going to wait on a 7.3 to come in but dealer made me a deal that I couldn't pass up. Only did a test drive and the ride home so only about 15 miles on it so far. I'll see how it does after driving it to work for a few days.
Post a pic of it and looking forward to seeing some reports from it. I’m the OP on this thread and just couldn’t make myself pull the trigger on the gas so I ordered a ‘20 6.7L which should be in sometime in February. Curious of the 10spd trans. more than anything and wonder if it will help any with fuel mileage.
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I just bit the bullet on a 6.2L Sierra Denali 1500. Considered the 2500 but when I realized 97% of my driving does not require heavy towing the big gas motor won. Diesel is great but with the new DEF stuff it’s more complication than needed if the actual use of the truck isn’t HEAVY DUTY.

That 7.3 Ford engine is really interesting. If they throw that in the 150 it will be awesome!

the 10 speed tranny is great. My Sierra has it and I love it. Don’t know if some of you know but that 10 speed is a joint venture between GM and Ford.
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How did you like the digital gauges? I looked at a gmc that had those and didnt like then. I know it's in my head but they seem harder to read and I worry about the reliability of the cluster.

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