I am selling my Jeep and getting a truck for going back and forth to school. I have to drive about an hour each way to school about 50 some odd miles. And, I have found an 85 Half ton short bed 4x4 auto with a 305. I was wondering, what kind of gas milage will I get with this truck? I really like it, but I think I will have to get an S-10 to drive back and forth. And, are there any problems with this year? Oh, and there has been no mods to the truck, just like it came from the factory.
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<font color=green>Probably 15 max on the highway if it's well tuned and the tranny is in good shape, with A/T tires. Poorly tuned or M/T tires and it could drop as low as 10 or even worse.
Do you have to sell the jeep? If your looking for gas mileage get a Honda Civic or Toyota Tercel. I recently picked up a 1994 Tercel for $3000(in great shape) and I'm getting 32-34 mpg. I had to buy the Toyo because I was paying about $250 a month in gas for my truck. The car is paying for itself just in the money I'm saving in gas. Now my truck is getting a well deserved rest and preserving the warranty for a little longer! Don't worry, the car is only used for commuting to work, after I'm home my truck gets all the attention.
Do ya want to spend any money on the 4x4 to make it get better mileage? I added dual 16" electric fans and synthetic oil to my 454 and went from 9-10 mpg at best to around 11.5mpg. Other things you can do that help performance and mileage, but have to keep your foot out of the thing too.
Thanks guys for all of the info. Yes I have to sell the Jeep, its getting around 9 or 10 mpg! And, I do keep my foot out of it. But lets say the truck was a manual, would that make a differnce?
not real sure, you could really baby a manual, but keep in mind if you shifting to soon and its boggin down the motor, you wont get better mileage, my s-10 doesnt get as good as it should cuz its under powered, my dads 4.3 vortec, gets better then my 2.8 tbi, and thats with me driving both, and the back of his is full of tools too
If you are lucky a S-10 will get you 18-22 MPG (except the 98+ 2.2L 5spd, I was able to get 25MPG). 100 miles a day @ 20 MPG and $1.50 a gallon, you are talking $7.50 a day. K10 might get 15 MPG (more like 12-13) which would = $10.00 a day. If I had to drive 100 miles a day I would buy a Honda CRX HF. Install a cold air intake, Ignition box and Header with a two inch exhaust and only pay $3.75 @ $1.50 a gallon because it gets 40 MPG. I love my truck but lets be realistic $85.00 dollars a month on gas for a HF CRX compared to 165.00 for a gutless 4 cylinder S-10 is a big difference. I would only want to buy the HF for distance driving like that it has a 1.5L with multi port fuel injection and a knock sensor, vice TBI like the DX or Performance tuned 1.6L SI motor.