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Old 09-20-2011, 07:31 AM   #21
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Talk about a loaded question. No one vehicle can do everything. I don't think some people get that memo --- which is their business of course. For instance, I see alot of people around me that overload their truck regularly and alot of people around me that have 5th wheels added to their f150. If you need to do this, you need a SD truck. This is a safety issue for other drivers on the roadway as well.

I also see alot of people using their f150s as a commuter. I don't get that either. I bought mine for towing. The mpg on these things generally suck (one of the reasons I think the EB is a misnomer and a wasted opportunity by Ford). While I personally think you should use a different vehicle for commuting that is solely your choice and not my business. So, if you want to blow your money on gas, your choice. OPEC thanks you .
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #22
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If I cared about MPG's I would have bought a Prius.. Not to mention the Prius doesn't come with a 6.2L though.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:49 PM   #23
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Truth is a diesel volkswagen and a utility trailer can do everything this truck can do (short of towing) for a small fraction of the cost.
Hey, can you come plow my 1500ft driveway with that diesel VW? If so, sweet! I'll put my F150 in the classifieds tomorrow.

Regarding OP's question: it didn't factor into my decision. My commute is only 12 miles each way, mostly on dirt roads that would tear up the suspension on an econobox car. My choice is (A) drive a truck and get 16mpg or (B) drive a car, get 30 mpg, and buy new control arms for the front suspension every 2 years. Either A or B, it works out to the same price.

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Talk about a loaded question. No one vehicle can do everything. I don't think some people get that memo --- which is their business of course. For instance, I see alot of people around me that overload their truck regularly and alot of people around me that have 5th wheels added to their f150. If you need to do this, you need a SD truck. This is a safety issue for other drivers on the roadway as well.

I also see alot of people using their f150s as a commuter. I don't get that either. I bought mine for towing. The mpg on these things generally suck (one of the reasons I think the EB is a misnomer and a wasted opportunity by Ford). While I personally think you should use a different vehicle for commuting that is solely your choice and not my business. So, if you want to blow your money on gas, your choice. OPEC thanks you .
Why does it seem whenever the towing topic comes up, the answer is "you need a super duty"? These F150's are capable of towing safely and many people on here are towing 5th wheels safely. Every trailer is different so you can't make a general assumption that the truck is overloaded just because it's a 5th wheel behind it. And I don't even own a 5th wheel, I have a travel trailer.

In addition to towing, I also use mine for my daily commuter. I don't want all the expense of owning a 3rd vehicle (maintenance, insurance, etc.). Not to mention I only have a 2 stall garage. I'm sure I could save a few bucks, but not going to do it. I figure if I couldn't afford the gas cost, then I probably shouldn't have bought the truck either. I bought mine to drive it and use it for all my needs, not to just look at it sitting in the garage.

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Old 09-20-2011, 03:03 PM   #25
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MPG was a factor for sure...but so was the fact that the F-150 is the only half ton crew with the 6.5 ft box...so I can pull my camper AND take my quad too!
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mpg really wasn't a concern, i really was more concerned with towing capability and performance as that's the trucks main focus. I've got another vehicle for commuting.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:22 PM   #27
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obviously its not a deciding factor , as we are all driving 5-6k lb trucks
but of course its important, how couldnt it be when gas is $3.50 a gallon
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:24 PM   #28
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Fuel mileage would not be a deal breaker for me unless of course the mpg were outrageously poor. I have always driven Ford's and will continue to.

The length of the standard power train warranty also would not be a deal breaker. Otherwise I should be driving a Dodge right?
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Nope, I bought it for towing and hauling, saved big money and got an STX and have custom tunes and run 93 in her.

For gas saving I ride my Harely! lol
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Nope.
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