I was expecting an Isuzu or a Toyota. It is a Ford F-150 with power steering, power brakes, an automatic transmission, cruise control, air conditioning and a great radio!
It rides like a dream. It’s no effort to steer. It has a powerful motor, no trouble pulling onto a highway. People steer clear! It’s big! But it’s easy to drive and no problems. At 70 mph the gauges don’t even waiver: oil pressure consistent, gear box temperature no movement, engine temperature no movement, the gas gauge dropped only ¼ between McCandless Township and Erie, PA.
So after 440 miles I went to fill the tank. It was about 7/8ths empty. I started to fill it… It kept on and on and on…
In the end it was $58 to fill the tank with 28.9 gallons at $2.02 per gallon. If my math is right, that’s about 15 mpg. [My first car, a Plymouth Fury with a V-8 318 cubic inch engine, got about 12 mpg… but gas was cheaper in 1980.]
I was shocked at the cost, not overwhelmed but very surprised. I don’t know trucks.
My brother-in-law said, “I wondered what you’d think after you filled the tank.”…
So, I thought about it… My Fiat Punto in NL get about 36 mpg (5-6 liters / 100 km). When I fill the 30 liter (about 8 gallon) tank, it costs about 60 Euros ($67). Gas in NL costs about 1.53 Euros PER LITER (that is converted $6.09 per gallon). So, $2.02 per gallon sounds pretty good.
I still need to drive 880 miles with the truck, which will cost about $120.
If I rented a small car, the cost would be about $1100 (If I can get the waiver for insurance using my VISA card, I’d still pay $600 + gas at 36 mpg [24 gallons at $2.02 mpg = about $50]). So, I’d pay $650 at least or at most $1150.
Unless my math is off, the truck will save us over the next two weeks about $1000 of rental costs or at least $530.
So, thanks, good friends! It’s a great ride at a great price!
Now where am I going to park a truck near the Pittsburgh Athletic Association for Steve & Renee’s wedding?