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I bought my 04FXT for a few reasons but use for work was what made it justifiable and heres proof. Theres a job loaded and ready for install with room to spare!!

It doesnt hurt to have a tuned/turboed "work" vehicle either! :biggrin:
 

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I beg to differ, I can still get 22mpg or better and still haul equiptment ,if I dont play alot, so almost no need for a 10mpg truck with 4wd. You on the other hand, running a "heavily modded" XT puts you in a different bracket. Yours is a race car not a work car.
 

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I beg to differ, I can still get 22mpg or better and still haul equiptment ,if I dont play alot, so almost no need for a 10mpg truck with 4wd. You on the other hand, running a "heavily modded" XT puts you in a different bracket. Yours is a race car not a work car.
true on all accounts but still not AS practical as an x or a xs model
 

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I don't know... mine doesn't routinely see 22 mpg in the city either... usually get about 20/29 in mine. Averages about 24 mpg per tank.
 

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i don't see how that is possible. 26.5 mpg. my mom didn't even get that good gas mileage on my stock xt the week she had to borrow it
 

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I kinda cheated, it was all highway. I have a nice stage 2+ street tune on it as well.

I usually refill when I hit the 1/4 mark. ~275 miles.
 

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I get 23city mpg in my FXT and my father-in-law gets 24city mpg in his X

Its all in how you drive I dont care what anybody says
 

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I am in the range of 20-23. Depends on my driving conditions (highway/back roads), and how "spirited" I take it.
 

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I have an Odyssey for practicality!
My XT is for FUN!

Glad you're stoked though!
 

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xt no...
forester yes

the fuel economy is the one thing that holds the xt back from being a practical work vehicle
The gas mileage of an FXT is still stellar compared to something like a Jeep Liberty, which has similar capacity and utility but which will get more like 15-18 mpg. If the FXT does what you need, then it's practical.

I have a full size 2002 Ford E150 van, and that is REALLY practical for some work type stuff but will only get 15-18 mpg (although it will hold almost 4x what a Forester will inside). In comparison to that, the Foz is way fun to drive.

George
 

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I usually dont have to haul huge items but I am frequently required to do work at cell tower sites. Many times this requires AWD since theyre on top of a mountain, the road is a goat path which NEVER sees a plow truck in the winter which for me equals VERY practical.....and quite fun also. I have the best of both worlds!!!!!
 

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I seem to be averaging around 23.5 mpg in my OBXT. About 6mpg better than my old SF would do.
 

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I seem to be averaging around 23.5 mpg in my OBXT. About 6mpg better than my old SF would do.
Really? We're still consistently getting at least 24 mpg with our '98 S. But then again... yours wasn't exactly stock. :wink:
 
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