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my chevy astro died. need a new vehicle, however my wife is due in February (our first) and i'll need something that can have a back seat for baby seat. It should be fuel efficient and be able to fit 4x8 sheets of material. i know i need a seperate work vehicle, but for now i can only afford the one . open to suggstions.
 

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Fuel efficient? 4 by 8 sheets plywood and a backseat? Are you kidding?

My F250 longbed would fit the bill, all except the fuel efficient part.


How about addint a trailer hitch to a small SUV & buying a small trailer.
 

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Look at the ad above, Chev, Silverado. Extenda Cab. Here in Ontario they are offering $ 8000 off !!!!!!!!!

Best deal on the market right now.
 

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I am either hauling a 14' enclosed trailer, or sheets of plywood etc. in the back, or, my 2 kids -in the back seat- Dodge Ram quad cab -
oh, about the fuel efficient part - depends on your needs - I am quite happy with mine - others might disagree!!
 

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F-150 you can get them with a V6 or V8. You can also get the extended cab and 8' bed. If you stay away from the 4 wheel drives they get pretty good mileage. I have the small block in mine and get between 20 to 25 mpg highway depending on how I'm driving. If I'm towing trailers it drops into the upper teens.
 

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Shame you cant wait for the New 5.0 from ford or even the eco-boost. Both of the 2 would give you exactly what you want in the F150. Saying that i can get 20mpg from my f150 if i drive normally. If i drive like a granny then about 22mpg.
Do you have the 5.4 liter? Mine has the 4.6 liter Romeo engine (small V8) and I get right around 24-25 driving normally.
 

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Do you have the 5.4 liter? Mine has the 4.6 liter Romeo engine (small V8) and I get right around 24-25 driving normally.

yep i got the new 5.4 they increased the MPG and power over the 08 models. Im really impressed at how good the mpg are when you take it easy. It's quoted to only get 18 highway but you can easy get more. The EPA also change the way they test the new vehicle so the 09 engine is getting about 3-4mpg more than the 08 did.
 

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I'll second the f150 I have a extanded cab with the little rear doors. It's good for my kid to get in and out. Plus a child seat still fits even if the front seats are back all the way. Mine is the 4.6 and gets around 22mpg
 

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What about a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel pickup with 8' bed?

I have a crew cab 1 ton diesel and there's not much I can't do with it. I can haul 5000 lbs in the 8' bed. I can tow up to 15k lbs. I can comfortably fit 5 adult inside.

As for economy, considering the capabilities I have, I'd call 17-21 MPG very efficient.

With a newborn on board, I'd feel very safe.

Just don't think the wife would be happy about driving it and try to park at the mall!
 

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The pick up is starting to sound right. Important that The baby seat can fit. I know I won't get great mpg, but I'm gonna try to get the best vehicle possible in the budget
 
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