On Sat, 13 Aug 2011, Wayne wrote:
> #4 guy that's on his 2nd or 3rd F150. Not sure if it's the 6 or V8. Only
> does light towing, if any but has a custom bed enclosure for a construction
> biz. Haven't heard of any probs with it. Ford has sold, what? Over 600,000
> some years? Must be doing something right!
Almost 1 million 2005 F150s, actually. Best-selling vehicle for 30
years, which is incomprehensible. I've only had one, but it has been a
very good truck.
> If you like the truck you have (other than the smell!), I'd recommend
> another one. I believe GM updated their trucks in 2007 with the 6-speed
> transmission that should net you better mileage and help with
> towing--note, they still made the GMT-800 like what you have in HD along
> with the GMT-900 that had the 6-speed auto). I would not recommend the
> diesel unless you tow a lot. Personally, I love a diesel for the fun
> factor (modify it), but they are really expensive to buy and don't save
> much on fuel unless you tow a lot, in my experience (we have an F350
> dually diesel and our 2007 Silverado gas engine gets better mileage
> except for when towing). Looks like there are good number available in
> your area via autotrader: 40 quad cab Chevy/GMCs within 100 miles.
If mileage is at-all a concern, stay away from the GM Duramax diesel
engines. Towing the same trailer on the same route, we got 8 mpg with an
'07 Chevy 2500 diesel, 12 mpg with my gas 5.4 F150 ( 50% better! ), and
over 15 with an '05 Ford F250 diesel. I never spent so much time and
money at gas stations as that one season when we hauled my racecar with
that damn Chevy. Everyone I know has the same experience with them, very
nice truck if you have your own oil field.
In the OP's shoes, I would buy a 6.4 litre Powerstroke Ford F250 ( the
6.0s had some reliability issues ). Depending on how big his trailer is,
and how far he's going with it, I might even look at gas F150s. Mine is
rated for 9300 pounds, and is a pretty comfortable daily driver for the
300 days a year that I'm not towing something.
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