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Old 08-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Still in the market for a full size truck. Buying used, need to tow a 5,000lb boat frequently and occasionally a much larger boat. Looking at these two trucks, both in gas (5.4, 6.0), and in the year range 2002-2004.

I've owned 2 Ford trucks and 1 Dodge. I will never own another Dodge again, but I've been pleased with Ford and haven't had much trouble except for some starter issues on my F-150. I've read reviews that the Chevy 2500 is a more durable/reliable truck than the F250. My buddy has an '02 2500HD with the 6.0 motor and at 270,000 miles, the only big ticket item he's had to replace was transfer case.

What do you think, Chevy or Ford? This truck will not be a daily driver, just for towing and winter weather.
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I just inherited a 06 6.0 2500HD from my mother.

It's 2wd but has 4.10's from the factory.

It's a one owner truck that's been driven (130,000) miles and no problems other than 11 mpg's lol. But the set of balls this thing displays when pulling something...

I'm a big ford guy but the 97-10 model ford gas trucks just have something missing... Weak pieces of ****.

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I would go ford. We got a 99 f250 with the 5.4 it has 280000+ miles and only thing that we had to replace was a couple coil packs and it shot out a plug. It also still gets 17mpg when taken easy
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Ask jgill1992 about chevy trucks lol
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My f250 4x4 has 300k miles on it, the only thing I've had to replace is the alternator.
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I think reliability between the F250 and GM 2500's are about the same. That said, I think the Fords have a much nicer interior and seem better built but the GM's definitely have the power train advantage.
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I wouldn't take a gas f250 if it was given to me.

A 6.0 2500 will run forever. Just have to watch the trans towing.
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The chevy engine would be stronger but you could chip a 5.4 and do your bolt ons. The ford would be the much better truck though, and in my opinion 03-04 body style silverado is the most horrible looking truck ever built
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If you want gas, go with the 6.0 chevy. Honestly, i'd reccomend a 7.3 ford tho.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #10
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I had a 2500 hd and it got 9 miles to the gallon pulling a trailer or not.. Blew up 2 duramaxes and finally got smart and got a powerstroke.. I will NEVER own a Chevrolet or government motors (GM) vehicle again knowing my tax dollars went to paying their CEOs and sending American jobs overseas and across borders to b built.. Find an older diesel or a f150 is fine too.. It's good for towing 13k and a 5k pound boat is nowhere near that.
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Your best bet if you want to stick with a gas and go cheap is find a 92-96 F-250 with a 351W or a big ole 460.

Your gas mileage will be completely **** ( not so bad with the 351 ) but you WILL pull stumps out of the ground as slide brick homes through mud.
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my dads 06 F250 has pulled about 1500 pounds in his bed and a trailer towing furniture. it did great. he has pulled 12,000 Feet of 3 inch ridged pipe in it with a different f250. 4x4 gas 5.4. with a Chevy doing those kinda jobs won't stand a chance. the body will be scraping the ground. we just don't have good luck with chevys.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:33 AM   #13
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Yeah not to concerned about gas mileage, it's just a utility vehicle for me.

Found 2 decent trucks in my price range, going to look at both. The Ford has rust on the rear wheel wells.
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You hear the Whistle,
You see the smoke,
You just got passed by a POWER-STROKE.

This is my F250 diesel. It will tow a small country if it had to. Lol
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You hear the Whistle,
You see the smoke,
You just got passed by a POWER-STROKE.

This is my F250 diesel. It will tow a small country if it had to. Lol
I'm sorry about your 6.4 problem.
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I'm sorry about your 6.4 problem.
Lol, NO problems here
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The 6.4's are great, its the 6.0 that has issues
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I have a 2007 Silverado LTZ 1500 with some goodies and I love the truck. Wouldn't drive anything else now.
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6.4's are monsters. My 6.4 has 174k and im over 500 horses and its 0 problems and im also getting 22-23 mpgs..
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I'm just curious as to why you would rather have a gas vs a diesel? I personally would recommend a 7.3 diesel also.
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Maintenance costs on a diesel are higher.
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I would recommend against a diesel unless you have plenty of cash. They are stronger and last longer but it's nothing to rack up $8k in repairs when something does go wrong.
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