View Full Version : Need help with truck decision

03-30-2005, 10:40 AM
First of all I don't want this to become a ford bashing or chevy bashing thread. Here is the deal, I have come across a few trucks in the area for sale and I'm not sure which 1 to buy. I haven't test driven anyone yet but I would like some opninons :help: :help:

1. 1998 GMC 2500 regular cab 80K on it with a fisher minunte mount
2. 1999 F250 regular cab super duty with 78K on it 5 spd.
3. 1999 F250 regular cab light duty with 38K on it.
All trucks are within $1000.00 of each other, all are work trucks nothing fancy for options.

I will be expanding my business slowly and will have a few driveways to plow in the coming winter plus my own. The truck will not be an every day vehicle. In your opinion which one would be the 1 to take a look at. I really don't care if they are auto or manual. I will be towing my trailer with my lawn stuff on it.
I also posted this on plowsite

03-30-2005, 10:58 AM
I couldn't help you, because all I have are Dodge. But I do have a question for you, your number 3 choice said f250 light duty, but number 2 says f250 heavy duty, what exactly is the diffrence. 1. 1998 GMC 2500 regular cab 80K on it with a fisher minunte mount

The Dude
03-30-2005, 11:04 AM
The f250 from 1997 to 1999 was offered as either a light duty or a superduty. The light duty is basicly the 150 with heavier springs and axle. Same body style as the 150.

03-30-2005, 11:11 AM
Just my opinion but I'd look at the 99 F250 regular cab light duty with 38K on it. I'm sure this one is the higher $$ of the three but also less mileage. The truck will be able to push snow and pull your equipment. I've had both Chevy's and Fords both can be great and both can have problems. I would strictly look at it from the mileage and wear and tear the trucks have. The registration fees might be cheaper too for this one since it can be titled at a lower weight class.

03-30-2005, 12:42 PM
I have a '03 ford f250 and can tell you it is a hard working truck. very powerful and comfortable to work out of.

Something D
03-30-2005, 12:47 PM
I have a 97 F350 crew cab Powerstroke. I would not own another truck.
It has been very good to me.

03-30-2005, 01:18 PM
I've got a 2000 F250 super duty with the 7.3l powerstroke crew cab and I too will not own another truck. JMO

Mo Green
03-30-2005, 01:21 PM
I would go with 1 or 3. I wouldn't want to drive the 5 speed unless I absolutely had to, but that's just me.

Eddie B
03-30-2005, 01:26 PM
Are these private owners or dealers? The less wear and tear the better.

03-30-2005, 01:34 PM
What size engine does the light duty have? My brother had a 97 F150 and he had problems with the engine, he is not the only one I heard that from either. If its not an everyday driver I would look at the GMC. That probably has the 5.7L which is a darn good engine. Good luck with your purchase. :waving: Breck

03-30-2005, 02:04 PM
I will try to keep this as un-biased as possible. But here goes, the gm has a plow already, sounds like you could make use of it, as far as problems, gm trucks of these age are known for fuel pumps and intake manifold gaskets. As far as the fords you mentioned, standards are generally not as productive to plow with if you plan on doing more of that.Also, it seems regardless of engine, these fords are notorious for broken manifold bolts and cracked exhaust manifolds. Just something to check. And another useless bit of knowledge, the light duty 250, as well as the later model 7700gvw "heavy half tons" had odd-ball 7-lug wheels. A little less easy to find than the others. Also, if you try to find a used plow you will be much more likely to find a set-up that directly fits the 250 superduty as they are much more common.Also, engine wise, the gm should be ahead power wise as it probably has the vortec 350, unless the s-duty has a v-10 than it will have a slight edge.My vote goes for the gm but don't go by me. I just happened to get a couple "real beauties" when it comes to fords and it kind of soured me.

03-31-2005, 09:25 AM
All the trucks that I'm looking at are no higher than 13K. The GMC is classic CK style. I am no longer looking at the f250 light duty due to the fact that it is kind of an odd ball truck for several reasons. I am kind of leaning towards the GMC. I will update when I make a final decision. Any more replies would be appreciated