View Full Version : Buying 3/4ton Truck Need Advice

05-11-2006, 10:48 AM
I am currently driving a 1500 Silverado w/tow package 4wd, Z71. I pull a 16ft Heavy Duty Open trailer (not angle iron) w/Super Z, 48 Exmark WB and Push mower. This truck struggles.

I want to purchase a 3/4 ton but want to make sure I choose the right one for me. I know that I will be purchasing a 16-18ft enclosed trailer in the near future.

My concern is what powerplant to go with and the fuel economy as I will most likely be driving it personally not just work.

I am currently looking into or considering
NEW 05' 2500 HD Silverado 6.0 Gas Ext cab, SB, 4wd, 4.10gear, no power windows etc..$25543
NEW 06' F-250 XLT 5.4L, ext cab, SB, 4wd, 3.73gear, Tow command, power doors, windows, etc..~$32,482 on A-Plan
USED 01' F-250 XLT 7.3l Turbo Diesel, 90,000mi, ext cab, SB, 4wd,....asking $17,500

I am somewhat concerned about the towing capabilities of the 5.4L in the Ford and the 6.0L in the Chevy. Should I consider the V10 in the Ford?

05-11-2006, 02:16 PM
No personal expirence with the 5.4 Ford or the 6.0 GM engine. The 7.3 is a good motor IMO. The V-10 likes to burn gas.

05-11-2006, 03:06 PM
Thanks for reply all others welcome

05-11-2006, 03:46 PM
Lindblom, is that the new 3valve V10 or the older one

05-11-2006, 05:01 PM
Can't beat the 7.3, although the price is high. I'd offer $15K and see what happens. We just bought an '01 F450 with a 12 foot flatbed with 74K miles for $23K, so $17K for that F250 is a little high. Good trucks though, we will continue to buy Ford. I'm still really bummed that the 7.3 is no more, but I guess I'll get over it.

05-11-2006, 05:22 PM
We have f-250 with the 5.4 - Ok but had alot of repairs (not on the engine)
We have 6- 350 with the v10 - Run away, it gets about 7mpg

If you go with a new ford, Get the F350. You can get it without duals in the back so it looks just like a 250 but with a higher GVRW and it only cost a few $100 more. Personaly our next truck is gona be a Isuzu NPR but if I didn't want a cabover it would be a used gmc 2500HD Duramax. Hands Down. I have drove these fords for 5 years and I had a job for a year that I drove the GMCs. There is no comparison in any department, power, comfort, ride quality or dependability.

MY 2 Cents

05-11-2006, 07:07 PM
Adam, do you think the 350 is necessary, doesn't that make the ride horrible. Do you have any experience with the new 3-valve V10s, I heard they are supposed to be better.

I would love to get into a duramax but they are all still 25k and up, plus used car insurance rate equals YIKES!!

I don't know what to do!!!

05-11-2006, 07:12 PM
iv got a 2005 6.0L Gmc 2500HD

I tow a 18 foot enclosed trailer with two zero turn mowers and all the other junk around once a week when i mow. Plenty of towing power for that. Also I move around a kubota tractor on a 18 foot open dual axle trailer, as well as fully loaded 10,000# dump trailer. You can feel it struggling when the dump trailer is fully loaded.

Definatly all my next trucks will be duramax/allison.

05-11-2006, 07:18 PM
I would go with the 350 or if you go with the 250 you might think about helper springs. the 5.4 works well for me. If you think you are going to plow go with the 4.10 over the 3.73 and get the limited slip.

05-11-2006, 07:23 PM
The 6.0 will pull anything you put behind it. I've towed a HECK of alot with mine, its great.

If I were you I would either get the Chevy or Ford 7.3 liter.

05-11-2006, 09:28 PM
We have a 2003 2500HD Ext Cab 4x4 6.0 4.10 gear. Trailer towing package with the upgraded trannie. No power but has air and CD. It was bought to pull a 12,000lb trailer everyday. It plows snow also. The engine and Trans are great. 8-12 mpg. We have had a lot of problems with the truck in general though. All the problems were under warranty. 60K miles

05-11-2006, 09:49 PM
GM all the way, the only way i'd recommend the ford is if you get the 7.3, but thats way too high for an 01 with 90,000 miles, and God knows how much idle time.

The Ford would be nice if you could get it for like $12,500, which is unlikely

05-11-2006, 10:37 PM
Don't think the 3rd valve will help mileage with the v10. The 7.3 should last about 200,000 miles. The diesel adds $3000 to $4000 to a pickup. I looked at a 99 with a V10. Couldn't talk myself into it.

Have a 1996 3/4 Chevrolet with a 350. Makes decent power above 2500 RPMS. I can get 14 to 15 MPG. Not bad for a 6000 pound pickup and a driver with a heavy right foot.

05-11-2006, 10:45 PM
What does a 4.10 do to gas mileage. How necessary is it for plowing?

05-12-2006, 12:23 AM
The 4:10 is not necessary for plowing. I have a 3500 Dodge with 3:55 gears. I have yet to see it stopped, and no repairs to the rear end or transmission. I would only buy the diesel. Even if you can't afford it I would bet the extra in monthly payments will be saved at the gas station and even more.

05-12-2006, 10:06 PM
6.0 is a great engine, Ive pulled about 11k with it:rolleyes: and it did just fine, but you do feel it struggle though compared to my Dmax, there is no comparison to that, put a load of mulch(5yds, wet) and tow the fully loaded enclosed trailer (ZTR, WB,misc tool) and it feels like nothing is even there:weightlifter: . Save your pennys and try to go diesel, it'll last longer, stand up to the abuse better, hold its value much longer and just be a better truck overall. My next p/u truck will be the exact same one as I have now except with Dmax and SLT trim (Im spoiled like that:dizzy: )

05-13-2006, 08:20 AM
we have an 04 chevy 2500 hd with the same package you are looking at. 4.10 gears, 6.0 etc...

great truck.. lots of capacity, ok on fuel, plenty of power.

I have made several trips to the landfill with out dump trailer (14Kgvw) weighing 20K pounds.... pulled it fine. but we are on flat ground here... no hills.

Randy J
05-13-2006, 08:43 AM
If your primary concern is pulling, go with the Ford diesel. If it was taken care of, it's still got lots of life left in it. And it will pull circles around a gasser.