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stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 10:33 AM
Number 1.

1995 F-150 4x4 EXT. Cab 5.8l
67,000 miles, Loaded, Taken Care of, looks good
7,500

1994 GMC 2500HD Reg cab long bed. 6.0l V8
189,000 miles Basic work package, Beat to crap
5,500

1998 Chevy k1500 ext cab short bed. 5.7 V8
90,000 Miles, Loaded. Clean.
6,500

1995 Ford F-250 Rec Cab Short bed. 5.4 V8
175,000 Miles, Work Package Clean
5,800

Keep in mind, You will be putting a 7' 6" plow on the front and towing a 14ft enclosed.

DSLND
12-22-2006, 10:35 AM
Not number one or number four. If i were u i'd get the K1500, or the GMC 2500 but it stated that it was beat to crap so id get the 1500. -Mitch-

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 10:49 AM
Not number one or number four. If i were u i'd get the K1500, or the GMC 2500 but it stated that it was beat to crap so id get the 1500. -Mitch-

That is what I'm leaning towards. A nice Silverado K1500.

Total.Lawn.Care
12-22-2006, 10:52 AM
I would not buy the regular cabs after having an extended. The extra room is real nice, especially when the truck is your office.

I would get either 1 or 3. However, if you are putting a plow on it, I understand (I do not plow) that the IFS is not the best with a plow, so that lends over the 1, the F-150. I do not think you can really go wrong with either truck. But 1 & 3 would be my choices.

KS_Grasscutter
12-22-2006, 10:57 AM
If number 3 is 4x4, I would get it. If not, number one. I really like the Chevy's, and you cant beat the 350 V8.

Rons Rightway Lawncare
12-22-2006, 11:00 AM
Try finding a 1999 or newer Chevy. BIG BIG BIG differences between a 1998 and a 1999.... better frame, better engines, better body, better interior, etc

nobagger
12-22-2006, 11:01 AM
None I would keep looking,lol seriously, I would keep looking. If I had to buy one of these I would go for the 95 F150 (too bad its an ext. cab though)

TLS
12-22-2006, 11:16 AM
1994 GMC 2500HD Reg cab long bed. 6.0l V8
189,000 miles Basic work package, Beat to crap
5,500



Exactly what is this?

They didn't make 2500HD's in '94
They didn't make a 6.0l V8 in '94

But the low price of $5500 suggests it IS a '94

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 11:29 AM
Exactly what is this?

They didn't make 2500HD's in '94
They didn't make a 6.0l V8 in '94

But the low price of $5500 suggests it IS a '94


I notcied that also In the listing. It seemed kinda fishy.

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 11:30 AM
Try finding a 1999 or newer Chevy. BIG BIG BIG differences between a 1998 and a 1999.... better frame, better engines, better body, better interior, etc


So, your saying the 1998 chevy 1500 would be a worse plow truck then say, a 2000 chevy 1500?

I have heard the exact opposite.

TLS
12-22-2006, 11:36 AM
I would definately stay with a 3/4T truck if you plan to plow with it.

What is your price range?

Are you able to finance it?

Team-Green L&L
12-22-2006, 11:45 AM
From those choices I'd have to keep looking for a truck to do what you want it to. Snow plowing is hard on a truck and hauling is almost as bad. Look around a little more and I'll bet you'll find a mid 90's 2500 HD, or like, in much better shape and less milage for $6000-7000.

Willofalltrades
12-22-2006, 11:54 AM
None I would keep looking,lol seriously, I would keep looking. If I had to buy one of these I would go for the 95 F150 (too bad its an ext. cab though)
I agree with the F150, but yea keep looking.

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 12:22 PM
So, A 95 or a 96 2500 Hd?
What engine do I want in this?

I am planning on paying cash towards the end of next year, and just am getting an Idea on what to get.

J&R Landscaping
12-22-2006, 01:08 PM
The f150 seems to be the best of the bunch. I'd keep looking for a 3/4 ton truck though.

J&R Landscaping
12-22-2006, 01:10 PM
For a late 90's 2500, get either a 5.7L or step up and grab a 7.4L. Them 454's are powerful but they dont pass many gas stations.

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 01:58 PM
For a late 90's 2500, get either a 5.7L or step up and grab a 7.4L. Them 454's are powerful but they dont pass many gas stations.


Late 90's as in 97 to 99?

I want the most powerful engine out there, I really, don't care about gas milage.

TLS
12-22-2006, 02:25 PM
I am planning on paying cash towards the end of next year, and just am getting an Idea on what to get.

End of NEXT year.....as in another YEAR from now?

Nice to start planning now, but I feel anything you look at will be long gone a year from now.

I would stay away from anything more than 5-6 years old. Remember you will be looking at used trucks sitting on a lot next to a brand new 2008 model truck by then. By looking at a '98 (whatever brand), you are looking at a 10 year old truck. A lot can happen in 10 years, and thats usually when MAJOR issues start to crop up.

Look into a nice low mileage late model 3/4T truck. Maybe you'll get lucky and they're will be a lot of just off lease trucks floating around.

Also, looking for a 4x4 truck anywhere after September is a bad idea. Snow season is right around the corner and prices for 4x4 go up. The summer months are best for this.

stuffdeer
12-22-2006, 02:31 PM
End of NEXT year.....as in another YEAR from now?

Nice to start planning now, but I feel anything you look at will be long gone a year from now.

I would stay away from anything more than 5-6 years old. Remember you will be looking at used trucks sitting on a lot next to a brand new 2008 model truck by then. By looking at a '98 (whatever brand), you are looking at a 10 year old truck. A lot can happen in 10 years, and thats usually when MAJOR issues start to crop up.

Look into a nice low mileage late model 3/4T truck. Maybe you'll get lucky and they're will be a lot of just off lease trucks floating around.

Also, looking for a 4x4 truck anywhere after September is a bad idea. Snow season is right around the corner and prices for 4x4 go up. The summer months are best for this.

Ok.

So your saying look for a 2002 and newer 3/4?

Prices are like 17k and up.
I only want to spend a max of 10k and thats pushing it.

Maybe I'll just stick with a 4x4 S-10 with a snowway.

grassmanak
12-22-2006, 02:35 PM
buy the half ton chevy, youll be glad you did.

TLS
12-22-2006, 02:35 PM
Ok.

So your saying look for a 2002 and newer 3/4?

Prices are like 17k and up.
I only want to spend a max of 10k and thats pushing it.

Maybe I'll just stick with a 4x4 S-10 with a snowway.

I just did a quick KBB on a 2001 2500HD.

Your under 10K for sure there.

Grass-Masters
12-22-2006, 03:10 PM
94 - 2500 I would at least.

muddstopper
12-22-2006, 03:31 PM
I would stay away from the IFS trucks altogether if I was going to hang a plow on the front. If you want to go chevy then look for the 87 or older 4x4s which will have a straight axel. Even the fords have that funky ibeam 4x4 setup in their 150 trucks. The dodge 318 are super weak but do have a solid front axle. At least you have a year to look. You can now find olde 90ish models power strokes 4x4 f350s for around $3000 and up. Most being on the upward side, but check out the trader mag's and buy the truck you need. I know where a 90 model 460 gasser 4x4 f350 is for around $2200. It needs work but has a 12ft flatbed with tool box. Its located in ga. or was a few weeks ago.

Prestige-Lawncare
12-23-2006, 10:38 AM
Okay ... I can understand the financial issue to a degree ... BUT ... you live in Michigan, where snow should be plentiful (as are people who push snow).

To make money, you have to have the proper equipment to do the job ... and a truck that is broken down makes you absolutely no money.

Next year, I would stay 2002 or newer, ¾ ton, plenty of power for the heavy, wet snow, and of course 4x4 (I assume all that you listed above are 4x4, though none are listed as such).

If you buy less of a truck, and tear it up pushing snow (and it will) ... you will loose money in the long run. Make the right business decision and buy the correct equipment for the job.

Just my .02¢

Dave

:weightlifter:

Uranus
12-23-2006, 11:01 AM
I'd go with option 5. Keep on looking. Your not working right now and you dont have a plow yet so you have time to keep on looking

1 If this truck has a 8' bed then it is you best option. But usually ext cabs have a short bed.

2 Beat to crap. image is everything. High mileage. End of story

3 Short bed. You will find that in the long run you will wish you bought a full size bed

4 Again short bed.

5 Keep looking. By looking at the prices it looks like you dont have the cash flow to get what you really need. When it comes to trucks and other high priced equipment you dont want to settle. I'd be waiting to closer to start up time in the spring to buy something if I were you. That way you can save up some extra cash and explore some financing options. I rather pay 3$250 a month for what I need then to shell out $7000 for something that will get me by for now and regret the bad decision when I realize that I need a bigger truck.

Personally I'd be looking for a 3/4 ton or bigger with a 8 ft bed. Ext cab is up to you. Keep on looking you have time on you side right now.

tthomass
12-23-2006, 11:20 AM
I would keep looking and see what loan you can get from the bank.........if you can get a $10,000 loan, over 5yrs you're looking at $270ish month. Then as you have $ available pay additional and knock it out. Also, just should you have a decent amount of $ in the bank I would not go spending the majority of it on the truck and have nothing to fall back on. You could get the truck and a few months later it blows a gasket, needs new tires, tranny drops, needs new rear etc......you'd be screwed. But enough preaching, just don't rush into getting something because you can, as I said, I would keep looking.

tthomass
12-23-2006, 11:24 AM
Also, go to dealerships the day after Christmas. They'll want to move things off the lot and meet their goals. End of the year is real close and they want to reduce their inventory..........doesn't matter if it is new or used. Heck go today, just look around, come back later.

My parents bought their 02 Tahoe in April of 03.......it had been sitting and they kept watching it. Finally they came to my parents price to make room for new models......out with the old and in with the new.

FearThisDeere
12-23-2006, 04:55 PM
1995 F-150 4x4 EXT. Cab 5.8l
67,000 miles, Loaded, Taken Care of, looks good
7,500

1998 Chevy k1500 ext cab short bed. 5.7 V8
90,000 Miles, Loaded. Clean.
6,500
I would buy either one of these, but putting a plow on either of them might be a little much. If you use it correctly you will be fine. I think you will have far less problems that a 3/4 ton that is beat with 189k on it. Maybe just save up a little and get a nice 3/4 ton.

LindblomRJ
12-23-2006, 05:19 PM
Option 1 or wait another year. Keep looking. It would be a good idea to establish what you need in a vehicle and keep your eyes open.

If you are still in Highschool it might be prudent to stay away from the plow. It would seem to have potential to hamper your studies.

tthomass
12-23-2006, 05:57 PM
'02-'07 Chevy 1500's (within 50 miles)
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/searchresults.jsp?num_records=&search_type=both&distance=50&address=48195&style_flag=1&make=CHEV&model=CHEV150&make2=&start_year=2002&end_year=2007&min_price=1&max_price=10000&transmission=&engine=&drive=&doors=&fuel=&max_mileage=&color=&color2=&color3=&keywordsfyc=&sort_type=priceDESC&body_code=0&certified=&advanced=&default_sort=priceDESC&keywordsrep=

'02-'07 Chevy 2500 (within 200 miles)
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/searchresults.jsp?num_records=25&search_type=both&distance=200&address=48195&style_flag=1&make=CHEV&model=CHEVC25&make2=&start_year=2002&end_year=2007&min_price=1&max_price=10000&transmission=&engine=&drive=&doors=&fuel=&max_mileage=&color=&color2=&color3=&keywordsfyc=&sort_type=priceDESC&body_code=0&certified=&advanced=&default_sort=priceDESC&keywordsrep=

stroker51
12-23-2006, 11:31 PM
I've got two of the old body style Ford Powerstrokes. 1 is a 96 3/4 ton, ext cab. and the other is a 97 F350 regular cab, both 4x4's, both 5 speeds. My 96 is all original, crowding 200K, absolutely no complaints, other than glow plug issues. If you are looking to hang a plow on one, I'd try to find an F350, dual or single wheel, single you can get away with a narrower plow. I just picked up my 97 last week, 180K on the clock, warranty replaced engine with around 100K, perfect condition. No rock chips, no dents, no rust, probably 75% tires, new flatbed, no leaks, ready to go for a little under $8000 before sales tax. If you get an older PSD that has been taken care of, you will have very little problems. I would probably recommend a regular cab long bed for plowing, that extra 2 feet or whatever from the extended cab gets old real fast if you push any small areas.

stuffdeer
12-24-2006, 12:50 PM
'02-'07 Chevy 1500's (within 50 miles)
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/searchresults.jsp?num_records=&search_type=both&distance=50&address=48195&style_flag=1&make=CHEV&model=CHEV150&make2=&start_year=2002&end_year=2007&min_price=1&max_price=10000&transmission=&engine=&drive=&doors=&fuel=&max_mileage=&color=&color2=&color3=&keywordsfyc=&sort_type=priceDESC&body_code=0&certified=&advanced=&default_sort=priceDESC&keywordsrep=

'02-'07 Chevy 2500 (within 200 miles)
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/searchresults.jsp?num_records=25&search_type=both&distance=200&address=48195&style_flag=1&make=CHEV&model=CHEVC25&make2=&start_year=2002&end_year=2007&min_price=1&max_price=10000&transmission=&engine=&drive=&doors=&fuel=&max_mileage=&color=&color2=&color3=&keywordsfyc=&sort_type=priceDESC&body_code=0&certified=&advanced=&default_sort=priceDESC&keywordsrep=

The 2nd truck down on the 2500's is a good deal.

But every other 2500 there, is a 4x2. Only one 4x4. And with me goning to be using it to plow, it has to be 4x4.

tthomass
12-24-2006, 02:39 PM
I hadn't read the whole post so I wasn't sure about plowing............. www.autotrader.com and www.trucktrader.com .........just keep an eye out for things. there are more 2500's in my area but then again, the search I gave you was on autotrader not trucktrader, so I would check them out too.

I bought my Honda SI on auto (as did my brother) and my Intl 4300 on truck. Again, go check out the dealerships before Jan.

Krehling's Prop. Maint.
12-24-2006, 10:27 PM
i would look for a mid 90's 3/4 ton deisel 4x4 and look to spend about $6500 give or take depending on the condition

jbone
12-25-2006, 03:28 AM
go with the 1500

Sydenstricker Landscaping
12-25-2006, 02:40 PM
Hey, keep looking. I just picked up a 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500 LS 4x4 reg cab 6.0 V8 auto with a 7.5 ft meyer on it for 10,500. It is in mint condition with 86,000 miles. It also has a new tranny with a GM warranty. Dont let any one fool you, the Chevy/GMC IFS is fine for plowing. Just make sure if it is 95 and newer, it will be beneficial to have the plow prep package. It comes with heavier duty front end parts to handle the plow. All of these Ford guys are just blowin smoke up your butt about solid fronts. You gotta get out to lock the hubs to put in 4x4, and they dont turn as sharp as the Chevy/GMC. You even need a plow prep package with the Fords too.