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2000 F-250 vs 2003 Silverado 2500

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by VAMower, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. VAMower

    VAMower LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 78

    I'm buying a new truck and would like to hear your input on these two vehicles. Both have the same amount of miles, both 2wd and are the same price. The Ford has a 5.4 V8 and the Chevy has a 6.0 V8. Both have automatic transmissions.

    The Chevy is from the South and the Ford is from up North and I am sort of worried about the rust on the Ford.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    Less salt
    same price


    But you left out bed size and cab type. And does either one have limited slip rear?
  3. VAMower

    VAMower LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 78

    both are reg cab 8 ft bed's. Although the F-250's bed is in much better shape. The chevy was a fed gov vehicle according to the dealer.
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Why only these two? I personally like Fords but that year 5.4 isn't so hot. I'd go with the Chevrolet because of the better engine and you said it's probably better structurally.
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    6.0 is a MUCH better engine. Won't get as good of fuel economy but will pull much better and last a lot longer.
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  6. THEoneandonlyLawnRanger

    THEoneandonlyLawnRanger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    I am a Ford guy, I love them and have had a f2250 and f350 with 5.4 and a v10, both great engines.......but i have also had one from michigan i bought low miles heck of a deal but rust was starting to come through on the doors so i sold it ASAP.........I hate rust so i would recommedn the chevy against my better judgement if you are only interested in these two vechilcles.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I have a 2003 Silverado 2500HD and it's been a great truck. The 6.0 is smooth and powerfull, but yeah the mileage sucks with the 4:10 rear. The only problems so far have been the intermediate steering column wear problem and I had to replace the brake lines...but I am up north in the road salt zone. Otherwise it's been nothing but routine maintenance...granted I only have 48K miles on it but those are lawn route/landscaping miles....my average speed based on the hour meter & mileage is around 15mph.
  8. VAMower

    VAMower LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 78

    Well, I decided to have both of them inspected prior to making a decision. Good thing I did. As it turns out it looks like the Ford F-250 has flood damage. The inspector found mold underneath the flooring, rust behind the dash board and a grinding noise was coming from the bearings (apparently water got in there). I will update you with the results of the inspection from the Chevy, I should have it later this evening. I will also try to post some pics.

    BTW, I used lemonsquad.com, they were awesome to work with. The owner, Andy, personally called me to discuss the potential flood issues. Each inspection was $150 which includes hooking up an OBDII scanner to the vehicle to monitor the eng and trans performance. I couldn't find any other national inspection company that did this. I would highly recommend them if you are considering buying a used vehicle.
  9. VAMower

    VAMower LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Posts: 78

    Oh yeah, there was also a lot of mud under the floor, behind the pedals and on top of the engine.
  10. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Another thing to consider is that the Chevy will have a considerably higher payload. It will weigh about 400 pounds less and have a 400 pound higher GVWR. That is one factor that swayed me to the Chevy when I bought new in 2005, even though I'm really a Ford guy.

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