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Thinking about buying a Ford F-350...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by allstar, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    I was originally planning to trade my '99 Expedition for a F-150 but, after talking with a few guys who have been in this business awhile,I might try to purchase a larger truck.I don't really need it now but as my business grows(I hope) I'll need a larger trailer,more equipment and a more powerful truck.They're pretty expensive,though,so I'm looking to reduce the cost as much as possible.I'm really not interested in a used vehicle.
    What are some features that I really DON"T need?For example,leather seats are nice but really not necessary.How about other things like 4-wheel drive?The fully loaded F-350's that I've looked at are priced in the mid to upper 40's.Any suggestions on how to get as many IMPORTANT features as possible for the lowest price?Thanks. Jim
  2. Logan's Landscaping

    Logan's Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    Well i just bought a2002 Ford f350 4x4 and i love it.I bought it here in Va from one of the ford dealers with only 13000 miles for $21000. I had 1995 Chevy 2500 2x4 and it worked well when i first started but when i started expanding i need the extra power and carrying capacity.I looked at getting all the extras like leather power seats you know if i was getting it for a personal truck when i thought about it and said to myself this is a work truck and decided to only get only the basic comforts like a/c and a nice after market radio. I also plan on putting a snow plow on it which will hopefully make me more money in the winter. One other thing if you plan on keeping the truck for more than 100,000 mile then i would suggest getting a diesel engine but just remember that engine is going to be about a 5 to 6 thousand dollar option . Hope this info helps
  3. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    Are you buying the truck strictly for work, or for work and personal vehicle? That would decide what you can and cannot live without.
  4. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    Business AND Personal.It will be my only vehicle,plus I have a son and coach a baseball team so it seems like I'm constantly carrying around a bunch of kids.The extended cab is pretty much a must have.Also,I'm pretty much convinced that I want to get a diesel.
    I looked at a bunch of vehicles this weekend.If I eliminate leather seats and 4X4(I really believe I can do without that),that will knock the price down to around 40k.I have a '99 Eddie Bauer Expedition that's pretty much paid for which I can either trade or sell so I'm looking at financing around 27-29k.I believe I could swing that but would like to get it a LITTLE lower if I can.
  5. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    40k?? Where are you looking??
    I paid $37500 for my 2003 f350 supercab xlt all options besides sport package 4*4 bedliner cab steps the works. I unfortunately got the 6.0l psd and well bad luck there.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Just for curiosity, why do you want/need a dually? What kind of trailer do you haul and are you planning on growing the biz alot? If you plan to plow get 4x4, you may decide to plow in the future then would have to get rid of this truck. Haven't been price shopping but if you got a F250 or a 350 w/single rear wheel it might let you afford 4x4? You can do alot with a 3/4 ton (F250) and you can get the 350 with single rear wheels too. Just thinking out loud.
  7. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 282

    I assume a "dually" is a truck with two rear wheels on each side.All the F-350's that I've looked at had this feature.I definitely don't need this,though.
    I definitely have HOPES of needing a large truck in the not too distant future.Even if that's a few years away I don't see any reason not to go ahead and get one now,provided I can sell my Expedition for a good price and get a manageable monthly payment on the new vehicle.
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I got one,2003 F350 diesel 4x4, just buy the xlt model. Traded a supercab 350 4x4 dually for it. Don't buy a dually unless your just gonna pull LARGE trailors all the time, they suck up more fuel harder to park becouse of size. This is my 4th powerstroke since 96 and the best I ever got for fuel milage is 18 on the highway, empty. Most of the time 12 -14 so don't spend the extra $$$ on a diesel thinking you will make it up with fuel economy. Also if your talking 40k someone better be putting you in a crew cab 4x4 diesel at that price [now thats a family van for the soccer moms]
  9. longviewlawncare

    longviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    That seems kinda steep. I bought my 03 chevy 3500 crew cab 4x4 in feb. for around 40k loaded with everything but the dvd system. The fords were about the same price. i would look around some more if that is the best price you are getting. Good luck
  10. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Posts: 261

    fords dually is going to jump the gvw from 9900 for a single wheel 350 to around 11500 for the dually. a 450 would bump the gvw to 15000.

    most likely a single rear wheel should be enough. esp. for business and personal use.

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