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Buying 3/4ton Truck Need Advice

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Axl, May 11, 2006.

  1. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    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?
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    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.
  3. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Thanks for reply all others welcome
  4. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Lindblom, is that the new 3valve V10 or the older one
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    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.
  6. AdamChrap

    AdamChrap LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    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
  7. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    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!!!
  8. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    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.
  9. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    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.
  10. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    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.

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