Do you think it's time for a new truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by soloscaperman, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    My friend loves Fords and keeps rubbing in the New technology that Ford has out. I gotta say I am very impressed with the power from the Eco boost engine for the F150!! I just look at my competitors and they all have new trucks. Is this technology proven? I just can't imagine the power that Ford put in this V6 with the turbo.
  2. h2oskier

    h2oskier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Have you ever seen a ford that just came out with out being proven any good? Didn't think so. Explorer 02 crap bad transmission, superduty 03 crap bad fuel system for the 6.0, and let us not forget the ford feista. That was a joke.
  3. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I have driven a 2010 Ford F150 (V8) Lariat 4x4 (4 door) several times this year and it is a AWESOME truck. A few pro/cons:


    Backup camera (awesome)
    Power everything, extremely comfortable.
    A/C & heat in the seats.
    Awesome GPS, & weather system & Sirius.
    Many other great pros.

    I think the steering wheel (diameter) is to small.
    Terrible mpg.
    Thought it was a little wobbly when going 93 mph, of course, the race track was probably uneven (Interstate).
    Price brand new, I could get one at cost though.
  4. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    Well I'm at that point where soon I have to start pouring money in the truck. Since I got the truck from California and put it through the rough use including snow plowing she is rusting on the body where the extended cab is under area. The motor has 240,000 and it's still original including the head gaskets! I need a defroster unit, and some small little things.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    mabey a new to you truck but its never time for a new truck
  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    maybe , put up a poll on here.
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,721

    I agree. At today's prices, it is never time for a "NEW" truck. Maybe a nice used one.

  8. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 702

    all i get is ford i have 1999 f250 sd xlt 125000 miles and 2008 f250 sd 25000 miles and this year 2010. f450 dump 2000 miles now on it i am using it for my leave box right and i have now any problem with them ford and i do plow a lot with them 125 accounts
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2010
  9. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    If you're like me, you just want the truck that will get the job done for the least amount of money, while lasting the longest. I mean, the object of a business is to pocket the most coin, while spending the least, right? For me, that truck has always been Chevy. My current truck, a 2000 Chevy 1/2 ton with a 5.3 liter V8, automatic transmission, has been rode hard and put up wet all it's life, pulled loads that a half-ton should never see, and still runs and drives perfectly, and it has 262,000 miles on it. It doesn't use a drop of oil. I've replaced the fuel pump and both power window motors. That's it. I fully expect another 100,000 miles out of this truck.

    My previous truck, a 1988 Chevy 1/2 ton with a 4.3 liter V6 and a 5 speed manual trans, had 385,000 miles on it when I sold it, and it still ran and drove great. I did put a set of bearings in the bottom end at about 325,000 miles, but no top end work, and it still didn't use a noticeable amount of oil.

    I'm 38 years old, and had Chevy trucks all my life. They've never let me down. Of course you have to work on them sooner or later, as with any truck if you drive it enough, and I've found Chevrolet's to be the easiest to work on of any other brand of full-size trucks I've owned (Dodge, Ford).

    I agree with buying used. Those mid-nineties Chevys with a single cab and long bed can usually be found in the $1500 range, still running good. These are excellent buys! That long bed will haul a lot of mulch, and the truck will pull anything any other half-ton will pull.

    I routinely see Chevys with 300,000 plus miles, still on the road, still working. I hardly ever see that kind of mileage out of the others. I'm not saying they never get there, but I just don't see a Ford or a Dodge with a gas engine with that kind of mileage very often at all. It's very rare, in my experience.

    Like I said, other trucks may have more "features" and what-not, but if you want to make money, and have your truck work for you a lot longer, you can't beat a good used Chevy.
  10. turtle

    turtle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I'm on my second used F-150 and the words I seem to hear the most when it goes in for repairs is "Oh ya, that's a common Ford problem!". But on the plus side parts are very reasonably priced, not that it matters if it spends most of its time broken down. My fathers and most of my friends are Chevy guys, but it seems like GM trucks have alot of computer/electronic hiccups so I'm a lil nervous about them.

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