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GMC 2500HD vs. F250

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Deererunner, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 321

    Ok, so I'm trading in my F150 this week, as long as hurricane Sandy doesn't get in the way with that. I have narrowed it down between a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD and a 2008 F250. Both extended cabs, GM 6.5' and ford 8' bed. I am not to concerned on the bed size, both gas and 4x4. GM - 6.0L and Ford 5.4L. GM - 36,000 miles and Ford 86,000 miles. GM - $24,000 and Ford $22,000.

    I know everything there is to know about fords but not so much for GM's. What are some things I should look for with the GM? the 6.0L have any issues like the 5.4 does when it comes time to changing the plugs and what not.

    What are your recommendations if you were choosing between these two trucks. Will be used to tow my 16' enclosed, utility and 12k dump trailer. I know the dump trailer over weights it but that will with just about every gas engine. Also I'm de-weighting the dump because of NJ dumb DOT laws!

    Curious to hear your thoughts and knowledge on the GM but also feel free to add to the Ford. All is appreciated!
  2. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    2000 more fore half the miles a short bed has a better resale value I would go gmc. The 6.0 should have more power and wouldn't be surprised if it got better mpg.
  3. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    don't know of any problems with 6.0's. transmissions are good, i agree with above, only 2k more for less than half the miles on the gm. i think the 6.0's get somwhere around 14mpg. the 5.4 is too small a motor for as big of a truck as the f250 is IMO.
  4. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 321

    Yeah that's were I'm at with it, the 2,000 more doesn't bother me, I just don't know anything really about the 6.0's as I do with the 5.4's. Right now I'm leanin towards the gmc.

    Also another question, want to see if this seems strange to anyone. I test drove the gmc on Saturday, but the salesman wouldn't let me drive it off the lot, he "had to" and then about a mile down the road switch with me in a lot to drive. Got to drive it on the road and highway and back onto to the lot, just not off it. Should that throw any red flags?? And they also have had it since April. Starting asking price was 31k and now it's all the way down to 24k
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  5. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    strange they wouldn't let you drive off lot, but if it seemed fine that wouldn't bother me. sounds like a good deal to me, i'm betting they've had it since april because 31k seems like alot to me for a gasser
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    First, that seems like way too much money for both of those trucks.
    Second, the 6.0 will get treeible fuel mileage. I have owned 2 of the 2007, 2500's. Figure about 8-9MPG driving around town, with or without a trailer. To me, the 6.0 felt weak when towing. Seemed like you really had to go pedal to the metal, to get away from a traffic light, without holding up other traffic.
    Tough call on which way to go, but I still think they are both overpriced.
  7. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 896

    If you think that a 6.0 felt weak when towing your trailer don't put a 5.4 ford in front of that trailer.

    Sorry but your gonna be leaning on ANY truck pulling a trailer and trying to not be in the way of traffic behind you from stop sign or red light....

    I think they sound over priced as well, yes the chevrolets get horrible fuel mileage (I get right at 9 pulling trailer) but the money you will save not repairing the chevrolet over fixing the ford daily you will still be money ahead.:rolleyes:

    Bwahahahahaha, Im just messin with you ford guys. We had a 5.4 ford a while back and it was a gutless beach and had problem after problem. Our 6.0 chevrolets have been bullet proof........ Yes horrible fuel mileage but if a handful of trucks wants to treat me the way my chevrolets have, they can get bad mileage. nobodys gonna get good fuel mileage pulling trailer anyways unless you go diesel and with the price of deisel trucks these days I can buy a LOT of gas with the money saved over buying a gas truck over diesel.
  8. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 896

    Yeah I find that weird. I would just tell them your really leaning towards the gmc but not buying it unless you get a good test drive OFF THE LOT. Around here it seems the lots are all about you getting a nice long test drive even on brand new ones.......
  9. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    The 6.0 is much nicer towing than the 5.4 in the 250. As mentioned above the 5.4 is a little underpowered in the 250. As for the fuel mileage there both going to be within a couple of mpg of each other.
  10. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 321

    Yeah well I could care less about gas mileage. I add it to my cost of jobs as its something you need no matter what. Like others had said, they are gas engines, they are goin to drink gas, especially with a trailer.

    Also I know that with it being a gasser, towing is not going tO awesome compared to a diesel but will handle.

    I'm mainly looking to see if there are issues I should concerned with the 6.0. I have been towing with a 5.4 and yeah not impressed so I figured I would try the 6.0.

    Do you really think the gmc is over priced, I thought it was pretty reasonable, especially from being at a dealer. It barely has any miles on.

    Thanks everyone!
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