Need help with truck decision

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by meathead1134, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    First of all I don't want this to become a ford bashing or chevy bashing thread. Here is the deal, I have come across a few trucks in the area for sale and I'm not sure which 1 to buy. I haven't test driven anyone yet but I would like some opninons :help: :help:

    1. 1998 GMC 2500 regular cab 80K on it with a fisher minunte mount
    2. 1999 F250 regular cab super duty with 78K on it 5 spd.
    3. 1999 F250 regular cab light duty with 38K on it.
    All trucks are within $1000.00 of each other, all are work trucks nothing fancy for options.

    I will be expanding my business slowly and will have a few driveways to plow in the coming winter plus my own. The truck will not be an every day vehicle. In your opinion which one would be the 1 to take a look at. I really don't care if they are auto or manual. I will be towing my trailer with my lawn stuff on it.
    I also posted this on plowsite
  2. andersonmowing23

    andersonmowing23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    I couldn't help you, because all I have are Dodge. But I do have a question for you, your number 3 choice said f250 light duty, but number 2 says f250 heavy duty, what exactly is the diffrence.
  3. The Dude

    The Dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    The f250 from 1997 to 1999 was offered as either a light duty or a superduty. The light duty is basicly the 150 with heavier springs and axle. Same body style as the 150.
  4. Cigarcop

    Cigarcop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Just my opinion but I'd look at the 99 F250 regular cab light duty with 38K on it. I'm sure this one is the higher $$ of the three but also less mileage. The truck will be able to push snow and pull your equipment. I've had both Chevy's and Fords both can be great and both can have problems. I would strictly look at it from the mileage and wear and tear the trucks have. The registration fees might be cheaper too for this one since it can be titled at a lower weight class.
  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I have a '03 ford f250 and can tell you it is a hard working truck. very powerful and comfortable to work out of.
  6. Something D

    Something D LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 133

    I have a 97 F350 crew cab Powerstroke. I would not own another truck.
    It has been very good to me.
  7. THill3

    THill3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I've got a 2000 F250 super duty with the 7.3l powerstroke crew cab and I too will not own another truck. JMO
  8. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I would go with 1 or 3. I wouldn't want to drive the 5 speed unless I absolutely had to, but that's just me.
  9. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    Are these private owners or dealers? The less wear and tear the better.
  10. breck75

    breck75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    What size engine does the light duty have? My brother had a 97 F150 and he had problems with the engine, he is not the only one I heard that from either. If its not an everyday driver I would look at the GMC. That probably has the 5.7L which is a darn good engine. Good luck with your purchase. :waving: Breck

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