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V-6 Work truck shootout

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dishboy, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
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  2. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

    Interesting, how Ford's 3.7L put up such better HP/Torque #'s over the other 3.7 and 4.3. Also, the website is horribly put together.
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,904

    I drove one yesterday and it really gets with the program and makes a nice handling truck with a light motor up front . This engine is light years ahead what my old 4.2 was.

    MLAWCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I have the 4.2 really looking at the eco boost for my next truck. I would still take the 4.2 over chevy's small V8 it was in the rental truck I had I think the ford 4.2 has more power.
  5. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Hey great article, thanks for sharing! I've got an old 4.2 V6 myself so it was enjoyable for me to see a V6 shootout :) Of course, it wasn't much of a challenge considering that Ford has a brand new engine and trans combo stacked up against Dodge & GM's old stuff, but it still made for a great read.

    It's crazy to see the rate at which these engines are advancing. Their BASE V6 engine putting out 300HP, averaging 21 mpgs unloaded, and mated to a 6-speed automatic trans, hell yeah! Dodge and GM are right on their heels I'm sure but Ford beat 'em to the punch with their new engine lineup. Now let's just hope they don't have any of the crappy issues that Ford's last line had (spark plugs and bad gaskets come to mind).
  6. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    The new ford sure does look nice.
    The GM 4.3 hasn't changed much over the past couple years & they need to change that. My 02 s10 has 190hp, but they're built good & reliable.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    no tundra? i have a rare v6 tundra reg cab and its the best work truck one could ask for
  8. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    The Ford is in a different class of engine and price.

    First, a 4v DOHC vs. some archaic pushrod V6s? Naturally balanced 60° cylinder bank angle vs. forced 90° angles with offset cranks? Note, it has over 1 point higher compression and produces 50% more power. The only knock is whether Ford altered the tuning enough for truck use.

    Second, the Ford costs 15-20% more than the others. Doesn't that count? If price was no issue why not convert Rolls Royces to truck use? Or may a Bugatti? 1000 hp could be useful. :) The key is to deliver a product for a price.
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,904

    Initial cost is only one consideration when considering a truck. Fuel savings on the Ford alone is worth over $500.00 a year if using EPA numbers as a guide and then we can talk about Consumer Reports projected reliability on the two brands and Ford win hands down. Plus the Dodge is Fugly.
  10. weed wacker 2

    weed wacker 2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Give the ecoboost another year or so to work out any bugs.

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