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Old 03-05-2018, 07:03 PM
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2018 half ton truck

I read through the 2017 thread, thought I would start a 2018. I'm in the market for a new truck and have just started looking. Current truck is a 2003 Chevy 2500 with the 6.0L, which has 300 HP and 360 ft-lb torque. I'm looking at either an F150 or Chevy 1500.
Here's what I know/think on each:

Chevy - 5.3L 355HP and 383 ft-lb torque, 6.2L 420HP and 460 ft-lb torque (roughly $2500 cost up) Either engine has more power/torque than my current. While I could use a little more pulling power, it's not bad now. I'm not pulling real long distances or through the mountains. There are 4 or 5 guys at my work that have had their engines redone from the cylinder deactivation causes excess oil use. Chevy's rust and they can't solve it.

Ford - 2.7L Eco - decent power numbers, but too small of an engine for me to consider. 3.5L Eco 375HP 470 ft-lb of torque ($550 over the 5.0L), 5.0L 395 HP and 400 ft-lb torque. I know the 3.5L will destroy the chevy 5.3L and the 5.0L Ford in towing performance, but I worry about the longevity of the turbo engine. I know people say they are bulletproof, but you can't argue it will be better than the 5.0L. The Ford is aluminum body and it won't rust.

I don't flip vehicles quickly and plan to have this for 10-15 years, so I am concerned about long term reliability. I haven't called around dealerships yet, but I've looked a little online. I can get X plan pricing and GM supplier discount through work. I'm not opposed to selling my truck private party if I don't get a decent trade in amount.

I don't want to pay for all the new bells and whistle gadgets such as fancy tailgates and lane monitoring. I want leather, 4WD, and a back up camera, so I don't think I'll be going Limited or LTZ packages. I'm leaning towards Ford, and the Chevy will have to come in cheaper for me to go that route as of now.

My brother suggested the Dodge small diesel as a same cost alternative to get a diesel, but I just don't think I can sign up to buy a Dodge.

What else should I be considering for pluses/minuses for each? Any options I need to consider as can't go without?

Let the never ending Chevy/Ford battle begin...
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Old 03-05-2018, 07:29 PM
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i had an '11 3.5 ecoboost they are incredible when it comes to towing. the most important thing to consider about the 3.5 twin turbo, it makes 90% of it's torque at ~1,900 rpm. the torque is always there which is very nice. on the other hand the 6.2L chevy has to see significantly higher RPMs to get the high torque number. Not many people drive around at 4,000 - 5,000 rpm in their half ton trucks.

The other thing to consider is the interior. Drive each and see for yourself. There is a substantial difference. The Ford trim you are after is the"lariat."

Either way, they are all nice trucks these days!
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Old 03-05-2018, 07:37 PM
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:08 PM
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I have no desire to wait a year for the new Chevy. Last time I bought a first year model it was a 2012 MC. Maybe that's part of my new model avoidance - haha, but not really.
I'll be keeping it for a long time so I'm not worried about a new model coming out the following (if I end up with a Chevy).

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I have no desire to wait a year for the new Chevy. Last time I bought a first year model it was a 2012 MC. Maybe that's part of my new model avoidance - haha, but not really.
I'll be keeping it for a long time so I'm not worried about a new model coming out the following (if I end up with a Chevy).

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There is definitely a lot of bias here (Dave... cough cough ) but they’re all mass produced and full of tech BS so pick your poison of which one you like the best. I loved my ford and my Chevy.
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:15 PM
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I bought a 2017 f150 w/2.7 EB a year ago. My previous truck was a 2014 f150 5.0. What i loved about the 2014 was the leather option with XLT package. For the 2017 I saved big $ by getting the 302A XLT package, which always has the heaviest incentives and had leather (katskinz) installed. I could not be happier. I realize you are not interested in this power plant, but if you want to save on the bells and whistles like you mentioned, check out the XLTs.


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Old 03-05-2018, 10:48 PM
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Anyone know why the Ford X plan pricing shows a higher price than what the dealer has on the website? I've checked vehicles at 2 different dealers, and they both show a lower price than what the online X Plan price shows.

Also, it looks like the 302A XLT package no longer gets you leather.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:18 AM
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Anyone know why the Ford X plan pricing shows a higher price than what the dealer has on the website? I've checked vehicles at 2 different dealers, and they both show a lower price than what the online X Plan price shows.



Also, it looks like the 302A XLT package no longer gets you leather.

Probably not accounting for a factory rebate.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:43 AM
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There is definitely a lot of bias here (Dave... cough cough ) but they’re all mass produced and full of tech BS so pick your poison of which one you like the best. I loved my ford and my Chevy.


This is no doubt that both Ford and Chevy make really good trucks.

It really gets down to personal preferences and which style you like better. If Ford still carried the 6.2L in the half ton, I may have gone that route just recently but the Ecoboost isn't for me. But I just bought a 2018 Silverado w/ the 6.2L and the rebates were incredible.

I do agree with not getting a first model year now a days. I got hit by a 2012 X45 as well so I feel our pain. They always say the last model year is always the most reliable. Go test drive both and figure out what best suits you.

I can attest that the 6.2L does a great job towing my X23. Best alternative to going to a diesel IMO.



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