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Old 01-07-2009, 05:48 PM
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Ford Fire = New Truck.....Advise

I have always had Gmc or Chevys. But the Ford was a good ride. Now i'm looking again and i'm going back. Previous had Gmc Yukon 4x4 then Gmc Sub 2wd then Tahoe 2wd and the latest which burned a few days ago Ford Exp, 4x4. Now i'm looking again. I'v found a '04 Sub 4x4 with 30k miles with the 5.3, but since now the kids are gone it seems big. Tahoe or Yukon seems to fit, but the sub. is not out. Also a '04 Yukon 2wd, but with the 4.8. My questions are.....who has towed with the 4.8 and does it do it. I have a '93 190 which i don't plan on upgrading for a while and it sits on a tandum trailer. In todays market and since i,m retired can't justify new truck every two years.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:51 PM
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I have always had Gmc or Chevys. But the Ford was a good ride. Now i'm looking again and i'm going back. Previous had Gmc Yukon 4x4 then Gmc Sub 2wd then Tahoe 2wd and the latest which burned a few days ago Ford Exp, 4x4. Now i'm looking again. I'v found a '04 Sub 4x4 with 30k miles with the 5.3, but since now the kids are gone it seems big. Tahoe or Yukon seems to fit, but the sub. is not out. Also a '04 Yukon 2wd, but with the 4.8. My questions are.....who has towed with the 4.8 and does it do it. I have a '93 190 which i don't plan on upgrading for a while and it sits on a tandum trailer. In todays market and since i,m retired can't justify new truck every two years.
Disclaimer:this post is not intended to open a can of worms. I am not resposable of all the dog fights that might occure. I have made up my mind on GM so don't argue here, Thank you.
OK...You are looking for advise but have already made up your mind??? What is wrong with this picture. These are your words not mine !!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:53 PM
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Just throwing it out there: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/963084919.html

Obviously, I have the 4.8l in my '04 Tahoe and never had any problems towing my PS190 nor my PS197.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:57 PM
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4.8 is under powered, most 4.8 8v tahoe where not equipped with the tow package you need.
I would diff go with the 5.3/6.0, gas mileage is no diff between the 4.8/5.3/6.0. I have tahoe, it's only me and my wife, I wish I had a suburban. When you want to plan a weekend get away with the boat and a few friends the extra room is always nice for storage/luggage/food/etc.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:42 PM
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4.8 is under powered, most 4.8 8v tahoe where not equipped with the tow package you need.
I would diff go with the 5.3/6.0, gas mileage is no diff between the 4.8/5.3/6.0. I have tahoe, it's only me and my wife, I wish I had a suburban. When you want to plan a weekend get away with the boat and a few friends the extra room is always nice for storage/luggage/food/etc.
I have to disagree with you about the fuel economy, the 6.0 L LOVES gas! I've had 2 of them, a 2001 Denali 6.0 and my current 2000 Suburban 6.0 and you will not get better than 14-15 mpg on the hwy. (a lot less on my current ride since it has a 4:10 rear) The only reason I purchased my K-2500 'burban is because at the time I was pulling a 30-foot Formula behind it. If I had to do it over again, I would by a 1/2 ton Suburban LTZ (2004-ish) with the 5.3 liter. You can possibly get 20 mpg hwy with that truck (Tahoe or Suburban should be about the same mpg) It won't even sweat towing your boat, so there's my $.02.

BTW, you can find them CHEAP right now because most people don't want large SUV's anymore.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:49 PM
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i have an '02 Yukon with the 5.3 and its towed my '197 then X9 quite well at 80 the few times i towed it... no problems at all. It maintained speed OK going up some of the good TN & KY hills which is what you need

good luck ... my '02 with only 114,000 young miles is for sale too
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:18 PM
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2wd vs. 4x4

Please also issue the 2wd and 4x4 issues. The ramp i usually use is well maintained and average steepness. Thx...
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:28 PM
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I had a 99 4x4 Silverado with the 4.8 Towed my PS209 just fine. Only thing I didn't like was on hills it was either at 2800-3000 RPM or would downshift and be at 4400 RPM Hated that. My Ford hardly breaks a sweat on hills and I suspect it's because it has a 5.4L
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:47 PM
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Screw GM, They took bailout money. Get the Ford!!! hahahahh.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:14 PM
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[quote=Jim@BAWS;566731]OK...You are looking for advise but have already made up your mind??? What is wrong with this picture. These are your words not mine !!![/QUO


Hey Jim Baws isn't this the way people can be some time....


Get a big V8 in whatever gas engine you are looking at, otherwise you will always be saying should have.....
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