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Fastymz
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posted 11-12-2004 02:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are looking to replace my wifes family car with something bigger. It has to be a 4 door 4x4 auto and plenty of room for two big kids. We like the idea of truck because we haul around a lot stuff, also we want something that would tow my 65 without a problem. We are looking at a new truck 04-05. The F150 would be the 5.4 motor crewcar with all the options. The F250 is an awesome truck but we might not need that big of truck, also there is a big price difference between the two.
If I went for F250 I was leaning towards the v10.

Does any one have either of these trucks. Anyone know of any service problems or what kind of milage and a good life of these trucks I could expect ?

Ron

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MLariviere
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posted 11-12-2004 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You may want to look at the costs of registration/insurance too. Up here it costs more to run a heavier duty truck.

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Fastymz
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posted 11-12-2004 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, I called and they don't charge up for the larger truck around here. At least not for the insurance and registration that is.

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Fastymz
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posted 11-12-2004 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The F150 has a max tow load of 9000pounds that should be enough to safely tow my 65 on a trailer I think ? I've been told the 04-05 F150 have better braking then the older models too. I just want to feel like I being pushed down the mountain. Or strugling to get over the pass.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-12-2004 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastymz:
The F150 has a max tow load of 9000pounds that should be enough to safely tow my 65 on a trailer I think ?

Easily. You won't even notice the car is there.

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MLariviere
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posted 11-15-2004 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the GCWR,right? That would put the truck with a trailer wt of about 4500#. Still well within what you want.

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Fastymz
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posted 11-16-2004 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm still waiting to move before I do anything on the truck. There are some good deals on 04 F150's then there are on the F250's. We looked at a loaded F150 crew cab had every option but a sun roof. They we asking $28,855 for it and 1.9%.

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Dave_C
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posted 11-17-2004 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My .02

Take the amount of $$ they want for a new F150 and get a year or two old F250 with a diesel. About the same price range and in 4-5 years when it's paid for, the diesel will be worth more. The V-10 will tow and drive well, but they get terrible milage empty pr hauling.

It'll tow better than the F150 ever thought about and get better mileage towing or empty.

I know some guys will make some comments about smokers, rattlers, etc. I used to be like that until I bought my '01 F350. Now I wouldn't have anything else. Mine has no smell that I've noticed (i'm very careful not to spill it when filling up) and you can't hear it running with the windows up. The Powerstroke diesel is tough and is good for 400K miles before the *first* rebuild. Drive one and you'll like it. These are not the old diesel trucks of the 80's and early 90's.

Maint. does cost a little more, but I do my own oil changes. Motorcraft filter and oil costs me about $33 at Wally-world and it's good for 5K between changes. Other than that, a $15 fuel filter and $6 bottle of coolant additive every 15K miles.

In my state insurance is also cheaper on a diesel vs gas.

Just test drive one and you'll see.

David Cole

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