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We are bouncing around the idea of getting a 2000 ish Ford F250 or a GM 2500 crew cab with the smaller gas motor.

We mostly want the crew cab for the kids. Our extended cab is ok on room but we know a crew cab will be better.

My question is to those with or who have owned both motors in a 3/4 ton what is the experience like? I am not a brand snob so I wouldn't shy away from either brand.

I love the 5.4 in my F150 so I am leaning towards that motor just from my experience.

I am not a speed demon so that part doesn't bother me too bad. Please no bad mouthing either about how gutless they are or "just get a V10". I choose these motors because these are the most affordable on the second hand market.

Our trailer loaded is about 6500 lbs and the current truck handles pretty well. the biggest thing I dislike is the 3:55 gears. I know that a 3/4 ton will get me at least a 3:73 maybe even a 4:10.

Is it true that the F250 weighs more than the GM 2500's?

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Hi,

The GMC Chassis is heat treated steel, and thus is thinner material than the Ford chassis, so the weight difference is about 500 pounds, with the Ford using thicker steel, that is easy to bend back into place after a major collision that did not total the vehicle. So the Ford is more likely to absorb a lot more flexing than the heat treated steel that is more prone to crack instead of flex.

I drove a 6L pickup until a couple of weeks ago, then transferred all my tools into a E-250 van with 4 speed auto and 4.10:1 rear axle ratio. Most of my driving is still city highway mix, and I got 10 MPG in the 2004 6L GMC truck, 12 in the 2009 E-250 with 4.6L V8. Both had 4 speed transmission.

Newer versions with 5 or 6 speed automatic should get better MPG.

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My wife's 2001 Chevy 2500HD is an excellent puller. It has been very reliable. I would recommend it to anyone. Empty we have seen as high as 16mpg with it. It is 4x4 with the auto tranny.

My experiences with the 5.4L Ford are limited to a company truck I had a few years ago. It was a 2000 F-250 4x2. The best fuel mileage I got from it was around upper 14s, but that was with a pipe rack on top. I put approx 100,000mi on that truck, but none were ever towing miles, so sorry, I can't make a truthful comparison.

What I can tell you is based on seat of the pants empty, my wife's 6.0L feels like it has more grunt.


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Posted: 01/29/12 04:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having had the 5.4 with 3.73 rear in our Expedition...towed all over the U.S. and back twice...6000K loaded TT....I'd go with the 6.0 especially in a 3/4 ton PU.


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I can't say any thing about ford since I've never owned one or driven one. But my CC chev 2500HD with 4.10's and the 6.0 engine has been nothing but great. I used to tow with a 1/2 ton with a 350 cu in and this new truck is running circles around the 1/2 ton. I don't think I will ever buy another half ton again.

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I had three late model 5.4's and two 6.0 Chevy's. The Chevy's pulled my 8,000 pound trailer easier than the Ford's did 6,000 pounds. About the same fuel mileage when towing. When I wreck one bad enough to require frame repair, I get rid of it.

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I'm happy as a puppy with two tails with my 2010 F250 5.4L auto/373 towing our 8500~lb 5th wheel around the southeast and as a daily driver on my work route. Mileage is 8.5~ towing 65~mph, 13-14~ light city and 16-17~ 70mph highway. I'm not a fan of GM trucks but I have no doubt the 6.0L GM gasser would easily out tow the 5.4L Ford. The 5.4L Ford is known for long life and reliability. Haven't heard any screams about the 6.0L GM either.


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Your talking about two flagship engines for both companies...where's the wrong?

Owned both,The 6.0 would win in a race.[emoticon]

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I haven't owned a 5.4 yet. My research lead me to a 6.0 instead.


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I owned a '02 Chevy 2500 with a 6.0. It was a work truck and weighed about 9,000 with the utility bed full of tools. I pulled a 5,000 pound cargo trailer with it quite often and it did a fine job. The only problem I ever had with the truck was I had to replace the crank position sensor. It only cost about $75.
I would highly recommend the GM 6.0. I've never had a Ford to compare it to.

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