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Posted: 12/14/2005 11:59:13 AM EDT
Out of these two which would you buy???

a 1999 Ford F-250 Superduty, V8 (not diesel), Lariat,133,000 miles, 4x4, 4 door, 1-owner, dual exhuast, loaded (power everything), 4" lift and 36's, excellent condition for $11,000 OR

a 1999 Chevy Silverado Ext cab Z-71 4x4, absolute perfect condition, 150,000 miles, loaded power everything, leather seats, dual exhaust, stock suspension for $10,000

Which one is the better deal??
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:00:53 PM EDT
You are going to rely on ARFCOM "quick advice" on a $10K purchase?

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:01:18 PM EDT
Chevy because the 5.4L motor is a pig and I would never buy a truck that someone else lifted.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:01:34 PM EDT
maybe...I just wondering what others out there thought
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:02:29 PM EDT
No way to do a good comparison, but based on the (very little) information you have provided, the Ford.

Might think about doing a Carfax on 'em.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:02:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jace:
Out of these two which would you buy???

a 1999 Ford F-250 Superduty, V8 (not diesel), Lariat,133,000 miles, 4x4, 4 door, 1-owner, dual exhuast, loaded (power everything), 4" lift and 36's, excellent condition for $11,000 OR

a 1999 Chevy Silverado Ext cab Z-71 4x4, absolute perfect condition, 150,000 miles, loaded power everything, leather seats, dual exhaust, stock suspension for $10,000

Which one is the better deal??



Based on the info provided, and assuming 'all things equal', I'd take the chevy, simply because I'm a chevy fan.

Having said that, with used vehicles, there's no good way to make decisions like that without MUCH more info....

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:02:50 PM EDT
I would go for the more stock of the two, so the Chevy. Just assume the lift kit was installed by the three stooges! But that's me.

Actually they both seem pricey to me. But, I haven't shopped for a 4X4 with over 130K miles lately!
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:04:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2005 12:04:48 PM EDT by mjohn3006]
Chevy! because I like them, I own them and most of my friends like Chevy, so having done no research other wise, my opinion is greatly skewed and I have an un-natural fear and loathing of Fords.


Honesty and cynicalisim in one sentence.

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:23:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2005 3:49:33 PM EDT by Maynard]
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:27:10 PM EDT
Can you drive them? Have you seen them in person? I'd say they sound about equal, but the Ford seems like a better deal if they have comparable wear and tear. It probably comes down to whether or not you'll need new brakes, tires, suspension parts, etc in the future.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:46:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
... I would never buy a truck that someone else lifted.



+1, at least one that wasn't going to be used for a beater anyway.

Neither. Prices sound high to me. Way high.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 12:48:53 PM EDT
I would go with the Chevy because the 3/4 ton is worthless without the diesel.

If the Ford had the diesel, I would run with that.

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 1:04:46 PM EDT
Ford tunes their engines for low end torque, and horsepower is a secondary issue. GM tunes their engines for high horsepower at high rpm. Watch a GM ad and you will see they claim very high hp figures, but how often are you going to drive at 5000rpm. The Ford 5.4 has very useable low end torque, and will pull loads all day long, just don't get in any drag races.

I have had 8 or 9 f250s with the diesel engines, and I like everything about the truck. I bought 1 f250 5.4 gas motor and did not the motor, but love everything else about the truck. I just bought an 05 2500 crew cab with 6.0 gas motor about 20,000 miles ago. The motor is very stong at high rpm and has about the same grunt at low rpm as the Ford.

The Ford chasis feels much more stable than the GM. The steering of the Ford is tuned to take more effort giving it a heavier feel than the GM. I like the Ford brakes better. I like the ride of the GM better. Ford has a locking tale gate...GM does not...keeps your tale gate from walking away. GM welds their boxes on...Ford bolts them on. Fuel mileage sucks on both to the tune of 12-13mpg. Fit and finish on both is excellent. GM resale is typically a little higher than Ford.

If you are just using the truck to get around, get the GM. If you are going to tow and work the truck, get the Ford...take the lift kit off.


If Ford and GM did not make excellent trucks, they would be out of business over night. Leave your truck as stock as it can be when it comes to running gear. They spend millions getting it right...don't screw it up.

10g's sounds like a lot for a truck with that many miles on it. If you are not paying cash, not many lenders will finance either because of the mileage.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 2:35:49 PM EDT
Neither of those trucks sound like a very good deal to me - I would pass on both.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 2:58:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bushman_269:
Neither of those trucks sound like a very good deal to me - I would pass on both.



Exactly.

As a long time chevy fan I'm surprised you guys are recommending them.

I think they're piles for the price.

Might as well save some $$$ and buy a ford.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:02:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bushman_269:
Neither of those trucks sound like a very good deal to me - I would pass on both.



+1

$10k is WAY too much for a 150,000 mile vehicle...
$7500 and MAYBE I'd think about it.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:10:20 PM EDT
The Ford, if it wasn't lifted. Go with the Chevy, or hold out for a non-lifted 3/4-ton. The 3/4's hold up a lot better than the 1/2's do.

I had a 86' Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Had to replace every major component on it except the t-case and front axle in driving it 100,000 miles. Bought my 99' K-3500 single rear wheel, 125,000 so far with no major problems, only electrical glitches so far.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:12:03 PM EDT
I know that they are both higher miles, but both of them are 1 owner and were both kept in immaculate shape. Its hard to find nice 4x4 trucks around here for less than $8000 in the 1999 and up group
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 3:12:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Maynard:
I'm a Ford fan but I don't thinking I'd be able to honestly recommend the 5.4L V8.

I have piston slap, it's a gas hog and it's really not that strong of an engine.



I have the 99' F-250 Light Duty with the 5.4L, I love it, but the piston slap that it has developed is kind of irritating. And It loooooooves the Gas.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 3:54:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 3:57:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By txgp17:
The Ford, if it wasn't lifted.



A mechanic friend of mine told me to run, not walk away from a used lifted truck.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 4:42:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
Chevy because the 5.4L motor is a pig and I would never buy a truck that someone else lifted.

+1

Never buy a vehicle that someone else took critical components out of stock spec.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:01:30 PM EDT
Too much money for both.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:07:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jace:
Out of these two which would you buy???

a 1999 Ford F-250 Superduty, V8 (not diesel), Lariat,133,000 miles, 4x4, 4 door, 1-owner, dual exhuast, loaded (power everything), 4" lift and 36's, excellent condition for $11,000 OR

a 1999 Chevy Silverado Ext cab Z-71 4x4, absolute perfect condition, 150,000 miles, loaded power everything, leather seats, dual exhaust, stock suspension for $10,000

Which one is the better deal??


Chevy. It's just better.
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