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Old 04-05-2019, 10:16 AM   #1
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Base model heavy duty pickup trucks

Anyone explore the various manufacturer "build your truck" sites and choose a base model as means to alleviate the high cost of new trucks?
I am referring to the Ram Tradesman, Ford XL and Chevrolet Work Truck models. All now come standard with automatic, power steering power brakes, power windows, am-fm, backup camera and cruise control.
Ordering the important mechanicals of low rear gearing, (high numerically) 4X4, crew cab, payload package ,tow package, tow mirrors and brake control keeps the cost of a new truck reasonable..especially if you stay with gas and not add that $10,000 hit with a diesel.
With dealer dickering and rebates, you might bring it below that magic $40,000 number.
Does anyone who has a base truck miss the leather, wood trim and tech features of the various Lariat, Limited, King Ranch options?
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:21 AM   #2
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Anyone explore the various manufacturer "build your truck" sites and choose a base model as means to alleviate the high cost of new trucks?
I am referring to the Ram Tradesman, Ford XL and Chevrolet Work Truck models. All now come standard with automatic, power steering power brakes, power windows, am-fm, backup camera and cruise control.
Ordering the important mechanicals of low rear gearing, (high numerically) 4X4, crew cab, payload package ,tow package, tow mirrors and brake control keeps the cost of a new truck reasonable..especially if you stay with gas and not add that $10,000 hit with a diesel.
With dealer dickering and rebates, you might bring it below that magic $40,000 number.
Does anyone who has a base truck miss the leather, wood trim and tech features of the various Lariat, Limited, King Ranch options?


No, however I bought mine used (17 months old and 23K on it), it is a RAM 3500 tradesman with the chrome package, I didn't want all the extra bling, it lowers the CCC and more stuff to go wrong, however I do wish I had the back-up camera.
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:39 AM   #3
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I bought my 2016 Silverado 2500HD gasser well equipped for the magic $40K.
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I looked at an STX model from Ford. It's an XL with a few custom goodies. But it was still missing some of the things I wanted, and since I hope this will be the last truck I buy, I went with an uppity model XLT. I had a Lariat once, and really liked it, but I didn't need the leather seats or faux wood trim. One thing I really wish I could get though is the dual zone climate control. That is a nice feature, but not available on XL or XLT trims. It's all about what your comfortable with and willing to pay for.
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I have a 2014 F150 XTR(The Canadian XLT)Ecoboost with Max Tow package.
I hate leather seats and don't want the extra weight of the bling that comes with those fancier levels. They reduce the payload capacity.
Mine has the 36 gallon fuel tank, the integrated brake controller, the backup camera and rear sensors, which came with the Max Tow package. That's what is more useful for towing than all that bling.
I will admit that I'd love to have the air conditioned seats though.
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I have a 2014 F150 XTR(The Canadian XLT)Ecoboost with Max Tow package.
I hate leather seats and don't want the extra weight of the bling that comes with those fancier levels. They reduce the payload capacity.
Mine has the 36 gallon fuel tank, the integrated brake controller, the backup camera and rear sensors, which came with the Max Tow package. That's what is more useful for towing than all that bling.
I will admit that I'd love to have the air conditioned seats though.
We love our air-conditioned seats. Personally, I would never not have leather seats.
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I have a 2014 F150 XTR(The Canadian XLT)Ecoboost with Max Tow package.
I hate leather seats and don't want the extra weight of the bling that comes with those fancier levels. They reduce the payload capacity.
Mine has the 36 gallon fuel tank, the integrated brake controller, the backup camera and rear sensors, which came with the Max Tow package. That's what is more useful for towing than all that bling.
I will admit that I'd love to have the air conditioned seats though.
All of the XTR trucks I have looked at never had height adjustable seats. all of the XLT trucks I have seen have this. are you able to adjust the height of yours?
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Went from a Grand Cherokee Limited with pretty much everything except the rear seat entertainment to a RAM Tradesman with a few useful options (cloth & carpet, radio with hands-free, backup camera, larger tank, 3.55 with LSD). The only thing I'm missing are the automatic wipers because we rarely get steady rain around here. Not missing the CD changer or Navigation, replaced by phone. Not missing the heated leather seats which had cracks by the time the GC reached 100k miles. And the truck was 5k less than the Jeep.
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All of the XTR trucks I have looked at never had height adjustable seats. all of the XLT trucks I have seen have this. are you able to adjust the height of yours?
Yes but only the driver's seat.
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Just as a alternative way to go how about a 2006-2008 Ford 6.0 Diesel. A nice Lariat without ridiculous high miles can be had for the 10K-15K range. Have the engine "Bulletproofed" front end rebuilt if needed for 15-25K. The 6.0 is actually a heck of a engine after it's inherent problems are taken care of. No emission add ons, no DEF needed. That will put you in a very well equipped truck that will take you 300,000-400,000 for a 25-40K range.
Back when we had a young family and money was tight our best friend who owned a shop would let us know when he got in a late model car that the owner blew the engine and just wanted to get rid of it. We could buy the car for next to nothing and my buddy would either rebuild, replace with a rebuilt, or put in a low mileage engine. We always had a nice vehicle that was dependable for less than half the price of a similar vehicle.
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