Originally Posted by CWSWine
Since you owned a 2014 Steel and 2015 Aluminum do you see any disadvantage to aluminum? Is there any difference you have seen between the two trucks that you can point to that aluminum body as being the reason for the difference? Why I ask is because I'm look hard at the 2017 HD aluminum trucks.
The only grips I have heard is from dealers saying the cost of equipment and training is high for the aluminum bodied F150.
I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. I have not owned a 2014. When I was shopping I sat down with my insurance agent and we went over the costs of the two models. One of my concerns was the 2015 would be a lot higher and if it was I would have looked more at a used 2014. It turned out the 2015 was about $14 dollars more due to it being newer and having a higher value. My agent said many of the insurance companies didn't expect the 2015 long term repair costs to be that much different at body shops that were experienced in aluminum body repair.
All I can compare the truck to is our 2001 Explorer with the 4.0L V6 but even there I only have 500 miles on the truck so nothing long term. One of the reasons we went with the 2015 over the 2014 really had more to do with the 2.7L and other equipment. To me the truck feels like a truck should and is solidly built. The doors are solid and other than the lighter tailgate I am hard pressed to feel a difference when opening or closing things. When it came down to getting the Ford or another brand the aluminum body did come into play somewhat. Mainly for its better resistance to corrosion than you get with steel. We live in the upper south so see some winter road salt. After having grown up in the upper Midwest and New England I have an appreciation for anything that reduces corrosion damage. Only time will tell how well the aluminum will hold up. I do think it will become common across more vehicles in the coming years. I also feel repair labor costs will go down as more body shops learn how to work with it.