Originally Posted by Blackrock
Well I have decided to start looking at replacing my 01' F150 (210,000mi) and have been torturing the local sales people. Best deal so far is on a Dodge Ram but this truck is a Ram 1500 5.7 full crew cab and 5.5 foot bed. I like to have a cross bed tool box and carry my 2 Honda gens in it along with some other stuff. The sales people are looking for an extended cab 6.5 foot bed which would be better for what I need.
I may have to bump up to a 2500 but I don't need all that much truck right now. They do have a used 14' 2500 diesel for about the same money but it's a little tall for my short legged round bottomed gal to climb into.
I tried to deal with the Ford dealer on a 15' F150 with the 5.0 but the are $2500 higher than the Dodge guys.
Cummins kicks butt. But it's still a diesel. If the extra expense of driving and maintaining a diesel don't bother you, go for it.
I think I'd ask the dealer why someone would trade in a perfectly good CTD, though. Of course, you won't be able to trust the answer but still....
The $2,500 extra for the F-150? It will be worth twice that much more at trade in time.
Aluminum body, more payload, better fuel economy in the real world, much more modern design and construction......
Ram and GM make good trucks but Ford is way ahead of them in -- Everything.
And the 5.0L is a proven engine. 385 HP and 387 ib-ft of torque in the F150. Not too shabby. In the Mustang GT it makes 435HP.
I would, however, check to see if the new 5.0l requires premium fuel or not. I doubt it since it's still at a reasonable (for these days) 10.5 Compression.... Where other manufacturers have to push their CR to 11.0 in order to boost power..... In their pushrod motors, that's living on the edge, IMHO.
It might be that, that's how it makes its best power. Which is understandable. If you're going to put a load in back of you, nothing wrong with hi-test. For every day driving....? If you don't need it, don't burn it. Except for once in a while to clean things out a little bit. But not all that much.