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Old 12-18-2017, 08:35 AM   #1
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Educate me about 1/2 ton trucks

I almost hate to start yet -another- which truck is best thread but....
Can we please talk about what's out there and avoid the heated "which is
better" discussion pretty please...

I've been a Chevy guy for a very long time.
I currently have an 04 Silverado extended cab medium bed 5.3L 2 wheel drive.
I LOVE IT and will probably hang onto it a few more years but....

I've been shopping online at local dealers inventory and here's the rub for me-

I REALLY like the extended cab body style. 2 door handles- 4 doors.
I REALLY like maroon red. My motorcycle is maroon red also.
I'm not interested in 4wd. If it's snowing- I ain't going!
Finally- I really don't want a diesel.

Well Chevy totally walked away from me on those top 2 things.
They don't have extended cab w/2 door handles and they only have Red red no more maroon.

Ford still has a F150 extended cab 2 door handle model.
They have a color that is sort of a maroon red. They call it Ruby red.
Of course they have 2 wheel drive.
But.... when I'm looking all I can find are eco boost V6.

I want a V8. In fact I wanted a bigger V8 than my 5.3L

The main reason I'd trade is I would like a little more HP when we're pulling
the hills. It just sounds so wrong to consider a trade to a smaller engine.

Does Ford even make a F150 with a big V8??

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Old 12-18-2017, 08:58 AM   #2
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As with most truck talks, it depends on what you want. I needed a daily driver that still had enough "umph" to tow something when the time got right. I have a 2011 F150 Ecoboost Super Cab XLT. It has the 7200lb GVWR package and factory tow. My payload is about 1800lbs and my tow limit is 9800lbs. It now has 175,000 miles on it and has been towing our Rockwood for two years now. I am ALMOST beyond the point where I need a "daily driver" and am close to wanting a dedicated tow vehicle. When it is time I will most likely go to a 3/4 ton but I have never had a regret with what I have right now. I know you asked about big V8's but I put this out there as an example of what was a good option for me.

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Old 12-18-2017, 09:11 AM   #3
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Dan, I think I'm missing something. (Wife says she KNOWS I am).

2018 Silverado 1500: Pickup Truck | Chevrolet

Looks to me like Chevy makes a 4 door extended cab truck with a 6.2L gas engine.

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Old 12-18-2017, 09:12 AM   #4
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No, For the F-150 the biggest gas V8 is the 5.0L.

2.7L Ecoboost V6
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:21 AM   #5
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No big V8 in the F150. I'm afraid you're likely letting chatter from non-Ecoboost owners and those with other brand loyalty steer you away from the absolute best gas 1/2 ton towing rig out there.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:59 AM   #8
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Dan, Chevy still offers the extended cab - they now call it a "double cab". The one with the bigger back seat is the "crew cab". My 2014 was maroon and we really liked that color. My 2016 is "red hot" (that's really the official color) and I had to get talked into it. The 2018 on-line ads show 2 kinds of red, but I can't tell if one is a maroon. I need the double cab in order to fit my kayaks in the bed. Lar
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Addendum to my post #8. The kayaks don't entirely fit into the bed, but they clear the camper which I don't think they would do with a crew cab. This shot is us getting ready to pull out of our driveway. Note mine is a 4x4.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:09 AM   #10
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Chevy does not make a 4 door with 2 handles any more.
The extended cab has 4 handles and would not be a deal breaker but
they don't have a dark maroon red.
AND I was sort of dreaming due to the TV ads lately touting "employee" discounts up to $11,000
So I went online just to see what was available in my area.
Nada- just about all were white and 4wd and crew or regular cab.

IF I had a magic wand I'd get a brand new version of my current truck with
a little more HP.
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