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Old 02-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #1
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Chevy or Ford engine choice?

We are ready to pull the plug today on a Freelander 27QB, but are unsure whether to go with the Chevy 4500 or Ford E350 engine. As I understand it the Chevy has more horses and the Ford has more torque. The Ford is also $2k more expensive.

We aren't the most mechanically shrewd folks on the block, so don't really know how to look at the hp vs torque thing. We will be going on mainly 1-2 week trips, with a longer 1 or 2 lasting a month, each year, perhaps 12k miles all together. We would also like to go to Alaska in a couple years. We will be towing an HHR behind the RV.

Any thoughts on the engine choice especially, and Freelander 27QB in general, would be greatly appreciated.

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What a tough question. I went 4500 chevy for the higher capacity (4000 in the 2300). I do like the lack of front end issues with the chev, and I like the tranny. I tow a jk 2 door auto and it does not seem to impact power, mileage, or temp to any notetable measure (have not been in the mountains yet). went to memphis when it was 97 outside with the toad and never moved the temp, even in traffic. I would be very confused if the ford was a 450. I would have paid an extra 4 for a duramax.

glad I cleared that up for you......
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Bottom line is if you are planning to tow anything, the Ford engine and especially transmission is your best option.
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Ford if pullin hills you want torque, Chevy for better cruising speed on flat land? If I remember right according to TLW I don't !
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Thanks everyone.


We retired recently and left southern Texas (flat) for a return to our old college stomping grounds of the Pacific Northwest because we wanted forests and mountains, so Ford it is. This is especially hard for someone who has driven nothing but Chevy his entire life, 4 Camaros and the HHR.
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We're full timers on the Oregon coast and have a F350 for our 5er was a dodge man all my youth so I know what ya meen.
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but are you talking about the Chevy 6.0 versus the Ford V10 (6.8L)? Or are you possible looking at the Ford 5.4L? If you are comparing the 5.4 versus the 6.0, then the 6.0 is the right choice. If comparing the 6.0 versus the Ford V10, the V10 is definitely the better choice power-wise. This is assuming you are avoiding blind brand loyalty that afflicts the majority of otherwise thoughtful and logical adults.
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