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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 11-04-2013 09:57 PM 1075 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2013 09:57 PM

My little 2002 Dodge is ready for retirement, or at least another job working for someone else. I need a 2wd truck with a long bed (8’) extended cab, don’t really need a crew cab as I suspect it would be a PITA to park. Looking for good gas mileage and pull 8000lbs safely, ideally with a little power in reserve. I would like something that won’t be rusting in the fender wells in 5 years either as so many vehicles do up here in the rust belt. I realize this is highly subjective and might ruffle a few feathers, but wanted to get some other woodworkers opinions on the subject. I have a family of four and won’t regularly be hauling the entire family around, but I can’t justify a new truck that won’t haul everyone. Sometimes I haul logs in the bed so the sawmill to get my own lumber cut, so payload is a consideration as well. I do not want anything over a 1/2 ton truck as they get much more expensive in every possible category. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 10:13 PM

Suppose it depends what you consider “good” gas mileage.

I would lean toward an F150 with the Ecoboost V6 which should net you in the low 20’s on gas milage.

not sure what you can do about seating short of the crew cab. The extended cab doesn’t really save you any length as far as being easier to park – but when it is “officially” 4 doors – the price jumps pretty high.

You will have to decide if family members are “willing” to squeeze in the back – and if they can as the young’uns keep getting bigger and leggier.

Ecoboost is only 2011 and newer.

Generally I think all the 1/2 ton 2WD models are going to be equal.

4X4 and higher end options start to spread the field out a bit.

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 10:17 PM

”good gas mileage and pull 8000lbs”
You were joking when you said that, right?

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 10:18 PM

I have read some good and some bad about the eco boost, the towing is great as is the payload. The thing that worries me is when the thing is 15 years old pushing 200k miles, how reliable will it be then? More stuff to go wrong = more chance that stuff will go wrong.

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 10:34 PM

I don’t expect “good” gas mileage while towing 8000lbs. I do expect at least 22 on the highway when I’m not.

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 10:35 PM

I agree pulling 8000 Lbs and good mileage don’t really make it easy.

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 10:49 PM

I’m reading what truck you say you want but with everything you say you need, it seems like you need my truck. F250 crew cab diesel. I know some of the 1/2 tons now say they tow 8000 lbs but I wouldn’t do it. If you don’t want rust you need a ford. I don’t see any gas engine getting 200,000 miles unless it’s a Subaru and they don’t put those in trucks. My dad’s got 200,000 on his ranger, but he’s spent enough on repairs that he could have bought 2 trucks.

Ok, I know you don’t want that. I say ford f150, extended cab(as long as you don’t need car seats), ecoboost(not sure of towing capacity), towing package. I have a short bed so the crew doesn’t seem too long, but an 8’ bed with a crew cab is a really long truck. Good luck.

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 11:39 PM

I’ve thought about the whole veggie oil conversion and making your own bio diesel. Given the additional cost of the truck, I would gladly go diesel if I could offset the cost of fuel by producing my own. I know some of them can get great mileage, and some modified ones can get horrible mileage. My dad has a ranger too and with most of the maintenance/repair done at the dealership, he’s easily paid for three of them. One of my friends had a crew cab, long bed F-350 diesel and though it was a work truck, it was $60k after everything was said and done. I’m looking to spend hopefully less than half that.

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 11:56 PM

I had a plain Jane 1999 F150 step side, V6, manual trans, rubber mats, roll up windows, AM/FM, and one frill, AC.
Son swerved to miss a deer and hit a giant (3ft diameter) rock hidden in the grass and totaled it last year, but it was a great little truck. Never spent a penny on it except for gas, tires, oil, and one set of brakes in 120,000 miles.
If it also had an extended cab and cruise control I’d say it was perfect.

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 12:16 AM

Ram 2500 Diesel or Ram 1500 Diesel if it’s out yet

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 12:58 AM

I’ve never had much brand loyalty. But my ‘96 F150 w/302 V8 has 280K on it, no rust (parked outside 90% of the time). Standard maintenance and a water pump are the only things I’ve had to do to it. Mileage is probably less than you spec but I’m sure they’ve gotten better in the ensuing 18 years. If I had to replace it, it would be with another Ford.

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 06:38 AM

There is a reason you see more old Fords still on the road than any other brand ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 02:01 AM

I bought a 2009 F150 brand new, 4.6L V8 It’s towed a fully loaded trailer with a fully loaded bed, 400 hundred mile with out a problem still getting 16 mpg highway, it ’s a regular cab 8ft bed, and it will hold more then my buddy’s Chevy, Stay away from dodge, unless you like a new trannyevery 90,000 miles, only thing is I wisj=hed I would have got the 6 speed instead of the 5

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