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Re: OT: Need recomendations for a family tow rig
I went through this same issue about 6 weeks ago. After 2 years of looking and driving it came to a great end. I just purchased a '99 F250 super duty crew, 4wd, lariat package and the Triton V10. It also has custom paint and exhaust, Xenon fenders, stainless rocker guards, step boards, Lund hood scoops/sun visor etc-the thing is loaded.
I could not afford a new one, and in the used category F150 and F250 were the same price around here. This F250 had 18k miles while the F150s had around 30k, but the were newer. I paid $24k for the F250.
I am very glad I went with the F250. Here is why:
1. The cab is 8" wider across the hips. This means I have seat belts for six-three front three back. I have since had to ride in the back of a crew cab F150 and I tell you the F250 is nice the F150 cramped (yes I am a big guy but...kids will be in the back for hours). In the cab room there is a big difference.
2. The ride on the F250 is better. The front has leaf springs and I expected a rough ride-super duty and all. Seriously better, less roll and better control, better both on road and off.
3. I need a truck. I haul things. The F150 bed is only 6 foot. Not very big. Mine has a 7 foot bed-I can make it work even though I prefer 8 footer. Payload is much more on the F250
4. If you are going to tow-you need the heavier duty tranny and engine-no doubt the F250 tranny is bigger and more fluid capacity.
5. Bigger engine on the F250. Yes feeding the F250 is not much fun. 11 mpg city, 14.5 mpg highway. My F150 only got 16-17 mpg highway so really not much difference but it does add up. This is also my daily driver. My only complaint-too small of a gas tank. I can go 300 miles is all.
All in all I am so glad I went with the F250. Make sure you drive one-the used price difference is not much. Yes I wish it was a diesel but that $4k more. My wife picked this thing out for me while I was in Sweden-Jeepchick did good.