I'm looking at new trucks...anyone have pros/cons on your experience with either?
Should have gotten the Excursion with the diesel. I know several guys that have 500,000 miles on their diesels. Of course, they take pretty good care of them. I think my F350 might last me until I retire, but I might just want a new truck before then. Who knows.Andy69 said:We've had 3 trucks to tow the big boat in the 11 years I've been at this company - 1994 heavy duty Suburban with a diesel, 2001 Excursion V10, and a 2009 F-350 diesel. The Sub towed the 5000# boat easily and had plenty of power. It went 250K before it was totalled in an accident. The Excursion towed the 5000# boat easily, but the 8000# boat, not so much, and we started having transmission problems due to the extra heat. It went 250k also before someone ran it over something and cracked the transmission case and engine block (never did find out who). The F-350 is a year and a half old and has 50k on it and has been absolutely perfect. My only complaint so far was that we had to get help from someone with a 4WD last winter in Arkansas when we got it stuck on a boat ramp. Normally it has pretty good traction but when the ramp is covered in ice, and the ramp has a giant frost heave in the concrete that keeps snagging the bottom of the boat trailer and robbing the rig of its momentum, it has a bit of trouble.
We had a 1996 Sub that went close to 300k before it crapped out. Then we had 01 and 02 Subs that were absolute garbage. One went through 8 transmissions before they finally figured out what was causing it. I should note an independent transmission shop is the place that fixed it as the dealership told us not to bring it back because they had no idea what was wrong. They only had 150k or so before they went away.
They were replaced by Fords. We've got 3 F-150 crew cabs - 07, two 08s. They've had few problems and they get ABUSED. One of the few things that went wrong was the AC quit cooling on the 07. They took it in and the dealer found that the space between the grill and the condenser had filled with mud that had hardened. The older one has well over 100k and I think the newest has maybe 75k. They are a far cry better than the Chevys.
Now, we also have a Tundra that's a couple years old. That one seems to be holding up mechanically but these goons are going to break that puny little sucker with it's opn unboxed frame in half one of these days.
The diesel in the Sub was a bit high maintenance, so the higher-ups wanted a gas engine instead. I agree the diesel would have been better.fabsroman said:Should have gotten the Excursion with the diesel. I know several guys that have 500,000 miles on their diesels. Of course, they take pretty good care of them. I think my F350 might last me until I retire, but I might just want a new truck before then. Who knows.