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Old 10-12-2009, 11:27 PM   #15
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Great information. Thanks Wayne. I was almost at the point where I was going to rule out the 2500 diesel, but now am reconsidering. As an everyday driver, do you feel that it is too much truck?
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #16
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OK. I saw some trucks today, and I really liked a 2009 1/2 GMC Sierra 4x4 with the same set-up that I had in my 07 Silverado 2 WD, with the 5.4 liter and 342 rear The only difference is that the new truck has the 6 speed transmission with a rated towing capacity of 9400lbs vs the 6800 lbs on my Silverado.
As I said before, I really did OK with the Silverado towing my 25' Ocean Breeze International.
So do you think that I will be doing the right thing with this new setup? I drove the 3/4 ton and also the 1500 with the Z-71 offroad suspension and thought that the ride was too stiff for my neck and joints.
Also, I saw and drove the new F150s today, both the 2 WD and the 4x4, and thought they were very nice, but I felt the ride was also a bit too stiff and not as smooth as the GM product. I am thinking that maybe I am still a bit stiff and achy from the accident, and I should wait a week and test drive them again.
Your input is very much appreciated.
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Barry
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #17
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Like Mike we have a 2004 Titan 4x4 tow package.
Love the truck, recently pulled our trailer from Philly to Nashville through the hills of WV and TN and never missed a beat. Trailer is 8400lbs.
Use it for everyday and it works great.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:21 PM   #18
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Great information. Thanks Wayne. I was almost at the point where I was going to rule out the 2500 diesel, but now am reconsidering. As an everyday driver, do you feel that it is too much truck?
Barry -

I don't have any issues driving it as a daily driver. It can be a bit tight in a parking lot every once in a while, but other than that, it's fine. I really don't think the dimensions are much different than a suburban. The ride is just fine for me. I know it isn't a luxury car, but it isn't too bad. Certainly nowhere near as stiff as my old Toyota 4X4 truck. Now that thing was STIFF...

Like I said above -- You won't be going wrong with either choice. It really gets down to your personal preferences. Both will do a good job for you.

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Old 10-14-2009, 12:02 AM   #19
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if you get a diesel it is perfect for a daily driver.diesels love to run and you cant beat the towing mileage.last trip to aasateauge md from pa avg was 13.3 mpg.2005 ford excursion 6.0 diesel limited,with 65000 miles totally stock.only thing i have done is change oil, filters and fuel filters.plus holds 44 gallons of diesel.heading to fort wilderness in november and can make the 1030 mile trip on less than 2 tanks of fuel.i run this truck everyday and always take it everywhere i go.i am going to try to get 500,000 miles out of this truck if the body and interior will last.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:12 AM   #20
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bought the new truck

OK every one. Thanks for all of your input. After driving a 3/4 ton today, it was very apparent to me, that the extra stiffness is not something that I would be happy with for everyday driving.
I ended up buying a new 4x4 1500 Sierra, fully loaded top of the line, with navigation, back up camera, sun roof, heated seats, absolutly the works. It has the same 5.3 fuel flex engine that I had in the Silverado and the same 3.42 rear end. The only real difference is the gearbox is that new 6 speed which brings the tow rating up to 9500 lbs. So being that the 07 Silverado did well for me with a tow rating of 6800 lbs with the old style 4 speed, I am comfortable that this will do exceptionally well. Truck rides very well. I should have it by Tuesday after the bed lining is sprayed in and the pinstriping painted on.
The sad thing is at the last possible moment I decided to trade my Jaguar XK-8 roadster in for the truck. It was just sitting in the garage looking pretty. I drove it no more than 1200 -1500 miles a year if that much, and had that car for 9 years. The other car I recently parted with was an MG-TD 1952 that I have owned for 41 years. My very close freind in Seattle wanted it badly, so we put it on a truck and had it delivered. Many interesting storys hidden in the door panels of this beauty.
Life Change is a good thing. I am grateful that he will get the opportunity to live like we did 40 years ago, at least for a small time.
So once again, thanks for all of your help and input. My decision was based on all of your thoughts. Barry
I will keep you posted after our first trip.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:52 AM   #21
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:10 AM   #22
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I think the Chevy will work for you even though I always hope another person will get the Tundra. Parting with the TD must have been difficult; I still think about my '60's sports cars, but I'm not sure I'd fit in them so easily these days (bad back, not obesity).

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Congratulations on your new GM tow vehicle. I am sure it will do a great job for you! My current work truck has that powertrain and highway driving at 65mph yeilds me 18 to 20 MPG, depending on the wind and the terrain.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:28 AM   #25
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Bob, a P1800! Another great car hard to let go. Hardly see them anywhere anymore. I drove one to Washington state for a friend once and it was a pleasure.

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I have always thought those p-1800s were great. I really don't miss the MG TD because I know my freind is enjoying it. I have not had time to miss the XK-8 yet, because this all happened rather quickly yesterday. If I own another sports car, it will probably be an XKE, like the one I owned many years ago. However, my son is a Porsche tech, and he tells me I should stop driving those british lawn mowers and get a real car.
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..... However, my son is a Porsche tech, and he tells me I should stop driving those british lawn mowers and get a real car.
The British Society of Automotive Engineers just discovered last year that motor oil is a liquid.
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