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Old 12-25-2013, 10:12 AM   #29
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My daily driver is a 2012 F350 6.7 Turbo Diesel Supercrew longbox 4x4.
I have had many 1/2 tons but I like this truck the best.Took a about a week to get used to the long wheel base.The ride is the same as a 3/4 ton as I have driven them both.I find no drawbacks to this size truck.

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Old 12-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #30
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I think the OP was com pairing half ton to three quarter ton trucks. If that is true then why are all the truck haters hijacking the thread? Jim

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Old 12-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #31
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I find the major difference between the 1/2 ans 3/4 tons to be ride.

MPG is close, trim levels and options are the same.

I prefer the engine choices in the 3/4 tons. Diesels, in particular.

The GM offerings are my preference, mostly because the four wheel drive models have independent front suspension which offers a better ride and drive than the other manufacturers.

If one comes from truck country, one is comfortable with trucks.

If one lives in the city, they may like a sedan.

No one can make a choice for me, and most of the comments are simply each individual's justification for their own choice.

Or, more disappointingly, their prejudices and judgement against those who's choice that does not match their own.


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Old 12-25-2013, 06:23 PM   #32
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I'm in the process of ordering a 2500 2WD Diesel. I currently have a half ton Silverado. I expect the suspension of the 2500 to have a more stiff ride than the 1500 but this is a case where my wife and I decided to go with the Diesel engine. The 2500 will have a few feet more turning radius than the 1500. Like many experienced folks on this thread have mentioned, it is definitely a matter of personal preference. Fortunately, we don't all like the same thing so we have choices and I can only speak for my wife and I and that is we discussed what we planned to do over the next ten years and what we would need to do that. When we bought the 1500 we didn't own a trailer but wanted a pickup truck and we spec'd it for max towing when ordered in 2004. Four TTs later and over 100,000 miles on it, we want to change. I would see the daily driver differences between a 1500/150 vs 2500/250 to be so minimal that personal preference and how you plan to use the truck would be a primary decision factor. Whatever you decide, just enjoy the heck out of it.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:41 PM   #33
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I have driven 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton GMC, Ford, and Dodges in the last ten years. My daily driver is now a 3/4 ton Dodge Ram. It rides well, parks OK (though I prefer to park away from the crowds and walk) and gets reasonable fuel economy. I find it to be a very good daily driver. Is it better than the 1/2 ton? Not better as a daily driver, but it sure is a better tow vehicle for my 27 Safari.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:51 PM   #34
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I have driven my F150 90000 miles in the past 4 years. I cant speak to the larger truck but my Ford has been the single best vehicle I have ever owned. By a country mile! The ride is far and away better than the past couple of MINI Coopers I owned, the utility better than the last X5 I leased. In summation, I hope that I never have to go back to driving a car again.
The short comings are far outweighed by the advantages...
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:49 PM   #35
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Hmmm.i have always thought heavier components were to my advantage . Wheebase is a great advantage when pulling a trailer and a disadvantage when forced to make sharp turns in the city without the trailer. Ride I have not driven a short wheelbase 3/4 ton in a long time but my truck ( see signature ) rides very smooth. I just parked at the Fort Lauderdale Airport garage....and I cleared the 9' entrance. I am a little long for most parking I passed a few spots and found one that had plenty of room .It is what you are used to or your Knowledge..Skills and Ability
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:19 AM   #36

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Wink Imho......

....the overlooked component, it may not be what's being driven but
who's doing the driving.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:44 AM   #37
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Bob you are correct. After 50 years of driving I have discovered that the same people who will pass me going over the speed limit in great conditions will also do that in deplorable weather and pulling an AS. Does not matter what they are driving because they are a hazard on the road or going through pilons in a parking lot. Jim
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:02 PM   #38
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One of the most common comments on these threads is something to the effect of "I love my F250/2500 truck for towing but it makes a bad daily driver." But I haven't really seen someone lay out what exactly makes these trucks bad daily commute vehicles.
I have had 1/2 ton and "mini" pickups as daily drivers and have a 3/4 ton truck and a 3/4 ton suburban now that I mainly use for towing and as a secondary vehicle. Perhaps I can provide a balanced reply since I have a foot in both camps.

Is it the length and/or wheel base? Because when I spec out a similar F150 and F250 crew cab with the 6.5' bed the total length and wheelbase look almost identical. Is there some factor that I am missing such as worse turning circle on the 3/4 ton trucks due to heavier suspension or something? Is there something about a 3/4 ton that makes them inherently clumsier for daily driving?

Is it the ride quality? I suppose for long commutes that could be an issue but my commute is too short to worry about comfort.

Is it the gas mileage?

I am just trying to get a clearer sense of what the tradeoffs are when one buys a heavier truck.
A 3/4 ton truck equipped for towing, compared to a 1/2 ton truck as typically equipped, will have more noise in the cab, lower ride quality, poorer handling, and worse gas mileage.

The noise is due to a combination of higher engine RPM at highway speed (because of different transmission and rear axle ratios), larger and noisier driveline components (transmission and rear axle), and more tire noise.

The ride quality difference is mainly due to higher unsprung weight on the rear axle. In some cases there may be a change from coil spring to leaf spring suspension, which would also contribute to a poorer ride. The handling differences are due to larger steering components which have inherently more play, and due to the heavier tires. The gas mileage difference is mainly due to the extra weight, and to a lesser extent due to the change in gearing and the added friction of the heavier duty driveline.

Long wheelbase trucks will tend to have a large turning circle and are also difficult to park in congested areas.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #39
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I guess it's all perspective-
In the rural south big trucks are the norm-
For at least 15 years I have been driving full size pickups or vans-
Before that, full size Buicks and Oldsmobiles when they were big- and full size vans-
If it's something you have been doing every day your whole 30 year driving life it doesn't seem too big to park- you make adjustments/make it happen-
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:17 PM   #40
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I love my 1995 F250 7.3L PowerStroke. It is a 2WD, extended cab, 8' bed. It IS my daily driver, and yes, it drives like the described truck should. Comfy seats, though. It only has 98K miles on it! It gets 20MPG on the road empty, 18MPG for my combination in-town/highway driving, and 14MPG hauling my Avion.

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Old 03-11-2014, 05:59 PM   #41
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I'm very fortunate to be able to afford multiple vehicles. I will tell you, however, that my '14 Ram 2500 w/Cummins and 4WD has a better ride than my '12 Mini Cooper convertible. It may be the run flat tires, but I feel every bump in the Cooper. I use the little car around town for easy parking and the mileage. I bought the truck specifically for towing my Airstream, and it is WONDERFUL for that. For parking, turning radius, etc....not so great!
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:07 PM   #42
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3/4 ton trucks feel heavier when driving because they are heavier.
The steering isn't as buttery smooth due to heavier suspension components.
All in all there really isn't a nickel's worth of difference.
Good seats make anything better.

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