Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
I've been doing this a long time now. I use my 1996 GMC sierra k2500 extended cab long bed with a 454 and 4L80 transmission as a daily driver and tow rig and I'll agree the 4L80 transmission is a tank, so is the allison in the newer diesels. The 1997 4.6 F-150 extended cab regular bed was my tow/daily for awhile but it struggles up steeper grades with the bird on a nice trailer. The mileage that the sierra gets is less than ideal on average 14mpg flat, abuse it, race it, tow with it, city, highway, doesn't budge dead steady and it acts like nothing is behind it. The f-150 would do ok by itself city and highway but load it with a bird and car trailer and it would get like 7-10mpg, 12mpg loaded on flat highway.
If you can swing it get a 7.3 excursion. I hate the 6.0 ford diesels and their high pressure oil pump problems. Duramax 6.6 is nice. Personally you couldn't pay me to own and daily drive an auto trans dodge (and that's saying something given my left leg restrictions). V10's will eat your wallet at the pump. The 6.0 gas gm products aren't all bad, but they leak oil and knock sensors go out often, and so do the gauge clusters. The ford electric odometer aren't overly reliable either they are known to black out or work intermittently however at least all the other gauges work. 01 and up gm clusters go crazy and needles flip upside down. Just my feedback. If I could no would trade my 1997 F-150 for a 1999 F-250 crew cab short bed 4x4 7.3. I have no regrets with my GMC purchase.
-1996 Pearl White Thunderbird 4.6 Sport 4v with many mods:
Current Best: 13.583 @ 103.74 10/2014.
227hp/241tq measured on calibrated mustang dyno, tested at full vehicle simulation with inertia enabled, no number skewing.
-2001 White Ford F-250 Super Duty 6.8 V10, 4-door, 4x4, Limo Tint, BFG KO2's, Bilstein 7100 Remote Reservoir Race Bypass Shocks, 6" Spring lift, Kenwood Double Din, K&N Intake, FlowMaster Exhaust
Amber_Murder's Daily Driver.
-2005 White GMC Sierra 3500 6.6 Duramax, Dually, 4-door, 4x4, Limo Tint, BFG Commercial T/A's, Rancho RS9000XL Shocks, Kenwood Double Din, K&N Intake, Banks Monster Exhaust
Chris_Murder's Daily Driver.