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Old 01-10-2002, 02:26 PM
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Question Ford 250 or Chev 2500??

Hi,

I need a truck to tow my 28 cigarette (boat + trailer = Approx. 9,000 lbs). I don't want a new truck - looking for a 1992-1995
Ford F250 or Chev 2500.

Questions:
- Are these trucks able to tow 9,000 lbs?
- What engine / trans should I look for?
- What truck will do a better job?
- any suggestions will help.

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Gasoline wise, definately go bigger than a 5.7L GM or 5.8L Ford. I am pulling 7K with the 1996 Vortec GM 350/4 Auto (255 HP), and 3.73 gears. I am comfortable now, but would be much more happy with more grunt. You can't go wrong with cubes; but also pay very close attention to real axle ratio. I would definately look for 4.10, with 3.73 being my second choice. Diesel wise, I am GM diehard, but the Ford PSD is a lot stronger than the older GM Diesels. I am not sure though, if the Ford PSD existed in the era you are looking to buy.

There are a lot of GM2500s and F-250s out there, but I would go for the GM in gas. I went out in October of 2000 looking to buy a 93/94 Chevy 1500. I ended up with a beautiful 96 Tahoe LT that I could not pass up. You may be surprised by what you find.

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Watch Out On The Chevy's Those Years.... Transmission Problems... My 91 2500 Had 6 Transmissions Replaced In 71,000 Miles... Then I Was Stupid Enought To Buy A 95 2500 And The Transmission Went At 13,000 Miles... But I Did Learn And Now Drive Fords.... 1999 F-350 V-10 60,000 Miles And NO Problems...

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Ford PSD = PowerStroke Diesel. But like I mentioned, it may not have been around in the era truck you are buying.

Go to www.ford-diesel.com and www.pickuptruck.com for A LOT of info.

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diesel bought my first one and would never own a gas truck for towing again. Great mileage.
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POWERSTROKE DESIEL THE ONLY THE TO GO
I WILL NEVER OWN ANTHOR GAS POWERD TRUCK AGAIN
 
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I think the PSD came out in 94. My dad has a 92 Turbo Diesel F-250 and it pulls very well. The the old Turbo Diesel is not the same as the PSD but they are still pretty good. My dad's has about 175K on it and it still runs strong. The brakes on my dad's truck where much better than on my 94 Chevy one ton DRW. I have since upgraded to a 00 PSD and will not be going back to a Chevy.
If you go with a Chevy of 92-95 go with a gasser. The 6.5 diesel sucked big time.

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You may have a proplem towing that much weight with a 3/4 ton truck. My F-250 ('97) is only rated for 8300lbs max, 2500 series Chevy is about the same.
I think you should be looking at an F-350 or 3500 series (on ton).

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