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Just bought a brand new 2014 Ford F-150 Lariat FX4 with the Sport package and Ecoboost motor. I know you said you weeded out Ford but, i am getting 19 mpg around town and saw 23.4 on the highway. Hooked the boat up and was getting 17 mpg towing at 65mph. I also have a 2002 Dodge 1500, 13 mpg uphill, downhill, towing, dont matter 13 is what it does. Someone mentioned the Trans on the dodge, yea on my 3 one with 92K miles. Only towed my boat with the dodge 2X only used it as my hunting truck and I wish I would have bought another ford. To answer your question IMHO, go Dodge their motors are very strong and run very well, just got to be careful with the trans, but still the #1 truck in America right now. CHEVY, can hear every valve yell, there motor blow all the time use brand new chevy 1500, 2500, 3500 as patrol cars here at work and they go to the shop at least once a month for crazy stuff.

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WickedC4    12

Thegerman618, What's the HP and torque your getting out of that f150? And is the inside nice?

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Nick213    585

-thegerman618 I'll respond with no response lol!!! ;)

Chevy for life!!!:)

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dkelly    3

I drive a 2011 Dodge 2500 diesel and it's a beast. this is my second Dodge and I will buy another. Use to drive Ford but for me there is no comparison anymore. Gonna buy my son a Dodge truck next year for his 16th. Love the way it pulls and it looks tuff. Good luck with your decision.

 

"i'd rather be cumin than stroking"

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PayCheck    20

well were not getting a lariat fx4... that would be over 50k. but i think were pretty hooked on dodge, test drove one and loved it. company cars, i dont know if this is an accurate statement, but more often i feel they are mistreated by the driver because theyre not paying to get them fixed nor does the driver deal with maintenance. i was told by a boat dealer that they have had 6 chevy 1500s in the last decade and have loved all of them.

 

-thegerman618 I'll respond with no response lol!!! ;)
Chevy for life!!! :)

 

thats a good way to respond :thumbsup:

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truekaotik    461

Haha this thread is silly..

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jdb11386    1

Just remember Ford is the only company that puts a circle around the problem

 

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Skibumm    184

I have a 2003 yukon with the 5.3 that has 213,000 miles and still going strong. I've put a water pump and fuel pump in as well as replaced all the exhaust manifold bolts as they tend to break. It tows my boat well and gets 16 mpg doing it. Granted my boat is smaller. Whne the motor does dye I will be getting a new motor and dropping in it, as my wife loves it. I also have a toyota FJ that I tow with and it tows fine but the mileage sucks on it and that is the main complaint I hear about the tundra as well. My buddy just bought the Ford ecoboost 6 cyclinder and it goes like crazy and the room in the back is insane. I really like the ford. My brother in law has a dodge and it runs fine but rides like a hay wagon compaired to the 3/4 ton fords and chevys.

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elc    3

16 mpg towing anything with a 1/2 ton is pretty impressive. Do you tow down hill both ways?

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islander033    2

That's right... they GULP! lol

 

So, why not check out Ford or Toyota(out of curiosity)? I'm not trying to sell you on the ford though, I'm actually having issues with my 2006 right now. Trans/fuel system issues.

2006 Ford having problems? That's unpossible!

 

Either way OP, buy the flavor that you like the best. All the new trucks 1/2 ton or larger will get the job done.

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PayCheck    20

Anyone have experience pulling their boats with a 2013/2014 suburban and the 5.3L? We have changed things up a bit. A suburban is more ideal

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h20king    794

Forget the 5.3 just not enough power. if you tow short distance with no hills then it would be OK

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Nick213    585

I tow my boat and gear with my 5.3 L silverado everywhere up and down hills, 75 mph on the hi way but steep hills it dose it but struggles a little. You just gotta takes them a little slower then you'd like. Most boats are towed with the 5.3L or the older 5.7L from what I see at the camp grounds anyway.

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Nick213    585

H20, not everyone can go buy a big a$$ diesel just to go to the lake. Heck shaggs tows his boat with a little 6 cylinder Tacoma!!! Pay the suburban will work great for your needs!!!

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Joe B    17

Ha i have a newf150 eco and get a whole 1mpg better than the Tundra and Chevy 5.3l that we rotate driving. They all have their little differences but nothing to make an easy choice. Over $10k off sticker on leftover '13s so we went new, they all are dealing big.

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PayCheck    20

Forget the 5.3 just not enough power. if you tow short distance with no hills then it would be OK

We don't tow enough to buy anything much bigger then a 5.7. It has 4wd, not sure if that makes a big difference?

 

Nick,

Thanks for that input. I was told the 5.3L would be fine, a super reliable source who has owned 5 silverados in the past few years said they do well. Just was wondering if the suburban was any different.

 

We're going with the suburban more for space inside, and appearance. As a GM at a hotel in downtown DC, my dad thinks it would be much more appropriate to drive an SUV as opposed to the truck. Which makes total sense. Also the fact that they just look better :thumbsup:

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BillC4    24

The suburbans wheelbase makes an excellent tow vehicle. You made a great choice.

 

I went from a similar powered suburban to a Tahoe. Even though i like the Tahoe more than the suburban, the suburban is a superior tow vehicle. The distance between the axles makes a significant difference.

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h20king    794

We had a 08 GMC 1/2 ton with the 5.3 and tow package also had a small chip upgrade and it worked good for short trips. If there are any big grades that you have to travel the 5.3 will not like it nor the trans. On big grades trans temps would hit 225 and up. I do here good things about the 6 litter though

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PayCheck    20

how does the chip upgrade work? i think that could be done if its not stupid expensive. is it more fuel efficiant? different shift point? we have never purchased anything above a chevy equinox... so were still learning. i dont think we will tow more than an hour tops at a time.

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h20king    794

WE had the Edge programmer it gives you different power settings and shift points. super easy to install just plug and play. I loved the truck until we made the trip to Shasta. The 5.3 worked so hard I thought it was going to jump out of the truck and head home on it's own LOL

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elc    3

We had the same exact experience as h20. Hopefully the new transmissions are better.

 

We had a 08 GMC 1/2 ton with the 5.3 and tow package also had a small chip upgrade and it worked good for short trips. If there are any big grades that you have to travel the 5.3 will not like it nor the trans. On big grades trans temps would hit 225 and up. I do here good things about the 6 litter though

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lakerat    70

We live in a valley completely surrounded by mountains, so anywhere you go is over a pass. We've owned suburbans (1500) with the 5.7 and they did ok except for one transmission. I'm towing now with a 2500HD with the 6.0 and on long grades it's still a battle; my boat and trailer probably weigh 6500 - 7000. My daughter just bought a Tahoe with the 5.3 but we haven't had a chance to tow with it yet.

 

I think for short trips on moderate terrain that you'll be ok with the Suburban 5.3. I'm looking for a Duramax or better yet a lake house.

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grizfan    0

A transmission cooler for a GM 5.3 is a must in my opinion. It has drastically reduced trany temps in my Chevy Avalanche. Cost was minimal, $100 for the kit. Cheap insurance. I tow my boat locally at least 3 times a week and it is more than adequate. If I trailered longer distances with greater frequency I would definately upgrade to a 2500 or 3500. I just don't want to drive one of those beasts to work everyday.

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PayCheck    20

A transmission cooler for a GM 5.3 is a must in my opinion. It has drastically reduced trany temps in my Chevy Avalanche. Cost was minimal, $100 for the kit. Cheap insurance. I tow my boat locally at least 3 times a week and it is more than adequate. If I trailered longer distances with greater frequency I would definately upgrade to a 2500 or 3500. I just don't want to drive one of those beasts to work everyday.

thats our same situation, except we tow our boat only during the summer, about 10 times. driving a 2500 or 3500 into downtown DC everyday would become pretty inconvenient

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