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cockerfan

I'm starting to look around at a replacement for my Ridgeline. I've had it for almost 9 years, and it's been a great truck. Can't complain about much. However, I'm in need of something newer for work, and something with more power and size for home. 

 

I'm looking at either a Ford with the 3.5 ecoboost or the GMC with the 5.3 - either the 6 or 8 speed transmission. 

 

I'll use it for pulling my dog trailer and it will  have my dog box in back (about 300 lbs). Occasionally it will pull a utility trailer with a UTV on it. 

 

My priorites are durability, MPG, performance, longevity. 

 

I'm likely going to buy new. All the incentives for new vehicles make it almost a wash compared to a two year old vehicle. 

 

Anyone have any advice around these two trucks?

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Ford. Ford. Ford.

 

EcoBoost and a tune. Yes. Oh, my, yes.

 

Shocking performance, and mpg.

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Dogwood

I predict 3 pages of responses.  Popcorn time!

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cockerfan
14 minutes ago, NECarson said:

Ford. Ford. Ford.

 

EcoBoost and a tune. Yes. Oh, my, yes.

 

Shocking performance, and mpg.

MPG in the 3.5 really that good too?

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terrym

Ram 1500-Ecodiesel. 

 

 

 

Que the haters............B|

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cockerfan
11 minutes ago, terrym said:

Ram 1500-Ecodiesel. 

 

 

 

Que the haters............B|

Do you have experience with one?Chrysler reliability concerns me...

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42 minutes ago, cockerfan said:

MPG in the 3.5 really that good too?

One of my best friend's girlfriend has one.

 

23-24 MPG driving very aggressively on a pretty hot tune (100hp over stock according to the rating)

 

Comfortable, solid truck as well.

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Burnouts, drag racing, cruising at 85 type aggressive driving.

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terrym
18 minutes ago, cockerfan said:

Do you have experience with one?Chrysler reliability concerns me...

I drive the Hemi version and my 2015 now has 150,000 Kms on it with nothing but routine maintenance. Still on original brakes. My buddy drive an ecodiesel and again no repairs yet but better mileage. We have @ 200 Rams in our company as company vehicles for the sales reps like myself. 8 of them at my branch and they hold up fine. 

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cockerfan
21 minutes ago, NECarson said:

One of my best friend's girlfriend has one.

 

23-24 MPG driving very aggressively on a pretty hot tune (100hp over stock according to the rating)

 

Comfortable, solid truck as well.

Sounds intriguing, but that has to void every warranty, doesn't it?

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terrym
25 minutes ago, NECarson said:

One of my best friend's girlfriend has one.

 

23-24 MPG driving very aggressively on a pretty hot tune (100hp over stock according to the rating)

 

Comfortable, solid truck as well.

That truck would be near 500hp and gets 23mpg?

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5 minutes ago, terrym said:

That truck would be near 500hp and gets 23mpg?

Drivetrain loss and the way tuning companies do things, 400ish to the ground.

 

Very healthy for an intake/exhaust/tune truck though.

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14 minutes ago, cockerfan said:

Sounds intriguing, but that has to void every warranty, doesn't it?

Just powertrain... My friends and I have a habit of voiding warranties...

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MilRob

Myself and 2 of my hunting buddies have the F150 with 3.5 ecoboost all stock and all with the 6.5 box.   I wouldn't consider a crew cab without the 6.5 box.    The little extra room makes a big difference.  I love mine.    Mileage is around 20 unloaded. Towing the mileage drops quick but they tow so awesome I really never factor towing mileage into the equation since it Is a fraction of the time I drive my truck.   Last two trucks were F350 diesels with tunes.   Would never go back to a diesel after having this truck.   Only thing I miss with the f350s is the 8' box.     All of our trucks are 2011 and 2012.    Buddy is a Ford mechanic at a large dealer and says nothing but good things about them.     

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cockerfan
10 minutes ago, NECarson said:

Just powertrain... My friends and I have a habit of voiding warranties...

I'm still interested in the stock 3.5 ecoboost, but I'm not much for making mods...it'll just be a tool that i want to be reliable for the next 200k miles and 10-15 years. 

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