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4-Wheel Drive vs. 2-Wheel Drive Trucks

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  • hoppy5hoppy5 Posts: 11
    Why do you think a V8 will be our last pickup? Does it have a better history than the V6? We are looking at a 98 Chevy Cheyenne V6 2 wheel drive extended cab. Anyone know anything about this truck? We know we will be buying a full-size truck, since our kids cannot fit into an S10. Gas mileage is a concern with the V8. Is there really not much dif. between the two??? We got stuck with a lemon Ford Windstar and want to trade it for something RELIABLE.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    The difference between a 4.3 and a 4.8 or 5.3 will be minimal in MPG..but very noticeable in power. A vacation is to relax and not worry..right?

    Why worry if you have too less of an engine?

    You can't buy too much engine....but you can buy too little...even for a 2000lb load.

    good Luck

    - Tim
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    If you want this to be the last truck that you buy in a long time say 5-7 years, better to go with the V8. Especially with the weight of the full size extended cab. The V6 may be alright when new, but will age faster due to the strain than the V8. Best estimate with the 2000# camper may be about 1-2 mpg difference since the V6 has to work harder to pull the weight. My $.02
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Tim,

    Wouldn't a 5.4 be better?



    ;)
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    A V-6 in a full size is for Commuter only in my opinion..

    Roc,

    Shut up you!...LOL

    He's looking at a Chevy!...you know....that fine truck you own!

    www.teleweb.net/mgdvhman/Elmer1.wav

    - Tim
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    What's up Doc??

    LOL
  • hoppy5hoppy5 Posts: 11
    Tim,obyone, Have you ever owned a V6 truck? I am hearing so many different comments when I go through different topics. We want a truck we will be keeping for awhile... and to save a little cash on purchase price!!!! I know the V6 will use more gas when towing, since it will have to work harder. But what about everyday driving?? What is the gas mileage then? It will mainly be used as a commuter truck. We only camp around 5 times a year. Dad is recommending a V-6 for our use. We want to see what some real V-6 owners think. Is this a good idea. It will be a change for us, since we own 4 cyl. cars right now.
    Waiting for some more feedback!! Otherwise, I'll keep reading the posts.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    nope...but have driven them. The 4.3 is a good engine...but belongs in an S-10. perhaps you have different driving habits than me and it would do for you. Not too many V-6 Full sizes remain strong that I have seen. A 96 wouldn't have a 5.3...but I believe had a 4.8?...(help me out here guys). I always had the theory of 350 or bigger in a full size truck...but that's me.

    For a commuter The V-6 would be OK....but I seriously feel even a 2000 LB load plus people may feel like you are underpowered in some situations....

    How farr you go camping?..and how's the terrain?..hills?....will you ever go anywhere else possibly?...How long will you keep this truck?

    - Tim
  • bigsnagbigsnag Posts: 394
    A good friend of mine has a 4.3L V-6 with a 5 sp. We recently took a long trip. He averaged barely over 20 mpg. Not even 21. It was like 20.5 or so. I can get almost 20 in my truck driving the same as we did on the trip. '98 Ford F-150 5.4L auto with 3.55's. In a full size truck, the 6 cylinders have to work kinda hard all the time. I've just never seen a distinct mpg advantage with a V-6. Maybe if you only drive 55 mph. Then the V-6 doesn't have to push as much wind, I don't know. To some people even 1 mpg seems to be a big difference. To me, if I was soooo concerned with mileage, I'd buy a Honda hybrid!!!! The V-8 is the way to go. My 2.
  • frnkdsgnfrnkdsgn Posts: 2
    I currently own a '87 dodge dakota 4x4 with a 3.9L V6 and would I buy another V6. I also pull a fold down camper and my truck does not have near enough horsepower to do what I would like. The "hills" of NC are murder on my trucks performance, poor acceleration and awful at maintaining speed. Don't get my wrong, I love my truck, but a V6 is not my top choice. I'm concidering a Ram 2500 4x4 diesel as my next long term investment.
  • frnkdsgnfrnkdsgn Posts: 2
    Sorry,
    I would not buy another V6
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    The V6 gets you there. But ask anyone who's spent much time driving one....always opt for the V8 next go-around.
  • hoppy5hoppy5 Posts: 11
    Thanks everyone! You have helped alot! We had heard that the V6 had to work harder, but I thought it was only when pulling a load. Didn't realize it was most of the time. So... most used V-6's we find will probably be "overworked". Now, the question is Chevy or Ford?? I know there are diehard fans of both!!! Ha!
  • cdeancdean Posts: 1,110
    Bigsnag,
    thats pretty darn good mileage for the 5.4. Curious, what rear axle do you have, and what region do you live in? I'm assuming you mean straight highway.

    I knock out 16+ on straight highway fill ups, but normally, when i start stopping and going it usually drags me down to 14.5.

    I think most v-6s are this way. They knock out great on straight highway cruising, but how often is that? I drove an '88 v6, (4.3). great tough motor, surprising torque. but for my rural driving, some town, rarely got over 17. a few long trips, i was getting 19-20.

    I think for average driving, you'll only get about 1, maybe 2 mpg better than v8.

    May be worth it, considering purchase cost.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    that's a debate that could take so long...we will all be dead when you get the truck!....as I am sure this debate will be going even after we are dead for real..

    Both are very good. It comes down to what you like for looks and a layout of the interior. Go sit in both and see how you like them. I went with Chevy...but that's up to you.

    Now Dodge is not even a consideration for you right?....smart man...they only have one combo worth beans for towing....and it's the Cummins Diesel....

    - Tim
  • bigsnagbigsnag Posts: 394
    I have heard of other people getting similar mileage, with similar set-ups. I have 3.55's. Now keep in mind my truck is a 2wd regular cab, but so is my friend's. The trip we took was across the middle US. Very flat and straight. I have taken almost identical trips with my truck (that's when it get's 19 mph). Set the cruise at 70-80 depending on the speed limit and roll. Only stop for gas. That's how we did his '95 4.3 and it could only manage 20.? I'm not sure what his gearing is, but it is not as low as mine, for sure. My point is, get the V-8.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Congratulations!! on your decision to buy a Chevy V8....
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Did you read post #122? He wanted something RELIABLE. I would suggest a Tundra extended cab V8.
  • hoppy5hoppy5 Posts: 11
    We are partial to the Chevy truck. Our problems with the Windstar have scared us away from Ford. They may be great trucks, but we will probably go for a Chevy. Too leery to take a second chance!!
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    According to Consumer Reports the predicted reliability for the Chevy Silverado is -90%. Off their charts! The 4WD is predicted to be even worse. The F150 is a much more reliable truck. By buying a Chevy you may be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

    Why not consider a Toyota Tundra?
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    don't pay attention to the trash of Bamat...he can't convince anyone else is other topics...so he has come here.
    Chevrolet are the longest lasting trucks on the road today. Which do you see more of?...T100's (also known as Mid-size Tundra) or Chevy/Ford Full sizes?..

    I rest my case...

    Chevy V-8 it is!

    Good choice

    - Tim
  • bigsnagbigsnag Posts: 394
    but if you want something that will out-run, out-tow, and out-handle a Chevy, then get the Ford. ;)
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Hey..I just seen a Tundra!!...hear below where..

    www.teleweb.net/mgdvhman/Toy.wav

    - Tim
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    My 5.4 is sucking gas at 12mpg. Who cares? Gas is STILL CHEAP.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I figured you would select the Chevy...highest mpg in it's class for the V8's. Previous experience with Fords...we've all had them...and I don't doubt that Toyota makes a good truck...just with a small V8 with lousy gas mileage...especially with gas prices today...Good luck!!

    BTW, bama you should listen to your mother...if you don't have anything good to say....

    Dean
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Chevy zealots with their heads in the sand.

    Read this website: http://drive.to/agmlemon

    It will scare you to death. Read 2000 Chevy Silverado Vibration - II (Topic #1638)
    Post # 498

    Lousy gas mileage? The last time I checked the Tundra had 1mpg less than the Silverado. I also read that many Silverado owners are running premium to avoid pinging. Seems like running regular in a Tundra would save you money.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Where have you read that Silverado owners are running premium gas? I've read that some have changed plugs...but that is by personal preference.

    1 mpg less...and where is this info from?

    Post 498- Owns a lemon and has a lemon for a dealer. All trucks manufactured after 1/00 have been corrected for the vibes....that means a truck bought today will NOT share the problems of the first model year.

    As posted earlier....bama...you should listen to your mother...if you can't say anything nice........ ;)
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    I run 87 in my 6.0...no problems...

    any more lame excuses Batman?...(better get out the books)

    - Tim
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    You run 87 in your truck? Wow! Amazing! I guess this means that 1/2 ton Silverados don't have a problem with ping.

    The only lame thing here is your logic. Who are you trying to fool?
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Listen to your mother "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

    This isn't a Chevy topic. Hoppy said he wanted a reliable truck. I was merely pointing out that there are better choices than the Chevy if that is important to him.

    I know that you Chev owners eschew Consumer Reports - that is probably why you own Chevies. I personally lend a lot of credence to their ratings. If you disagree - tough.
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