Trucks & Trailers - Truck Comparison - F250 vs. GMC 2500HD

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Just1more
03-01-2011, 04:09 PM
I had to have my EGR cooler replaced, along with my head gaskets, thank you very much, on my 06 F250 6.0 PSD. Truck has 175,000 miles on it so I had them do the high pressure oil pump, too and the ARP head bolts. So while my truck was in the shop, I borrowed a friends 2006 GMC Sierra 4x4 2500 HD Extended Cab. Whats funny is that his truck has almost the identical paint scheme as my Ford.
Whats notable is the 8.1 litre gas engine!

Observations:
1. The GMC had all the creature comforts on the interior. I couldn't stand the layout, though.
2. That 8.1 litre (496 cu.in.) SUCKS fuel!! I barely got 300 miles out of the 35 gallon tank. I get about 550-575 out of mine.
3. The 8.1 litre has plenty of power and is pretty smooth.
4. I didn't like the way the truck towed my work trailer. It had plenty of power but I had a couple of "holy shit" moments coming over a bridge with a cross wind. The truck just felt too light. My truck has never done that with my trailer.
5. The ride height is just too low in the GMC. It was too car-like and it felt odd. I'll attribute some of this to being use to my F250.
6. The rear suspension was VERY stiff! Obviously it's an HD and it has capacity but I really like my remote powered air bags in my F250 and even with 55 psi of air in them, my truck rides smoother than the GMC.

All in all, I was very thankful for my buddy to have lent me his truck while he recupirated from back surgery but I couldn't wait to get my baby back! :grin:


JRussell
03-02-2011, 04:35 AM
Good thing he didn't have the LBZ Duramax in that truck because you would probably be wanting one! ;)

MakoMyDay
03-02-2011, 05:12 AM
So if I understand you correctly, you're saying "my truck is awesome, I can't wait till it comes out of the shop"? :)


b04747
03-02-2011, 09:21 AM
So if I understand you correctly, you're saying "my truck is awesome, I can't wait till it comes out of the shop"? :)
:rofl: LOL

cold beers
03-02-2011, 09:56 AM
I wish I could find that picture of my 2500HD DMAX towing a F350 to the shop the other day.:)

Just1more
03-04-2011, 03:58 AM
So if I understand you correctly, you're saying "my truck is awesome, I can't wait till it comes out of the shop"? :)

Yes. :grin:
Hey, thats the only major repair that truck has needed in 5 years.

h20addict
03-04-2011, 06:44 AM
I've driven both and I'll stick with my Duramax HD. Like the look and feel of the 6.0, but to make them reliable they need EGR delete and ARP studs. Even then they'll eat injectors like candy if you turn the tuning up at all.

Just1more
03-04-2011, 03:23 PM
I've driven both and I'll stick with my Duramax HD. Like the look and feel of the 6.0, but to make them reliable they need EGR delete and ARP studs. Even then they'll eat injectors like candy if you turn the tuning up at all.

Yeah, I didn't touch the tuning on this one at all. I have the ARP studs now and have 1 more year and the F250 is paid for. The 2011 Chevy/GMC's look better (inside and out) than the 2006's thats for sure.
I just wish there was a 4th manufacturer of trucks like these, ya know?
Can't stand the Dodges, either way. I must say, the 2011 Fords are awefully ugly with that retarded grill.

CT25Dan
03-04-2011, 07:28 PM
175k is not that many miles on a diesel truck. To remain loyal, you have to love your ford. Hopefully she runs well for many more miles after the work. Hard to defend a 6.0 powerstroke.

jeffro22
03-05-2011, 07:57 AM
I've driven both and I'll stick with my Duramax HD. Like the look and feel of the 6.0, but to make them reliable they need EGR delete and ARP studs. Even then they'll eat injectors like candy if you turn the tuning up at all.


I think you are a little off on the injectors;?

Have a 155k on my 6.0 and all original injectors. Starts right up and makes great power. I run a custom SCT race tune all the time. Clean fuel and oil is crucial along with good fuel pressure.

Dont foget, tHe Dmax had a ton or injector problems early on, more so than the early 6.0's.

ReelWork
03-05-2011, 08:21 AM
175k is not that many miles on a diesel truck. To remain loyal, you have to love your ford. Hopefully she runs well for many more miles after the work. Hard to defend a 6.0 powerstroke.

True, but 175k miles on what is commonly known as Ford's biggest POS motor - gimme a break. He's applying the fixes now to make this motor as reliable as any other and surely will last another 200k miles.

I'd drive a POS 6.0 for 175k and then drop a couple grand to ensure it will go another 200k miles without a second thought! ;)

Don't think this is "love my Ford" issue either.

Coconut Sunrise
03-05-2011, 08:02 PM
So if I understand you correctly, you're saying "my truck is awesome, I can't wait till it comes out of the shop"? :)


LOL:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl ::rofl:

Jassman
03-06-2011, 06:31 AM
175k is not that many miles on a diesel truck. To remain loyal, you have to love your ford. Hopefully she runs well for many more miles after the work. Hard to defend a 6.0 powerstroke.


I have had 2 6.0's 04 and present 05 with over 250k...as well as a 05 6.6..if you do what is needed on the Ford..emission stuff, head bolts..etc..like mentioned above they will get 250k...just leave them stock...both brands have been great for us. Jeff

CT25Dan
03-06-2011, 05:48 PM
I have had 2 6.0's 04 and present 05 with over 250k...as well as a 05 6.6..if you do what is needed on the Ford..emission stuff, head bolts..etc..like mentioned above they will get 250k...just leave them stock...both brands have been great for us. Jeff

Obviously, I struck a cord with my 6.0 comment; I didnt mean to. Had some friends of mine get burned bad by that motor (financed truck out of warranty with expensive repairs-e.g head gaskets, oil coolers, injectors). Nobody builds a better 3/4 or 1 ton TRUCK than Ford imo. BTW, my dream truck is "grandpa's" 02' 7.3 6 speed 4x4 :thumbsup:. Glad to hear that once repairs are made, the 6.0 will last- they certainly pull hard. No harm meant to OP or anyone else w/6.0 powerstrokes.

h20addict
03-07-2011, 07:00 AM
I think you are a little off on the injectors;?

Have a 155k on my 6.0 and all original injectors. Starts right up and makes great power. I run a custom SCT race tune all the time. Clean fuel and oil is crucial along with good fuel pressure.

Dont foget, tHe Dmax had a ton or injector problems early on, more so than the early 6.0's.

Yeah LB7 Duramax was notorious for Injectors, although GM covered them for 200k. Most of the 6.0s around here are running custom tunes from DJ/Vivian or Elite.

jeffro22
03-13-2011, 07:22 AM
Yeah LB7 Duramax was notorious for Injectors, although GM covered them for 200k. Most of the 6.0s around here are running custom tunes from DJ/Vivian or Elite.


I still run Dj/vivians tunes. I drive with looney tune almost everyday. Truck makes great power and has been really reliable for me.

s_ebels
03-19-2011, 08:37 PM
I have owned them all or know someone who does in my business and I would say if you want a heavy 3/4 or 1T truck my first choice is the Ford. Any one of the three brands has their respective issues and problems but in the end it comes down to how well the truck pulls and handles when it's doing what it was intended for. Hauling or towing a big load.
My second choice is the Dodge based solely on the Cummins which is one heckuva motor for a pickup. My uncle drove short haul freight back in the 60's through early 80's and after riding in a Cummins powered Dodge he said he'd probably still be driving if they had motors like that in the medium duty trucks he drove back in the day. I have a good friend who hauls cattle for a living and just went from Ford (his 4th in a row) to a 2010 Dodge and he says he likes it fully as well as his F-350's. It was just time to try something different for him.
The Chevy/GMC is a decent truck with great power but when it comes to a steady diet of hauling or towing the GM products just don't handle it like the other two, especially the Ford. I have a friend who hauls an 8x24 tandem axle covered trailer full of sound gear. ( Adamson speakers that have to be moved with a fork lift) His GMC has plenty of power for the task but I about crapped my knickers when I rode with him to a concert. The thing swayed like a drunken sailor compared to my Ford with 6-7 tons behind it.

To each his own though. Lot's of guys like the GM products but because of the fact that my tax dollars were used to make a sweet deal for the UAW I will never own another GM product. That's a personal thing for me and it may not bother anyone else. So be it.

I'll stick with my King Ranch until the wheels fall off. I have never had another vehicle of any type that I could sit behind the wheel for 12-14 hours at a stretch and still feel like a human when I got out of the thing. It is hands down the most comfortable riding & driving truck I have ever had the pleasure to own.

kerno
03-19-2011, 09:56 PM
I own one of each - I have a 2006 F-250 and a 2006 2500HD. I give the 2500HD the edge in creature comfort, but the F-250 is the one that tows a heavy load the best. I am more afraid of the Ford mechanically because of how the engine is tucked under the cowl. That's part of the reason the stud and/or head gasket repairs are so expensive, since the best way to do it it is to remove the cab. I believe the Chevy engine is more accessible if repairs are needed.

There is a huge difference in the body between an F-150 and and F250, but it sure looks like a C1500 and a 2500HD share the very same body with only a bigger frame and heavier drive line components under it.

nate_1503
03-19-2011, 10:04 PM
have owned both diesels the dmax and the stroke and ride wise as far as comfort i loved the dmax but driving wise and towing wise and overall layout the F250 harley edition was hard to beat, if it hadn't been for the egr issues i would have kept it but the puffs of blue and white smoke at 60k started bothering me and getting a slight milk to the oil was a sign that heads were coming soon. good truck though not the greatest engine design in the world w/ the egr set up. now i have a tundra crewmax w/ the 5.7 and it pulls as good as either diesel did just doesn't have the secure feeling that the f250 had w/ the 21 behind her



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