F-150 or K3500 6.5

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  1. Jardo

    Jardo Adventurer

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    Hey everyone I'm in the need of a new vehicle as my 1989 Ford Tempo is on its last legs. Currently my Grandfather is offering to sell me his 1991 F-150 5.0 2x4 for about $1000. The truck is in decent shape and only has 108k on it. I've also been poking around on cl and found a 1997 K3500 with a 6.5 diesel. I feel like the F-150 would be more practical as I wouldn't tow much but I've always wanted a diesel. I believe the K3500 is $3500. Anyone have any experience with either? Thoughts?
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  2. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    There is absolutely no reason for getting a diesel unless you are towing more than 2 tons. Grandpa's F150.
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  3. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Pist-n-broke

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    Take the F150. It's a better deal, probably has a known history and good maintenance.

    If you're not towing much diesel is a waste.
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  4. albani

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    f150. 6.5s arent all that great with age.
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  5. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    I don't even like Fords and that is the one I would take.
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  6. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Jed

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    I have a '83 F150 with the 300 and a '86 F250 with the 5.0...and I used to have a '99 Suburban with the 6.5L diesel. Take the F150 for $1000.

    The 6.5L got a bad rap, but most people don't realize it was never designed to be a powerhouse but rather an economical diesel motor. With a few basic "fixes" to some of the problems the 6.5's had, they are very reliable motors, but you're not going to crank power out of them without serious modifications. For basic, daily driving, I wouldn't even bother with a big diesel truck with a small gasser would work for you. The 5.0L is reliable, gets about the same fuel mileage or better than the 6.5L will, and a lot easier to maintain.
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    tominboise Long timer

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    +1000
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  8. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    I was thinking the same as Jud, the upkeep will be a big factor with the 6.5
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  9. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    If you are basing your decision on the fact that you "Always wanted a diesel" and have no real need for a diesel you will regret your decision at your fist fill up after a couple days of driving that pig around. As was said unless you are towing a couple tons on the open highway a diesel is a major liability to the average driver unless it's a VW TDI or something like that.
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  10. Jardo

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    The want for the 6.5 is that I work with a bunch of guys that have Duramax, Cummins and powerstroke trucks. I'm easily amused by turbo spool so that's part of it haha. My grandpa has owned his F-150 since 1993-1994. It's a cool truck overall I just like poking around. Towing wise I'll just be towing a single car trailer around occasionally to race tracks. Now that I look back on this insurance on a 4x4 diesel for an 18 year old would probably be astronomical anyways
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  11. bikepharmer

    bikepharmer Baja is on the way

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    The 6.5 diesel was not GM's best effort. The Ford will be far easier and cheaper to maintain, find parts for, and the known history is a huge plus. You an chuckle when one of those Duramax guys needs injectors, fuel pumps, ball joints, etc. They are $$$$$ to maintain. Plus, diesel is a good $0.30 more per gallon where I am.
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  12. rootsy

    rootsy Been here awhile

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    Not only will the Ford serve your needs well and be easier to maintain, it is your grandpa's! That alone would probably seal the deal for me.

    It's rare to get a chance like that to share history. Soak up the time and make memories with your grandpa!
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  13. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    Better the devil I know...errr...something like that
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  14. Ven Moto

    Ven Moto Been here awhile

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    F150 hands down. Cheaper, easier, parts all day long, and the 302 motor is good for 300,000 miles as long as they're taken care of. That truck should haul a car and basic trailer all day long with no complaints.
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  15. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Hopefully the car trailer has brakes because the brakes on the F-150 are not going to cut it to stop a car trailer and if you are not careful the trailer will push the back of the truck right around.
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  16. shakeybone

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    F150, easer and cheaper to maintain and that body style is one of my favorites.
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  17. RVDan

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    So you want to show up at a Porsche convention with a VW Beetle?
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  18. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Jed

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    I'm telling you, get that F150. It's reliable, cheaper, and has a known history.

    The 6.5 doesn't have a cool turbo spool sound. It's not a power house, like I said. Trust me. I did a high power lift pump, spin on filter kit, better injectors, manual wastegate controller, 4" exhaust from the turbo back, and a few other things to mine when I had it. It ran great, but the 5.3L gas motor in my current suburban has more power and torque in stock form and gets the same fuel mileage on cheaper fuel. It's also a lot quieter and if I'm towing, I can spin it up at a higher RPM to make the hills than the diesel ever could. I think you'll be sorely disappointed in the 6.5L if you want to rub elbows with the real diesels out there.
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  19. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Yeah, it's all cool that your coworkers drive brodozers,

    But functionally, fiscally and just all around practicality the Ford's a better choice

    But for me it runs a little deeper,
    To this day I kick myself that I didn't buy my grandads F150 stepside. He hate/loved that truck but it was a part of him and a part of my memories of him.

    He's been gone for 20 years now.
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