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Trying to decide on a new used would be appreciated.

RedactionRedaction Posts: 2,044 Captain

OK…I’m going to pull the trigger on a new used truck 2015-2018. I think I’m to the point of choosing between the F150 and the Toyota Tundra. I would like to have a 4x4 but it’s not a necessity, my budget is 35K so that might eliminate certain 4x4s…crew cab is a must and I’m stuck on a V8 (not feeling the ecoboost).  Looking for input from owners of both or firsthand knowledge.

Thanks in advance!


  • big baitbig bait Posts: 426 Deckhand
    35k will get you a loaded truck.
    i bought a 2015 for 28k
    NO ecobooster
  • jawrayjawray Posts: 395 Deckhand
    edited August 2019 #3
    i bought an f-150 crew cab v-8 2017 with 23,000 miles on it for $23900 at Auto Basics.  They are off Phillips by the avenues. All trucks. Theres a new place on Merrill rd by the Dames Point called EVO motors with crazy used prices.
  • bicyclistbicyclist Posts: 1,654 Captain
    edited August 2019 #4
    We have a 2016 tundra v8 (4.7L) 4x4 at work and a new 2018 4x4 ford v8 (5L). The tundra sucks, 13 mpg highway, the contrast on the gauges is such that I can't see them without leaning in and wearing my cheaters, you can't charge anything with the keys off, it feels tinny and the door hinges and latches make my VWs look like a tank.

    The Ford gets 24 highway, is nice inside, has no issues with interior layout, etc. and seems to have plenty of power to pull a boat, loaded trailers, etc.

    I like the Ford ten times better than the Toyota.
  • WhitetailWhitetail Posts: 154 Deckhand
    I too was an Eco-boost skeptic. I've been a V8 guy all my life. I just couldn't see why you'd trade cylinders for turbos.
    So, when it came time to get in to a new truck, I called a buddy at Ford, and asked what he had on the lot that was lightly loved. He had a coyote motor F 150 Crew cab, and an Eco boost Crew cab. Trucks were almost identical other than the motor. Miles, wear and tear, features etc. 4 x 4 on both. Both under 35K miles and both under $ 31K . So, I drove them both. And hated the Coyote motor truck! It was loud, rattled at stoplights and got single digit miles per gallon.
    To say i was disappointed would be an understatement. SO, went back and drove the Eco boost truck. It's quiet.. I mean like Prius quiet. Plenty of power, and then some. It is so quiet in the woods, you can't hear it running standing next to it. It's got a HUGE 36 gallon tank, so you do have to plan for the 20 minutes at the gas station. So far, 5 years later, it's been bullet proof. Now my problem is that I like to hear the turbos spool up, so gas mileage is certainly not "eco" but, hey, that is a self inflicted problem. I have a buddy whose truck has never seen 70 mph, and he gets 20 miles a gallon. Just my $.02 worth, but now I've got 40k more miles on it than when I bought it, and love it.

    Now I see that they are making a Ranger with the 3.5 L Eco boost....   that sounds like fun!

  • bicyclistbicyclist Posts: 1,654 Captain
    I think the ecoboost has about 70 lbs more torque than the V8. You know that they say, you brag about horsepower but drive and use torque!
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 2,044 Captain
    Thanks all....the reason I'm afraid of the Ecoboost is because of this video. A good friend of mine has it in his truck and loves it. I'm just a skeptic...maybe I shouldn't be.
  • Tony RomaTony Roma Posts: 4,113 Captain
    Turbos are awesome until they brake , I’m guessing a 1,000 repair , my vote would be for the naturally aspirated 5.0, but with a 35k budget for a used truck the 1,000 turbo job prob isn’t a big issue. 
  • Black WaterBlack Water Posts: 290 Deckhand
    2018 Ford f150 extended cab 3.3 v6 gets 24 on highway (25k). The Toyotas are get trucks but cost more and use more fuel. 
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." :fishing
  • bicyclistbicyclist Posts: 1,654 Captain
    Tony Roma said:
    Turbos are awesome until they brake , I’m guessing a 1,000 repair , my vote would be for the naturally aspirated 5.0, but with a 35k budget for a used truck the 1,000 turbo job prob isn’t a big issue. 
    I am not sure about the Ford turbos although they have been making cars with them for decades. I think in this day an age they are reliable. A VW turbo can run 500$, hell that is probably what it costs to replace the tire pressure sensors and the Fords.
  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Posts: 1,938 Captain
    Ford 150 V8 4X4.... a yaer or 2 old and you can get one maxed out with goodies and with or without Ecoboost...
  • buddy dbuddy d Posts: 141 Deckhand
    You might give this site a look

    Over the years  SInce 1985 I’ve purchased 16 cars/trucked from them
    ask for Bob or Tom cousins 
    they take trades as well and very fair 
  • ChonggChongg Posts: 755 Officer
    Dealing with the same dilemma right now. You get more options for the money with the Ford, and the mileage is very appealing. I’m upgrading from a Tacoma, and I almost jumped over to a Ford, but I think I’m gonna stick with the Japanese for another round. I don’t think you can go wrong with either.
  • Sea-SquatchSea-Squatch Posts: 2,115 Captain
    I have a Tundra crew cab, and it drives better than any Ford I ever had. That's about the only thing I like about it. The Tundra crew cab only has a 5'5" bed, and that sucks! I'll most likely go back to Ford when I buy another truck....w/ an 8' bed.
  • bswivbswiv Posts: 8,493 Admiral

    Currently using a 2011 Tacoma and a 2007 Tundra after spend DECADES with GM  products. Toyota has the not breaking part down, even with the way we use the Tundra in the woods. But......if MPGs are of any concern then the Ford is probably the choice. Have the smaller V-8 in the Tundra......and it is a SINGLE CAB not a extended.....and it gets worse MPG than did the 1989 GM with the small 12-15%.

    This too.....and it is probably of no consideration for most.....but the doors on the 2007 Tundra weight a TON!. It's about all Louann can do to push them open or pull them closed when I park on the side of the roads in the woods.

    But then that speaks to the safety of the vehicle.

    If you plan on keeping it a long time, which we do as we tend to beat the heck out of them, the Tundra may ultimately win out as I'd venture it'll have fewer repairs.

  • artrecord224artrecord224 Posts: 122 Deckhand
    I’m at 215k on my 2012 f150 xlt w 5.0. Still get 18 on hwy 16 mixed and 13 towing heavy.
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 2,044 Captain
    Thanks all....still not 100% sure on which way to go. I'm going to test drive them both, do the math on the fuel, etc. It's probably going to come down to which one has the better deal. I'm a few weeks out on the pulling the trigger...I'll post what I buy when it happens. 

    Buddy D...that site has some good deals!
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,690 AG
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • Feet1stShoesFeet1stShoes Posts: 173 Deckhand
    I've owned Ford, Chevy and Toyota trucks. I just bought my third new Tundra and wouldn't ever go back to any other brand. The first one was the regular four door with a V-6. The second one was the regular four door with the small V-8. That one got stellar mileage of about 22 MPG when NOT towing. I used to make it from my home near Craig airport to Islamorada without refueling! The newest one I got about 9 months ago is the Crew Max cab with the big V-8. I still get about 19 MPG highway when not towing but I drive very conservatively. It has a 38 gallon tank so I've got a LOT of range. No I will admit all three of them get (get) terrible mileage when towing a heavy boat. 

    If you are a really good negotiator and can forego the four wheel drive you can probably buy a brand new Tundra for what you have budgeted. 
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