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Northwoods

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The 4.3 is rated at 7200lbs towing when you get the 3.42 and towing package. I leased mine as ive seen what other trucks look like here in the north after 4-5 years. I'm getting to the point where i don't want to work on my vehicles or pay to have it done. The truck pulls my 5800 TT just fine (I would not go thru the Rockies with it) but in the flat lands of the Midwest it has done just fine. It has just as much HP as the old 4.8 motor and real close to the early 5.3 numbers. I only tow once a month maybe twice from may to Sept. So for me I get the benefits of better mileage the rest of the year.

You make a good point about being in the north. I go out to San Francisco occasionally for work and it blows my mind how 20+ year old cars still look BRAND NEW, but at home a 5 year old vehicle looks like junk.

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+1 mpg per year at 15,000 per year is less than $50 at today's gas prices, or less than 1 fill-up. That's within the margin of error when factoring.

 

That's not a factor in my opinion.

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OP...drive them both and decide for yourself. I had a loaner V6 Crew Cab Silverado and it was fine for normal city and highway driving. Had the loaner up to 80 on the toll road here and, although it took longer to get to speed than my 5.3L V8, it was just fine. Would I buy one? Not sure...

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I currently have a f150 that's due back soon (leased). I am looking at a Silverado double cab, with the v6. Anything I should be concerned about with this configuration? How have others found the mileage with the 6?

How are the lease incentives in your zip? I actually preferred a double cab and luckily they had $4750 worth of lease incentives on them. Only $1000 incentives on crew cabs so it was a super easy choice. I also get supplier pricing ($3300 off) and they even price matched a deal I found on the internet so I got an additional $2000 reduction for that. So just a little over $10k off bringing the truck price to $40000ish. Residual on this truck is 68% on a 24 month lease so purchase price after lease is $34272. Not a bad difference to make up in 24 months. I put a couple grand down and my payments are very low. I'm not bragging here, just mentioning that you definitely need to check incentives on all Silverado configurations for your zip code to make sure you're making the right decision. Also, I put out lease quote requests on five different identical trucks in this area and they all came back with different figures. Shop around

 

 

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My atv that I will pull 1 or 2 times a year weighs 1000 lbs. As for hauling stuff I don't think it'd ever be more then a few hundred lbs. Hate to say it to the first responders, but I'm leaning towards the v6.

 

The truck is after incentives/rebates/supplier pricing is $34500. So 8,000 of sticker. It's a LT double cab with like one option package on it so nothing extremely fancy. Also I got him to throw in a tonnue cover lol

 

Also I'm unfortunately over my miles on my f150 so I have a chunk of money I owe when turning that in :(

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Sounds like you're in a good lease position on the v6, 8000 off sticker for a lease is a very nice start.

 

 

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My atv that I will pull 1 or 2 times a year weighs 1000 lbs. As for hauling stuff I don't think it'd ever be more then a few hundred lbs. Hate to say it to the first responders, but I'm leaning towards the v6.

 

The truck is after incentives/rebates/supplier pricing is $34500. So 8,000 of sticker. It's a LT double cab with like one option package on it so nothing extremely fancy. Also I got him to throw in a tonnue cover lol

 

Also I'm unfortunately over my miles on my f150 so I have a chunk of money I owe when turning that in :(

As others have noted, be sure you take a nice test drive in the V6 truck. I believe there have been several complaints of the active fuel management causing some pretty noticeable vibrations when switching from V6 to V4 mode. The V6 configuration is prone to a little more vibration than V8's.

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OP, you might want to test drive the new F150 and the Silverado real good before making a decision. I was a long time Ford owner, the last 5 trucks, and bought a 2015 Silverado with the 5.3. I want to love this truck, but the hesitation and poor transmission programming just kills it for me. I hate the response of my new truck, and wish I stayed with a new F150.

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I took it for a 30 mile test drive, hey the salesman said I could take it all afternoon if I wanted lol. I did pay attention to the transition from v4 to v6 and it was seemless. Only thing I miss is the throaty sound of my old v8 :(

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I test drove the new f150. The rear seats in the extended cab are smaller and it doesn't have 4 doors. The other reason I didn't like it is it feels a little cheaper on the inside then the Silverado.

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As others have noted, be sure you take a nice test drive in the V6 truck. I believe there have been several complaints of the active fuel management causing some pretty noticeable vibrations when switching from V6 to V4 mode. The V6 configuration is prone to a little more vibration than V8's.

 

Almost 10k miles on mine and I can't ever tell when AFM kicks in.

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Almost 10k miles on mine and I can't ever tell when AFM kicks in.

I'm always amazed at the contrast from truck to truck, and how the tuning can be so different from one to another.

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Almost 10k miles on mine and I can't ever tell when AFM kicks in.

I can't usually tell when it kicks into v4 but when it comes back to v6 it's noticeable.

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5.3 and make sure you do not get the 3:08 gear lame! :M16:

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OP, you might want to test drive the new F150 and the Silverado real good before making a decision. I was a long time Ford owner, the last 5 trucks, and bought a 2015 Silverado with the 5.3. I want to love this truck, but the hesitation and poor transmission programming just kills it for me. I hate the response of my new truck, and wish I stayed with a new F150.

google sprint booster worked for me really woke up the 5.3

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