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Ford V.S Chevy Box truck

Dan C.
Dan C. Member Posts: 248
thanks everyone fot the responses

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  • Dan C.
    Dan C. Member Posts: 248
    I know this topic has come up before but I just wanted some opin

    I can get a chevy 3500 ton with spartan supreme box. I can't get it for 3 weeks which is probably longer but the dealer says 3 weeks. I could get a ford e350 with rockport box and I could have it Monday or Tuesday and it is 1000 dollars cheaper. I have never owned a ford. I have a 04 chevy 3500 that i am very happy with but i got in an accident and need a truck and nobody has the truck I want. I've called pretty much every dealer I could find and these are my only two trucks that have the box I want unless I want to have one built which is out of the question. Just wondering what paople that have had both think.

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  • 1974bobcat
    1974bobcat Member Posts: 18


    > I can get a chevy 3500 ton with spartan supreme

    > box. I can't get it for 3 weeks which is

    > probably longer but the dealer says 3 weeks. I

    > could get a ford e350 with rockport box and I

    > could have it Monday or Tuesday and it is 1000

    > dollars cheaper. I have never owned a ford. I

    > have a 04 chevy 3500 that i am very happy with

    > but i got in an accident and need a truck and

    > nobody has the truck I want. I've called pretty

    > much every dealer I could find and these are my

    > only two trucks that have the box I want unless I

    > want to have one built which is out of the

    > question.

    >

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    I just bought a ford van w/12" rockport box. Its a diesel and I'm happy but I cannot pull into an uphill driveway with out the bumper dragging on the ground. So I encourage you with what ever you buy pull in someones uphill driveway on your test rise and Impress the salesman when you are dragging the bumper!!
    I actually have to park in the street and walk up long driveways to customers houses.
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
    trucks

    Had a Chevy 3500 bos and couldn't keep brakes on it. Ford like to spit front end parts. Didn't care for the supreme box...the rear roll-up door wouldn't keep paint on it and looked 10 yrs old within a few months.
    With the lowering of standards with the American auto makers these days, it's a crap shoot. You'll here good and bad about both, but I'd take a Ford any day over a Chevy.
  • aaron_4
    aaron_4 Member Posts: 42
    trucks

    We use Isuzu NPR HD DIESEL. We like them alot. Good luck. Aaron
  • JaredM
    JaredM Member Posts: 57


    I own a 2001 GMC 3500 with a Supreme Spartan body. Let's just say that I stocked a spare set of rotors and got so good at the front brake replacement that I could do it in about an hour.

    And I drove that truck myself for 115,000 miles. It now sees less use.

    The ride and comfort of the GMC was superior to the Ford.

    I have also owned Fords...they liked to eat transmissions but I hear they have that problem solved.

    I currently drive a Sprinter 140 high roof and am considering another. More money than the box truck to purchase though.

    Good luck!

    -Jared

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  • Norm Harvey
    Norm Harvey Member Posts: 684


    The Isuzu has a better turning radius than my Ford Cargo Van, its sad!

    I love those Isuzu box trucks.


    For general service and minor installation work I like the ford Chassis with the untilimaster bodys, like the Fed-Ex trucks.


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  • Cosmo_3
    Cosmo_3 Member Posts: 845
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    > The Isuzu has a better turning radius than my

    > Ford Cargo Van, its sad!

    >

    > I love those Isuzu

    > box trucks.

    >

    > For general service and minor

    > installation work I like the ford Chassis with

    > the untilimaster bodys, like the Fed-Ex

    > trucks.

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  • Cosmo_3
    Cosmo_3 Member Posts: 845
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    Norm, isn't that the Trademaster body? Any way I always hear them reffered to as stepvans. They are great, except for how they look and ride!

    I have had my Ford E-450 utility body since 2000. Ditto on the front end parts. My local suspension guy added beefy rubber bumpers on the swingarms like they use on ambulances and that definitely helped.

    Reliablility has been great, I have the 7.3 diesel. I had to take it in at about 120,000 miles to get an o ring changed on the high pressure oil pump, and last week at 160,000 miles I had to have the fuel filter heater replaced, and added a block heater.

    As far as transmission goes, I had to replace the trans 3 times in about 4 weeks, and the problem (which I found) was the trans wiring harness was routed too close to the turbo inlet exhaust pipe, and burnt through, leaving open wires that shorted evertime it rained or they touched the exhaust pipe.

    I would by it all over again, except with an aluminum body like from Hackney to save weight and MPG.

    The Sprinters are not big enough for me.....



    Cosmo
  • Norm Harvey
    Norm Harvey Member Posts: 684


    The truck I have is a utilimaster aluminum body, though trademaster is proabably another manufacturer of the same style.

    My father drives the step van and had to get extra springs put in twice, but thats because he's an old timer/pack rat. You never know when your going to need 3 1725 rpm oil burner motors, or 80 misc. circulator flanges along with the 160 rusty bolts that came along with them. There has to be no work for a month, and he has to have lost enough money at Foxwoods to have nothing better to do than to clean his van, then we can get him to take a couple hundred pounds of obsolete stock and put it in his basement, to my mothers delight I'm sure.


    We've been lucky and havent needed any major work in the 8 or so years this peticular truck has been in service.

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  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106
    I saw a Sprinter today with a box

    attached behind the cab. That looks like a nice ride if it has the horsepower to shove that box "against the wind" (Bob Seger again:)

    We also have a bunch of flatbed and utility boxed Sprinters running around this area.

    hot rod

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  • Cosmo_3
    Cosmo_3 Member Posts: 845
    great, Thanks Hot Rod

    Now I'll never get that tune out of my head.

    One of those melodies...



    Cosmo
  • Paul_11
    Paul_11 Member Posts: 210
    Hino's are like the everyready bunny, they just keep running,

    and running, and running, and running.
    I have two diesal Hinos with the custom made aluminum boxes from HIVCO in California. They are 5.5 years old and on one I have replaced brakes once and batteries once. On the second I have only replaced brakes once. I only have 55,000 miles on them though. They look practically brand new.
    I'm about to buy a third.

    I am planning on getting 20 years on these babies.

    I like what I hear about the Sprinter, but as for a box truck I would run no other as far as I've seen.



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