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Jul 16, 1998 (12:48 am)
Pickups are more profitable for manufacturers than SUVs? It must cost a lot more to make an SUV, because they sure are a lot more expensive. Although prices continue to go up, I still think a pickup is one of the better bargain vehicles, unless you're going for a real econo vehicle. A midsize four door sedan is going to run you over $20,000.
Jul 16, 1998 (1:34 am)
Unless they use very specialized parts, SUVs are no more expensive to build. Look at a Suburban for example. It's on the exact same 131.5" wheelbase as the long bed regular cab pickup. From the back doors forward, it's the Crew Cab pickup. Add a "cap" and a roof and your done. However, because they are then marketed as people haulers, not cargo haulers, they can command a premium over a work truck. GM supposedly clears in pre-tax profit $10,000 on every Suburban; Ford clears $14,000 on every Lincoln Navigator.
The pickups, on the other hand, *collectively* make more money for the manufacturer. Ford is on pace to screw together 800,000 F-series this year (maybe more as they pick up slack from GM), so when you multiply it out, the F-series makes more total money than the Expedition.
Jul 16, 1998 (2:08 am)
its supply and demand, and right now there is one hell of a demand.
Jul 16, 1998 (3:03 am)
That is what I figured. I was having a hard time believing that manufacturers make more money on a pickup than a SUV. I can see it in overall volume, but not in per auto figures.
Jul 21, 1998 (7:17 am)
Personal truck? Who wants the SD? What about the light 250? Sound as though more should check that out.
#16 of 20 bobo
Aug 01, 1998 (4:18 am)
who has the f-250 super-duty diesel? do you like it?
Sep 14, 1998 (3:01 am)
What about the 1999 F-150 - am looking to replace my present 1996 blazer. Good move or bad.
#18 of 20 ron4
Sep 15, 1998 (4:38 am)
Its really a matter of personal preference. I like the looks of the f150 better than any truck out there. Thats one reason I got a 99 f150.
Most people dont need a super duty that weighs about 1200 lbs more, burns more fuel, takes longer to stop, and wont fit in some garages. As they advertise, it is more intended for commercial applications.
I will be using mine to go to work, hunt, fish, and pull a camping trailer and boat.
If you go to a supercab (rather than a regular SWB p.u.), be ready for a loss of nibleness compared to your blazer. It will take a bigger circle to turn it, and parking and garage space will be affected.
But, I dont think I'd ever go back to a regular, non supercab.
I really like the superduties, but the f150 serves my needs/wants better.
Sep 29, 1998 (11:39 pm)
Has anyone compared mileage on the F-250 SD with the 5.4 V8 to the V10? Is it a significant difference?
Sep 30, 1998 (3:07 pm)
Nope, they're about equal from everything I've seen. Check the 1999 SD conference, the delivery issues conference, and the gas mileage (and gas v. diesel) conferences for more details.