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Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, Exterior, Engine, Interior, Transmission, Truck
Jan 05, 2004 (3:14 pm)
>>>""Last year Forbes Magazine reported that Ford sold more SuperDuty (F-250 and up) than F-150's. So F-150 is less than 50% of their sales, not 75%.""<<<
Dodge has gone from about 15% 3/4 ton and up in the 1980s to about 60% in 2003. Chevy is about 55% 3/4 ton and up.
After 40+ years my company bought its first LD PUs over 1/2 ton series in 2001 with the addition of two SuperDuties.
#290 of 1169 1/2 vs 3/4 ton trucks
Jan 05, 2004 (4:23 pm)
In the "olden" days, we didn't worry about what the manufacturers MaxGrossVehicleWeight or Maximum Combined vehicle weights were. If it would stay tied on, it was hauled.
Today, if someone runs into you while you are not moving and you are over the rated limits, they will try to make you liable for the "incident".
My next truck will be at least a 3/4 ton.
Paranoia? Welcome to our litigation driven society.
#291 of 1169 Titan Test Drive?
Jan 05, 2004 (7:50 pm)
Ok, who here has driven the 04 F-150 and the new TITAN, lets here it from you folks please- What are the major differences? What will you buy? Is the TITAN really less expensive?
#292 of 1169 In construction
Jan 05, 2004 (8:13 pm)
What I see happening is contractors are buying BIG dump trucks for the ecconomy of scale when hauling, and it is not so convenient to pull the loader behind it. The HD pickup can pull the skid loader, and carry the extra bucket in the bed. Good luck trying that with a half ton.
The truck makers are also making a high percentage of half tons in luxury trim, at prices that make a contractor grade 3/4 ton look cheap. Do you see many Titans on the lot with rubber floor mats intead of carpeting and plain vinyl seats, with a cheap radio?
The insurance companies may have some influence with the liability issue as mentioned by akjbmw.
#293 of 1169 C/D Comparo Test
Jan 05, 2004 (9:02 pm)
Just had a chance to skim a comparison test of half ton crew cabs in the Feb. 04 issue of C/D.
3. Ram (Hemi)
Titan was quickest and very well priced in their eyes, I think they found the Ford more refined.
In any case it appears Nissan has a real contender.
#294 of 1169 F-150 vs. Titan
Jan 06, 2004 (11:23 am)
I'll be getting my new F-150 within the next week. The Titan interior looks cheap to me and I didn't like the exterior styling so I chose the Ford. The F-150 handles great and it's quieter than the Titan. The F-150 is slower but I don't have a "need for speed". The Titan was definetely a very close second on my list though. Perhaps next time it'll be a Nissan instead of the Ford. Hope your all happy with your trucks regardless of the brand. You can't go wrong with either truck.
Jan 06, 2004 (11:27 am)
That is true, at least with what most of the reviews report. The F150 has better steering feel, same as the Expedition over the Armada. Everything is pretty subjective though. Just have to test drive each and see what impresses you.
Plus the Ford gives you 46 ways to have your F150 which can be a major plus for those who want their truck a very specific way.
Jan 06, 2004 (3:02 pm)
I partially agree with hjody. I found the F-150 to be a little quieter, but most of the noise in the Titan was the exhaust. The F-150 also had a slightly better ride (but the Titan's was fine), but I saw no advantage to either in the handling dept. The Ford had a nice interior, especially compared to the model it replaced, but I like the dash and center-stack layout in the Nissan better. Performance and feature-for-the-dollar go heavily in the Titan's favor.
#297 of 1169 I drove both
Jan 06, 2004 (5:38 pm)
I have driven both the F-150 and the Titan. Actually, I was all set to buy the Ford, but I decided to wait until I could drive the Titan. I was blown away. To make sure I drove them both right after one another for me there's no question: I ordered a Titan.
What I liked about the Ford Lariat Crew Cab: excellent interior, able to get single options (Nissan must buy bundles), exterior look.
What I like about the Titan LE Crew Cab: the power in the engine, the exhaust sound, side airbags, Utility bed, traction control system, vehicle dynamic control, did I mention the engine?
The actually have a lot in common, but I couldn't get past the sluggishness of the 150. The first time I drove one I thought the power was adequate, until I drove the Titan right after the F-150, no comparison.
You really can't go wrong with either one I liked the multiple safety features of the Titan, plus the power is amazing.
To be honest I actually paid 1K more for the Titan than what I could have gotten the F-150 for, but I liked it that much more.
If people would actually use their brain instead of their heart there wouldn't be all of these people bashing the Titan. I you are bashing it you haven't driven it. It's that simple.
The F-150 will sell because people have bought them for years and won't buy anything else, the product doesn't matter that much.
They are both good trucks, I happen to prefer the Titan. Do yourself a favor before you buy any truck and drive them ALL and be honest with yourself and buy what fits you best.
Jan 07, 2004 (4:45 pm)
I noticed lots of bashing for both trucks, myself. I think, along with others here, that you can't go wrong with either truck. Take your pick.