Originally Posted by Atlee
Why did you move from a 3/4 or 1 ton Duramax diesel to a 1/2 ton F150 Eco Boost? Right now, I'm looking into moving from my current F150 5.4 to either a used diesel or a new ECO Boost.
Well, kinda long story ...
We bought our trailer back in '08 and weren't happy w/ how our '05 Suburban we owned at the time towed it. So slow, so many RPMs. Only 2 kids at the time, lots of trips out to the PNW to visit my family. So anticipating that would be our future, we bought an '06 Duramax crew cab 2500HD. Fantastic truck, by the way. Kept the Suburban as my wife's daily driver.
By several years later, my siblings had all graduated from college in the PNW and moved to remote locations where they had to fly back to visit. And they started having kids, didn't like to camp too much anymore. So we weren't taking the long trips w/ the trailer. Just 100 mile local trips. Plus, the kicker, we had baby #4 (so 4 kids under age 8 at the time). Oldest was too small to sit in the front middle of the 2500, which only had a lap belt anyway. And 6 in a truck isn't great. So the Duramax was out as the family trip hauler/tower.
So we traded the '05 Suburban in on a '10 Suburban 1500 w/ max tow options and captains chairs in the middle to make it so kids didn't have to climb over the seats anymore. Intention would be that the '10 Sub would be more than adequate for our local trips -- we are close on our ratings, but it does fine. The 6 spd. transmission was a huge upgrade over the 4 spd. And I sold my beloved Duramax (for a lot of money -- a clean LBZ Dmax is a highly sought after truck) and paid cash for a Subaru Outback. I mostly just commute to work, needed something to haul my bikes around and w/ AWD to get me up to the ski slopes, and I thought the Subie would fit the bill.
And after a year driving the Subaru, I hated it. Small, cramped, horrible mpg, and developed leaking headgaskets at 55k miles. Mostly, I just missed having a truck. If I could go back in time, I probably would have just kept the Duramax even though it would have been overkill for my situation. But ...
One drive in an EB F150 sealed the deal and the Subaru was history. I didn't need the capabilities of the 3/4 ton or the diesel, so I didn't want to spend the $$ to go that route. Our probable next RV is a motorhome anyway.
I'd be happy to compare the EB and the diesel if you want to know more.