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Old 09-10-2018, 10:21 PM
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I have only had 4wd trucks for many years. I'm older and in my mind I still think I'm 30. I used to have a Land Rover and we did the serious trail rides. Probably the roughest thing i will do now would be a fire road. How capable is a 2wd with 3:55 locking rear end?
I know it is my decision I am just interested to know if a 2wd will get around pretty good?
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I guess you don't drive in the snow.
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No....I live in th SE. But 4wd will have better resale.
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I won't ever buy another truck without 4wd (this is my 2nd).
I've got the 3.31 e-locker and go to Colorado yearly for hunting camp. One of the hills is 12% (or degrees - whatever the readout on the truck is) and all loose rock between 1/2"-2". I've pulled my 3700# camper trailer up this hill with just the locker, not 4wd. I'd say it can hold it's own but just knowing I have 4wd when I need it is the ticket.
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The only time I ever thought I would need 4wd was launching my boat, boat ramps get slick as owl snot. I never buy a vehicle worrying about how much resale it'll give me back. I buy a vehicle to use and dispose of when I'm thru with it.
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Buy a 4X4, if you don't you'll regret it. I bought my 1st 4X4 in 1976. It was a rough truck for knocking around in the woods and I also had a "nicer" car. About 1 month before I got married in 1983 the car was totaled. My wife had a car and I got it in my head to use the insurance money + the old 4X4 truck to buy something nicer, but to save money went with a 4X2. I hated it almost immediately, but it was 2 years before I was in a position financially to trade for a 4X4. I'm 60 now and haven't owned a 4X2 since and don't plan to.

In the long run the costs are the same. Initially a 4X4 costs more,but is worth more when you sell or trade. I figure I've not spent any more money buying 4X4 vehicles over the years than a fellow who did the same buying 4X2's.

I no longer try to tackle the rough trails, have a Honda Rancher and Foreman that my wife and I ride when playing off road. But even the forest service roads can get muddy in rainy season Lots of narrow spots where meeting someone means one or both have to drop the right wheels in the ditch. You may not have shifted into 4X4 in over a year, but I can all but guarantee that you'll need it within 3 months of buying a 4X2.
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Imo get the 4wd. You’ll never regret having it. Only regret would be not having it and needing it.
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No....I live in th SE. But 4wd will have better resale.
But it also costs less to begin with. Works out to be a wash.

If you don't need it there isn't any reason to have it. IF you think you might need it even just once it would be worth having.
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Kind of funny - I don’t ever remember seeing a 2WD F150. Maybe some F350’s but never an F150. When looking at trucks new or used I don’t even look for the 4WD **** assuming it is there. I guess that could get me in trouble some day....

For 5 months out of the year I wouldn’t even make it out my driveway with 2WD half the time.
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Thanks everybody. This is one of those questions that there is really no answer. everybody has to decide for themselves but I agree with most everyone, 4wd is what I really want anyway. I'm trying to find a 2018 equipped the way I want it and the 2018 stock is beginning to get thin on the dealer lots.
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