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Old 01-16-2015, 07:45 AM   #1
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F150 v. Titan

For pulling a TT, which truck would you recommend the most?

Both are 2004's with tow packages and pull about the same weight

F150 - 9,200 lbs.
Titan - 9,300 lbs.

Thanks for your input.

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Old 01-16-2015, 09:13 AM   #2
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For an eleven-year-old pickup, brand is not nearly as important as condition and history. The more complete the maintenance record, the better. Replaceable parts such as brakes and shocks and tires and altenator can make a difference, so check those with a fine-tooth comb. Check all fluids to be sure they don't need changing. When was the last time the coolant was flushed and changed? Rear axle lube? ATF? And of course, motor oil and filter. Has the automatic tranny been overhauled or replaced? That sorta info is a lot more important that whether the brand on the fender is Ford or Nisson.

With one caveat. Whichever brand you choose must have a local dealer's service department with an excellent reputation. If the Ford dealer's service department is known to be incompetent and the Datsun dealer is known to have an excellent tech on staff, then lean towards the Titan. And vice versa.

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Old 01-16-2015, 09:21 AM   #3
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Same thing here. If they are from the Northern states, undercarriage rust will be a problem (brake lines, suspension parts, shocks, frame) in any 10+ year used vehicle.

I had a 9 year old Toyota SUV that I felt I didn't want to be stranded 100's of miles from home if something broke. Being from Ohio (rust belt) the vehicle was in very good condition except the underside was total rust city. I upgraded to a new Tundra last year for the peace of mind of no breakdowns.
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As a previous owner of a 2010 Titan, I would say check the rear differential for wear. Hard do do I know, but a technician would be able to. They had problems with them, and the 2005 models and up were better. If it doesn't have a finned factory rear different cover, it's the model that could give you problems. Other than that there good trucks.
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Depends on the trucks numbers.
The Titan may have one or two GVWR and a couple of low GAWRs/P tires but very similar.

The F150 may have the 8200 GVWR with 4800 RAWR load E tires and wheels.
Or the 7700 GVWR package
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:47 AM   #6
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Titan was definitely the better tow vehicle for that year, a torquier engine and a 5 speed transmission helped it take the top spot. The engine was designed specifically for towing, has very good low end torque.

The nissan has some issues with brakes, but as long as the owner replaced it with quality rotors and pads, they should be ok.

The ford 5.4L also had issues with spark plugs ceasing in the heads as well. Very costly to replace, especially if any break off in the head.

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