Last time I researched manufacturer weights I learned that the "curb weight" that was published for a vehicle was based on the bare vehicle, with standard equipment but NO options. For pickup trucks, that was often a sandard cab, short bed, bench seat, smallest engine available, no rear bumper, etc.
A classic example: when Ford introduced the SuperDuty line of trucks back in 1999 they listed the curb weight of the F250 as around 5500 lbs (if I recall), but once people started buying them, and then getting them weighed, it was found that you could not buy an F250 that crossed the scales at less then 8500 lbs! Since they had a GVWR of 8800 lbs many owners were more than a little upset!
How did this happen? Well, Fordpublished the curb weight based on the 6 cylinder engine, manual transmission, standard cab with basic cloth upholstery on a bench seat, no radio, no AC, short bed, no rear bumper, etc. How many people actually bought that base model truck? You start throwing in options and the weight goes up quickly!
Alan Hepburn - San Jose, Ca
2007 Bounder 35E being pushed by a 2008 smart fortwo Passion
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