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Tundra Vs F150, why buy?

Hello everyone. I am going to be purchasing a truck within the next month or 2 and am trying to do some research ahead of time. I have pretty much narrowed it down to the Tundra and F150. I want either a fully loaded Tundra limited or a fully loaded F150 Lariat. As a sidenote, I am open to the F150 6.2 or 5.0. I was hoping to post on here and also on a F150 forum and ask you guys what you like about your trucks. Why is a Tundra better and why should I buy one? Or are they so close that I should just go with whoever gives me the best price? Thank you guys in advance for all your input. I appreciate any input you guys put forth.
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You should get the Toyota because it's not a Ford... Also, the Toyota is supposed to be the most reliable.

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I've owned a 08 and a 2010 F-150 and a 2012 Tacoma. My 2012 Tundra blows all 3 of those trucks away. A Ford will always be cheaper - pay for the Toyota - you will be happy you did.

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owned 04-05-06-10 f-150's between me and family. We loved them all at the time. They are great trucks for work and play but riddled with the same ol problems for a longer ownership. All of them had cracked manifolds within 40,000 miles, all of them had paint peeling issues and rust from under the doors and by the gas cap. All of them had hvac door issues, intermittent starting issues and power is not where it should be. All that said we still loved em though. The family members went with chevys cause the dealer is great, and i went with a tundra. I like my tundra overall better then any vehicles ive had before.

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I'll say this as for the Ford and the 5.0. I was rear ended last year and while my truck was being repaired (2011 Tundra SR5 Double Cab), I demanded a comparable rental vehicle. They gave me a 2011 F150 Crew Cab 5.0L. I was extremely suprised at how much LESS power the 5.0 has on low end and WOT, the truck just felt weak. I wasn't fond of the interior either and here's an odd one for ya, the turning radious of the Ford is much worse than my Yota. Thats a big one for me as I frequently have to make sharp turns at the bottom of narrow boat ramps to launch my boat.

Suspension of the Yota is much beefier, and the brakes are MUCH larger and more powerful.

As an advantage of the Ford, it did ride nice, perhaps a little softer than my Yota, but I didn't buy the Tundra to get a cadillac type ride, I bought it for the engine, big brakes, suspension, looks, and what it can do. Next truck will be a Tundra as well, love it.
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I'll say this as for the Ford and the 5.0. I was rear ended last year and while my truck was being repaired (2011 Tundra SR5 Double Cab), I demanded a comparable rental vehicle. They gave me a 2011 F150 Crew Cab 5.0L. I was extremely suprised at how much LESS power the 5.0 has on low end and WOT, the truck just felt weak. I wasn't fond of the interior either and here's an odd one for ya, the turning radious of the Ford is much worse than my Yota. Thats a big one for me as I frequently have to make sharp turns at the bottom of narrow boat ramps to launch my boat.

Suspension of the Yota is much beefier, and the brakes are MUCH larger and more powerful.

As an advantage of the Ford, it did ride nice, perhaps a little softer than my Yota, but I didn't buy the Tundra to get a cadillac type ride, I bought it for the engine, big brakes, suspension, looks, and what it can do. Next truck will be a Tundra as well, love it.

yep after owning fords and now the tundra my feelings are identical to yours.

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My brother is going through the ssme thing. We test drove all trucks besides nissan. And personally, I felt like the ford was cheaply made, but the ride was very nice and smooth. I owned an 06 f150 before and I loved that thing. A/c went out, flooring bubbled, rust ate through the bed and was all over the under carriage. It sat lower than the Tundra and the interior is a bit smaller. It lacked in the "feeling" of power. The tq didnt throw you back, but it jumped up to 70 real quick, and this was the 5.0. The Tundra tows much better than the ford too. If you want a truck for a truck, I say go Tundra. But if you're not gonna use it as a truck much, go ford. Their still decent trucks and look good. And their actually priced cheaper than the Tundra.

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Hello everyone. I am going to be purchasing a truck within the next month or 2 and am trying to do some research ahead of time. I have pretty much narrowed it down to the Tundra and F150. I want either a fully loaded Tundra limited or a fully loaded F150 Lariat. As a sidenote, I am open to the F150 6.2 or 5.0. I was hoping to post on here and also on a F150 forum and ask you guys what you like about your trucks. Why is a Tundra better and why should I buy one? Or are they so close that I should just go with whoever gives me the best price? Thank you guys in advance for all your input. I appreciate any input you guys put forth.
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The low end power of my Tundra frequently suprises people lol. Just about anytime I go fishing with someone new, I get in the boat and let them back me down the boat ramp to launch. If it's someone new driving my truck they spin the tires every time b/c they think they can hit the pedal with normal pressure. It usually causes me to fall over while standing in the boat but a good laugh for both. Usually get the comment, "man that thing has some power!," after they're done laughing at the fact that they made the truck lunge foward quickly and knocking me to my butt lol.

Is this truck gonna out pull a diesel? Never, but when comparing gas engines, the 5.7 is a beast in my book. Tows my 5-6k lbs worth of boat, motor tackle and gear great, AND it can stop it quickly when needed, power means nothing if you can't stop what's behind you.
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FYI I can save you some reading on the ford site. The FOrd fan boys will say the same things about the F150 that we have said here about the Tundra!

They both make good trucks get the best price and best warranty. If you are towing over 6k go with the Tundra, ecoboost or the 6.2L. The 5.0L is a great motor but tow capacity of it with the tow package is overstated IMO.

The 5.0L should do you better on gas day to day. I think you can also get a crew with a 6 1/2' box I believe.

I do love my Tundra and the 5.7L.
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Would you please post up a link here to the thread that you started on the ford forum??

If u haven't started it yet might I suggest fordtruckenthusiasts? They're a good group over there.
Its probably because I have a cold right now but I swear you wrote FordLUCKenthusiasts. That pretty much summed it up for my decision making process when I was reading all the reviews etc... Edmunds.com had the most enlightening reviews of all. Yes the Tundra had some issues like metal shavings in the oil early on(left over from manufacture) but the comments about the Ford (primarily the Twin Turbo V6) were gut wrenching engine failures or the engine randomly going into limp mode during passing almost causing a head on with a Semi etc... Look at it this way trucks have so much tech in them these days there are going to be problems regardless. You will have to choose the lesser percieved evil. Finally I have been treated so poorly by Ford in the past over warranty issues regarding everything from poor wiring to interior quality that I swore to never do business with them again. Once American manufacturers go back to quality AND customer service (meaning they are the best again) then I will consider going back. If I go back now its like rewarding your child for being a brat. You will just get more of what you rewarded them for. Good luck and Semper Fi
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Would you please post up a link here to the thread that you started on the ford forum??

If u haven't started it yet might I suggest fordtruckenthusiasts? They're a good group over there.


The link is:
F150 Vs Tundra, Why buy? - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans

I just searched for an f150 forum.
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The good news is that you have narrowed it down to probably the best 2 trucks out there. chevy and dodge = junk. Nissan, IMO, doesn't even make the contest.

I don't have any recent experience with Fords. We had an 03 Expedition that had the coil packs dropping out like flies. At $100 a pop, it got old, so I sold it with around 75k miles or so. Aside from that, and an alternator replacement, it was a real nice ride...wife still misses it. Also, I was scared shitless of the spark plug jumping out the head issue, that is all over the internet. That's a $5k+ repair. Not sure if ford addressed that problem or not, I hope they did.

My parents own 3 Fords. A 2000 or so mustang, 2006 expy, and a 2008 f-150. No problems with any of their vehicles that I know of.

I've had a ford ranger, 2 dodge 1500's, wife's Expedition, and now the Tundra. Its the first Toyota I've ever owned, and I think I'm pretty much a lifer now. Will one day have a Sequoia parked next to it, when the money is right.
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