What Do Y’all Look for in a New Truck…Aside from a Manual?

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A while ago, I posed a question to all of you about what you look for when you purchase a new truck. While it might seem like a simple question to answer, everyone has different tastes and requirements. That’s why Ford makes so many different versions of their pickup trucks, all the way from a base Ford F-150, all the way up to a commercial-grade, medium-duty F-750. Here are some selected highlights of what you had to say taken from Facebook and the forums.

Mark Dumas had this to say about all the new gizmos found in trucks. It’s a sentiment shared by many of you:

How about a work truck? I could seriously do without the fancy add ons. Fuel mileage and safety, don’t have a lead foot and don’t drive like an idiot. What happened, 4 foot bed? Really. Meet federal laws and make it simple and practical.

Phillip Thompson wants to keep purchasing gasoline powered trucks, and not diesel, even in the Super Duty:

I’m buying the 6.2L gas! Diesels are expensive to own!

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Dave Olson, on the other hand, wants all diesel, all the time:

A diesel engine is a hard / must have requirement for me. Diesel is a cleaner, greener fuel, even cheaper than Regular unleaded where I live. Every dollar I spend on diesel fuel goes 2x as far (mpg) than gas does, there is reason the rest of the world uses diesel extensively, it’s a no brainer…

David Cascio doesn’t want a brand new truck ever:

It has to be at least 20 years old.

Jon Smith has the usual request, even though Ford doesn’t really oblige it anymore:

I look for a Manual transmission.

Lots of you want a manual transmission, and say it gives you more control over the truck and what it’s doing. It’s the same thing I hear when I talk about sports cars only having automatic transmissions. The problem is, manual transmission enthusiasts are in the vocal minority. Automatics are more efficient these days, and the people buying tend to prefer them. It’s too bad they aren’t offered as an option at all, but there’s just no good financial reason for Ford to offer it.

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Most of you requested the same thing that Charles Requa did:

All I care about is that it is a Ford.

Amen to that.

All of you guys and gals are pretty vocal about what you look for in a truck, as long as it’s a Ford. You all have the same good sense to agree on that.

Luckily, Ford still offers you the ability to order a truck pretty much any way you want it (minus the manual transmission, of course). Even if there isn’t one you want on the lot a salesperson can tap a few buttons on his or her keyboard and a few weeks later a truck built especially for you arrives. We’re all glad they still offer that as an option.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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