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post #1 of 32 Old 11-18-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rumble in the Rockies test

Has anyone else read the Rumble in the Rockies test between Ford and Chevy? I guess Pick-up trucks .com ran it, and it looked like it was a pretty well run test as far as I can tell from the article. I am really disappointed in the Fords performance, it was significantly slower and it could'nt hold the load going down hill near as well as the Chevy. If the results are true the Duramax is a pulling sucker. I wonder what Ford is going to do to make up for this bad publicity?? I hope they can tweek something to make this engine run closer to the Duramax. They said the Ford might have needed the high altitude pkg, to have done better, if that is the case I would like to see another test. Since Ford was not involved I am a little skeptical, I would like to see another test involving both Companies. Just wondering what some of you guys think about the test. I am a Ford to the Bone guy and will support Ford no matter what, so I hate to see results like this happen.

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To me a lot of these so called "challenges" are a joke. If you want to buy a Chevy go for it if you want to buy a Ford do it. I own a Chevy now and I am looking forward to getting a new Ford this next time I feel the truck just best fits me. If they took to Joe's off the street that both drive Hondas then let me know because you have no idea who's in what truck and is saying what. I'm sure both did very well. Go ahead say what you want about what I say but, I really don't give a chit about what pickup truck.com says.
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To me a lot of these so called "challenges" are a joke. If you want to buy a Chevy go for it if you want to buy a Ford do it. I own a Chevy now and I am looking forward to getting a new Ford this next time I feel the truck just best fits me. If they took to Joe's off the street that both drive Hondas then let me know because you have no idea who's in what truck and is saying what. I'm sure both did very well. Go ahead say what you want about what I say but, I really don't give a chit about what pickup truck.com says.
You have good points, who knows how the trucks were driven, was the Ford pushed as hard as it could have been? It is hard to believe the Ford was that much slower.

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lots of those 'reviews' are so biased..so eh. i agree buy what u like when you drive it.
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Yeah i was pretty shocked at that consider other tests were a lot closer. I think?


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The gap between the two was a lot bigger than I ever thought it would be. I know we have had 7.3's the same year that pulled completely diff. from each other, every truck is a little diff. I guess. I would like to see a test with more configurations involved.

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I've previously owned two Duramax's, a 2001 and a 2006, and I now own a 2011 Super-duty, therefore my opinions are not biased as I feel both GM and Ford make good vehicle.

I test drove the 2011 Denali Duramax and it was nice, but it certainly did not seem to have the same acceleration as the Ford (Job-1) that I test drove.

So, I also find it strange how the Ford is so far behind in these tests, especially the job-2 truck.

I do believe that the engine brake is better on the GM. I wasn't pulling a load, but I could certainly feel the engine brake working when I engaged it on the Denali.
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I've previously owned two Duramax's, a 2001 and a 2006, and I now own a 2011 Super-duty, therefore my opinions are not biased as I feel both GM and Ford make good vehicle.

I test drove the 2011 Denali Duramax and it was nice, but it certainly did not seem to have the same acceleration as the Ford (Job-1) that I test drove.

So, I also find it strange how the Ford is so far behind in these tests, especially the job-2 truck.

I do believe that the engine brake is better on the GM. I wasn't pulling a load, but I could certainly feel the engine brake working when I engaged it on the Denali.
I have no doubt the Duramax engine brake is better, I wish Ford made a button for manual engagement like Ram and Gm.

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on another forum, someone said if you are in tow/haul and you tap the brake on a decline, it kicks in, and if you tap it again, it will work more. Not sure how much truth in this since I haven't tested it yet this way.

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Would be nice if a Ford engineer chimed in.

Since you have to tap the brake for the EB to work, maybe there is some driver error here too. (They hit the brakes hard because they didn't think the EB was working...?)

I still can't believe that there was that much of an acceleration difference though.
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