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J    Posted 09-17-2004 at 13:07:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm needing some honest opinions here.

I am planning to buy a new pickup.

What are your experiences with Ford, Dodge, Chevy? 3/4 or 1/2 ton? I heard the fuel mileage is absolutely terrible on the 3/4 tons and up.

Gimme the pros and cons


Apollo    Posted 09-18-2004 at 05:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Out of the crop of trucks you listed I would purchase a Dodge with a Cummins diesel (I assume you want the 3/4T for it's hauling capabilities). However, if you open the field up a bit, and you want quality that is stellar, and engineering that is second to none, take a look at either the Nissan Titan or the Toyota.

After seeing and driving the Nissan, I'm not sure how anyone could settle for anything less. And I've been a Mopar fan all of my life.

Mike Ga    Posted 09-17-2004 at 23:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think any brand will do if you take care of it as everyone should. I am a Dodge man myself. Wife and I both drive 2500 4by4's and we love them. We have had no bad problems with them. Wifes is a diesel and its great for taking trips as it gets about 20 miles to the gallon and mine is gas and and it only gets about 11 or 12 miles to the gallon around town. Most of my driving is in traffic stop and go . I think you can get a bad truck with any brand so it has to be what you want and not what brand. Never buy one that is the first year of changes as they usually have bugs that they haven't got out yet. Always buy at the end of a month as you will get better deals. Salepeople have quotas that they have to make and the end of the month they will do bout anything to make a sale. You can save lots of money by buying online as they don't get much commision when doing so [bout 35 to 40 dollars. Sometimes carlots have a few of last years new ones that you can save big bucks on. You can also save big bucks by buying a low millage used one. Never buy the exstended warranty on a new truck. Its a ripe off and will cost you triple if you finance the warranty. Wife use to sale trucks but she quit cause of the dishonesty in the buisness. Always better to deal with the new salespeople as they don't know the tricks of making a good sale for them and don't make much off it.

KellyGa    Posted 09-17-2004 at 20:46:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 2000 Dodge V8 Sport Ram1500, beautiful red truck, bedliner, sweet ride. Brand new it cost the first owner 36,000 dollars...I paid 16,900 for it at a year and a half old. I LOVE MY TRUCK! I have not had one single problem, I never get tired of driving it. Best vehicle I have ever owned. Up until now, I have always owned Fords, because my father in law works for Ford, but I went Dodge, hoping he wouldn't be too mad at me, and he even liked the truck. I don't get great gas mileage, but I sure do look and feel good riding down the road! LOL!

KellyGa...a redneck woman through and through...

bulldinkie    Posted 09-17-2004 at 17:07:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband has always had Fords not many problems at all.We have about 5 trucks now for work,1 leisure all diesel.250,359,reading cap.although this year transmission blew in his 2002 ford.He was told 2002-2003 have bad transmissions in them.Ford wouldnt do anything about it.Surprised???

JDK    Posted 09-17-2004 at 16:04:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just to confuse the issue,1/2 & 3/4 Ton pickups don't actually exist as such like yrs ago.Now the models,1500/2500,150/250 etc are a starting"platform",The base "pickup" can be ordered with several engine/spring/tire combos before getting into the "heavier" pickup which has a stronger frame/axles/wheels and again an assortment of spring capacities.Then theres the 4wd class which is generally heavier sprung and reinforced than a 2wd.Throw in the Club and Crew cab,short and long box models and various goody and trim packages,towing options etc and any brand dealer can technically order you about 50+ different combinations.Then theres the midsize and compacts,ea with its "platform".You need to determine WHAT you need(hauling and/or towing capacity),then sit down and "build" your truck,as to power/options/toys etc within the platform you choose.If you need/want a "3/4T"HD 4wd,then your going to suffer the the lower mileage and such.On the other hand,if a 6cy,2wd,std tranny "1/2T" or mid/compact,you're going to benefit in cost/mileage etc.Besides you can always borrow your buddies 1T,6wd,Turbo Diesel Dually 4door Hiboy if you grovel well :)
"Just confusing the issue a bit"

Dave Munson    Posted 09-17-2004 at 15:55:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The inlaws superduty gets much better milage than mine. His is a '02 or '03 while mine is a '00.

Love the truck.

why limit yourself    Posted 09-17-2004 at 15:25:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
to those three. A toyota Pu is sure better than any of the other brands. Will haul more weight on its axles too without sagging down. Gas mileage is as good if not better than the others.

toolman    Posted 09-17-2004 at 15:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think RET is right a fellow down the road has one hauled a trailer from way back east been using it for a farm truck and it sure seems to holding up good , i have heard lots of good things about them.

toolman    Posted 09-17-2004 at 13:22:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
ive always been a chevy man but from what i hear about the new ones i don,t know if id buy a chevy, my neighbour has a new dodge and the rearend has gone sil has a new chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 and the gas milage is terrible, she went out and bought a chevy 1/2 ton with a six cyl 4x4 and gets great milage with that , likes it alot, i have a mid 93 chev 4x4 xcab 1/2 ton and get good milage out of it. guess it,s what you want to take a chance on.

donna wv    Posted 09-17-2004 at 13:21:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we own a 2002 ford f150 xlt extra cab. It's gas mileage is ok at roughly 20-22 mpg .But most of our miles are open road here. We bought it new and have had no trouble at all .it has been a great truck . We have 143,000 miles on it and will probably buy one exactly like it only a couple years newer.

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