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~shocktheman~
05-11-2009, 10:45 PM
Hey all. Recently I've been looking for a medium sized truck particularly a Chevy 1500, but I wanted to know if anyone had any input on any other make of trucks because I've only ever driven Chevy, also because of everything going on with the auto industry is there anything I should consider there? Thanks guys

buffblackbird2002
05-11-2009, 10:49 PM
well dodge has the unlimited powertrain warranty. and they are sellin for cheap right now. thats on the rams and dakotas and from what i know those are pretty stout trucks

~shocktheman~
05-11-2009, 10:52 PM
hmmm that sparks interest. I'm looking for a used vehicle though, and I imagine that the warranty wouldn't carry over to the second owner, do you think?

jxs081
05-12-2009, 03:28 AM
if you buy the used truck from the dealer it will transfer to you ask the dealer

Hoppy11
05-12-2009, 06:25 AM
The new Rams are very nice trucks. Boating magazine reviewed them and they said it was one of the best trucks they have every towed with. I forget what about they were towing but it was like a 28ft Center Counsel so it was a pretty heavy load. If you are buying new really there is no bad option. The new F150's are very nice and I am a Chevy guy too so I would be partial to them but I would defiantly shop around right now.

Like they said above if its used and the warranty is still effective if should transfer to you through the dealer. If buying used I would defiantly look Chevy GMC or Ford. Dodges just don't do it for me until this past year.

TheDarkShadow
05-12-2009, 02:53 PM
I'm a Chevy guy, I say go with Chevy, 350's are awsome

xsvly-fat
05-12-2009, 04:25 PM
I got a Chevy S10 and I like it alot, smaller then what your looking for but it's really good on gas. The only truck I wouldn't get is a Ford, alot of them have problems -well most of the people I know that have them have some problems.

colonel_moo
05-12-2009, 09:31 PM
I got a Chevy S10 and I like it alot, smaller then what your looking for but it's really good on gas. The only truck I wouldn't get is a Ford, alot of them have problems -well most of the people I know that have them have some problems.

I agree. My family has had nothing but problems with Fords. Both the expedition and explorer had powertrain problems, but our Suburban that we've had since '02 has only had minor problems (it'll happen). I've never owned/driven a dodge, so I can't input on that, but I'd say go chevy.

xsvly-fat
05-12-2009, 09:38 PM
I've never been in a Dodge truck but the Chargers are very nice. The only Fords that don't really have problems are Mustangs.

RSX99
05-12-2009, 10:15 PM
I've a 2000 Crown Vic, 2008 Edge and a 2008 GT500. Come from a Ford family. Only issue I've had with any Ford I've had is the front suspension is starting to fail on my Vic.

I really like the new Rams but Dodge is known for having problematic transmissions. With the new limited lifetime warranty it might be worth it to buy one in the current economic climate.

I think the new 150 is ok. Not a fan of the rear end. The interior was the nicest of the big 3 IMO.

Hoppy11
05-13-2009, 10:45 AM
The tranny problems in the Dodges have been fixed for quite some time now. They were mainly an issue in the 90's models.

RSX99
05-13-2009, 10:58 AM
Good to know. Thanks Hoppy.

~shocktheman~
05-13-2009, 09:31 PM
Wow thanks for the input guys. I didn't realize there were so many posts. I've been looking around at just about everything, but like I said I am still a little partial to chevy myself, but I can't find anything with 4wd. To plow in the winter its a necessity. Hmmm

teamteste_DB
05-13-2009, 10:08 PM
i was about to say go for a ford lightning till i read your last post. at least youll look super cool when your stuck in the snow.

RSX99
05-14-2009, 08:17 AM
i was about to say go for a ford lightning till i read your last post. at least youll look super cool when your stuck in the snow.

lmao that's great!

Hoppy11
05-14-2009, 07:23 PM
You can't find anything in 4wd and you are looking at the 1500's????? Where are you searching and where do you live?

STRIKEFIRST
05-15-2009, 04:06 PM
I just bought (it only has 560 miles on her now) a 2009 Chevy Silveardo Exteneded Cab LT Z71

I HIGLY RECOMMEND IT...with active fuel management I'm getting 24 on the highway and close to 20 city...now if it wasn't for those damn stop signs and traffic lights...

Hossy
05-15-2009, 05:45 PM
I just bought (it only has 560 miles on her now) a 2009 Chevy Silveardo Exteneded Cab LT Z71

I HIGLY RECOMMEND IT...with active fuel management I'm getting 24 on the highway and close to 20 city...now if it wasn't for those damn stop signs and traffic lights...

May I ask how much that cost you total?

I love my Chevy Tahoe, and My dad has 2 chevy trucks (2500 and 3500) and they are nice. I havent been in a newer dodge, but I know ford F150s are nice.
If your looking for used, I would look on a good deal on either a ford or chevy.

battlechaser
05-15-2009, 05:52 PM
May I ask how much that cost you total?

I love my Chevy Tahoe, and My dad has 2 chevy trucks (2500 and 3500) and they are nice. I havent been in a newer dodge, but I know ford F150s are nice.
If your looking for used, I would look on a good deal on either a ford or chevy.

For sure, of the brands I've worked on, I've found Ford and Chev to be the least retarded, Ford much less than Chev, from an electrical standpoint. Chev likes to computerize everything. And yes... even the door locks are computer controlled. :p

~shocktheman~
05-15-2009, 10:47 PM
Hoppy, I've mostly been lookin at websites like autotrader, and of course the paper, and anything I spot while driving. The thing is that my price range is about < or = $8000 at this point, and I'm also looking for an extended cab so pickins seem pretty slim from what I've found.

buffblackbird2002
05-15-2009, 11:48 PM
if you want to avoid spider webs of electronics, definitely avoid the imports. Nissan likes electronics, toyota too, Honda does not make trucks, Ridgeline is not a truck.

Sandman_Bravo
05-16-2009, 04:03 AM
I've owned:
74 Ford F-350 = money pit
84 Chevy S-10 = poor v6 power but reliable
94 Chevy Z71 x-tended cab + 3 trannies in 100k miles/ 5.0=litre poor power
06 Nissan Titan = awesome stereo, monster 5.6 litre power.

Nissan Titan- For $25,500 I got:
4WD
back-up sonar
extended cab
bucket seats
tilt, cruise, a/c
6 disc cd & am/fm + aux input for mp3
towing package w/ lower final drive ratio selector switch

At the time when I was shopping in '06 all the American manufacturers wanted $38,000-40,000 for the same features in a truck! AND I've had no problems with the "spider web of electronics"; all new vehicles have lots of computer sensors and wiring. My wife owns an '04 Honda Pilot w/ 70,000 miles on it and all we've had to do is general maintenance on it- tires, oil, etc. (We got it for $29,900- Trailblazer was $40K) Ten years ago if you had told me I'd have 2 Japanese vehicles in my drive I would have laughed at you, but I am totally satisfied with our reliable and (comparatively) inexpensive vehicles.

TheDarkShadow
05-16-2009, 02:18 PM
S10- lemme guess, not the 4.3, that thing is a beast
Silverado- 305? eh they arent too great especially in a truck, idk about the tranny, my dad's got 220,000 mi on the same tranny

Sandman_Bravo
05-16-2009, 06:08 PM
S10- lemme guess, not the 4.3, that thing is a beast
Silverado- 305? eh they arent too great especially in a truck, idk about the tranny, my dad's got 220,000 mi on the same tranny

I'm a construction worker and at that time I was a pipe fitter laying natural gas pipelines nationwide. I did a lot of extended highway driving with that Z71 because of it. I had a mechanic tell me that those trannies had a design flaw; during highway driving they would become slightly oil starved but during stop & go city driving it would not. So, people like me went through transmissions.
And yes, the S10 was a 2.6 if memory serves me correctly. I did a ring job around 70K miles and put in a Crane cam, Edelbrock intake, headers, and a few other parts. It woke her up some; but it's like I've always said-
"There's no replacement for displacement!"

pb34
05-17-2009, 07:07 PM
Well I can only speak for Ford as I own a 2006 F150 right now. It has been absolutely great! You can also find the 04-08 models relatively cheap right now as the '09 just came out with the new body style. If you stay in the '06, '07, '08 range you are looking at the best model years however the '04 and '05 are great as well.

I've got the Triton 5.4l with the 3.73 LS axle and tow package. I tow a 9000 lbs. boat as well as a 6000 lbs. boat and it handles both phenomenally!

I can't say enough good things about the Ford. These days, most of the trucks will do exactly what you ask of them. It's just the little things that can make the difference. I love the interior of my 150, its spacious, comfortable, and relatively quiet! Can't ask for more than that.

If you have any specific questions feel free to PM me.

STRIKEFIRST
05-18-2009, 08:10 AM
May I ask how much that cost you total?

I love my Chevy Tahoe, and My dad has 2 chevy trucks (2500 and 3500) and they are nice. I havent been in a newer dodge, but I know ford F150s are nice.
If your looking for used, I would look on a good deal on either a ford or chevy.

GMS price (First time ever I got to use my Granddads GM discount) was $31,600 plus it was on the lot longer then 90 days so i got another $800 off.

By the way...it looks really good with a coat of mud...:D

I'll have to post some pics...