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post #11 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 05:07 PM
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I like the Dodges. I had an 02 1500 from about 2012 to 2016. Rear fenders started doing the Dodge Rust thing, and the electrical system went to hell. If I were to get another truck, I'd like another Dodge but I'm hesitant now because of those issues. Hear a lot of folks have electrical issues on those older Dodges, and the generation after that (2009 and up) are also starting to show signs of the same thing.
One thing I noticed on youtube is there's always someone with a beef against one make or another. Frequently they are well spoken and somewhat believable but mostly wrong. They are pissed off at the mother company so they go on rants and tirades to try and hurt them. Meh. I take them with a grain of salt. On the other side of the coin there are those who push one make over all others which gets a bit old too.

One of the best rigs ever made, the 3rd gen Toyota 4Runner, didn't come with any kind of coating on the undercarriage so those that spent time in snow country where they salt the roads frequently have major rust issues to the point of making them worthless without major work done. Such a silly thing to overlook. They had undercoating products from 96-2002 so there's no real excuse. I guess it was an option that wasn't pushed enough.

I've been a Be American Buy American guy for the better part of my life but about 12 years ago I realized the Japanese have done a better job at quality control. I still like American made products but there's a reason the resale on an 02 Toyota Tacoma is 2 to 3 times more than a comparable Ford Ranger or Chevy S10. They just work, are super reliable, and last dang near forever. If Honda made a mid-sized truck for the American market; I'd look hard at them too.

If I were going to buy a new mid-sized truck today; it would be the Tacoma. If I lived in snow country or enjoyed adventure stuff that might get me in sticky places; it would be a 4x4.

I think they put too many bells and whistles in new cars and trucks today. Some are good like the NAV/Stereo with the touch screen display but others are just overkill. The more basic they are; the less things can go wrong.

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If you want good resale value, get a diesel. Go price a used diesel with 100K miles or less... you'll see.

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I like the Dodges
As stated, I was a Ford guy. My electrician, Billy, was driving a 3500 Ram Dually with Cummins and he sent me a picture of the odometer turning over 500,000 miles.

Billy recently traded it for a new F-350 Dually because he tends to beat up the fender extensions on the bed and the ones on the Ford can be replaced, where the Ram's are integral to the bed. I can't get him to come right out and say it, but I think he wishes he had gone Ram 3500 with the high-output Cummins and Aisin transmission... because he parks right next to a brand new one on the job... and I guarantee the Ram was cheaper to buy... and he's not thrilled with the Ford's interior. The Ram just feels like home as soon as you sit in it. The Ford? Well, you get used to it.

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If you want good resale value, get a diesel. Go price a used diesel with 100K miles or less... you'll see.
Very true but they are full size. I see full size diesel pickups on Craigslist with an asking price 3 times what the gas engine models of the same year go for. That's across the board with all makes.
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SemperVee...I have a 2015 Chevy Colorado with the V6 (305 HP) Crew Cab with Z71 package....bought new and has almost 50,000 miles on it and it runs great. It's fast and gets good mileage and pulls my 21 foot camper great with NO problems at 70 mph on 2--1,000 mile round trips . Totally satisfied and wouldn't have anything else.....Right now no one in the midsize to small truck department can beat it. IMHO.
As for those who brag about their trucks running for a long time with their Diesel engines, they do go and go .... but the engines in either one "Aren't" made by them. Whereas GM makes their own Diesel Engines which are smoother and quieter.....They are basing trucks longevity on the engine alone and to me there are other factors involved in last ability of a truck.... Guess you could say I'm a Die Hard GM man.
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but the engines in either one "Aren't" made by them. Whereas GM makes their own Diesel Engines
The Duramax is built jointly by GM and Isuzu. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Cummins is a very large and respected manufacturer of diesel engines and the 6.7L pick-up engine is made in USA. You can't go wrong with a Cummins inline 6 turbo-diesel. Their engines, up to 15 liters, power everything from tractor/trailer rigs to cranes to heavy equipment. Ram getting their engines from Cummins was a smart move. When people open a hood and see "CUMMINS" it gives them confidence, not apprehension.
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Nice truck. That thing will DO WORK.
Mine's not that heavy duty... People get offended that I took the Cummins badges off.
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My wife has had a real good run from her 2014 VW Amarok twin turbo diesel dualcab. No turbo lag with the twin turbos, goes anywhere that it's predecessor 95 Jeep Cherokee would go, carries 1 tonne, roomy inside, I'm 6'2".
Biggest tub in it's class, better ride than a Colorado. 120,000 kms and counting.

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My wife has had a real good run from her 2014 VW Amarok twin turbo diesel dualcab. No turbo lag with the twin turbos, goes anywhere that it's predecessor 95 Jeep Cherokee would go, carries 1 tonne, roomy inside, I'm 6'2".
Biggest tub in it's class, better ride than a Colorado. 120,000 kms and counting.
I don't think they sell those in the US...

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