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    12-31-2011, 07:23 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I am speaking from experience with diesel pickups not gas and my dad was a diesel mechanic and he despises Fords and frankly so do I, I have never had any luck with them unfortunately. I love the inside of a Ford very comfy but they usually get crappy milage. The last one I drove only got 12mpg and was toast at 150,000 miles.

I have been very happy with the Dodges. Our current truck is a 2006 3500 not a dually and it has been a champ. It has been a ranch pickup all its life, hardley been on pavement mostly washboard dirt roads, rocks, sagebrush, snow and mud. Spends 4 months of the year locked in 4 wheel drive. And 80% of its life has been pulling a stock trailer. If I am just driving to town with it I can get anywhere from 22-28 mpg, when towing a trailer it seems to average about 18mpg. It has a hard 155,000 miles on it. Never had to do anything to that Cummins. However the brake calipers have had to be replaced and a clutch. But considering the life it has had..that ain't bad! And we have had 4 more previously that outlasted the Fords. But Dodges are a using pickup, the interiors aren't the greatest and the suspension is pretty stiff.
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    12-31-2011, 07:46 PM
  #22
Green Broke
You can see from the pic what kind of life our Dodges lead! This paticular day I was riding cows by myself and my bungees broke for my chains and had to use my piggin strings to tie them on! Either that or trot 15 miles home. We thrash them pretty hard!
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    01-01-2012, 01:28 PM
  #23
Yearling
My brother is an engineer for Cummins and he tells me people bring their Dodge trucks to the headquarters all the time to show off how many miles they have on em. He said there's several out there with over a million miles. Not trucks that've been rebuilt, I mean never been overhauled and over a million miles.

They found a guy that had an 07 hot-shot rig with 390,000 miles and it was more than they'd seen on the newer 6.7 engines. So they wanted to inspect it to see how it was holding up, so they offered the guy a new motor. He took it and they tore apart the old motor and took cylinder measurements or whatever they do. Anyway, the motor was so perfect internally, they could legally sell it as a new motor, even with almost 400,000 miles. I think they're the best engine that's ever been put in a pickup. I drove Dodge Cummins before he worked for them and he's made me a firm believer in them now
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    01-01-2012, 01:54 PM
  #24
Yearling
Cummins all the way :) although I love the way duramaxes look :/
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    01-01-2012, 05:50 PM
  #25
Foal
Ford. I had a 7.3L 250 for 3 years before it was totaled earlier this fall from some idiot slamming into me! I literally cried for 3 days, I loved that truck so much and those 7.3's are the best that have come out of ford if you ask me. I just got a 2010 f150 to replace it and I love it for pulling. I have a 3 horse bummper pull that it handles like a breeze. It has anti-swaying systems and a tow/haul button which is nice. Idk what dodges have, though I am sure it's similar. Plus, I think the newer dodges are just funny looking! Bubbly like those darn tundras lol
     
    01-01-2012, 06:39 PM
  #26
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Originally Posted by lubylol    
Cummins all the way :) although I love the way duramaxes look :/
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Looks don't help pull a trailer.
     
    01-18-2012, 01:51 AM
  #27
Yearling
I guess Im going to be the oddball and say Honda..lol, I picked up a used accord for dirt cheap.. and for commuting I love it.. but in a serious note.. all 3 have their plusses and minuses.. the duramax is made by isuzu.. the allison transmission though is excellent.. the 7.3 international in ford was a great motor, but the build quality I've seen in a lot of fords doesent seem to be there and the cummins is an excellent motor as well, but the automatic transmissions are junk
     
    01-18-2012, 05:19 PM
  #28
Started
Standards are great transmission and lots of fun.
     
    01-18-2012, 05:25 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by VT Trail Trotters    
Standards are great transmission and lots of fun.

I agree, I have never been fond of an automatic.
     
    01-18-2012, 05:26 PM
  #30
Trained
We've always had GM, either GMC Sierra or Chevy.

We now have a Chevy Silverado, 2500HD, Vortec and it's a monster when pulling. Don't even know the trailer is back there. Of course, this truck is ummm, pricey.

We had had family members own Ford trucks and they have all switched to Chevy. I doubt we'll ever own anything else...

My old Sierra has over 230,000 miles. My dad's Sierra currently has 215,000 and they are both still going strong. Our Chevy we got new last year so it probably has 30,000 on it.
     

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