Let me start off by saying, My name is Joe Ford, yes that Ford, I am also a marine and diesel engineer, and there is a 2006 Dodge sitting in my driveway.
Ford trucks have been pretty well made over the years and generally they still are, however if anything goes wrong you are screwed. They are the most user unfriendly to repair vehicles oout there., Well at least 2004 on.
Ford has not made a decent engine sense the 7.3/ 300 I6, and 302/351 series engines went away in about 2003. The gas 5.4 is garbage, if the spark plugs arnt blowing out, they are breaking off inside the engine, put it under load and good by exhaust manifold, usually breaking off bolts in the block, these are known defects ford has ignored. Did I mention the engine is under the dashboard ? and it is nearly impossible to even see items much less work on them
The Ford 6.0 diesel, is well known to be a total turd, only people that like them are Ford techs putting there kids through college. The 6.4 was better but sucked fuel like there was no tommorrow. Jury is still out on the 6.7 but with the new emissions gadgets I dont think Id want one out of warranty but so far the techs say they are great. If I was buying new and didnt do any work myself on a vehicvle that is probably what I would get, placing a bet on the greater overall quality of the vehicle that it generally wont have much go wrong with it.
On to the dodge, The cummings engine is the best engine available in any truck, it isnt a Dodge engine so go figure, everything else about the vehicle seems kinda low quality. I am sure when the truck falls apart around it I will still have a great engine. Dodge had lots of tranny issues, for years they tried to use th esame tranny's didnt work out, I dont know when they came out with the heavy duty diesel engine but I believe about 2004, so the 2004-2006 nmodel years are the cream of the crop. Pretty high relibabilty rating. Keep you r foot out of the turbo, and put a $137 very simple to install extra capacity finned transmission pan on and change the tranny filter and adjust the band while you have the pan off. Tranny should last forever. Now I will admit the quality is a bit lacking, But OMG is this thing easy to work on. Every thing is so simple, lots of room to get to everything, Inline 6 engine with lots of room on the sides, you can open the hood and actually see an engine,, No extra gak everywhere, So far I have installed my goosneck hitch, brake controllers, replaced a leaking fuel line, added all new door speakers, powered subwoofer, new stereo, ordered new tranny pan, pulled out air diverter for the AC and tossed it, (they like to break off and block your suction.) So if you like shade treeing and doing your own work, get the Dodge, so much simpler. I had to have my ford towed to the shop just to change sparkplugs.
Chevy isnt even in the running, poor quality and hard to work on. Id rather walk up the road with an AMC hubcap in my hand.
Last edited by Joe4d; 09-04-2012 at 06:25 PM.