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post #11 of 68 Old 09-04-2012, 10:48 AM
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Well that really depends on how often you like to change out or fix your transmission. Ford doesn't hang on long.
I've had 3 Ford trucks over the years. None of them had tranny problems. In fact, I sold the second one to a friend for her daughter's first truck. Had 248,000 miles on the original tranny and engine when I sold it, and it's still going strong. So much for Fords 'not hanging on long'.

Honesty OP, it's really nothing more than personal preference. Most people who bash one make over the other have rarely ever owned the one they're hating on.
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post #12 of 68 Old 09-04-2012, 01:20 PM
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well lets see...we have 3 Ford trucks (F350 F150 and my old '65) 3 Ford Escapes, a Ford Explorer, and a Ford Tractor.....uuuuum ford haha.

First. On. Race Day. Can't be beat haha

Then again I have a Dodge Ram 1500 for a couple years and it was a really nice truck. It just really depends on your preference I guess.

I race a buddy who has a Dodge Ram 2500 all the time...and he gives me lots of crap lcalling me Found. On. Road. Dead......even when my little Escape beats his truck O_o haha

Honestly though. They both are great. And when I get home im just going for which ever one is better for my wallet at the time....

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TOYOTA! Has more parts made in the USA than any other vehicle out there now. It's sad
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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 don't 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 don't 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.
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I guess I should ad that I drive a ford focus, but it's the only thing in my budget, that got good MPG
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okay I have to say this.....

I have been in 2 accidents in my life....both were cases of douchers rearending my vehicle at a stop light.

Once was in my dodge Ram 1500....the other was this morning in my Ford Escape.....both times my cars came out the better.

With my truck I had 2 mercedes SUV's that hit each other and then hit me....all that happened was a small (like quarter sized) dent in my giant rear bumper. Me, and both guys with me were fine. Both theres had lots of paint/cosmetic damage

Today, it was an audi A4....he said his "foot stipped off the brake". I didnt actually see him before hand but his front is completely crumpled. His bumper was hanging half off, with steam/smoke coming from under the hood. He could not drive it afterwards.

My little Elmer (haha yes I named it) has lots of paint missing, some big gouges int he back bumper, and the bumper itself is tilted at an angle so my back door latches...but it rattles as I drive.


But both came through for me. And both had very minimal damage for the severity of the accidents....so im like 50/50. Haha

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I've had 3 Ford trucks over the years. None of them had tranny problems. In fact, I sold the second one to a friend for her daughter's first truck. Had 248,000 miles on the original tranny and engine when I sold it, and it's still going strong. So much for Fords 'not hanging on long'.

Honesty OP, it's really nothing more than personal preference. Most people who bash one make over the other have rarely ever owned the one they're hating on.
No, I've never owned a Ford, but that's because of all the people I know personally who did and regretted it. I personally know two people [out of dozens] who are/were happy with their Ford truck, one had a 2013 so it's darn new, and the other bought it new as well but I haven't talked to him in several years so no idea how it's running now. I know one person who bought a new Ford something or other in 2005. They have put three transmissions in it. Also being in a largely [transmission] mechanic family, they've all worked on way more Fords than either Dodge, Chevy, or Toyota. On top of that, I drove the 2013 Ford 250 and hated it. It handled a bit sticky and just felt draggy. My '99 Dakota had way more git up and go than that truck did. I just feel like Ford has been working a lot more on their look and "flash" than actual functionality. I will never own a new Ford.

All of that said, the OLD Fords are pretty good. Much better than the crap they spit out now. And I would hesitate to put a Dodge before a Chevy or Toyota.

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I've both owned and hauled with Fords, Chevies, and Dodges.
I Love Love Love my Dodge Hemi for so many reasons and won't haul with the others again.
The Fords were weak.
The Chevies were squirrely.
And the Dodges were dependable... all day long.
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