Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
I had a guy come in to my work and we talked for a while about Dodge trucks. He was seasoned diesel mechanic, so I trust his opinion.
Basically, stay away from the 1995, that was one of their crappier years.
I love our Dodge, Cummins will run until there is no truck left.
My boyfriend tows horses with a 1985 Chevy Custom Deluxe. Great truck, some after market parts however really messed the poor girl up, and she is getting her motor rebuilt. He had an 305, traded for a 350, now moving up to a 383. Paid $500 for the truck, has about $2000 invested so far in her. I might also add she is estimated to have about 250-300K miles on her. If you know anything about older GM's, the odometer went up to 99,999 then it would roll back over to 1, so you really just have to be the only owner to know exactly how much that vehicle has:P
I have a 1985 Silverado with a 350, she's be a towing champ once she is all finished up. Paid $1500 for her, she had been parked for a year, dad started her up, drove her across the state and she has been parked ever since, been working on body work before motor.
Stay away from 4X4 unless you really want it, its just more money to be spent you might never use.
If your interested in a Dodge, go with a 1997. Great year for the Dodge!
Chevy's, stay away from Z71's. Great truck, but tend to be way more expensive. If you find one in your price range, chances are, its crap.
I'll tell you to steer clear of Fords, but thats just based on personal experiences.
Every company is going to have its bad apples. Seems the older the Ford though, the better.
Really, like others have stated, motor, rear end, and tranny are key. But, so is routine care. Older trucks will go forever, they were made right, if you take care of them.
Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown
Last edited by MangoRoX87; 11-06-2012 at 02:59 PM.