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    01-02-2008, 03:08 AM
I've owned Fords for most of my life and have gotten good service from them. But Chevy makes a good truck too.
If you are planning to tow horses around often, you'll be better off in the long run to get at least a 3/4 ton truck. I think that you'll find a V8 engine to be just as economical in a work truck as a 6 cylinder is. And as a general rule, V8's give less trouble.
A heavier truck is also much safer to tow with than the mid-sized models.

Having said all that......
I currently drive a restored 1966 Chevy 1/2 Ton.
It don't have all the comfort do-dads that the newer trucks have but they made trucks heavier and stronger back then.
It allways starts, it allways gets me to where I'm going and it has done everything that I've asked of it.

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    01-02-2008, 05:31 AM
How funny, gotta love those old trucks. I drove (still do) a '72 dodge 3/4 ton with a big 318 motor for years. Towed lots of miles guzzled lots of gas. She still starts every time. I finally broke down and bought the '06 but still love my old Dodge for farm work. My only other car is a '67 ford mustang and hubby drives a '71 International Scout.
    01-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by KANSAS_TWISTER
i have a chevy silverado extended cab that I love to death, we've pulled a 4 horse bumper pull stock trailer full with no problems
Chevy is the way to go!!!
    01-02-2008, 08:34 PM
OK, you people are messing with me.

Get real.

I say get a Dodge. If you're looking for something mid-range, I recommend finding a Ram 2500 with a Cummins 24-valve turbo-diesel. You will be so happy with that engine. It's a turbo-charged inline six-cylinder which allows it to crank out more torque than a V8. We have a '98 3500 Dually with the Cummins. It's loud but nothing pulls better. The only thing to watch out for with the Dodges is the transmission. If you get the Cummins in an older model like a '94 - '03, be sure to get a manual transmission too. The automatics that were installed in those models with the Cummins diesel were inadequate for the engine, so the higher mileage ones may have issues. The 5-spd manuals, however, were designed to take more stress.

Newer Dodge's are very nice, but the only reason I recommend any Dodge is because of the Cummins. Otherwise, there is little difference between the gasoline engines of different companies these days.

Don't take my word for it, Read about them.
    01-03-2008, 08:05 AM
Can't beat the cummins in a diesel. Dodge needs to do something about the paint they use though. The Ford is a Detroit diesel (I think) and just can't compare to the Cummins. We looked really hard at the diesels but at the time the fuel was way more than regular which I don't understand but that's another topic.
    01-03-2008, 12:00 PM
Yeah, Cummings makes a very good diesel engine. The 24-Valve models however, don't use a conventional pump/injector set-up like the older versions and from what I've seen, are more prone to drivability problems.
As far as economy goes, one would have to figure the extra cost of the Cummings engine option(a bunch!), the extra cost of deisel fuel (about 40 cents a gallon), the extra maintenance cost between the two (about 2x), factor-in how many miles you plan to drive while you own the truck and then decide as to whether or not there's any REAL cost-savings involved.
I think that once you get to the bottom line, you'll find that in this case, an extra 5-6 MPG aint all it's cracked-up to be.

But that's just an old guy's opinion.

    01-03-2008, 12:47 PM
Guess that's why we went with the Chevy No flames please, with my Mom, Dad, Grandad, uncles and cousins all working for Fords at one time or another I got enough finger wagging from them.
    01-04-2008, 02:46 AM
Well I own a Chevy Cheyenne (its like 12 years old lol) but I love it!!! It has an extended bed, V8 engine, 350 horse power and the person who owned it before me put in a thingy that you use to haul trailers and stuff (i don't know what it is called lol) only downfall is it gets crappy mileage. But I needed a car and I love trucks so yah... But Toyota's last forever!! They are built to last. I also like Chevy's but my dad who knows a lot about cars and engines does not like Fords or Dodges, he barely likes Chevy's. But I would look first at your price range and then look at all teh different types and models of trucks that would fit into that price range then from there you can pick out which ones would work better for you. Good Luck!!!
Heres what I want!!! (in my dreams lol)

    01-07-2008, 05:39 PM
I'm a Dodge girl myself. I've got a '98 gas 1/2 ton. I love it. I also have an '86 with a 360, manual transmission. I can load my 18' trailer to the max. You'd never even know you're hauling anything. Gas mileage on either of them seems to be about the same as any similar Ford or Chev. Never had a problem with paint. Didn't know there was one.
We also have a Cummins in our 3/4 ton. Great on fuel, haven't had maintenance problems, don't find it any more expensive than the gas trucks. A diesel will be able to put on alot more miles than a gas truck. They are more expensive, but last longer.

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