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Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra vs Dodge Ram



  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Ford F-150 is the only full size truck with standard 4 wheel antilock ventilated disc brakes. Chevy uses rear drums and Dodge uses 4 wheel discs--but rear ABS only is standard and they are not vented. Only Ford uses 3" rear springs. Chevy and Dodge (and Nissan and Toyota as well) use 2-1/2" rear springs. Ford has a thicker frame than Chevy and Dodge and the Chevy uses no front end structure at all--everything hangs off the fenders. Ford uses the longest bed bolts and only Ford bolts the bed through the subframe and straight into the frame of the truck. Ford mounts the rear shocks 51" apart--outside the frame--to make the ride smoother and more stable. Chevy and Dodge (plus Nissan and Toyota) mount the rear shocks 30" apart--inside the frame. Ford uses the largest oil filter and the largest capacity radiator. Ford uses cast aluminum in the front suspension to make the handling more nimble and lower road noise. Ford F-150 is the only truck to consider if you really look at it with an objective mind.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    With all that said about the Ford's frame, which by the way is now second behind the more rigid '06 Ram's frame, you failed to mention the main reason people buy pick-ups: The engine and towing capacity. Ford blows on both accounts. The 300hp Triton is not enough to pull the truck smoothly without straining let alone pull a 9000lbs trailer. The Dodge can when properly equipped. Ford's frame is not thicker than the fully-boxed hydro-formed Dodge frame any longer. Ford uses the largest oil filter and capacity radiator? So what, it still doesn't add anymore needed hp for all it's worth.

    The Ford will soon be left all by it's lonesome when the '07 Chevy's and Toyota's hit the seen late next year and Ford hasn't made any clear plans to fully revise the F-150 except for added trim changes. The Ford is a good pick-up for what it is, but to say it's superior to the Dodge, what an overstatement. And to add all of the quality issues that have plagued the F-150 as of late, it doesn't purport to be the it truck after all.

    I recently bought a '06 2500 HD Megacab 4x4 /CTD and it will swallow a F-250 whole. Word is out Ford is preparing an extended version of the Super Duty to compete with the awesome limo-of-a-truck Megacab. Who's following the leader now????
  • Ford mounting the shocks on the out side of the frame does nothing to smooth the ride quality, it is simple a gimic they abvertise to catch your eye. Ventilated 4 wheel disc brakes may be standard on the Ford but rarely can you find a nice Chevy or Dodge lacking this feature. Plus the bed on the F-150 is fit only for buyers 7'6". I'm 6'3" and I can barely peep over the bed when the massive tail gate is down.

    Stick with the silverado. Best engine choices along with the rugged Duramax deisel and Allison transmisson which is a down scaled version from Allison's military branch. The long and short is Dodge is a solid truck, Fords a solid truck for way tall guys and Chevy solid regardless. Stick with GM. There only getting better in 2007.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    blkhemi, we are not talking about super duty trucks. We are talking about 1/2 ton trucks. The F-150 can tow 9900 lbs when properly equipped. It's torque that is important in towing and the 5.4 Triton has 365 ft-lbs. Right in line with the competition. The largest oil filter and radiator are just two examples of attention to detail that Ford uses. The 2007 Chevys are not out yet. Until they are we can see what Ford does. Finally, I posted with facts. Cold, hard facts. Anyone can look them up. I did not post opinion. Your statement of "I recently bought a '06 2500 HD Megacab 4x4 /CTD and it will swallow a F-250 whole" is your opinion and you're welcome to it. Ford has been #1 for about 29 years now and I have no doubt that Ford will do what it takes to stay there.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Again with more opinion. I am 6'2" and I can tell you for a fact that I see just fine out the back of my 2005 SuperCrew. Ford uses the deepest bed, that is why the tailgate is so tall. Outside mounted shocks are not a gimmick, it works. Go to and go to the F-150 page. They have video of all the 2006 trucks going through the slalom. The Titan does the worst, but Ford is certainly the best. Not my opinion. Facts. Also, one more time, the 2007 Siverado is not out yet, so we can not talk about it here. I have no doubt that Chevy and Dodge will one day catch up to what Ford is doing, but Ford will pull away once again. (okay, that is my opinion)
  • I have not gone to and done all that but I will say that commercial they used to run about those outside shocks is FAKE. Ford unscrewed the sigh that said Chevy Silverado on it there for it wobbled more in the test than the nicely screwed on Ford sighn. Is your F-150 4x4 or 4x2? You can see into the 2 wheel drive but the 4x4, you about need high heels. :)
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    okay, whatever you say. BTW, mine is 2WD.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    First off, the topic says "Chevy vs. Dodge"(no Blue Ovals were invited to start with), so it can be 1500, 2500, or 3500 trucks.

    Being "#1" doesn't make it the best truck out there. Maybe that's why Ford is in the tank now on the brink of bankruptcy because it is doing "everything it can" to make sure the F-Series trucks remain there(leaving behind in the dust it's undesirable car units, except for the Mustang).

    And you mentioned torque is what's important in towing. The Dodge has 375ft-lbs of it, the Nissan four better at 379.

    The facts that you posted are true and direct(save about the frame statements, read up on the '06 Dodge frame revisions), however to make these facts appear that the Ford is superior over all others is just blasphermous. The Ford may have all of the trinkets in it's parts arsenal, what matters is how they are used. Judging by the latest of the usual Fix Or Repair Daily problems and quality issues, it appears that the Ford is still Built FORD "tough". (Toby Keith, how funny is that for a campaign ad)
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    You are absolutley correct, the topic was Chevy vs Dodge. I guess there is nothing wrong about a discussion about who makes the second best truck. If Dodge stepped up and answered Ford's call on the frame, then great. I will read about it. That is what makes competition wonderful. Ford creates a better mouse trap so the others step up to match it. I'm sure Chevy will do more with the 2007 version of its Silverado. Go ahead with your discussion. I would just suggest that you stick to the facts. Opinions like "my truck will stomp your truck into the ground" serve no real purpose and inform no one about anything. The truth about trucks proves Ford makes the best-built truck on the market. I like the Dodge. It was my second choice. I hope the new Mega Cab is a huge success. But, when push came to shove, the facts supported the F-150. Good luck on your new truck--I hope it gives you many years of reliable service. Now back to your "I'm #2!" discussion...
  • Ford may have a lock on the pick-up sgment but they ought to be first. GM splits there sales 75% Chevy and 25% GMC, so the fact Ford out sales Chevy should be a given. You are exactly right about Ford spending everything they have in keeping the F-150 #1. They have all but abandoned there waining car segment( other than the Mustang ) That is what makes GM and Toyota over Ford in overall sales. However read up on the sales figures of last year. Chevy is closing the gap on the F-150 by a good margain. Chevy may be #2 now but if the 2007s hit the market with a storm,
    Chevy may take over the throne for #1 truck.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    The Ford is still NOT best in class, no matter how many frivilous features they put on it. Outboard shocks? SO what, it's still located by a solid axle, so just like GM and Dodge, it has tail/axle hop. No doubt about it. The ride is smooth, but GM has the one up on that one for the overall smoothness.

    It may be #1(in sales of course :P), but it's still Found On the Road Daily. Aplenty of them. The Ford is a nice piece, but when you take into consideration all of the quality probs on a truck that's just 2 years old, something is severely wrong
  • Ford is not the best truck and really never has been. Quality probs have plauged them and thats why they are the best selling truck. Folks buy one Chevy, it lasts 15 years, Folks go thru 9 Fords in that time period.

    Your right, Ford is Found on the Roadside Daily( Broked down :D )
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Still no facts, though. My F-150 has no recalls on it. What problems are you referring to?
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    It doesn't need recalls to have a multitude of TSB's. Ford has a huge problem recalling their automobiles. Now with the NTSB and DOT breathing down their necks, they have no choice but to do so. I'm glad DC and GM elect to recall their vehicles early on, and not put human life in jeopardy.
    The F-150 without one recall, well that explains all of the quality problems that it's experiencing.

  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I don't know, you haven't posted any. Ford would not sell the trucks they do if they were junk. It isn't all rebates and incentives selling the F-150, either. Ram and Silverado are as deeply discounted as anything else. Dodge has even given away 2 years of gas to try to sell trucks like Ford does. The Titan has probelms...
  • The Titan bashes, smashes, and crashes the F-150! :sick:
    The Titan is 1 second faster thatn the Ford 0-60, Runs quarter mile shorter and faster than the ford, tows 1200lbs more when properly equipped than the ford and averages the same mileage according to CR. Motortrend says that the Titan saves an average of $1000! The Titan has a bigger engine engine, beds down where you ca use it and did I fail to mention the Titan brakes to a stop from 60mph 10 feet shorter distanse than the ford.
    Try arguing with those facts ;)
    I dunno whats the better truck? :confuse:
    I dunno about you but the Ford F-150 is like the truck on the Mitsubishi Radier Commercal. It wet it fuel pump :P
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Ford kicked off the free fuel and maintenance program, and I don't know if you know how things work in Detroit, if one maker does it, they all follow. Ford all but gives away the F-150 through incentives and rebates. Example:

    My father was a Ford nut up until his '05 King Ranch 4X4 Supercrew EXPLODED on him a few months ago. The truck had only 678 miles on it at the time of lost. And yes, this is NOT an isolated incident, so your recall-less F-150 may indeed fire up on you. The sticker on the truck was $41,586.34. After a host of Ford "entrapments" and other FMCC discounts, his out the door price was $26.5K. So yes, Ford even beats GM in trapping people in their cantankerous vehicles.

    So the long and short of it is he is a proud owner of a '06 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 w/HEMI(of course), and vows never to return to Ford(whoa, big shocker)

    More facts for you. Since you're a fact man, check out the top 2 professional reviewers (J.D. Powers and Wards), and tell me what pick-ups are in the top, including their powertrains. I'll give you a clue: It sure as heck is not Ford!
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Since you're 14 years old, you should have plenty of time on your hands--since you're not driving and all. You do a good job of mimicing Nissan's hype--but you're way off. F-150 tows 9500 lbs--properly equipped. Titan does NOT tow 10,700 lbs. Go to and select the F-150 page. You will see how the 2006 Titan lost traction in the 30 mph slalom and almost spun out while the Ford was smooth as glass. You will find the truth about trucks there. Why did Titan not win Motor Trend's Truck of the Year when it was introduced? Because you can only have one winner and Ford F-150 was the winner. The Dodge that blkhemi is so proud of got beat out by the minivan-based Honda Ridgeline for the award this year. Yes sir, that Ram must be one great truck! You went from being a huge Chevy fan to a Titan promoter based on one guy posting in another thread that you started? One day you will discover the truth and jump on the bandwagon of the truck leader--Ford F-150. But it will take maturity and reasoning skills. You have a few years.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Sorry to hear about your dad's truck. Bummer. It is an isolated incident--if it even ever happened. You say he bought a $41k truck for $26.5? That's bull. Maybe if he put $10k down on it! My 2005 SuperCrew stickered for $33,600 and I got it for a little over $25k. That was the Ford Family price less rebate. Since you fib about the selling price of your dad's truck, I doubt there was ever a truck at all. Why don't you post a picture of it? Maybe a picture of the tag receipt for it? Maybe anything that proves this truck ever existed. I know this sounds crazy, but when someone makes junk up in place of actual facts, I've got to call them on it.

    BTW, Ford F-150 is the proud owner of the JD Power award for Initial Quality. The proof is in the construction. The more you know about trucks, the more you know that Ford is the one and only.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Ah, the Nissan didn't win the Motor Trend TOY, but it prevailed in quite a few other publications: Truck 4x4(which also said the Ram was the tow vehicle of choice for it's solid chassis and shock tuning), just to name one. So Dodge got run over by a Honda? At least Dodge isn't in jeopardy of Honda and Toyota putting their nameplates on the grille in place of the rusty Blue Oval as the company is nearly brain-dead(bankrupt).:P
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