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How to Pick a Pickup



  • jraskejraske Posts: 133
    thanks graghost & ivstang, for the response, i am going with the leather seats but would still like to hear any body elsees comments about this and if i should do anything special to protect the leather.
    Thanks John
  • I am considerinf buying a truck. We are about to move into and a new home that is a real fixer upper, so I need something to haul things in. I can't afford a new truck, I can only spend between $4-6,000 fro one. This will alos be my primary driving vehicle seeing my car is on it's last legs. Any sugestions on what to look at would be apprciated
  • jraskejraske Posts: 133
    schall i have a 94 Dodge Dakota thats in good cond. Thats in your price range. Iam in So.Calif
    if interested leave a message
  • I am try to decide on which truck (Ford PSD or dodge/Cummins) to buy for towing a 13,000 lb. fifthwheeler. It really boils down to the automatic transmission, as I like about both trucks. I like what I here about the Dodge/Cummins for the engine reliability with a proven record. The Ford PSD seems to be great, as it is newer design and the higher powered PSD engine.

    So here is the real question: the Dodge degrades engine HP and Torque of the Cummins engine when the automatic transmission is added. This leads me to believe that the transmission in the Dodge is marginal for the diesel engine. Please give me your thoughts.

  • marv3marv3 Posts: 4
    Don't have a pick-up, yet, however do have leather seats in the car. Have had them for two years and look like new. Live in Florida and the seats are black. Even wearing shorts, have never been to hot to sit on. Love the leather seats, will probably never go back to cloth.
  • bobh12bobh12 Posts: 140
    I would go with the leather, have a 97 F-150 leather Seats, 98 Expedition, leather seats, German Shepherd and a Sheltie, never had a problem. Easy to keep clean wipe off with damp cloth. Live in Colorado, seats have never been too hot or too cold, at least for me. good luck.
  • Just wanted to let everyone know that Budget Rent-A-Car is renting Ford Rangers for $20 per day. Thru December 15th. One rental day must be through a Saturday night.

    I am using the opportunity to test one before purchase. It's a great deal, and I'm having a lot of fun with the truck - 900 miles in 3 days!

    Here's the URL:
  • jacarljacarl Posts: 4
    I need a truck for every day driving and work.
    I remodel houses, which includes landscaping as well.Sometimes I will need to haul up to 2 to 3 yards max of rock. Regular use will include hauling bauthtubs, drywall, etc for home renovation.Looked at all models and decided that crew cab is the way to go based on family size. This will be my first truck. I saw a 99 Chevy 3500 ls package lb dually crew cab with 5.7 motor for $27600 at local dealer. Is this too much truck? ie Is engine size adequate?
    Gas vs Diesl?
    Other makes?
    Any comments would be appreicated.///jacarl
  • mozeemozee Posts: 12
    Hi,Frank I own a 96 Dodge/cummins/auto and can tell you from my experience that neither one of these transmissions were meant for that kind of load.My 2500 long bed 4x4 ready for the road is 7050 lbs empty.If it were a 1ton(which you would need,due to high kingpin#from 13000lb5er)itwould weigh about 300 more.Add yourself,add family,add 5er(13000lb)add cargo,water,etc.You are over 20000 easy,with either Ford or Dodge.I know the highest GCWRfor dodge auto is 18000lb,with 4.10 axle.The ford is (rated) for more,especially in f450/550 with 4.88+rear,but they are not holding up any better than Dodge.My advice:buy Dodge w/245hp/6sp. manual and use the money you saved by not buying the auto to buy an engine brake.With that load you'll be much safer.I also like F350/450 but cummins is so so much better for long haul durability and especially serviceability,thats why I'd go Dodge,either way you can't lose,good luck Johnny D
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    If you are set on a crew cab then the Chevy in question isn't too much truck. The 5.7? What year? You might want to consider the 6.0L from GM or a Ford F-250/350 with the V-10. Both would be excellant choices.
    Diesel? Are you going to put some serious miles on her? The investment in a diesel doesn't usually pay off until after 100,000 miles.
  • Johnny, thanks for the inputs. The fifthwheeler I am planning on will be close to the max GVWR of both Dodge and Ford, but I plan to make sure it does not exceed the manufactures set limits. Safety is first. Yes, I will put the engine bread on either one I get.

    I would like to get the manual 6-sp tranny. But the wife is saying she will not drive a truck with a manual transmission, and I really want her too. With a 6-sp manual transmission, both trucks would be much better tow machines.

    The question is, which is the better tow truck with an automatic Dodge or Ford. Dodge reduces the horsepower and torque on the diesel engine for the Automatic, Ford does not. Is Dodge/Cummins playing it safer? Is Ford/PSD saying more transmission failers are okay? If we had the failure information from Dodge and Ford, than we would know.
  • jacarljacarl Posts: 4
    Thanks for the input.

  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    No knock on Dodge but the reason for higher figures on the Ford is because they make a better tranny to match their diesel.
  • bham1bham1 Posts: 1
    I WANT TO BUY 4-5 YEAR OLD TRUCK. Will carry wife 2 kids. Want it for light duty on farm and to drive to office. What is better Ford, Chevy, Dodge? Looks aren't as important as reliability
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230

    You really need to give more info. Other than driving to work, and driving around farm, what else are you going to do. How long is your drive to office? Towing? Camper? Hauling? How bad are the roads on the ranch? How much money are you willing to pay?

    These are vital. Almost universally speaking, Dodge and Ford have excellent diesels and better 3/4-tons & 1/2-tons for heavy use, GM has great V-8 engines (good power & mileage) for their 1/2-tons & 3/4-tons for light and moderate use. Dodge offers a mid-size truck (Dakota) that can accomplish a lot that the big-guys do in an easier-to-handle package. Toyota, Nissan and Ford (Mazda is same as Ford) have good compact trucks, although their backseats are probably too small for your use. You need to elaborate your needs.
  • rs_pettyrs_petty Posts: 423
    The all time best recommendation I've heard on this topic is to pick out your camper first then purchase a pickup that meets the requirements. There is a lot of difference in weight between brands and sizes. You may find that a 3/4 ton just won't do the job comfortably for a 12 foot slide in and you really should go with a 1 ton dually, but you don't need a 1 ton for an 8 foot pop-top.
  • Hello intrepid truck drivers.

    My father is looking to get a used pickup truck (about a '93 or so). He primarily will use the vehicle for commuting in Southern California with heavy use on weekends for hauling landscaping and home improvement supplies. His expressed concerns are reliability/service costs and gas mileage.

    He's leaning toward a full-size p.u. He's already nixed getting a Ford (please no hate mail!) based on past experience. Opinions on the T100 vs. a Chevy C/K based on his needs?

  • His commute during the week is about 50 miles round-trip freeway driving plus work-related drives to various So Cal vendors w/ his comfort is important too.

    Weekend cargo duties would mostly be various items like lumber, gravel, soil, and of course the dog. Light use on dirt roads would only be an occasional factor and 4WD is not required.

    Price range is apx. $8-9K.
  • br459br459 Posts: 12
    Is there anyone out there that owns a 93 or older Mazda pickup? I have to say that these little trucks are about the most reliable trucks I have ever had. I have 256,000 on mine and several of my friends have well over 200K on theirs. Not a problem. Not much power, but I don't need it anyway. Why they stopped making the Japanese version of this truck I will never know. Probably because dealer mechanics had nothing to do at Mazda dealerships. :-}
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230
    Get the Chevy C/K with the 350. Should be more comfortable, more powerful, better mileage (yes, the 350 can/should get better than 20 mpg; the T100 would be less than that and have WAY less power). The T100 is not that good of a truck from all I've heard. They really aren't a full-size pickup.
  • just to add the price range is in Canadian Dollars
  • I'm looking for a new pickup. Primary use will be to tow a popup trailer (GVW 3500 lbs) and perhaps later to tow a larger trailer about 5000-6000 lbs. I favour the 2000 GMC Sierra 1500, extended cab, short box, 2WD; engine - Vortec 4800 V8, Auto Trans., Trailer package, locking diff., 3,73 rear axle ratio.
    Other possibilities I'm considering are Ford F150 and Dodge Ram 1500.
    Can any of you tell me which of these vehicles you prefer and why you favour it? Also which of these would you avoid and why?

    Thanks in advance.

    Clark in Toronto
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230
    Consider the Sierra with the 5.3L. You won't regret the added power (economy will be very comparable). GM has been having some innitial quality problems (rattles, shutters, etc.), particularly on the 1500s, but I think it is probably hit & miss (there are plenty of very happy customers, warranty will cover, and they have hopefully corrected problems for Y2K). Of the trucks you are considering, however, this is the most complete (best back seat, ride, power, economy). GM has the best gas powerplants.

    I'm a Dodge owner and like the Rams (mainly the 3/4-tons w/diesel), but I think their 1500s are inferior to Ford & GM (aged design).

    The Ford may have the best quality/dependability, but does not offer as good engine, backseat as the GM.
  • Thanks for your advice. The 5.3L will cost me about another $1200 over the 4.8L - my budget is already stretched. According to specs. in the GM brochure, with the combination I indicated, I should be able to tow a trailer with 7800 GVW which is more than I should need (unless I'm being short-sighted. Can you expand on your reasons for suggesting the 5.3L? Thanks
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230
    Power, better resale value, power, hardly any drop in economy, power, less stress on the engine for same use - better longevity and dependability (no data to support, just my opinion), and power. I'm sure the 4.8L is a good engine, too. Are you sure the 5.3 will cost that much more? It seems a little high to me. At any rate, the difference isn't that much in the whole scheme of things, but I know how your feeling. I'm struggling with a similar problem trying to decide if I can afford to get a new Cummins over a gas-powered engine.
  • Actually the difference is about $1100 (CDN). Perhaps you're thinking in U.S. dollars - don't know where you live. In any event, I'll take you advice into consideration with everything else. Thanks for your help.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Oh I think I may vomit.......

    The 5.4L isn't a good engine????

    Come on! Who are we fooling here? The 5.4 is every bit as good as the 5.3 if not better for a half-ton. Period. In fact, she pulls more and has better HP to boot! Oh my.......
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230
    Hey there, is the 5.4 the Ford equiv? Seriously, I haven't been following Ford offerings. I just haven't heard anything very positive or negative about the current Trident lineup. Nothing particularly positive about power or mileage. Seems like you're the first one to really defend them. I'm sure they are adequate, like my Dodge 5.2L, I just haven't heard anyone say anything about them being as good as the GM gas engines (trust me, I'm not a GM fan, never had a GM truck). But I have gained a real appreciation for the power, economy, and dependability of the GM 350s and the new 5.3.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    The 5.3 is not the 350 therefore needs time to build rep. The 351 was a great motor (to any neophyte who thought that only the 350 was a keeper--difference? oil sump) and has as much relation to the 5.4 as the 5.3 does to the 350!
    The 5.4 dogs the 5.3 in HP and Torque but gets worse gas mileage.
  • gwmooregwmoore Posts: 230
    Although I have never had a brand allegiance, the closest I ever came was with Ford. My first car was a '77 Heavy half (F-150) which we went through 3 351s. So I'm not a fan of the 351. Probably just bad luck, but I don't care for them. I love the Ford 302. Had one in my '73 bronco and still have one in our inboard jet fishing boat. The 302 in my Bronco was a hot plant and the only thing that I wasn't continually tinkering with. Didn't want to mess with a good thing. That little small block pushes our 19' v-bottom to nearly 50 mph.
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