January 3, 2008im bringing this one back, jeep did great last year, other than the lack of traction in the rear, limited slip my ***. thinkin of lincoln lockn it for the time being. anyway , upgrades for the jeep on hold. i need my own towrig. im leaning to chevy with the duramax and good trans. dodge cummins is great but i heard bad stuff about their auto trans. steve , love your truck but not a fan of fords. so start the fires boys , lets hear it. yes i want an auto , one cause im lazy and if im paying for it , i wanna be lazy. lol. i just love to think of blowing smoke on the aholes on their cell phone slowing me down in the fast lane going home from work.
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January 3, 2008All I can say is that a Chevy would be the last thing I would get for a tow rig. Of course I am a Ford guy, but my second choice would be a Dodge (damn I will have to listen to Eric on that one ) But hey it is your money, so get what you want. I will just honk as I am drivng by you up the hills
January 3, 2008i use the powerstroke to tow my jeep. at work i maintain 15 trucks. my trucks weigh 14000lbs - 16000lbs empty. now add 200 gallons(1600lbs) of water and 300-400lbs of people and 4000lbs of equiptment. i have driven both the 2002 chevy turbo diesel with an automatic and the 2004 ford powerstroke with an automatic down rr2222 in austin. the powerstroke never slows down, maintains 55mph up all the hills the chevy slows to about 18mph climbing one of the hills with the pedal floored. ford has never let me down or left one of drivers stranded, chevy spider pumps SUCK (4 hours and $1350 to replace) i like gm cars, ford trucks and mopar vans.
January 4, 2008OK, so there are always gonna be fans of each truck, and others who are quick to point out the problems with each model.
The older Dodge models (pre 2003) are notorious for fuel pump issues. I just crossed 100K and have had none of those issues in my 2002. From what I am told, it is HIGHLY dependant on the grade of fuel you fill up with and how often you keep your filter changed and check for water.
The new Fords fart like a blow torch and HAD ECM problems when they first came out, but the new SuperDuty does appear to be the Truck to Own.
( DID I ACTUALLY SAY THAT!! )
GM has to have the best automatic transmission, but I just don't care for that power plant. I think I like Steve, would cross to the dark side and get a Ford if I were to buy another truck and Dodge was out of business or something.
On second thought, I'd just get the dodge and have the tranny replaced/reworked. Just remember....whatever you get now, you will have a good long time if you treat it right. These babies just keep going and going....
January 4, 2008I don't have any problems with this other then fuel mileage, but you don't buy a truck for fuel mileage. It's not a Hemi(didn't want to replace 16 spark plugs every 30000 miles), good old 5.9L 46RE transmission, NV241HD t-case, Chrysler 9.25 rear and the Chrysler C205F front IFS.
I've gone through Jeep withdrawl and wheeled the Ram at URE
Kelly the newer Rams transmissions are alot better then the 93-02 trucks.
When I can afford a new truck it will be a Ram with a 6.7L and 68RFE(6 speed)auto trans, might have something to do with being a Chrysler certified tech. Not to mention the dealership I work for owns a Dodge dealer so I can still get it at employee price.
January 4, 2008ok, if im looking for ford 7.3liters, what years are the best to look for? in the dodge realm, same thing. it gonna be about 3to4 months before i can really get one so im shopping now.
January 4, 2008hemi plugs dont need to be replaced that often. i would say every 50k. i replaced mine at 30k and they looked new
i use to own a 97 ram with a 5.9, great truck but the new 5.7 is a way better motor. 240hp vs 350hp factory. not to mention i can unhook the trailer and keep up or pass most sport cars.
January 4, 2008The dodge I use works great Its a 02. I have heard things about the trans.
January 4, 2008Rawkon I'm a dealership tech and follow the "B" schedule of all maintenance on my vehicles and accordingly the plugs would need to be replaced every 30000 miles. There is a new 4.7L that just came out in the 08 Dakota that also has 16 spark plugs and 8 get replaced every 30000 the other 8 every 103000, that is going to be fun.
Kelly the Dodges the 12 and 24v in the BR/BE(93-02) bodies are very good the only problems are with the transmissions the 03 and later 25/3500's are good too but the Cummins CRD's don't like refined cooking oil(not sure if you planned on blending your own), my old 93 F-350 with it's Powerstroke never gave me any problems till around 150000 miles and the injection pump died.
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