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Looking for a used truck but weary.

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Been looking around and doing research on trucks. Ford and chevy, no offence but no dodge.

I want is an 0ne ton extended cab with long box from 2000 to 2004 I figure is my price range. Hard to find!

Now the Chevy seems to be having problems with there trannies and transfer cases with the 6 liter motor. The motor options are limited to 6 liter or duramax or the big guy what ever that one was.

Love the to get the duramax but few on the market.


The Ford the 5.4 seems small for what I need it to do and the V10 just a waist of gas. and that 6 liter diesel nothing but problems. Again very few 7.3 diesels out on the market


Whats a guy to do, they get rid of the tried and true and now your taking a risk buying newer.


No wonder these manufacturers are having problems they cant make a dependable truck consistently anymore.

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I would sincerely reconsider the Dodge brand,. The Cummins 5.9l is the most easy on fuel, powerful, and problem free engine on the market. I had all 3 brands and now I am at my 9th Dodge Cummins. I used to buy them at around 130,000/150,000 miles and bring them to 240,000/250,000 then sell them still with no major issues.

The last one (and current truck) had 85,000 miles, now 102,000, and it's the best truck I've ever had (2500 Megacab).

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I hear you on the Cummins and I have looked into them. I drive an O9'with the Hemi and an 08 Dodge with the Cummins ounce in a while for work and they are an impressive truck. Its that I'm not used to driving a Dodge style its hard to explain but it hard for me to gauge distance from front fenders when getting into tight spaces.

I guess I cant rule them out especially with the problems the other makes are having.

Of course I'm comparing drive ability to apples to oranges. I am presently driving an 89 gmc 3/4 ton 2 wheel totally different than the newer ones on the market.

Thanks for your input Valve.

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My ideal truck would be a 02-03 F350 with the 7.3L. The v10 in the Fords aren't a whole lot worse then the 5.4, and if you tow a lot, the v10 is actually better on millage then the 5.4l. I feel the 5.4 in the 250,350's are under powered.

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