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Old 04-04-2014, 05:10 AM   #1
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The wife and I might trade in our crappy Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo on a truck of some sort in a few months.

My wife says a lot of people in her family have had Dodges and most of them have had tranny issues.

I'm not very mechanical. Nor am I much of a "car guy." Let's just say I know more about things that go boom tban I do about things that go vroom, if that tells you anything.

So assume I know nothing. I know, I know, real difficult task, right?

Anyway, please try to leave personal bias out of it. If you prefer a brand please say why and try to be objective.

Our needs? Well we don't NEED, per se. I just want. You know how it goes. So we want enough of a truck to grow into but not a durn semi either. We have two kids and want us all to fit comfortably in the cab, so I feel like that rules out a Ranger.


So, talk at me about trucks. Brands? How much torque? Horsepower? Reliability? Brands? Bed size? How about brands?

Ready, go. Oh and we about 95% won't be buying new.

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sorry, but i happen to like Dodge trucks and have owned several over the last 14 years. in quite a number of different years models. i have very good luck with Dodges. you will hear the same from the Chevrolet guys and the Ford guys and the Nissan guys, ect., ect.......

a lot of it will come down to what you really plan on using the truck for. very light duty usage and just need a truck, get one with a V-6 and an automatic transmission. need more horsepower to pull a trailer, get a V-8.

personally i stepped down from a full size Dodge Ram to a Dodge Dakota with a V-8, automatic transmission and four doors. with you having a wife and kids, i would highly recommend getting a four door. it's just the wife and i, and i will never go back to a regular cab truck ever after getting use to the room a four door truck has.

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sorry, but i happen to like Dodge trucks and have owned several over the last 14 years. in quite a number of different years models. i have very good luck with Dodges. you will hear the same from the Chevrolet guys and the Ford guys and the Nissan guys, ect., ect.......

a lot of it will come down to what you really plan on using the truck for. very light duty usage and just need a truck, get one with a V-6 and an automatic transmission. need more horsepower to pull a trailer, get a V-8.

personally i stepped down from a full size Dodge Ram to a Dodge Dakota with a V-8, automatic transmission and four doors. with you having a wife and kids, i would highly recommend getting a four door. it's just the wife and i, and i will never go back to a regular cab truck ever after getting use to the room a four door truck has.
I personally like the looks of Dodges. Dunno if it'll happen though.

Four doors is a must.

She wants horses at some point but honestly I dunno how likely that is to happen.

Jet skis are a definite possibility. As is a motorcycle or two on a trailer.
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I personally like the looks of Dodges. Dunno if it'll happen though.

Four doors is a must.

She wants horses at some point but honestly I dunno how likely that is to happen.

Jet skis are a definite possibility. As is a motorcycle or two on a trailer.
jet skis or motorcycles on a trailer wouldn't be a problem for a truck with a healthy V-6 engine. horse trailer and a horse, i would step up to a V-8 engine.
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F-150 Super Crew. 4 doors, 6 foot bed, enough towing power for a loaded two horse trailer. The MC's and PWC's will be easy. Class V hitch will cover all the bases. The 4.6 liter V-8 will do what you need. Not a powerhouse, but the same engine in our Crown Victorias runs well and lasts a good long time. If you find one with the 5.4 liter Triton engine, even better. Power to spare.

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I drive an '07 Ram 4 door with the Hemi. Great truck it's got a lot of horses under the good! Is that the horses you were referring to? I've had 2 Chevys, a Ford F350 4 door dully and now the Dodge. My next truck will also be a Dodge. With the Hemi you can tow most anything you want.imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1396588462.797363.jpg
With my half ton Ram I can and do tandem pull my travel trailer with the waverunner behind it. Tows my 23 ft boat really well to. But just like my guns, I don't leave anything stock. I put a cam, custom tune, cold air intake and exhaust on it.

I do agree with the "not buying new" strategy. I got a great deal on my truck when it was only a year old.

If you want the best towing power, I'd go Dodge Ram or Toyota Tundra. If mileage is primary concern.... Probably the Chevy. Not sure I could recommend Ford.


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My completely unbiased opinion says a Toyota Tacoma for a smaller truck or an F150 for a larger one.

My biased opinion says Ford all the way

I've found through the years that I just don't care too much for new trucks, they are nice but every 'upgrade' is just something else to break.

I am much more satisfied with an early to mid '90s truck in good shape.

I bought my '93 GMC because no matter what breaks it can be back on the road in a few days for about $300

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So far, I'm doing okay with my Nissan Titan. Plenty of torque, decent ride, roomy, cup holders all over the place, chargers where I need them. Customer service has been great when a gremlin rose up (I bought it used and did not find out that previous owner screwed up wiring until I heard the radio playing in the driveway.)

Down side, gas mileage is terrible.

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Sounds like you need a crew cab.

The Silverado makes a spacious,

comfortable one.

I wasted a lot of money on a f150 POS.

The dealer and the company BOTH refused

to stand by their product. I had the Chevy

in for a couple warranty claims, and the

dealer always fixed it free.

THIS IS FACT. IT HAPPENED TO ME,

PERSONALLY.

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I've had Fords. Chevys, and Dodge and all served me well, the only truck I've had real problems was an old Nissan, that liked to eat transmissions,, went through 2 in 24 thousand miles, went back to American models, but my wife's newer Nissans have performed very well, she pulls her camper to trap shoots around the state and has had no issues. I think the biggest difference is how much you want in options, I have just a plain Silverado work truck, crank windows, simple radio, the wife's truck is on the other end of the spectrum,, bling, bling,, but it is nice,, many choices, test drive the crap out of vehicles and see what your preferences and budget limitations may be.

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