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Old 04-07-2014, 08:37 PM   #101
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I would suggest a Dodge 3500 4x4 4 door. Those things are way overbuilt, will do anything a normal person needs a truck for. Plenty of room for the family, and the diesel's get really good mileage. Plus its not uncommon for them to go 300,000 miles without any problems. - Dodge makes it - Cummins shakes it... . And if you go with a 4x4 , you will re-coup most of the xtra cost when you go to sell it. The 4x4 option is almost free if you look at it that way..

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:26 PM   #102
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I hear the Fords have the best front tow hooks.

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:45 PM   #103
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We're definitely leaning towards Ford.

My brother is sort of trying to push us towards the EcoBoost engine.

Turns out, and I didn't know this because we rarely talk anymore (not on bad terms, just have our own lives that rarely overlap), his business is no longer car customization. He does about 50% body work and the rest is mechanics. He was telling me he has seen fewer Fords by a landslide come into his shop than any other brand. More Dodges than anything else.

He was sort of talking up the EcoBoost engine. Thoughts?
A guy I know has one. He likes it.
Long term durability would be my biggest question mark? It's great now, how about in 5 years? For all I know they might be great, but turbos and their issues do make me skeptical.


Realistically we're not going to do much pulling. The horses thing may never happen. A motorcycle isn't much weight.
Until you get near max, your probably going to be fine. When you decide you need to do serious towing, you will probably want a model that doesn't have the Ecoboost v6 option.

Also, we're going to be living in NC and possibly GA or northern VA after NC. Is four wheel drive necessary? Wifey seems to think a truck with 4WD is gonna be much pricier.

I live in UT, only govt agencies and the cable company have 2wd trucks here. It will eventually boil down to opinion. I figure if you can spring the extra cash, get 4x4. It's not really that much more in the long run. IMHO, it's better to have it and not need it than to need to and not have it. Additionally, I suspect that it will be easier to sell on a 4x4 when your done with it as well.

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:16 PM   #104
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I hear the Fords have the best front tow hooks.
Yep. I use mine all the time pulling out stuck Dodges!
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Yep. I use mine all the time pulling out stuck Dodges!
You will rarely see a Ford stuck....Their owners know better than to even try....... We Keep them up on solid ground, and use them for anchor points to winch out the big boy trucks...So i guess in a roundabout way...you could say we use them to pull out stuck Dodges / Chevy's...... But no kidding...I only know 1 guy that runs a Ford, It just costs too much to make one into a capable off-roader....Parts are expensive, and hard to find. And its real easy to mangle the front suspension on a F-150. Ever see one with a snow plow on it..? With the tires all smooshed out..?
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ive had everything from s10 ranger 79 chevy pickup 96 ford ranger 97 ram 1500 89 f250 87 f150, I currently own a 1997 GMC K2500 4x4 and a 2010 Ford Ranger the gmc is the best truck ive ever owned lots of power EASY to work on parts are cheap from 88-98 all parts are interchangeable and nothing beats a 350 Vortec I get 12mpg but I use the truck to pull horse trailer and my pulling tractors it a work hog, I also love my ford ranger so simple in this techno world really the only thing that ever changed on rangers was the style of the front end my 96 literaly had all the same parts as my 2010 does from underneath the truck to the nobs on the dash 23 mpg I love

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Anyone have any experience with Chevy Avalanches?

We went window shopping today and found an '04 Avalanche for around $12k. It has around 96k miles on it. I didn't get a chance to test drive it since they were already closed. We're going back tomorrow though. They have other trucks in our budget but this is the one we are both most excited for. I've always liked the looks of them. My wife's former step-dad used to have one and as a result wifey has always liked them.

http://mobile.dealercarsearch.com/VehicleDetail.aspx?InventoryId=4167732&Guid=a4a39c c0-430c-41c5-ab86-fd695d342975

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Anyone have any experience with Chevy Avalanches?

We went window shopping today and found an '04 Avalanche for around $12k. It has around 96k miles on it. I didn't get a chance to test drive it since they were already closed. We're going back tomorrow though. They have other trucks in our budget but this is the one we are both most excited for. I've always liked the looks of them. My wife's former step-dad used to have one and as a result wifey has always liked them.

http://mobile.dealercarsearch.com/VehicleDetail.aspx?InventoryId=4167732&Guid=a4a39c c0-430c-41c5-ab86-fd695d342975
the Avalanche is basically the same platform as the Chevy/GMC trucks, Tahoes and Suburbans. pretty much a SUV with a short bed. so pretty much that applies in regards to the trucks and SUV's will apply for the most part to the Avalanches as well.
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If I had the money for a truck. It would be the mega can dodge 2500 6 speed manual diesel 4x4. The room is worth replacing the worn front axle parts


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If I had the money for a truck. It would be the mega can dodge 2500 6 speed manual diesel 4x4. The room is worth replacing the worn front axle parts


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My Dad has that exact truck. His is a 2011, awesome beast of a truck...Hauls around his golf clubs like their not even back there....lol
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