Talk At Me About Trucks

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by JW357, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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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.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     

  3. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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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.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. TexasGunner

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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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  7. sputnik1988

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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:D

    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
     
  8. big_blue79

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    Ford and Mopar for me :) no problem with ford transmissions, and FWIW, I DD an '04 ram quad cab 4x4 with 4.7 and 5spd manual o/d, no problems whatsoever other than a clutch I had to replace at $400.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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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.
     
  10. big_blue79

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    Oh, I bet that was fun.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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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.
     
  12. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  13. G30USMC

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  14. clr8ter

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    TOYOTA. I have had 5 now. Been driving them exclusively since '97 or so. (I sold all of them before their time was up.) NEVER once, has one of those trucks left me stranded. NOT ONCE. Almost, one time, but that was kind of my fault for ignoring a problem I knew was there. I will say I'm disappointed, they are going away from their no-frills, tough, reliable trucks, to trucks with more doodads & creature comforts. Above all, I expect/want reliability. I have been left on the roadside too many times when I was driving POS domestic cars.
    Toyota makes the Tacoma, (that's what I drive) in a crew cab, but honestly, you may be better off going with a Tundra crew cab, not a ton more money, I think.
     
  15. nchunt101

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    I know it is not a truck but Chevy Tahoes are the way to go IMHO. I will tow boats/horsetrailers with mine and have been in some rough stuff while hunting. The current one is a 2000 Z71 with 225,000 on it and has given me less trouble than any vehicle I have ever had any dealings with. It is still my daily driver ( I am looking a newer one and will keep the current one for a hunting rig).
     
  16. ams556

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    My vote it Toyota as well.
     
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  17. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I'm a ford person when it comes to trucks. I've only owned 1 dodge and 1 chevy and both had mechanical issues and the dodge was bad on gas.My husband had an old GMC once that blew its motor. I have a 93 F-150 that runs great still and have had no engine issues, the only issue we have is the body is rusting out. I also have a 73' ford truck that could pull and carry anything we put it up to. My step-dad has a Ford ranger that has yet to give him an issue, he bought it new in '04. As for torch, and all that ...no idea lol . I just go by how reliable my vehicles have been.
     
  18. SSGN_Doc

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    I have a 97 Toyota 4Runner that I still drive daily. We traded my 2004 Tacoma quad can in for a 2008 that has 4 wheel drive, and my wife claimed it. This series of Tacoma is the size of the previous series of Tundras. The 4.2 V6 gives a good power range and the quad cab has room for two adults and kids. ( in our case a preteen as well as a 98 lb Labrador retriever.). We don't do any heavy towing right now so I can't comment on that.

    My grandmother was still driving a 1976 Toyota pickup regularly along a pretty rough stretch of road that led to her house in the hills of SW Texas, up until she hurt herself carrying firewood and ended up in a retirement home at age 94.
     
  19. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I had a bad taste about Fords since I was 16 and had my first Ford. The 70s and 80s were not great years for Ford.

    They have probably improved, as a lot of my friends are very happy with their Ford trucks. One just bought a F150 quad cab on Monday. It was the last day of Truck Month for Ford. The model he picked was listed At close to $50k. After incentives he walked out with it at $29k.

    Of course he was buying it because his 2006 had blown a spark plug out of the head for the second time (first time was #6 this time was #3). So I still don't know that I would have felt great about buying another Ford.
     
  20. string1946

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    I drive a 2011 Ford F-150 4 wheel drive Lariat Super Crew and I like it. It has the Ecoboost engine which is a 3.5 liter (213 CID) V6 with twin turbochargers that puts out 365 hp. They didn't want to hang any more stuff off the engine than they had to so the power steering doesn't use a hydraulic pump but is basically fly by wire. Fuel mileage is around 19 mpg. It has the short 5.5' bed.