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Old 07-22-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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Diesel trucks: Ford or Dodge

Looking to buy a diesel, either a Ford or a Dodge. Opinions....
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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My 2005 Dadge 2500 has been flawless since new. My Ford owner friends are always having trouble. Definitely don't buy a new Ford diesel. That's straight from my boss's friend that runs the service dept at the local Ford dealer. Many emission equipment issues. They do make a Scorpion diesel engine but this is the first year for it. It requires some fuel additive that I believe is a dealer only option.
Check out "dieselstop.com" for diesel info
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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My 2005 Dadge 2500 has been flawless since new. My Ford owner friends are always having trouble. Definitely don't buy a new Ford diesel. That's straight from my boss's friend that runs the service dept at the local Ford dealer. Many emission equipment issues. They do make a Scorpion diesel engine but this is the first year for it. It requires some fuel additive that I believe is a dealer only option.
Check out "dieselstop.com" for diesel info
I am looking at buying an 05 or an 06. IYO how many miles is too many?
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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Whatever, Brian.

No matter what anyone drives, that is their choice of what is best. I have a Ford and it is even a 6 liter IH and it rocks. There were a LOT of 6 liter issues but I have had not one. My 250 is an 06 and I love it. The guys at ATS Diesel here in Denver will tell you that Fords are solid, as well, but that the 6 liters are a bitch especially if you are going to chip them.

I have nothing bad to say about Dodge or Chevy simply because I just don't know anything about them. I know Slide has a Dodge and I think he loves his, too. Not sure if he has had any problems, either.

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Old 07-22-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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The 5.9 Cummins is a shit hot engine. I think '06 was the last year for the 5.9. I'd avoid the 6.7 if you can. New emissions standards hurt the fuel mileage pretty bad on these. However, if you're a fair mechanic, you can tinker with the 6.7 to make it decent. As far as how many miles, a diesel engine will run forever if you keep up with the maintenance. I don't know shit about the powerstrokers though.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:47 PM   #6
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I am actually leaning towards a Ford. It's going to be more of a toy then anything else. Looking for one w a lift and a few extras....
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:13 PM   #7
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Typical mileage is about 15k/yr so an 05 would have about 90k. I have 93k on mine and have hauled car and trailers Delaware to Florida to Colorado. I get 22mpg highway and the absolute worst I got was moving to Colorado at 16mpg once I hit Kansas and that is truck & trailer weighing in at 16k. Let hear some of the fuel mileages on those Fords...Skip?
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:02 AM   #8
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Let hear some of the fuel mileages on those Fords...Skip?
LOL

Touche'.

I have to admit that I don't do too well on gas mileage. Still, I look pretty fucking cool so that is all I care about.

That is why I would love to chip the thing but I was told not to unless I wanted it to be high-maintenance.... and I don't.

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:19 AM   #9
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On the plus side, you do have that killer horn
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EXACTLY.

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Old 07-23-2011, 01:16 AM   #11
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ford owns cummins diesel so even if youre rolling in a dodge, youve got a ford under the hood, i always laugh when dodge guys talk shit about ford cause that engine you love so much aint mopar...
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:09 AM   #12
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I have a Dodge Ram (2008) and absolutely love it and (knock on wood), havent had any problems with it. It is not diesel...however, it is tuned. And I get around 11-12mpg right now.

And, as with Skip, I look cool, so I dont really care. Thanks to Skip, it (uh, I mean I) will look even more badass after this weekend.

If you arent partial to either...find the best deal and go with it. As with everything, you will have people that love/hate both...but, if you can get a good deal...run with it.

I drove Ford all my life because my family worked there...but, I just wanted to change it up with a Ram a few years ago.

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Old 07-23-2011, 08:38 AM   #13
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Just food for thought....I am in the construction industry where trucks are a MUST, and EVERYONE I know who has any type of a fleet (3 or more trucks for argument's sake) has Fords....I used to be a Ford man exclusively, but not diesels. I only recently made the switch to Chevy simply because the warranty was MUCH better for me regarding mileage. I like my Chevy (gas), but I do MISS my Ford. My 2000 F350 was the best and coolest and strongest truck I EVER had. I miss her deeply....lol. That being said, my brother in law has a big landscape company and probably has about 20 trucks, all Fords. His brother owns an even BIGGER landscape company, probably 60 trucks, all Fords. In fact, they were the guys who helped me pick out my 2000 when I was contracted to snow plow for them. I have very limited experience with Dodge, but Ford's track record speaks for itself. I know guys who have Ford diesels still on the road after 15 years for work trucks....I had my 2000 gas model on the road till 2008 until I traded it (needed a crew cab). I went thru 6 seasons of snow plowing and averaged more than 50 hours per season (other 2 years we had no snow). The only thing I had to do to that truck other than regular maintenance was change the alternator once and battery, and a front wheel assembly thing went during snow (forget what it's called, something with the hub that cost me about $900)....I don't think you can go wrong with any truck of today, as it seems they are almost all built the same to a certain extent, but you will def never go wrong with a Ford. I say this as I am about to run my Chevy thru the car wash...lol
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:43 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:39 PM   #15
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Straight out of the box, stock truck...ford. If you are planning on tuning it at all...dodge. Before you tune your engine more than 10% over stock numbers, plan on dropping a couple grand on your transmission...of either truck. Torque numbers get disgustingly awesome on diesels...automatic transmissions hate that. If you are interested NDHRA's website has all the records of every class of truck they track. 90% of them are held by chevy and dodge...VERY few fords in any of the records.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:16 AM   #16
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Just food for thought....I am in the construction industry where trucks are a MUST, and EVERYONE I know who has any type of a fleet (3 or more trucks for argument's sake) has Fords....I used to be a Ford man exclusively, but not diesels. I only recently made the switch to Chevy simply because the warranty was MUCH better for me regarding mileage. I like my Chevy (gas), but I do MISS my Ford. My 2000 F350 was the best and coolest and strongest truck I EVER had. I miss her deeply....lol. That being said, my brother in law has a big landscape company and probably has about 20 trucks, all Fords. His brother owns an even BIGGER landscape company, probably 60 trucks, all Fords. In fact, they were the guys who helped me pick out my 2000 when I was contracted to snow plow for them. I have very limited experience with Dodge, but Ford's track record speaks for itself. I know guys who have Ford diesels still on the road after 15 years for work trucks....I had my 2000 gas model on the road till 2008 until I traded it (needed a crew cab). I went thru 6 seasons of snow plowing and averaged more than 50 hours per season (other 2 years we had no snow). The only thing I had to do to that truck other than regular maintenance was change the alternator once and battery, and a front wheel assembly thing went during snow (forget what it's called, something with the hub that cost me about $900)....I don't think you can go wrong with any truck of today, as it seems they are almost all built the same to a certain extent, but you will def never go wrong with a Ford. I say this as I am about to run my Chevy thru the car wash...lol
very true, the company I worked for buys about 20 trucks every other year. All Fords. Got a good deal on chevy one time, and they all shit the bed under heavey abuse and the fords from the last lot were still being worked.

That being said I own a chevy diesal and love it for personal use... and if you are not in construction where you are hauling heavy shit ALL the time.

I dont think you can go wrong with anybrand
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:30 PM   #17
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Had a Ford '06 250 6.0L and loved it, I now have a '11 Dodge 2500 6.7L and I love it. It is really up to you as they are somewhat different animals!
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #18
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I have a 99 F350 Crew. and love it but that still has the 7.3 Powerstroke.

Notes on the Ford 6.0. They can be a good motor do the EGR delete. If buying used make sure prior it was not chipped, if it was, look at the coolant, keep in mind the problem was if they did get chipped, and a lot of boost was obtained driving, the motor more than likely strechted the head bolts, you can fix that but guess what the cab has to be moved to change the head bolts.

Only notes I can say about dodge is the tranny. Often that was the weak link in the driveline. Had I not found the Ford I was going to buy a Dodge next....

Dont know if that helps.

& I see this is almost a year old.... nothing to see here... sure you got a truck by now.

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