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#1 AMGfan Posted 29 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

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Starting to look at a work pick up truck...3500 dually type.  Anybody have any experience with the different versions offered by Dodge vs. Chevrolet/GMC vs. Ford.  I have a Suburban already and kind of know what to expect as far as interior/exterior with Chevrolet but not much with the other brands.

I plan to make the rounds and try to drive them all but your guys personal experience would be greatly appreciated...thx ahead of time.

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#2 the King Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

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Hauler? I think that the Dodge is the best option


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#3 aristo25 Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

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I know you may not care about resale value but dodge drops like 50% within 14 months.  I think Ford F350 Dually are badass.

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#4 Alpha Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:32 PM

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I know you said dually but the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor truck is amazing. But if you must go dually then get the Ford F-350. Drove one for 2 years and loved it :)




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#5 aristo25 Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

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I like Ford Trucks, the craftmanship is much better than others and has a great engine. Most in our culture don't care about workmanship, just the engine that's why they like Dodge :)
I'm no expert w/ work trucks but this is coming from my point of view.


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#6 monEmakindave Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:35 AM

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time for another build...

i always liked the way fords looked.


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#7 monEmakindave Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:39 AM

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#8 AMGfan Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:51 AM

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Now that looks like a beast...I really like the first pic of the Ford...

Yes it will be a hauler and also just a utility truck for my office and home.  I always end up borrowing my in-laws truck for hauling back and forth.

Going to take a look at them this weekend.

This is so boss...




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#9 LuckyEff Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:18 AM

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#10 Pizzamangtr Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:18 AM

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I have a f450 king ranch, it's loaded. Tv's ect. The leather is nice. I'll take some pics of the interior for you.


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#11 GtrRocket29 Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

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Had a ford 2007 ford F350 and a 2007 dodge 3500 ...
Ford benefits:
Tight steering
Great engine sound
Lots of power
Good tranny
Ford Faults:
Egr problems(1500$)
Oil pump seal problems(1500$)
Rough ride

Dodge benefits:
Great gas mileage
Smmooth ride
Reliable motor
Strong tranny

Dodge faults:
Steering somewhat loose
Not as much juice as the 8cylinder ford
U-joints

Both trucks were 07's , with same mileage approx. 75,000miles .... I'm still with dodge as I've now heard to do any work on the new fords the dealer takes off the whole cab to get at the engine bay!!!!! If this is true, then could you imagine the creeks/squeeks you'd get after sometime.

Goodluck with the new rig



#12 Rez90 Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:41 AM

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whats your profession?


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#13 Adam@AAMCompetition Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:21 AM

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I have to ask what do you plan on doing with it? I have driven all 3 and towed with Dodge and Chevy. Also are you looking to purchase brand new or used? If used what years?



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#14 AMGfan Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

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Plan to use the dually to haul a multiple car trailer...I'm looking new but a lower mileage 2010 and up I'd be open to...

My profession?  I'm a medical administrator for a privately owned medical practice.


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#15 Adam@AAMCompetition Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

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Looks like your gonna get a truck with the DPFE junk. First thing first remove it and a handheld tuner and it will be night and day. My experience is based on non-dpfe models. Towing a 48 ft gooseneck trailer with 2 vehicle inside from Somerset, Mass to Norwalk Ohio 16mpg this was with a 05 Duramax 3500 (Edge Tuner, K&N Intake MBRP Turbo Back). Same trailer same drive 06 Ram 3500 13mpg Stock (more umph up hill though). Ford is comfortable but really turned me off after there 6.0L issue with blowing head gaskets.


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#16 TodZilla Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:01 AM

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Jon,

I have several diesel trucks in my company.

Here is the scoop on the trucks.

The newer 2011 and up Ford with the 6.7 liter engine is amazing. The older 6.0 diesels had problems with EGR coolers and high pressure pumps.

The Dodge has a very good Cummins based engine but the rest of the trucks is questionable.

The GM trucks with the Duramax are acceptable.

As PizzamanGTR indicates the King Ranch Ford has the best interior. A 2011 or newer F450 King Ranch would be my weapon of choice with money not being a consideration. I did find a spotless 2011 F30 duallly quad cab  XLT with 32k miles for $33k about a month ago.

Hope this helps.

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#17 ***MD-GTR*** Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:04 AM

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I curently own a 08 F450 w/78k although many say the 6.4l TT motor isn't that good. I personally love the truck. Just recently used it
to pull a 28ft enclosed trailer to TX2K12 with no issues other than the gas mileage.....lol

I use my truck for work and play it's a little over kill for what I do but I don't mind it at all.
I may be trading mine in for the new 2012 because all the newer options they come with. My advice is
to test drive all three Chevy,Dodge & Ford (250 & 450) they all are great trucks
although my vote is Ford


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#18 AMGfan Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:06 AM

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Wow...thanks guys for the useful information!  Now the fun part...dealing with car salesmen...:) :(


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#19 Adam@AAMCompetition Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:20 AM

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View PostAMGfan, on 30 March 2012 - 08:06 AM, said:

Wow...thanks guys for the useful information!  Now the fun part...dealing with car salesmen... :) :(

Check out some of the forums also. I bet you can get a heck of a deal by a sponsored dealership.


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#20 achenator Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

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Jon you can join the Mustang Club of America for $50 and it will give you access to ford's x plan pricing.  It will give you ford's supplier/ affiliate price.  No haggle, the price is right there on the invoice.  There is an xplan website that you can look it up in advance.  I bought my F150 FX4 using this approach.  It wound up being a little less than invoice minus rebates.  It may not be the absolute cheapest that you can get if you haggle all day but it sure is much easier.  Sometimes there are extra rebates that are only available to xplan buyers.





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