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American_Lawn
12-04-2005, 05:22 PM
I am about to purchase a used truck for my biz? Im leaning towards a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 4x4. Is this a good purchase or should I go with a different brand. say Chevy of ford. Also, has anyone had any problems with this type of truck or know anyone that has. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Travis Followell
12-04-2005, 05:41 PM
I guess a Dodge is as good as any. Thats what I drive and we use chevy's where I work and one brand is just as apt to break down as the other. What really matters is what kind of condition is the truck in that your considering? How many miles? price? details about the truck. Things like that are what's important.

hosejockey2002
12-05-2005, 12:40 AM
Travis is absolutely right- one brand is as apt to break down as another. Most of these threads break down into a brand war. A lot of guys think that if they have bad luck with a truck, whatever brand it is, the other million trucks on the road of that same brand are junk. Truth is, they all have their problems and strengths. What's really important is, will the particular truck you're looking at suit your business needs, both from a functionality and cost standpoint.

Eclipse
12-06-2005, 12:38 AM
It sounds like you have gotten great advise already.

lawnsbyrj
12-08-2005, 07:32 PM
I am a dodge man, but I reccomend that you get the right truck for your situation.
as long as it is diesel they are awesome. my uncles had a 2000 2500 diesel and it had 300,000 miles on it pulling a 25 ft concessions trailer to fairs and stuff.

jim dailey
12-08-2005, 11:11 PM
I just traded-in a 2000/1500/360 cid for a 2004/hemi/2500. The 2000 i ran for 80k miles, pulling my 20' enclosed with all the toys. The 2004/2500/hemi pulls the same trailer a lot easier. Both 4wd and automatics. I am originally a Chevy man from the 50's on up, but Chrysler seems to be the only one of the Big 3 that wants to wheel and deal. I have been more than happy with both purchases.

American_Lawn
12-16-2005, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the replys. I am still shopping around for that perfect truck and trying not to get screwed into a deal.

lawnmaniac883
12-16-2005, 06:01 PM
Jim Daily, i bet the hemi will pull the fuel gauge down a lot easier too, no? LOL

lawnsbyrj
12-19-2005, 05:41 PM
HEMI is better on gas than any of the Old Mopar V8s Dads gets 22 mpg on the highway (not loaded down)

4x4Jim
12-19-2005, 11:27 PM
HEMI is better on gas than any of the Old Mopar V8s Dads gets 22 mpg on the highway (not loaded down)

I doubt that its gettin 22mpg. Maybe 17 if your lucky, my buddy has a hemi, I have a 2000 with a 5.9, I get 8mpg not pulling.

UNISCAPER
12-20-2005, 12:10 AM
The Hemi in my buddies '68 cuda only gets 8MPG, but that was when they made real Hemis that were called elephant motors.

lawnsbyrj
12-20-2005, 09:23 AM
that is a completely diffrent animal that is a 426 a REAL HEMI.
as far as the 22 mpg i was there and that is teh real math not the littel computer that is in the truck. Rember he is 60 years old and has dual exhaust and a cold air intake and the highway rear end, i forget the gearing.

PS this was a trip down I 95 to florida so it was pretty flat ground.

Taiter85
12-20-2005, 01:07 PM
I own a 2001 Dodge with a Cummins and get 15-16 around town, 13-14 if I don't keep my foot out of it. I love the truck, but it is definitely a truck. My buddies all run Chevs and give me crap for the rough ride. I like my pickup and would reccomend it to someone else, buy a cummins and a manual and you should avoid the typical dodge problems. Keep an eye on the front U-joints too. Good luck.