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Cheesedawg1
06-17-2004, 10:05 PM
I am going to buy a new truck very soon. But I am unsure to go with a newer Dodge 1500 2 wd drive or a older Ford. People say the ford is better but what about you dodge guys?

NNJLandman
06-17-2004, 10:19 PM
Answer is simple, buy a chevy heh. I got a friend of mine selling is Ford truck. its a 90's model has like 69,000 miles on it, new landscape body, and meyer snow plow. Its a PowerStroke Diesel as well, its a really nice truck in awesome condition.

Jeff

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
06-19-2004, 10:45 PM
Livin in snow country with a 2WD? Ouch. I live in Michigan, and I still have no idea why they even sell 2WDs in the car capital of the world. I personally dont know anyone who owns a 2WD truck. I know they are cheaper and I do plow with my 4x4 which is why I get them, not to mention I just dont want to get stuck anywhere. I say get yourself a 4x4.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
06-19-2004, 10:47 PM
My Dodge 1500 4x4 works fine for me. Dodge had some transmission problems when you get up around 80,000-100,000 miles back in the 90s but they have appeared to fix that quirk. Had no problems with mine, but I only have 64,000 on mine.

Avery
06-20-2004, 01:02 AM
Originally posted by Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
My Dodge 1500 4x4 works fine for me. Dodge had some transmission problems when you get up around 80,000-100,000 miles back in the 90s but they have appeared to fix that quirk. Had no problems with mine, but I only have 64,000 on mine.

That "quirk" was caused by using plastic lines in the transmission. Apparently someone forgot to tell the engineers at Dodge that plastic melts when it gets hot.

Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
06-20-2004, 08:55 AM
Was that the quirk? I never actually found out before what the tranny problems were. What a bunch of dumbasses.

Grassmechanic
06-20-2004, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by Davis Lawn Mowing, LLC
Livin in snow country with a 2WD? Ouch. I live in Michigan, and I still have no idea why they even sell 2WDs in the car capital of the world. I personally dont know anyone who owns a 2WD truck. My Cummins and my F-250 are both 2WD. I drive up north and other places to hunt, never been stuck yet. I've seen many 4WD guys who think they can go anywhere who end up needing to be towed. Put a locker in a 2WD and you can go most anywhere. My CJ-7 has lockers in front and back and it CAN go most anywhere.

Gravel Rat
06-20-2004, 03:50 PM
A 4wheeldrive can be good in some ways and someways it can be a pain in the azz. In the snow 4wheeldrive can get you into trouble because people think ooo we got 4wheeldrive we can go faster and end up in the ditch.

The snow here on the West Coast is wet and greasy your tires spin on it the snow forms ice. The only thing you can do is run chains.

Where 4wheeldrive comes in use is if you are in the construction industry where your in soft dirt or mud on a regular basis or you live in a rural area. I bet 90% of the 4x4s sold in large cities never get the transfer case into low range so why buy them :confused:

For myself a 4wheeldrive is pretty much a must if you own a P/U truck because the roads are rough some driveways into peoples places are impassable in 2wd.

I run a F-Superduty (F-450) its 2wd I get stung by the lack of traction at times but if your carefull you can get back out. My truck has a open diff I think a limited slip or a locker will help.

Lawnworks
06-20-2004, 05:31 PM
If I were you I would get a cummins diesel. The motors last forever and have much more torque in lower rpms than Powerstroke or Duramaxes.

z_clark
06-21-2004, 12:23 AM
Bought a 2004 dodge 1500 w/ the Hemi a few months ago. I pull a 6 X 12 with the normal equipment. Sometimes up to 10 yards of mulch, or other materials. Truck works great, but I am VERY disappointed in the gas mileage. I am getting 8 MPG. This could be the same for Ford as well, perhaps some one will chime in on the ford MPG.

jt5019
06-21-2004, 12:29 AM
I had a 1990 f250 4x4 190k miles starting being in the shop more then on the road(but never a tranny problem)I now have a 2000 dodge 2500 4x4 with 59k miles it has been in the shop for a trans issue twice but seems to be fixed now.Other than that i have no problems with dodges.

Acute Cut
06-21-2004, 03:23 AM
I own two dodges. A 95 2500 2wd and a 98 2500 4wd. Love em. The diesel engines are amazing. It is by far and away the lowest maint. trucks i have ever owned. I may get an isuzu next for advertising reasons, but i will keep my dodges till they die. Then i will just buy a new engine and start all over. So i figure in another 10 years ill have to start looking for engines.:D
oh ya, the 95 gets 18-21 (tow/empty freeway) and the 98 gets 13.84-18. The 95 pulls a 6X12 open trailer and the 98 pulls a 16ft enclosed trailer. Neither of them have ANY problems what so ever pulling. You have to turn the overdrive off though and that really slows you down alot. I can get up to 62 mph in the 95 and 53 with the 98.

TREEGODFATHER
06-22-2004, 01:14 AM
Anyone can stroke it...

Real men RAM it.


Seriously though, I have a '90 F150 2wd, 300/4.6L that has taken a licking and kept on ticking, at over 150,000 miles now, and still going.


There's a reason Ford trucks are the most popular for fleet use.

For my personal use, the Ram 2500 4x4 ext cab looks better. ;)

Lawnworks
06-22-2004, 10:43 PM
Acute Cut:

I dont think you will ever replace the engine. Maybe a headgasket at 300k. Plus the engine are not throw away engines like powerstrokes... they can rebuilt less than 2k in parts. I have 270k on my flatbed and it runs like it has 50k.

Acute Cut
06-23-2004, 01:00 AM
Lawnworks:
Did you perhaps happen to get the chip? I am really torn on that right now. More hp, less gas......... approx. 500$.

Kingbman1
06-23-2004, 02:56 AM
I just bought a 2001 ram 1500 4x4 5.9 liter with 41,000 miles on it. I really like it a lot. It can go anywhere, the only downside is the gas mileage.

Lawnworks
06-23-2004, 11:53 PM
Well on one of my dodges, i have a completely built twin turboed cummins... 710hp to the ground. But yeah the chip will give you better fuel mileage if you just increase the timing settings. Although if you have an automatic i don't think I would do the 125hp chip w/o upgrading the tranny.

Uncle Virgil
07-01-2004, 03:20 PM
Bought a new '98 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT (1/2 ton Quad Cab) and it has 104, 000 miles on it now. No problems whatsoever. 5 speed not auto trans. Tow 20' enclosed with all gear or 21' bass boat or whatever with no problems. Next one will be a diesel. I like the longevity of a diesel plus mega torque. Hope this helps.

Evermow
07-02-2004, 11:23 PM
We use Fords and Dodges at work, and I have to say, if I were going to go out and buy a diesel tomarow, it would be a Dodge hands down. The Fords we have (350's and 450's) stay in the shop with front-end problems and the ones that have the new 6.0L engines are nothing but trouble. The Dodges we have are alot stronger and more reliable. You can't earn money with a truck while it's in the damn shop!

BSDeality
07-19-2004, 04:18 PM
Uncle virgil, how much weight are you pulling around with the enclosed trailer? i've got a 94 1500 with teh 318 and i'm concerned about weight issues pulling a 7x18 enclosed with it. I've got about 2500lbs of gear that i'll be pulling around daily plus the weight of the trailer, seems like it'll be maxed out. I only pull 2 days a week with it right now, however next season i'll be buying a powerstroke as my daily work/tow truck.