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Old 01-13-2013, 03:21 AM
dc33 dc33 is offline
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Location: Indiana
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Best truck options for putzing around neighborhoods and plowing

Im looking to switch t0 a new truck and have been going back and forth and trying to get as much info as I could and goggling info, and hearing people flipping ***** about the dumbest little things about all trucks makes me want to buy a Toyota Corrola and tow with that On top of that you dont know who abuses their truck or doesnt maintaine them, so despite my resitance I figured Ild ask the guys doing the same thing with their trucks I am.
Ive used my 98 Dodge Ram 1500 for 10 years now pulling a trailer with about 2-3k lbs of mowers on them, 175 starts or so a week and always very well maintained and serviced. About 8k miles a year and the last few years have had alot of issues I assume mostly with age, but finally the tranny is going and I figure it may be time to switch before other major things start to go.
Have a 04 Ram 2500 used for daily driving and plowing with only 43k miles, only about 500 miles a year for plowiing and almost all of em driveways. Kinda pissed that with so few miles and little hard use I had to replaced U joint, bearing, ball joint etc, and from looking around tranny issues again are soon to come. Local cops dropped Dodge after a few years due to tranny issues too.
So Im done with Dodge.

Looking into either a 2005-07 Ford F250 gas (preferably v10) or 2003-2007 Chevy 2500 HD/GMC 2500HD gas.
From what I can garner Ford is number 1 by alot, but most of those sale go to cities and towns, or large fleets for companies. Chevy/GMC seem to be the choice of smaller business owners. All this from an outside standpoint, and I have no loyalty to either, just looking for options on reliabilty and how these will stand up to the strain of 175+ starts a week, city/neighbohood towing, and very little plow use. All 3 are somewhat hard on the engine and tranny and Im looking for whatever will keep me out working and making money the most for 10 years or so.

Any insight from those with experience or knowledge would be very much appreciated
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