Thoughts on this truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bigviclbi, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been looking at Fords but this came up locally and my Durango just lost its transmission and since i can't take the baby in either of my dumps I am forced to probably bite the bullet and buy something this week. This fits my profile at trucks I've been looking at in the price range and mileage, I am going to call in a little bit to see if its a 6.0 or 8.1(def. not looking to get one of these). This will be a work truck and my daily driver. Thanks.

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...oor&max_price=25000&cardist=21&standard=false
     
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not a bad truck but it obviously won't be the best on mpg's either. What about getting the tranny re-built or replaced in the durango?
     
  3. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
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    The durango has 187,000 miles on it. I also need about $1000.00 of other work in it to get it right, and can't see dumping that much into it with a rebuilt transmission(probably 2500-3000) on something that old. The durango has a 5.9 l so I only get about 13 mpg as it is without the benefit of having a truck bed. I am torn between a half ton or bigger. I have a dump trailer I don't use anymore since i have a two dump trucks. But I keep it so that eventually when I get a skid steer it will go in that and I want to be able to pull it. I am also looking at 2wd since I'm not gonna plow and that will help the gas mileage out.
     
  4. lawncare010

    lawncare010 LawnSite Member
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    You could get a brand new chevy 1500 for that price.
     
  5. IdealLawnCare

    IdealLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    That looks like a nice truck. I have an 04' 2500 crew cab with the 6.0 and it has power to spare. I would not get the 8.1 unless you are pulling a really large trailer. Yes you could get a 1500 for about that same price but I dont think it would be a well equipt truck but the finance rates would be right and you would have a warrenty. A heavier truck may be the way to go if you plan on heavy loads or heavy towing. A 3500 long box may be bigger than you want for a daily driver.
     
  6. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you get for mileage with the 6.0? I need a quad cab. Would a 1500 be ok for occasionally towing a skid steer in a dump trailer?
     
  7. IdealLawnCare

    IdealLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    The 6.0 is not that great on gas but better than the 8.1 by far. On the highway I get 13-14mpg and city 8-9mpg. The truck averager says 10.5..... I think a 1500 would be enough as they have plenty of power too. I may be wrong but I think the 5.4 in a 1500 has about 320 h.p. and my 6.0 has 300 h.p.

    My father in law just got a 09' crew cab 1/2 ton and it is nice.
     
  8. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd pass, unless you really want that particular truck. You can find a Duramax for that price and it'll give you better all around performance and mileage.
     
  9. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Price is way to high. I've seen diesels with just barely more miles and newer for less.
     
  10. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
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