Who uses a Dodges?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Cheesedawg1, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 283

    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?
  2. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    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.

  3. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    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.
  4. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    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.
  5. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    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.
  6. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Was that the quirk? I never actually found out before what the tranny problems were. What a bunch of dumbasses.
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    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.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    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.
  10. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    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.

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