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Old 01-03-2006, 07:59 PM
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This is it: http://www.f650pickups.com/page0004.html .....The best of all worlds Ford chassis, Allison trans, Cat powered (you didn't say you were on a budget)
I know of a guy that built one of those a few years back, except there is a huge gap between the bed and the cab, but he filled that up with a fuel tank. He never drives it anymore, since it costs way to much to drive, but it was his daily driver when fuel costs were lower...
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:00 PM
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what are you going to use the truck for?
I suspect he is not in the market himself...

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Old 01-03-2006, 08:52 PM
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Sure would be nice if you could get a Ford with a Cummins engine. Ford has had a lot of issues with the 6.0, it scared me off, maybe they've fixed them by now since the 6.0 is in it's 3rd year I believe. I don't think the Dodge chassis and body will hold up as long as the Ford, but the Cummins motor will probably outlast any other. I don't know a lot about the Duratrash...er Duramax but I did hear it's not a truly tried and tested Isuzu like the old Isuzu standards, and also the injectors prone to early failure and very expensive. Just what I heard, don't know how true. Go to www.dieselstop.com to learn all about the Fords. I have an old 83 F250 6.9 with almost 200K, still running great.
Like Oilbrnr said, Ford is calling it quits with that new 6.0L engine. In fact, even in its third year, that engine was so troublesome that it caused Ford's warranty claims rise by $500 million in the first 11 months of 2005. Warranty claims on all other Ford products were actually down for the year, an indication that while Ford is finally getting its reliability right, the model with that engine remains a big pain in the butt.

I wish Ford went through with the plans for a diesel engine for the F-150... 4.5L V8 DOHC 32 Valve Turbodiesel engine with 260HP and 355 ft-lbs of torque while delivering 25+ mpg according to test results. Now that would have been the very best diesel truck in the USA auto market.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:02 PM
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what are you going to use the truck for?
Everyday driver. No off-roading. Rarely pulling.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:10 PM
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I have a 04.5 Dodge 2500 with the cummins and the nv5600 6 speed manual, that is the absolutely most reliable powertrain in my own opinion but as far as the truck i look at it this way, I bought a CUmmins and they gave me a free dodge. But if u might be interested ina new dodge stop on over at turbodieselregister.com and check out the 3rd generation forums I am a member it is truely the most unbiased diesel truck forum on the net in my opinion, u can see the amzing power of some of the guys trucks and also the durability but in the end go withwhat u like. your money.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:18 PM
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Everyday driver. No off-roading. Rarely pulling.
Then it is a waste of money. Get a gasser.
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Then it is a waste of money. Get a gasser.
Don't you mean "Get a car"?
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:46 PM
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Don't you mean "Get a car"?
Not if he needs to pull something substantial.

My point is if you don't need the power for towing especially at altitude, you won't recoup the additional upfront cost of the diesel option, so other than BOMB'ing fun or running BioD/WVO, there is no real reason...

Figure it is a $4-6k option depending on configuration.
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:02 PM
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The Dodge truck is junk, personaly I prefer a Ford. But the Cummins is sweet and at least for me that would sell it.

I think a Dodge 2500 4x4 with a 6 speed and a regular cab would make a great start. Throw on a 6in exhuast some computer work and a massive turbo and have fun!
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:16 PM
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now just why do you say

a dodge truck is junk?

i have an 03 cummins six speed with 45k.

lets see. i have had four problems. first i had a tire that went down over about 4 months...would lose 3 or 4 pounds of air. not warrented.

second i had some leaks around some plugs in the head of the engine. warrented.

third i had a spontanious crack in the windshield. not warrented.

fourth i have a problem with the ac that causes it to ice the evap on a very hot humid day. i havent asked them to fix it yet so it prob wont be warrented (36k).

also the factory shocks were JUNK and after three years of looking and waitning i got some very excellent rancho nine way adjustables...absoultely transformed the truck.

what is there there that would be better or warrented on a ford or chebby?

this truck gets worked pretty hard about 2/3 of the time.

just got back from a 3k mile trip pulling my 9000# travel trailer.

so is a ford or chebby better? i dont know about the new ones but i have owned six chebby sububans and one (never again) ford. the chebbys are maybe eaual to the dodge except for the drivetrain which is pretty sad in my experience (compared to the dodge with cummins and six speed).

i also had a durango (bought new) with a 360 magnum. it was ok. tranny was suspect. sold it with 40k on it.

so again, i ask why do you think dodges are junk?

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Old 01-03-2006, 10:23 PM
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Yeah, to say the Dodge is junk is a bit ignorant.

Again, all three have problems. We're not talking Toyota here folks.
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:25 PM
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Yeah, to say the Dodge is junk is a bit ignorant.

Again, all three have problems. We're not talking Toyota here folks.
Does Toyota even make a diesel? If so I'd have to have one!

Now that would be a dynamite truck!

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Old 01-03-2006, 10:27 PM
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i think i read

that toyota is bring a diesel on.

they offer them in other markets (obviously).

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Old 01-03-2006, 10:29 PM
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Ok lets put it this way, Dodge trucks are not built to the same quality level as Fords or even GM's. Dodge uses cheap interior materials that and are very poorly designed. The quality of materials under the hood and underneath are also not up to par.

However Toyota beats them all, to bad you can't get a diesel.

My unlce used to be a big Ford guy and bought a new F150 every year or so. 03 was the last year he actually wrote Ford a letter complaining about all the little areas they cut cost on. For example they deleted the remote oil filter and the door pockets. Now he drives a Toyota, and is happy with it except Toyota cheaped out and put drums in the back insted of discs.

I have been around lots of Dodge's, they are a nice looking truck but I'd never buy one. I prefer Fords still.
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:32 PM
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Rumor has it Toyota will in the next few years.

If they can produce a one ton dually with a decent diesel powertrain, the big three can kiss their collective full sized PU truck dominance goodbye.

Toyota is set to produce more vehicles this year than any other manufacturer. They, along with Honda are the most profitable.
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