New Truck, but what kind?

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  1. TonyMontana

    TonyMontana Black and Gold

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    Im looking for a new 4x4 truck to replace my 1996 Dakota. my budget is around 11 thousand dollars.


    i have pretty much narrowed my choices down to 2000+ F150s, or a Dodge Dakota or Ram of a similar model year, although I have been hearing that most people find the dodge truck line to be shitty around that time.


    If anyone has any info or opinions as to which would be the most consumer friendly 4x4 truck I would really appreciate it!
     
  2. 86 Bird

    86 Bird eh

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    Watch out for tranny problems with dodges
     
  3. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    At $11K, you could probably pick up an '03-06 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra in decent shape. There weren't really any major problems with those years, the main annoyances were the slip yoke (just needs to be greased) and the intermediate steering shaft (not hard to replace).
     
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    toyotaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
     
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    bubbaZR2 i poop too much, then i get tired... OT Supporter

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    Several friends have had the 98-04 Style Dakota. They seem to be damn good trucks but all of their trucks were manual trans. I think the automatic Dakotas were ok though. It was the Ram that had issues with the autos, and that was only til 03. The 03+ Rams have good automatics.
     
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    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    He asked what kind of truck to buy, not what kind of rust prone, weak, potential coffin to buy.
     
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    uhh all dodge autos that i know of have had issues with, my roomate over the last 2 years has gone throught a transmition in a 95 v10 2500 ram 4x4 was gonna need a second tranny when he got rid of it, 02 1500 4x4 tranny and torque converter went bad as well as the tranny, and in his 07 2500 diesel 4x4 tranny went bad dodge fixed under warranty and started going bad again when he got rid of it
     
  8. TonyMontana

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    I have started to look at GM trucks now and that is becoming a very real posibility. I noticed no one had any input on F150s. anyone know how they hold out over the years?
     
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    F150s aren't bad trucks, but honestly the looks of the Ford in both exterior AND interior styling are nowhere near as nice as the GM trucks, and the 5.4L Triton V8 is a gas hog that's down on power by comparison with the 5.3L Vortec (or if you're looking for a real beast go straight for the 6.2L Vortec -- everyone I've talked to that has one says they aren't much worse on gas, one guy even says the 6.2L gets better mileage than the 5.3L in some situations).
     
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    i dont know of a person irl with a ford that hasnt replaced the trans.

    ~30 trucks
     
  11. James Hook

    James Hook Never trust a government that doesn't trust its ow

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    You must have some retarded friends.
    Always check ball joints on f150's.
    They will be busted or have play so use that to bargain them down.
     
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    Same here. I also agree w/ James Hook about the ball joints.
     
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    Well the Chevy 1500 with the 5.3L is a great truck. Parents just bought one, its an 03 Z71 with the 5.3L. Its a great truck with plenty of power. Tested a F-150 with the 4.6L and it was gutless. Tested the 5.4L and it was plenty fine as well and didn't feel all that different. The interior was horrible on the F-150 though. I think from 2000-2009 the interior and exterior really lack.
     
  14. LabradorBoy

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    Wow, much F150 hate, surprising. As a previous owner of a 2004 Z71 Silverado and a 2007 Z71 Silverado, both with the 5.3L Vortec, I can say that they have plenty of power and agree that the 4.6L Ford engine is a POS. The 5.4L Triton however feels very powerful and does a great job of towing and I personally much prefer the F150's interior to that of even the newer Chev's, just make sure you get yourself a 2004/2005 to keep the cost down.
     
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    ditto on this.

    a friend has one thats been very reliable for him.
     

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