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Old Oct 20th 2005, 6:12 pm
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OK you truckers out there, my nice old 99 Dodge Ram 1500 is not doing too well at the moment, it's been abused and worked hard, but things are starting to break down and fall off (I've just put the grill back on with zip ties) The thought of taking it to a Dodge dealer to get the bigger things fixed, fills me with dread, as they charge like wounded rhinos and the local mechanics aren't much better.
So the question is a new truck or used and which kind? I've had two Rams and they're both pretty reliable. Had a peek at some Ford F150s and F250s without a salesman seeing me. And a quick shufty at The Nissan Titan, although it looked a bit plasticy. Bearing in mind, it's got to be a workhorse, I'd prefer a crew or quad cab and a V8 of some description. I would even consider a Utility body as that would save me schlepping my tools in and out every night. Any suggestions from people that drive any of these would be gratefully excepted.
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Old Oct 20th 2005, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by gruffbrown
OK you truckers out there, my nice old 99 Dodge Ram 1500 is not doing too well at the moment, it's been abused and worked hard, but things are starting to break down and fall off (I've just put the grill back on with zip ties) The thought of taking it to a Dodge dealer to get the bigger things fixed, fills me with dread, as they charge like wounded rhinos and the local mechanics aren't much better.
So the question is a new truck or used and which kind? I've had two Rams and they're both pretty reliable. Had a peek at some Ford F150s and F250s without a salesman seeing me. And a quick shufty at The Nissan Titan, although it looked a bit plasticy. Bearing in mind, it's got to be a workhorse, I'd prefer a crew or quad cab and a V8 of some description. I would even consider a Utility body as that would save me schlepping my tools in and out every night. Any suggestions from people that drive any of these would be gratefully excepted.
Toyota?
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Originally Posted by gruffbrown
OK you truckers out there, my nice old 99 Dodge Ram 1500 is not doing too well at the moment, it's been abused and worked hard, but things are starting to break down and fall off (I've just put the grill back on with zip ties) The thought of taking it to a Dodge dealer to get the bigger things fixed, fills me with dread, as they charge like wounded rhinos and the local mechanics aren't much better.
So the question is a new truck or used and which kind? I've had two Rams and they're both pretty reliable. Had a peek at some Ford F150s and F250s without a salesman seeing me. And a quick shufty at The Nissan Titan, although it looked a bit plasticy. Bearing in mind, it's got to be a workhorse, I'd prefer a crew or quad cab and a V8 of some description. I would even consider a Utility body as that would save me schlepping my tools in and out every night. Any suggestions from people that drive any of these would be gratefully excepted.
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LOL not that much of a workhorse
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Toyota?
The Tundra?
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I do development testing for chevy, dodge, ford, and toyota to name a few.
a lot of the US manufacturers are using old school technology compared to the japanese.

I would get a toyota hands down.

Their engines run so smooth compared to the american models.
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Husband had two Dodges and both were so crappy and had so many problems with them he vowed never to buy another.
Ford Rangers are pretty nice.
Nows the time to buy a truck with Gas Prices the way they are, dealerships are practically asking people to take them away. Are there any hybrid trucks available yet?
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I do development testing for chevy, dodge, ford, and toyota to name a few.
a lot of the US manufacturers are using old school technology compared to the japanese.

I would get a toyota hands down.

Their engines run so smooth compared to the american models.
Oooh thanks, I shall investigate that further. You don't work for Ricardos do you?
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Husband had two Dodges and both were so crappy and had so many problems with them he vowed never to buy another.
Ford Rangers are pretty nice.
Nows the time to buy a truck with Gas Prices the way they are, dealerships are practically asking people to take them away. Are there any hybrid trucks available yet?
Rangers too small got to be F150 or 250 size
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Husband had two Dodges and both were so crappy and had so many problems with them he vowed never to buy another.
Ford Rangers are pretty nice.
Nows the time to buy a truck with Gas Prices the way they are, dealerships are practically asking people to take them away. Are there any hybrid trucks available yet?
Toyota are just about to bring one out, a friend of mine went in to change his small truck to a big truck and they told him to hang on a while if he could but wouldn't give him a date..
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Originally Posted by gruffbrown
The Tundra?
Whatever one Osama is using nowadays

Seriously, the in-laws have one and its very nice, but admittedly they don't take it off road

I've heard nothing but praise for them.
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Originally Posted by cabritpop
I do development testing for chevy, dodge, ford, and toyota to name a few.
a lot of the US manufacturers are using old school technology compared to the japanese.

I would get a toyota hands down.

Their engines run so smooth compared to the american models.

Here's a thought:
Why not buy a van? No seriously. I have noticed that the Mercedes Sprinter vans are widely available here through "freightliner" although they are badged up as Freightliners. I have seen numerous " Mercedes Sprinter vans" in both FedEx and UPS colours used for small parcel delivery. Excellent build quality and reliability of Mercedes and secure enough to not have to keep humping your tools in and out of every night. Good on fuel (diesel) and I believe the service interval is something stupid like every 20,000 or 30,000 miles (or Km's).Available in long/short wheelbase and also a heavyweight dually.
BTW, these puppies are good for well over a ton!!!

There you go, white van man US style!!
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Originally Posted by anotherlimey
Whatever one Osama is using nowadays

Seriously, the in-laws have one and its very nice, but admittedly they don't take it off road

I've heard nothing but praise for them.
Well that's two votes for the Toyota then, to be honest I've never driven a Japanese truck, although the American ones do tend be a bit Agricultural and not very refined.
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Here's a thought:
Why not buy a van? No seriously. I have noticed that the Mercedes Sprinter vans are widely available here through "freightliner" although they are badged up as Freightliners. I have seen numerous " Mercedes Sprinter vans" in both FedEx and UPS colours used for small parcel delivery. Excellent build quality and reliability of Mercedes and secure enough to not have to keep humping your tools in and out of every night. Good on fuel (diesel) and I believe the service interval is something stupid like every 20,000 or 30,000 miles (or Km's).Available in long/short wheelbase and also a heavyweight dually.
BTW, these puppies are good for well over a ton!!!

There you go, white van man US style!!
LMAO it's a valid point, but I just can't do it I'm in America, I wanna drive a truck, this is not Essex
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I'm not a truck guy, but Toyota reliability and durability are generally hard to beat.

Toyota's use of TQM principles (totaly quality management) is unmatched in the industry, i.e. things are engineered properly from the start, and quality is integrated throughout the build process. That differs from the German and American makers that use older Ford-inspired methods, i.e. bolt the stuff together first, then try to catch the mistakes after the fact.

People who I know who have had Chevys and Dodges have almost always complained about durability problems over time. In contrast, I've known people with the smaller Toyota trucks that can rack up 250k miles on them and still run gracefully. Fords are arguably better than the GM and Dodge/Chrysler products, but build quality won't likely be a match for a Toyota.

Have a look at Consumer Reports auto buyers guides, their owner reliability surveys are generally accurate.

(After years of owning Japanese cars, I recently went German. So far so good, I just hope that I don't come to regret it.)
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