I am seriously looking at Nissan fullsize trucks to replace my Silverado. Mine is a 2001 HD with the 8.1 / alison combo. At 9,000 miles the trans stopped shifting and they had to replace a wire harness, at 15,000 the check engine light came on and they could not find out why so they just kept resetting it until 24,000 miles when the engine went. They blamed it on a failed oil pump bypass valve spring. it was rebuilt and at 30,000 the check engine light came on again and they replaced the air flow sensor and both rear u-joints. Now at 41,000 the check engine light comes on and off, it backfires sometimes and the sparkplug wires and plugs were all replaced (plugs were special iridum? at $15.00 each) and the rear brakes have seized in the calipers and drag continously and have to be replaced. Now I just discovered, while checking out the brakes, that the master cly (which gets its working pressure from the power steering pump) is leaking around where the 2 pieces bolt together and it is not brake fluid. I was wondering where the PS fluid was going....other than that I am happy with the 14MPG that it gets if I do not go over 60mph.
My cousin has the twin to mine and his has been in the shop just as much with u-joint problems and from day one it burns 1.5qt of oil every 5000 miles and the dealer tells him that that is within spec for the 8.1 engine ( mine has never burnt a drop) thay have also replaced the intake gaskets and some other odds and ends on his truck. he gets about 10mpg. He traded in a Dodge due to it fouling plugs, a front suspension that had several issues and the front brakes would sometimes just lock up the right front when stopping and dealer could not correct the issue.
These are neither used for heavy towing just the duck boat and the atv.
I do not trust the stability of Chrysler Corp at this time and know several employees that say that they see how much cost cutting and cheap parts go into the dodge that they would not even buy one. And from reading all the auto mags Ford does not rate all that good either. I am just tired of paying $30,000 + for a piece of S#*T....