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Which type of truck do Y'all drive/prefer?

Chevrolet
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American Made or Imports?

Postby AlaskaRedneK » Thu May 26, 2005 8:28 pm

Just curious 'bout how most of ya feel about what you drive.

I am a Ford Truck Man!
---Actually, I like most American-Made Trucks.

Im not much for those Impoted vehicles, especially trucks!

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Postby ACEBLDRS » Thu May 26, 2005 10:53 pm

prefer a chevrolet. I drive an 03' dodge quad cab. 5.9 liter engine gets the worst gas mileage ever. i have 60k on it and the heads have been re-done twice. other than that great truck.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Fri May 27, 2005 12:41 am

Yeah, I can go several ways on this one.

For Work/Tuff trucks (which is what I drive everyday :thumbsup: ) , I prefer a Ford, w/ the Powerstroke Diesel.


For Sport trucks, I prefer Chevrolet.


For Classic trucks (which is my new "wanna-be" hobby--$ gets a lil tight :mrgreen: ), I am most definitely a Chevrolet man. They are sooo much easier to get restoration parts for.


I have nothing against Dodges, but when they went w/ that new "quiet" Cummins Diesel---That just ruined it for me! (Diesels are SUPPOSED to be LOUD!!)


Here is a lil joke I found about Dodges *Disclaimer- I dont really feel this way about Dodges, I just think it is really funny!

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I am in favor of all American made truks, I just dont like the idea of employing and sending money to other countries, when I could keep it here.

Its just my oppinion, but I would never buy a foreign truk (or car) over An American made.


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Postby Dogman » Fri May 27, 2005 6:32 am

American and foriegn are not as cut and dried as it used to be, someToyotas are made in the US.Ford teams up with Mazda to import cars and trucks.Every car or truck today has some foriegn made components even if they are built here.
I've been partial to fords ever since I got my first F-100,a used 66',when I was in high school.Back then they were all American made,now the line is blurred.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Fri May 27, 2005 11:40 am

Dogman, there is some truth to that. But for the most part you are sending money to Japan and other countries.

Besides, I like OUR trucks better, think they make 'em a lil more tuff. :salude:
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Postby 98ramtough » Fri May 27, 2005 12:10 pm

I am really not brand Loyal, but I do like FULL sized pickups. I think Cummins makes the best engine period. You just don't run into many guys driving a newer powerstroke that gets over 20mpg and has 300k miles and no problems. I know way too many duramax and powerstroke guys getting 15mpg. or less. Why spend $5K more on a diesel if it gets the same mileage as gas? If Ford or Chevy put a cummins in a 3/4 or 1 ton, that is what I would have. But they don't, so I drive a Dodge.
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Postby gsphunter » Fri May 27, 2005 3:48 pm

[quote="98ramtough"] Why spend $5K more on a diesel if it gets the same mileage as gas?quote]
The torque!!! and because they don't put Cummins in a Ford, Chevy, or GMC!

I've never owned one, but I have honestly never heard good things about Dodges. Ace has had his heads done twice with only 60 grand on the odometer. That adds another to list. I do love the sound of that Hemi though. Those things with good exhaust sound amazing. Stouff I love that diagram!

As for the poll, I drive a chevy, but I'm looking at buying a powerchoke or duramax for my next vehicle so that could change. The F-250 in the early to mid 90's was a great body style, just got to find one in good enough shape to take a look at.
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Postby Dogman » Fri May 27, 2005 5:34 pm

[quote="AlaskaRedneK"]Dogman, there is some truth to that. But for the most part you are sending money to Japan and other countries.
Personally I don't send money overseas,my present truck is a Ford Explorer.My last truck was an F-150,before that I had a Chevy C-10,a Jeep Cherokee,another F-150 and an F-100.My car is a Ford Escort.

The only thing that bothers me about Detroit auto makers is the absurd amounts of money paid to execs where as thier Japanese counterparts make a small fraction of the pay for the same or better performance.
I know this is how things are done in this country but I don't have to like it.Detroit doesn't invest money in new plants and equip to the same degree as Japanese car makers do and if they did we probably wouldn't hear much about Toyota or Nissan or any of the others.
I'm not trying to start an arguement here but I do believe that much of American car makers problems were created in part or entirely by themselves.
To thier credit,detroit has come a long way in improving thier cars and trucks but only after the Japanese beat them silly in the market,especially during the 70's and 80's. I prefer to buy American vehicles but I can't condemn someone for buying what they choose,its thier money and they earned it.
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Postby Greg Wile » Sat May 28, 2005 4:56 am

I prefer Chevs but currently am still driving an 87 Dakota with the 3.9liter engine and its been one heck of a truck. Only problems I have had after 358k on it was the starter had to be replaced and at 275k I replaced the fule pump. Its not the most fule efficent vehicle but it has been very dependable and I don't baby it. None of the trucks I have owned were used for show or to just go to town for groceries.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sun May 29, 2005 12:54 am

I too was definitely not trying to start an arguement....... Just stating the way I feel, thats all.

Great responses guys!
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Postby huntmq1 » Sun May 29, 2005 11:15 am

Imports are great on the gas milaege, but what do they REALLY know about FULL size trucks? Granted their mid-size and smaller trucks are great, but they've only been in the full size business for a few years. WAIT and see how many problems they have come up when these trucks get a few years old. All companys have bugs when they bring out a new line. Look at the problems Dodge had when they came out with the Dakota quad cab 4 door in 2000. I owned one, I know! American makers have been making full size for the last 50 years or so and they still haven't got it "perfect". Foriegn trucks and autos might be produced in the U.S. but they are still designed by a foreign engineer oversees that has no experience in full size trucks.
For the economy size small trucks, Toyota, Nissan etc....thats great, but for a full size, I'm all for our American designed trucks.
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Postby donell67 » Sun May 29, 2005 5:00 pm

ford man all the way here. there the best rigs on the road. :thumbsup:
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Postby shrpshtr » Tue May 31, 2005 1:54 pm

like a rock!

i have owned 6 vehicles in my life...5 chevrolets and 1 gmc. the only reason i have the gmc is because it was given to me. chevy baby, the most dependable longest-lasting truck on the road...i posted a pic of my 03 z71 tahoe in the other thread about trucks.

btw, i am looking for number 7. i need a new pickup and those 05 z71 4 door silverados are calling my name... :smile:
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Postby huntmq1 » Tue May 31, 2005 3:01 pm

Leaving RIGHT now to go pick up my NEW truck! 2005 F150 XLT crewcab 4x4 with the 5.4 liter. All the bells and whistles. NO document fees, bed liner included for 22,600. MSRP $33,000. Good deal if ya ask me. Took two days to barter, fight, and cussing to get it all worked out but got it! This weekend was a great weekend to buy a new auto if you were in the market for one.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Tue May 31, 2005 5:03 pm

HuntMQ1 wrote:Leaving RIGHT now to go pick up my NEW truck! 2005 F150 XLT crewcab 4x4 with the 5.4 liter. All the bells and whistles. NO document fees, bed liner included for 22,600. MSRP $33,000. Good deal if ya ask me. Took two days to barter, fight, and cussing to get it all worked out but got it! This weekend was a great weekend to buy a new auto if you were in the market for one.
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Nice truck, though Im not sure why Ford did that thing they did to the new (04 and 05 models). I like the "old look" better.

I think y'll like yer new truk :salude:

But for me........ I would rather get a rig like I got and save $7000 to customize it with :smile:

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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Tue May 31, 2005 5:04 pm

By the way HuntMQ1, Post us a pic of it, I wanna see what yours looks like!

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Hey..I have a Dodge & a Ford

Postby Elmer Fudd » Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:58 pm

Dodge truck and Ford Expedition both 4x4 ,both high miles, both great trucks...Both sux the gas.....so I guess I'm supporting both Bush & Cheney...LOL :umm:
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:15 pm

I hear ya Fudd,
I supported them before, but I guess now more than ever :salude:

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Postby ltglock » Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:33 pm

I am not a brand guy!! But, I have had my 1996 Dodge since 1999 and now have 165,000 miles. They only major repairs where caused by self induced stupidty on my part i.e. cracked radiator and blown water gasket. Now it does leak some transmisson fluid but that is a dodge thing I hear.

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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sat Jun 04, 2005 4:56 pm

Itglock probly has the best method (by not choosing any particular product)

Way to go Itglock! :thumbsup:


And Sorry to hear 'bout your radiator, and transmission problems :oops:

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Postby hm_palmer » Fri Jun 10, 2005 1:17 pm

I'm not big on brands My dad has a 92 Silverado he's never had any problems with it, I got a 01 Ram 1500 5.9L its a good truck but I like Fords too. As long as its big and American made a truck is a truck.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:38 pm

hm_palmer wrote: its a good truck but I like Fords too. As long as its big and American made a truck is a truck.


Yipeeeeeeee!!

Finally. Somone who feels the way I do!!!!

Way to go man!!!!!!!!!1

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Postby mallardhunter » Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:58 pm

You guys know what my vote is :thumbsup: Chevy!
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Postby Mallyard » Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:36 pm

My 92 nissan PU 4x4 has served me well. I don't need anything too big, so it's perfect. It'll get me outta a mud hole when I need it too. only got it stuck once. And I think most trucks would have either got stuck, or woulda had a hard time pullin outa this hole. It was a mess. knee deep mud with about 2 1/2 feet of water on top of that. Needless to say my truck was bureed. oh well.

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Postby DuffMaN » Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:59 am

I have to pick dodge. The new ones suck, the old ones rock. Especially their older (mid to late 90's) deisels were nice.
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