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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Barbwire, Sep 14, 2012.
If you were in the market for a HD 1 ton truck, what would you buy and why?
My stepdad just got a 2012 gmc 3500, he liked it better for the ride and creature comforts. It also had the most fifth wheel pulling power. Plus the diesel is cheaper and easier to work on than the Ford. Never knew trucks were so damn expensive
I like the Ford diesel. When I'm ready to get my diesel that's the one I'm looking to get. Everyone I know loves theirs, they can be tuned nicely for more power.
Go find an old Dodge, around 95'
Seriously, those fucking things are tanks. My stepdad has one and he's put that thing through all kinds of junk. He's hit a handful of deer and an elk or two and it still works fine. Looks like it's been through a war, but still runs. His 03, on the other hand, consistently get's random engine problems.
Thanks fellas. Next I need to ask for tips on getting a good deal at the dealership.
We are going to look at a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 with turbo diesel tomorrow. Seems like it would fit the bill.
Here's the beast.
Go in next to last day of the month. Check nada.com compare prices, ask for service records, check car fax
Pretty truck, and the dodges do just look good. Don't think you would regret any of the diesels.
I had an 06 dodge and would trade my 09 dodge to get it back. Best motor available. No mater what any body say's the dodge will give the best MPG for the pull. If it's in good shape and the motor runs strong, you can't go wrong.
We have a GMC 2500 Sierra we are trading in on any new truck we get.
Beyond checking blue book value, what other pointers do you have for getting the best value on your trade?
A friend told me I should do it as two deals. Deal one, the dealer buys your old truck. Deal two, you buy a new truck from the dealer. Negotiate two totally separate deals.
That looks good on paper, but how does one go about doing it?
Right now, they are pretty strapped to sell trucks. Go in, get your trade appraised, tell them what you are willing to pay, and leave. They can call when they get your payments right.
I have gotten spoiled by my favorite Honda salesman, probably 10 cars in six years, and never spend more than 15 minutes at the dealership.
And how the hell did i wind up on a sex forum, and talking about trucks?
Because this is the offtopic section.
I get that, bad attempt at a joke. Still working up the nerve to comment on the on topic boards
Jeeesus....dont tell me that Sierra has rusted out already?
seems like only a couple of years since you bought it ......:eyes
The Dodge does look neat though......
Question....wouldnt you get more for the Sierra if you sold it privately?
Over here.....a dealer will only give you shit as a trade in....:ugh
I now it's about supply and demand. The thing is, finding a used 4x4 1 ton with an 8' bed around here is tough. I've even looked in neighboring states. The dealers, unless you want to order a new one, are really in the catbird seat.
The truck was are looking at tomorrow is, like I said a 2006 BUT it has 115K on it. People have told me that it's not much for a diesel but it's not just the engine that has that many miles on it, it's the whole truck.
I guess I don't have much to go by on how trucks wear and tear. My 2007 only has 28k on it.
No, the Sierra is almost mint, hardly broken it. It just hasn't the towing capacity I need for my mammoth new horse trailer.
See what carmax will give u for your truck even if you don't purchase from them....
Thanks for all the replies.
We never went to look at that Ram the other day. The more I talked to the dealer on the phone, the sleazier he sounded so I backed away from that truck.
Have my eye on a 2008 Ford-350 Lariat diesel 4x4 now. Might go check it out this week.
There are certain years of Ford's to stay away from. Check the diesel truck forums and ask questions. I would steer clear of anything with the new urea injection. Everybody I know that has it, semis, farm vehciles, trucks, has had problems with it.
Manual transmissions seem to hold up a little better.
According to the magazines, the GMs with the Duramax (Isuzu, the oldest truck maker in the world) with the Allison Tranny is the best, fuel and towing. I've heard nightmares about the mid to late 2000 Fords, the rear injectors go and burn the pistons....$15K fix, and tranny problems. The Cummins are decent engines, but the trucks are shit. Trannys, rear ends, electrical, the whole gambit. My father in law had one Ford desiel and went back to gas, too many problems but he was only pulling a 28 ft trailer. I don't need a desiel since the most I pull is 12000lbs and my Titan pulls that with ease.