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Diesel truck: Which one to choose? need guidance
It is time to get a used diesel truck, crew cab, 4x4, short bed, based on my finances: it will have around 70K miles and be 99-2003.
I will be using it for the following:
Towing an 24' enclosed car trailer couple times a month & other toys (no more than 6,000lb) & drive around town once in a while, no off roading, more of a highway cruiser, so I am looking for comfort.
Here is where I am at after researching & test driving, but I need answers from owners rather than salesmen...!
Ford: 7.3L: like them but tranny will go at some times
6.0L: heard horror stories about the motor: so I guess i'll stay away from them
Bottom line: 7.3L only, expect to change tranny, nice interior, overall size: big for the city.
Dodge: 5.9L: test drove the HO: impressive, but can not get a straight answer: is the HO only available in 06 & up? in 05: HO standard? prior years?
Tranny: How good is it? is it like Ford where I can expect to have to replace it at some point?
Bottom line: Great engine, interior is a bit cheap looking, great size & turning radius for the city. Tranny unknown, if HO only avail. in 05 & 06: then they are pricey.
Chevy/GMC: Don't know much about them except the tranny is an allisson: wont need to be rebuilt like Ford's & Dodge's?
Any help & comment welcome, thanks