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I'm thinking it's time I buy a truck.

I'm looking for a full size, 4X4 and pretty much I'm open to suggestions and need to do some homework!

What have you got and why would you recommend it....and why would you buy something different if you could??

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First vehicle was a 1990 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat. Bought it for $500 on Craigslist and she was incredible. Oh the virginities that were lost in that beast.


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Love the new GMCs though and hear good things. What will you be using it for though? Do you need a big truck or just a half ton?

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meant to add that....just a half ton will be plenty for me. I'm working in Calgary...which is a three hour drive from home, so I do that drive every Sunday night or Monday morning and then return Thursday night or Friday...this time of year, that drive can be really shitty. Took me nearly 6 hours last week with all the snow and ice etc.

I also have a 20 foot ski boat and a couple of utility trailers to haul and then for general work around the acreage.

gas mileage will be a concern...minor concern I suppose.

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[quote name='Hawk' timestamp='1353377947' post='2008971']
meant to add that....just a half ton will be plenty for me. I'm working in Calgary...which is a three hour drive from home, so I do that drive every Sunday night or Monday morning and then return Thursday night or Friday...this time of year, that drive can be really shitty. Took me nearly 6 hours last week with all the snow and ice etc.

I also have a 20 foot ski boat and a couple of utility trailers to haul and then for general work around the acreage.

gas mileage will be a concern...minor concern I suppose.
[/quote]Well then in my opinion you really can't go wrong with a Silverado or a Sierra 1500. Gas mileage is going to suck any way you slice it. However I'm pretty sure the hybrids get almost 25 highway which is pretty damn good for a v8.
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don't get a shitty ford. If you get a Ford, go like '97 or earlier.

I drive a Silverado 2500 extended Cab. It's big and it's bad

gas mileage is horrible though. I spend like $100 to fill it up and it only lasts about a week
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I like my dodge. Ten years old runs great good work truck. I loved my chevy Blazer but i gave it to my kid. Had a Ford Ranger 4/4 that i liked as well.
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[quote name='Daddy Uncle' timestamp='1353378407' post='2009008']
don't get a shitty ford. If you get a Ford, go like '97 or earlier.

I drive a Silverado 2500 extended Cab. It's big and it's bad

gas mileage is horrible though. I spend like $100 to fill it up and it only lasts about a week
[/quote]Agreed, the last good ford model was the 1997. My buddy used to have a 1997 F-350 Powerstroke Diesel. Thing was beast. After that they are teh fail though.
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[quote name='Daddy Uncle' timestamp='1353378407' post='2009008']
don't get a shitty ford. If you get a Ford, go like '97 or earlier.

I drive a Silverado 2500 extended Cab. It's big and it's bad

gas mileage is horrible though. I spend like $100 to fill it up and it only lasts about a week
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If Fords are shitty, why were they the only American Auto manufacturer to not need a bail out?

Getting back on topic, how new of a truck do you want?
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Get you a Chevy Avalanche like mine...

Pack it to the gills with stuff you might need if the SHTF...

Win...
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newer than an 88!!!

I'm thinking just a couple of years old. I don't want to pay for brand new so I'm happy to let someone else eat the crap out of the day one drop in value!!!

I'm looking for 2008 and newer I think right now. I haven't done any homework, but so far I really like the newer Dodge 1500's, and I've never really been a Dodge fan
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You'll get a thousand different opinions... I know people that love Fords and people that hate them... same for every model.

If I was getting a truck, I'd get a pre-'97 Ford with the straight six, or a 90's model Chevy with a V8.

So, so many choices... crew cab, extended cab, short wheelbase, long wheelbase, etc., etc...
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I love my Toyota Tundra.

4 doors leather and power with Toyota quality
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I wouldn't get a Dodge if it were me... I'd stick with something Chevrolet... or a Ford Raptor (even though I'm not a fan of Ford parts, they won with this truck)...

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My brother's chevy is a monster. He goes all out when he buys a truck.

Looks like this but tricked out and lifted. lol i buy my trucks for work, he buys his for looks.

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I love my Nissan Titan. Used to own an F150. The Titan is by far the favorite vehicle I have ever owned.

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[quote name='Panthro' timestamp='1353379069' post='2009041']
I love my Toyota Tundra.

4 doors leather and power with Toyota quality
[/quote] Saw one of those when I was Ocean City. Had the rear power windows, leather seats, bose sound system the whole nine. Thinking Bose was a custom job though.

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[quote name='Bronn' timestamp='1353379120' post='2009043']
I wouldn't get a Dodge if it were me... I'd stick with something Chevrolet... or a Ford Raptor (even though I'm not a fan of Ford parts, they won with this truck)...
[/quote]I like Raptors but they don't seem very practical for the everyday driver. They are offroading machines.

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Bose comes standard in my Avalanche... 2007 Z71... just sayin'

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[quote name='SBVG' timestamp='1353379218' post='2009049']
I like Raptors but they don't seem very practical for the everyday driver. They are offroading machines.
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They are just one sexy looking beast, though.. and I normally don't say that about anything Ford makes...
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will look at an avalanche\


and yes, biscuit, I agree...but wanted to hear not only people's opinions, but the reasoning!!!

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[quote name='Hawk' timestamp='1353378987' post='2009032']
newer than an 88!!!

I'm thinking just a couple of years old. I don't want to pay for brand new so I'm happy to let someone else eat the crap out of the day one drop in value!!!

I'm looking for 2008 and newer I think right now. I haven't done any homework, but so far I really like the newer Dodge 1500's, and I've never really been a Dodge fan
[/quote]

Ha ha. My only complaint about Dodge vehicles is they seem to have interiors that fall apart way to quick. We have several in our vehicle fleet at work, and all of the interiors have something broke.


[quote name='nc_biscuit' timestamp='1353379050' post='2009039']
You'll get a thousand different opinions... I know people that love Fords and people that hate them... same for every model.

If I was getting a truck, I'd get a pre-'97 Ford with the straight six, or a 90's model Chevy with a V8.

So, so many choices... crew cab, extended cab, short wheelbase, long wheelbase, etc., etc...
[/quote]

The Ford 300 was one of the most durable engines I have ever seen.

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To hawk...I drive an 04 silverado 1500 z71. It's been great and only cosmetic things are going wrong but that's my fault. My dad an bro also drive Chevy trucks. 3500 and 1500 respectively. Dad was raised with the brand and did the same with me.

Positives for them are many. Resale, mpg, bulletproof drivetrain, payload are big ones.

[quote name='88 Bronco' timestamp='1353378829' post='2009027']


If Fords are shitty, why were they the only American Auto manufacturer to not need a bail out?

Getting back on topic, how new of a truck do you want?
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I think the answer to your question about ford is that they are made easy to buy. It seems to me they're is always some special for loan rates or cash back. And I don't think ford is totally shitty. I just don't think they are as good as gm.
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Also, my 2 cents about Dodges are that they are the choice "fleet vehicle" for a reason...

They are cheaply made, but they do hold up pretty well for at least 100,000 miles...

We only get about 100,000 or so out of our fleet vehicles before something pretty major goes wrong, and instead of fixing it, my agency typically just surpluses them and gets new ones...
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[quote name='88 Bronco' timestamp='1353379414' post='2009056']
Ha ha. My only complaint about Dodge vehicles is they seem to have interiors that fall apart way to quick. We have several in our vehicle fleet at work, and all of the interiors have something broke.




The Ford 300 was one of the most durable engines I have ever seen.
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Lol the headliner in my Dodge came loose and i had to have it fixed along with the glove box but it ran great since i've owned it.


300 is a great lil motor.
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If you're looking at newer, the Tundras and Titans are definitely in play. My buddy has a Tundra and it is freaking huge.

If I was getting a truck, I'd want to take it on the beach and in the woods and therefore wouldn't really want a new one.

My dad has an '03 Chevy Z71 extended cab that's loaded. I've considered buying it from him, but honestly I don't really need it. It's significantly bigger than my current vehicle (which is an Explorer) and although the gas mileage is probably the same, I just can't justify a new payment since the Explorer is paid off. That Chevy is a nice truck... if was buying a newer one, I would definitely go Chevy/GMC over Ford... but would consider the foreign models too just because they are so nice.

Those new GM quad cabs are nice and like you Hawk, I really love the way the new Dodge's look too. Like I said, tons of choices.
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