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Old 12-13-2011, 12:41 PM #1
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New Truck, looking for major problems

I'm buying a 2011 or 2012 2500/250 Diesel, 4x4 and the full 4 door not the cab and a half. Ford or Chevy.

I have read reviews. I'm leaning towards the Chevy's over the Fords. Don't like Dodge so thats out. But what major problems could I see from either of them?

Before you ask yes I have a need/use for a diesel/ 3/4 Ton truck. my in laws own an orchard. And I work it a lot. We have a farm truck but I use my own for a lot of the work too.

I do know about most of the new Diesel standards out there. So I am also looking for a very slightly used 2010 but those are few and far in between.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:45 PM #2
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If you're buying it new you'll have a warranty so any problems you run into shouldn't be that big of an issue. Any reason for the Chevy preference? Honestly, if you're going to use it as a work truck, I would pick it by the dealership that's best. All of the trucks are comparable but if you're going to be beating on it and taking into the dealership regularly go for the guys who know their **** and won't dick you around.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:46 PM #3
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You don't like dodge diesel? Are you mad?
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:51 PM #4
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As for the preference. I've always owned GM. I like the looks a little better. But I just did some work on my wife's car a 2007 Ford Fusion and it seemed to take a lot longer to work on it as everything seems to be a little off. But that is just because I'm use to working on a GM.

I will say the Fords seem to be better built.

The truck will mostly be for towing a goose neck. and moving a few things.
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Get a Cummins matched with a 6-Speed. The new 6.7's in the Fords are meh, and Duramax's are well, Duramax's..
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Get a Cummins matched with a 6-Speed. The new 6.7's in the Fords are meh, and Duramax's are well, Duramax's..
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:17 PM #7
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I've never had a Dodge last more than a year so I wrote them off on the farm. I don't want a manual either. I drove one all my adult life and would care to get rid of it.

I was looking more for the major mechanical problems that they are showing up with.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:17 PM #8
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Yeah but the manual has almost 200lb-ft less torque.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:19 PM #9
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:54 PM #10
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It really doesn't matter. Any of the three will last for several hundred thousand miles with minimal BS if maintained properly.
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Why would a brand new truck have major problems?
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The new Duramax has been having a lot of problems with the DEF equipment. I would stay far away from them. So far, Ford's 6.7L Powerstroke has been seemingly reliable and the low output Cummins 6.7L has been relatively reliable other than a few initial teething problems. I don't have any experience with the new high output 6.7L Cummins, nor have I heard much about them yet.

If I was buying a chassis cab, I would probably go with the Dodge, as they are excellent when it comes to upfitting and the ZF 6-spd manual is great. For a personal truck or if I had to get an automatic, I would go with the Ford.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:35 PM #14
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Why would a brand new truck have major problems?
Some do. Like the 2008 Chevy 1500s having a sound behind the dash when decelerating from 70 to 45

Looking at pricing them out today. The Ford xlt with an 8ft bed 4dr 4x4 is only 1200 off the same thing in Chevy. So its going to come down to consumer reviews. And that's why I'm here
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The cummins engines are very nice......but I would go Chevy over the ford, the Chevy has the newly updated Allison 1000 in it which was already a very strong trans, plus the duramax puts out the most HP/TQ numbers, even though the ford out tows the chevy by a few thousand pounds.

Id get the GMC over the chevy, only because I like the GMC's front end more than the chevys, dont like that bigass chrome bumper

However I would put the Chevy/GMC last in every category other than powertrain. I think they look the worst out of the three, and the interior is least appealing, the new dodge interior is super nice, same with the ford
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lol, say that when you're getting passed.
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get a duramax or a new f-450 with the 7.3 or an 01 f-350 with 7.3 all the new f-350's are junk
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get a duramax or a new f-450 with the 7.3 or an 01 f-350 with 7.3 all the new f-350's are junk
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