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:::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? #4454704
07/09/17 08:28 PM
07/09/17 08:28 PM
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Charlotte NC
NDL Offline OP
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Between Ford, Chevy, and Ram, are any worth buying?

More specifically, I'm the kind of guy who will buy a base model truck, and drive her into the ground. Right now my sixteen year old Ford has 195k on the clock, and at some point I will be looking for a replacement.

My concern is that, with the exception of Chevy/GMC, the low(er) end powertrains are often car based. And the new diesel options (e.g. Colorado), and those in the upcoming Ram (3.0), and Silverado (rumored 4.5), were designed by companies that are not well known in the U.S.

Can the new, sophisticated, car based, 4's and V6's hold their water against the traditional truck based counterparts? What about the new diesels that are coming from Europe? I know that Europeans drive diesel powered vehicles, but I know nothing of their long term durability.

Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454713
07/09/17 08:36 PM
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They can, if used under their design specs. IF you go over their design parameters and duty cycle, they will suffer. For the "real people, not actors crowd", sure they can be long lasting and give reliable service. If you take a chevy 2.8 and put 10,000lbs behind it, she'll be very short lived.

Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454715
07/09/17 08:36 PM
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IMO, no. Just bought in May a 99 F350 dually,7.3 crew cab, had factory upgrades and other aftermarket upgrades that I would have mirrored anyway. 72k on the clock and zero rust. Good used trucks are around but if they show, better have the $$$ and move.



97 Ford E350 D,99 F350 dually D
13 Scion Xb
12 Ford Transit Connect
06 Nissan Xterra
03 K1200 BMW
07 Kawasaki KLR650
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Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454718
07/09/17 08:38 PM
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West Michigan
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New trucks are horribly, horribly over priced. If you can get past that, I think all 3 you mention are well built trucks and worthy of consideration. The attitude of the dealer that service's it, and their commitment to customer service is probably a more important consideration than brand name.



2018 Chevy Colorado



Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454719
07/09/17 08:38 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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If I were buying one it would be a Chevy or GMC. Too leery of the Chrysler gremlins still but it would be a close second and I would never own an aluminum Ford.

Dodge body style is also going to be 10 years old.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454741
07/09/17 08:55 PM
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Supposed to be a diesel F150 in 18 too. Gen 2 3.5EB supposed to out torque it though...


Robert
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Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454742
07/09/17 08:57 PM
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PV Az
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Hope so because we recently bought a 2016 Silverado with the 4.3 Ecotec3 motor. Only option on the sheet was carpet and wish it didn't have that. The V6 has very close to the same hp/torque numbers as the 5.3 did in the 2006 Sierra we had. It rides and drives great, I get 17-18 mpg pulling a 3000 lb camper easy and overall mpg to date is right at 20. Yes it has the dreaded AFM cylinder deactivation and direct injection but what are you going to do? I researched this stuff and have a plan to hopefully keep the truck happy for 10 years. Older trucks in this environment have issues not seen elsewhere and didn't want to deal with it. Who knows how a 2017 truck will be in 15 years with the electronics etc.? People probably thought the same thing of the 2000 trucks.

Nick, we bought the truck at Chapman in Mesa and it was the best buying experience at a dealer I've ever had.


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Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454745
07/09/17 08:58 PM
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New trucks $$$$.
Cylinder deactivation etc etc
Too many things that dont seem optimal for a basic long lasting truck.

So glad my expedition has no rust.


1988 Mazda RX7 na PP 10w30 Noack 4.7
1994 Chrysler Concorde 3.3
1999 Ford Expedition 4.6 QSUD 10W30 NOACK 5.0
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: AZjeff] #4454771
07/09/17 09:23 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Originally Posted By: AZjeff


Nick, we bought the truck at Chapman in Mesa and it was the best buying experience at a dealer I've ever had.
Good to hear. I live about 2-1/2 miles from that dealer, (I live in Mesa and work in Phoenix)


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454772
07/09/17 09:24 PM
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Look for a "base" 5.0L Ford pickup, would be my suggestion.


2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
2015 KIA RIO SX
2010 Mazda 3 2.0L
2009 Venza V6 AWD
2013 Sonata 2.4L RIP in write-off crash
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454820
07/09/17 10:09 PM
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utah
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I found 2500 gas trucks to be quite cheap compared to half ton gassers. I guess the casual home owner wants half ton and everyone else thinks they have to have a diesel.


2016 Golf Wagon 5MT, 2014 Accord Sport 6MT, 2016 GMC 1500 SLT 6.2
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: Danno] #4454822
07/09/17 10:10 PM
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Dayton,Ohio
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Originally Posted By: Danno
Look for a "base" 5.0L Ford pickup, would be my suggestion.
+1

Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454826
07/09/17 10:18 PM
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Golden Meadow, LA
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I would have absolutely zero qualms about daily driving an older truck whether it be diesel or gas (perfect example the '99 7.3 mentioned above) versus a new one. If its low mileage, in great shape body and drivetrain wise, I dont see the problem. Just because its old doesnt mean its junk, I'd have no problems daily driving even a 1970s or 1980s F-150, Chevy etc. I'm only 26, I've grown up with all kinds of new technology in my short 26 years but I have no need for all the fancy things in todays vehicles. A 1500 Chevy crew cab 4x4, with a radio, heat and AC, vinyl floors etc is all I would need. My dad has this mindset that buying second hand means buying someones problems. He thinks buying from a dealer means they traded it in because it was trouble, overlooking the fact that maybe they just wanted something new/different. If I were to buy brand new, it would be as I mentioned, Chevy 1500 Crew Cab 4x4, 5.3 Ecotec V8, base model, I'd put a berliner, tint the windows and maybe a bolt on cat back exhaust, change the oil and fluids regularly as a Bitoger would do and run it till it cant go any more.

Last edited by mobilaltima; 07/09/17 10:20 PM.

2006 2500 Dodge 5.9 Cummins Mobil Delvac 15W40, Fleetguard Stratapore 90k miles
Early '99 F250 ECLB 7.3 Stroker, 223k miles
Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454832
07/09/17 10:22 PM
07/09/17 10:22 PM
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Clovis, CA
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If you want dual exhaust, you gotta get a Dodge. I don't know why that is.

Oh ya and that reminds me, I would not get any truck with cylinder deactivation. That variable cam timing is bad enough as it is without adding even more complexity.

Re: :::Is Any New Truck Worth Buying? [Re: NDL] #4454834
07/09/17 10:23 PM
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Utah
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Utah
Your asking on a forum where the vehicles are on average several years old. You will get answers accordingly.

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