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    Default Help On A New to me truck.

    Ok I need a newer truck. My truck is totaled due to a snow problem.

    What we need is a crew cab or super cab short box. We don't haul much really but when I do power is needed. I would like a truck that gets.fair.mileage. I also live in a.30 foot pull behind trailer. So what ever we get has to haul a.minimum of 7900 out.back and 2 polaris 500 on the bed. This load is not often but it is required of the truck.

    Part of me wants a diesel but the cost of ownership is killing me. W honestly tow 2 times a year. so a gas truck will do. And i want the.most truck i can get in the 8-12k range.
    2000 5.4 superduty crew cab short box Warn 12m 315 MaxxisBighorns

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    um diesel stick, 86-97 f350 or dodge 89-98 3/4t or 1t. i have had diesel and gas trucks. not much different maintainence wise. and in my opinion the power, mpg, and simplicity of the mechanical diesel (or powerstroke) out weigh the gas every time. i know that isn't every ones opinion. just wanted to give you mine. very satisfied with the four diesels that i have had.

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    Any early 90's late 80's truck you like. May tow slower than a new common rail diesel, but parts will be stupid cheaper.
    1993 F350 Crew Cab Long Bed 7.3 IDI 5 speed 4x4. Currently stock except for the 255/85R16's.
    1983 GMC 6.2L Suburban with sm465/np205 with 1 ton axles, crossover steering, 52" front springs, and rear shackle flip. Has 285/70r17 STT's on H2 rims.
    1996 GMC Suburban K2500 6.5TD 4L80E
    -Running Biodiesel
    1965 2WD F100 7.5L with C6.
    1967 mustang coupe project on hold waiting for a garage or shop.
    1979 CX500 putt arounder.

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    Here's my opinion If you don't need four doors a 94-98 12v Cummins/5speed will do everything you want and more--lots more. I don't know anyone who regretted buying a 12valve and most keep them for a very long time. Whether you tow a lot of weight everyday or just need a truck to take occasional loads to the dump with this is my pick hands down.

    If you think you might need 4 doors now or later... You know my vote: Turbocharged IDI with a 5speed

    Not all diesels are expensive to own and maintain.
    91- F350 CC - 7.3-IDI IH diesel - ATS Turbocharger - ZF 5speed - 1981 Four Wheel Camper
    79- Toyota Hilux 20R 4x4.

    My Gypsy wagon buildup: http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38047

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    I'm so glad you all like your diesel but i don't. Yes a common rail cummins or 7.3 are great. My problem is i can get a 05 gas for the cost of a 96 diesel. A crew or super cab is a must wife kid dog. Also every diesel i have owned goes therw brakes and tires faster on top of being almost usles off road as they have 90% of there weight over the front tiers.

    I have owned many a diesel truck last being a 04.crew cab long box cummins 6 speed. I sold it due to.its.cost 120$ oil.change ever 2 months and 20-25k out of 1200 dollar tires.

    Neow on the a gas 3/4 ton. I found a fairly clean 04.dodge.crew cab short flat bed. It has 146k on it 5.7 hemi automatic.
    Still un sure of what truck.
    2000 5.4 superduty crew cab short box Warn 12m 315 MaxxisBighorns

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    Hemi's do pretty good my grandpa has one that he used to move his camper. It is a nice truck he also lives in flat country so passes are not a problem. Ford idi's use 10 quarts of oil a cummins 12 valve uses 12 quarts thay can also go 7-10k on their oil. Ford power strokes use 16 quarts.

    If you like the hemi you might look at a mega cab. I liked my mega cab cummins, got rid of it because I paid for the f350 I bought with less than it would cost to fix the injection system on that cr cummins.

    Gas trucks are cheaper. I would stay away from the ford spark plug popping engine all v10's. For solid axle trucks you need to stay ford or dodge. You could also look for a power wagon.

    I vote mega cab or power wagon.
    1993 F350 Crew Cab Long Bed 7.3 IDI 5 speed 4x4. Currently stock except for the 255/85R16's.
    1983 GMC 6.2L Suburban with sm465/np205 with 1 ton axles, crossover steering, 52" front springs, and rear shackle flip. Has 285/70r17 STT's on H2 rims.
    1996 GMC Suburban K2500 6.5TD 4L80E
    -Running Biodiesel
    1965 2WD F100 7.5L with C6.
    1967 mustang coupe project on hold waiting for a garage or shop.
    1979 CX500 putt arounder.

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    I would look at does.but ya you can't use a spark plug ford. A MEGA cab would be nice but more than I need or want to.spend. We have a 05 tank and a 06 impalla ss. All the truck will be used for is my commute to work 7 blocks. The hauling of quads we have not bought yet. I have a gmc sonoma that is getting rebuilt for expo use.
    2000 5.4 superduty crew cab short box Warn 12m 315 MaxxisBighorns

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98dango View Post
    I'm so glad you all like your diesel but i don't. Yes a common rail cummins or 7.3 are great.
    I like some diesels most of which use mechanical injection. I wouldn't own a common rail anything unless I was using it to make money.

    If you're after a truck built later than the early 00's I would go with a gasser. Not sure which gasser though... I don't know much about them. I thought my friends Power Wagon was neat until he said it gets single digit fuel economy
    91- F350 CC - 7.3-IDI IH diesel - ATS Turbocharger - ZF 5speed - 1981 Four Wheel Camper
    79- Toyota Hilux 20R 4x4.

    My Gypsy wagon buildup: http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=38047

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    In a perfect world I would use the 93 12valve i have and install it ons 88-99 chevy crew cab short box. But i need a good to go dd truck.
    2000 5.4 superduty crew cab short box Warn 12m 315 MaxxisBighorns

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    There was a thread talking about the pre 08 mega cab 1500 Dodge Rams. THey were built on the 2500 chassis only available with Gas engines, but still 8 lug. For all intents a 2500 truck, not sure if there is a price difference at all.

    Here it is: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ght=dodge+mega

    interesting conversation on here about Gas vs. Diesel, Larry brings up some good points, most of what you already know, but good read nonetheless: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ghlight=diesel

    Good luck in your search.
    Neil

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