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jodomcfrodo

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2. No truck can handle the requirements like a Ford
Tell that to the poor souls who own a 6.0 or 6.4 powerstroke ;);)

If I had to pick a diesel, I’d end up with a 6 speed dodge 6.7L. The manual doesn’t have as much power as the automatics but who needs 935 foot pounds anyways? All the new trucks are reliable enough at this point.

I will also say Stihl chainsaws are definitely the way to go.
 
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How do you know 1958 was the first year of four headlights?
It's fairly common knowledge with guys like myself. In 1957, most of the 48 states had approved the use of quad lights. I believe there were like six hold-out states that hadn't updated their regulations to allow for more than the standard two-headlamp system (I don't recall which states, however). Anyways, Chrysler products, for example, designed their fenders and headlight trim to run the two-light system in '57, but to easily convert over to the quad lights in '58 with only minor modifications. In fact, some of the cars built in '57 actually did have the quad lights, but were only delivered to dealers within the states where the regulations allowed them. By '58, all the states had caught up, and well, as they say, the rest is history.

And to actually answer your question of how I know this, it's because there is nothing in the world that excites me more than the automobile. When you're as passionate about something as I am about cars, you just learn useless information like this. :)
 

rasband

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Tell that to the poor souls who own a 6.0 or 6.4 powerstroke ;);)

If I had to pick a diesel, I’d end up with a 6 speed dodge 6.7L. The manual doesn’t have as much power as the automatics but who needs 935 foot pounds anyways? All the new trucks are reliable enough at this point.

I will also say Stihl chainsaws are definitely the way to go.
My data there is all anecdote (sample size of about 12), and I’m sure we all have similar experiences with different results. There’s so much up to the care, year, usage, definition of reliability, etc. :)
 

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I have a buddy with the GMC. They’re a really nice truck and rides better than the ford IMO. But we switched to Ford because of all the mechanical problems we experienced GMC. Not that we don’t do our fair share to the fords.
I’m not sure why anyone would drive a dodge though
Hey now......my Dodge has been good to me since I ordered it from the factory in 2001 and I have worked it hard every since I bought it. Diesel with a 6 speed. I bought it for a work horse, it seems like it's always hooked to something. Gooseneck horse trailer, dump trailer full of gravel, trailer with equipment or Jeep on it, etc.
 
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PCO6

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Look at how bizarre the lights have gotten on vehicles. 1958 was the first year of US cars being allowed to have four headlights instead of just two (legal in all 48 states), and people thought it was an unusual look. Just imagine what they'd think of the nonsense we have 60+ years later...
Both of my Grandfathers bought a new car in 1958 and I remember them both at separate times pointing out that they had 4 headlights. They both said everyone would know that it was a new car. That's about all they agreed on. One was a Ford and one was a Chevy.
 
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Hey now......my Dodge has been good to me since I ordered it from the factory in 2001 and I have worked it hard every since I bought it. Diesel with a 6 speed. I bought it for a work horse, it seems like it's always hooked to something. Gooseneck horse trailer, dump trailer full of gravel, trailer with equipment or Jeep on it, etc.
Back in 2005 when I worked for someone else they bought Dodge. If I remember correctly they purchased 5 or 6 new diesels. Two of those trucks didn’t make 60k miles before the injectors went out. Mine made it to 120k.
 

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Back in 2005 when I worked for someone else they bought Dodge. If I remember correctly they purchased 5 or 6 new diesels. Two of those trucks didn’t make 60k miles before the injectors went out. Mine made it to 120k.
I replaced my injectors in my '90 Dodge Cummins at a tad over 400,000 with rebuilt OEM injectors. I think I can live with the Dodge/Cummins marriage... ;)
 

Alex01

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The only reason I would ever buy a Dodge is because of the Cummins and the reputation those engines have. But other than that, I wouldn't own one.
How about a ram? :p

My 1500 ecodiesel has been flawless other then software. I was getting a cel every 1k miles for the first 7k. After they finally got a patch for the software I have gone 13k with no issues.

24-25 highway is amazing in a truck.
 
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I replaced my injectors in my '90 Dodge Cummins at a tad over 400,000 with rebuilt OEM injectors. I think I can live with the Dodge/Cummins marriage... ;)
Oh there are success and failure stores for every make and model. I have 2011 F350 that probably has close to $30k in it to keep it on the road and it only has 260k miles. But it’s a company truck and do you think the guys treat it as if they are paying the bill? They take their share of abuse that’s for sure.
 
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Oh there are success and failure stores for every make and model. I have 2011 F350 that probably has close to $30k in it to keep it on the road and it only has 260k miles. But it’s a company truck and do you think the guys treat it as if they are paying the bill? They take their share of abuse that’s for sure.
I've been pretty blessed with my Dodge's reliability, I have to say. I paid $6000 for it with 70,000 miles on it in 1998. The only actual "repair" that I've ever had to deal with is rebuilding the injector pump at 220,000 miles. Brakes, tires, a water pump and radiator, ball joints, and the aforementioned injectors have been the extent of its needs. With around 420,000 miles on the clock, I would still jump in and drive it across the U.S., if I was so inclined to do so. I'm in the truck around $12,000, which includes the purchase price. It truly has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.