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#216 of 265 Leather -vs- Cloth
Oct 15, 1999 (1:12 am)
Don't have a pick-up, yet, however do have leather seats in the car. Have had them for two years and look like new. Live in Florida and the seats are black. Even wearing shorts, have never been to hot to sit on. Love the leather seats, will probably never go back to cloth.
#217 of 265 JOHN GO WITH THE LEATHER
Oct 18, 1999 (11:07 pm)
I would go with the leather, have a 97 F-150 leather Seats, 98 Expedition, leather seats, German Shepherd and a Sheltie, never had a problem. Easy to keep clean wipe off with damp cloth. Live in Colorado, seats have never been too hot or too cold, at least for me. good luck.
Oct 22, 1999 (4:03 pm)
Just wanted to let everyone know that Budget Rent-A-Car is renting Ford Rangers for $20 per day. Thru December 15th. One rental day must be through a Saturday night.
I am using the opportunity to test one before purchase. It's a great deal, and I'm having a lot of fun with the truck - 900 miles in 3 days!
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#219 of 265 Thinking of buying a new truck
Oct 22, 1999 (9:37 pm)
I need a truck for every day driving and work.
I remodel houses, which includes landscaping as well.Sometimes I will need to haul up to 2 to 3 yards max of rock. Regular use will include hauling bauthtubs, drywall, etc for home renovation.Looked at all models and decided that crew cab is the way to go based on family size. This will be my first truck. I saw a 99 Chevy 3500 ls package lb dually crew cab with 5.7 motor for $27600 at local dealer. Is this too much truck? ie Is engine size adequate?
Gas vs Diesl?
Any comments would be appreicated.///jacarl
#220 of 265 auto trans+towing
Oct 23, 1999 (3:18 am)
Hi,Frank I own a 96 Dodge/cummins/auto and can tell you from my experience that neither one of these transmissions were meant for that kind of load.My 2500 long bed 4x4 ready for the road is 7050 lbs empty.If it were a 1ton(which you would need,due to high kingpin#from 13000lb5er)itwould weigh about 300 more.Add yourself,add family,add 5er(13000lb)add cargo,water,etc.You are over 20000 easy,with either Ford or Dodge.I know the highest GCWRfor dodge auto is 18000lb,with 4.10 axle.The ford is (rated) for more,especially in f450/550 with 4.88+rear,but they are not holding up any better than Dodge.My advice:buy Dodge w/245hp/6sp. manual and use the money you saved by not buying the auto to buy an engine brake.With that load you'll be much safer.I also like F350/450 but cummins is so so much better for long haul durability and especially serviceability,thats why I'd go Dodge,either way you can't lose,good luck Johnny D
Oct 23, 1999 (5:13 am)
If you are set on a crew cab then the Chevy in question isn't too much truck. The 5.7? What year? You might want to consider the 6.0L from GM or a Ford F-250/350 with the V-10. Both would be excellant choices.
Diesel? Are you going to put some serious miles on her? The investment in a diesel doesn't usually pay off until after 100,000 miles.
#222 of 265 auto trans+towing
Oct 23, 1999 (8:09 am)
Johnny, thanks for the inputs. The fifthwheeler I am planning on will be close to the max GVWR of both Dodge and Ford, but I plan to make sure it does not exceed the manufactures set limits. Safety is first. Yes, I will put the engine bread on either one I get.
I would like to get the manual 6-sp tranny. But the wife is saying she will not drive a truck with a manual transmission, and I really want her too. With a 6-sp manual transmission, both trucks would be much better tow machines.
The question is, which is the better tow truck with an automatic Dodge or Ford. Dodge reduces the horsepower and torque on the diesel engine for the Automatic, Ford does not. Is Dodge/Cummins playing it safer? Is Ford/PSD saying more transmission failers are okay? If we had the failure information from Dodge and Ford, than we would know.
Oct 25, 1999 (9:46 am)
Thanks for the input.
Oct 27, 1999 (3:16 am)
No knock on Dodge but the reason for higher figures on the Ford is because they make a better tranny to match their diesel.
#225 of 265 PICK A TRUCK
Oct 28, 1999 (11:19 pm)
I WANT TO BUY 4-5 YEAR OLD TRUCK. Will carry wife 2 kids. Want it for light duty on farm and to drive to office. What is better Ford, Chevy, Dodge? Looks aren't as important as reliability