Last post on Jan 07, 1999 at 4:01 AM
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Oct 13, 1998 (5:41 pm)
First off, if you get the gas Ford, get the V10. Its within $300 of the price and, IMO, well worth it.
I have a new Ford F350 4X4 V10, and love it to death, so I'm a little biased here. Either the V10 or the powerstroke would be more power than you'd need (I still wouldn't get the ford V8 for the price though, for resale considerations if nothing else). One good point is that the Fords are on their 3rd or 4th production line cycle, and have caught most of the first-year glitches already.
My last truck was a Ford diesel stick-shift. With the low range (1000-2800 rpm) you will find yourself shifting an awful lot in any kind of slow traffic. This may not be an issue for you -- it got old for me, but I use my truck as a daily driver.
The Chevy (I believe) has the optional full-time 4WD. The Ford does not, but does offer ESOF. I'm not sure if the chevy AWD is available on trucks over 1/2 ton.
Oct 15, 1998 (2:18 pm)
I really appreciate your help!!
If you hear of anyone who has bought or
even test-driven one of the new Chevy
3/4 tons, let me know because I'd really
like to hear what they think!!
#15 of 22 F250 lite duty
Nov 17, 1998 (6:38 pm)
To Edmunds,I am interested in a ford F250 lite
duty,all l see is pricing info on the F250
superduty,are you going to put pricing info up on
the Ford F250 lite duty?
Nov 19, 1998 (9:30 pm)
I just noticed Edmund's compltet omission of that, because I was looking for the link for you. Instead, go to www.kbb.com - Kelley's has all the info you need.
Nov 21, 1998 (4:19 pm)
#18 of 22 sd99
Nov 24, 1998 (3:56 am)
Should be getting my new F250 SD in about a month. I have to have protection for the pickup box, but have been hearing some bad things about bedliners. I've been told they will rust out the box over the years. People are telling me instead to have the box sprayed with a type of undercoating. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter. Thanks.
Nov 24, 1998 (5:38 pm)
There is a topic area on the spray-in liners that discusses Rhino liners and other brands. I had a Line-X sprayed in the box of my new truck and it looks better than the original paint.....in my opinion. The cost was $395 for a long bed, under the rails. They have a website at www.line-x.com.
#20 of 22 Do Beds rust with bed liners?
Dec 01, 1998 (3:36 am)
No. I've been owning a truck for quite some time. About 7 yrs. Now grant it 3 of the years was with a bed cover on it, but the rest was weather.
I pulled it off and did a cleaning, the pait was rubbed off in some places but the bed was not rusted at all.
Danny Picou from Gonzales
Jan 06, 1999 (11:58 pm)
I am looking at a new 1998 Dodge Ram SLT 4X4 5.2L. I have never had a Dodge truck before and have a few concerns about the mechanical reliability and longevity. It rides and looks great, but is it a good truck in the long run?
Jan 07, 1999 (4:01 am)
My personal reason for ordering Insta-Trac on the Silverado was to get that stick off the floor. But the earlier point about not being able to put it into neutral is valid even if you do have a manual transmission. But it usually only matters if you need to tow the vehicle behind something. By putting the transfer case into neutral, the transmission will not rotate as the vehicle is towed down the road. This is important, because ordinarily, when the engine is driving through the tranny, oil is being pumped to lubricate it. But when it is towed, damage can occur. So when the transfer case can be put into neutral, the tranny does not turn as it is towed, even though the rear driveshaft spins. The front driveshaft won't spin because the hubs are dis-engaged. This is probably not a consideration for trucks, but many smaller SUVs are towed as dinghys behind motorhomes, so it is very useful to put the transfer case into neutral rather that remove the driveshaft for towing.