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Chevrolet C/K 2500 Series, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Exterior, Interior, Truck
#1 of 20 I need help on what to get, 2003 Chevy or Dodge?
Sep 03, 2003 (7:34 pm)
I'm Looking into buying either a 2500HD chevy or a 2500 dodge ram (diesel). I look on almost every site for pros and cons on these two trucks. Both trucks look good and sounds good. I just want to get more info and see what more ppl who may own the two truck.
Sep 03, 2003 (9:00 pm)
the transmission would sell me on the dmax.
Sep 04, 2003 (6:40 am)
If you like both trucks and think you would be happy with either one, great. If it were me, I'd choose the Dodge simply for the Cummins engine. The new ones are almost as quiet as the Duramax, but they have a tremendous track record of being bullet proof.
I'm not a Dodge or Chevy fan. However, I DO wish I could get a Ford with the Cummins engine.
Sep 04, 2003 (8:51 am)
One thing to consider, the DuramaxAllison has been out now for yr or two. The worry with the Dodge is the tranny. I'm not too sure how their 'new' tranny will perform.
I dont like the chevy having aluminum heads but I guess they know what they are doing, LOL.
Sep 04, 2003 (8:54 am)
I agree with mullins87 about the Cummins engine being bullet proof but I'm not sure I'd say the same for the rest of the truck.
#6 of 20 Dodge RAMs
Sep 04, 2003 (2:41 pm)
My company started replacing our 2-wheel drive LD pick-ups with Dodges last year. So far, they have surprised everyone with exceptional 1 and 2 year reliability. No engine or transmission repairs or loses.
Our oldest trucks in the fleet are Dodge RAMs, '97-'00 and our only 4x4s. They've been very competent performers. The track bars were replaced early but this has not resurfaced as a problem.
We stopped buying Chevys in '96 because of reliability issues after having them in the fleet for twenty+ years. Rear axle and transmission failures were above average for '91-'96s and the most notable problem area. They were far from trouble free with a number of problem areas. They also were the first to rust, thus reducing resale value considerably. They were replaced by F150s starting in '97.
Our total PU fleet is 81 units. We have no diesels at this time.
#7 of 20 Quality Issues
Sep 04, 2003 (3:14 pm)
I'd probably go with the Chevy because the quality of the Dodge's interior and some exterior shell parts are sub-par.
#8 of 20 Warranty
Sep 07, 2003 (8:38 pm)
For myself, I have been looking to buy a new truck this year. I was looking at GMC 2500 HD SLT with almost everything on the options, sticker price is $46K plus, drive very nice quiet and a good combination inside and outside, I can buy this truck for $40K, then I went to look and test drive one of the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT w/Lalemie package with Cummins diesel first start it very noise then the engine queit down when it has warm up. Ride a little roughs than the GMC.
After I look at warranty the Dodge and GMC both have 36,000 mil bumper to bumper, then on the power train Dodge have 7y/70k GMC 100K on engine only.
This warranty I have been in my mind, I may end up with the Dodge because of the warranty.
What's you guy think?
Sep 08, 2003 (4:32 pm)
Is they extra powertrain warranty free or do you have to pay a deductible?
Sep 08, 2003 (4:34 pm)
I just checked out the dodge site and this is what it had to say
Standard transferable 7-year/ 70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty‡
Notice the little symbol after warranty?
Heres what it says
‡See dealer for a copy of this limited warranty. A deductible applies.
Looks like it isnt free