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Ford F-350 Super Duty, Dodge Ram Pickup 3500, GMC Sierra 2500HD, Car Buying
#1 of 13 Which Truck to buy
Aug 17, 2008 (12:04 pm)
Please can someone help me, i have always been a rice rocket or at least fast sedan buyer,and know very little about trucks (my Bad) and unfortunatly i was in a car wreck a few days ago that almost killed me and the driver, fortunatly my children and wife were not in the back seat, need i say more.
We were hit by a GMC truck travelling at somewhere between 65 and 80mph in the rear end which basicly destroyed the honda we were in and slammed us under a commercial van in front. My whole outlook on trucks has changed now as the truck that hit us you could have driven away, i want a truck that gets my babies up out of harms way and will protect them should this ever happen again, it has to be diesel and lifted price range upto $50K US. If anyone can help steer me to the correct truck i would be very grateful as i hear mixed reports on the ford and gmc engines, just the cummins seem bullet proof, i would like to modify a small amout maybe to obtain 500 HP.
Aug 17, 2008 (4:23 pm)
personally after your situation I would recomend a GMC/CHEVY 2500HD Diesel
there have been mixed problems with the cummins 6.7 (the newest motor) because of this emmisions junk the epa throws on all diesels now causing us to use even more diesel fuel and the dodge doesnt ride very smotthly
the transmission that comes with the diesel is the allison 1000 series 6 speed auto with tap shift (manual clutchless mode)
i myself am getting a 2500gmc diesel ext. cab its an 07 left over for cheap loaded in the 30's
the msrp for a nicely loaded diesel is around 50-53k but the way things are with fuel prices people can get 15 grand off easily
leaving some money to spare for performance
in order to make 500 hp you will have to modify the existing tranny wich will cost $3-6k alone
but i dont recomend a lift kit there pricey and then u have to upgrade tires and such plus more risk of a rollover
hope this helps!
Aug 17, 2008 (5:04 pm)
Great thanks for the advice, like i said im just getting into this whole truck thing.
#4 of 13 Need help on deciding to ship Honda or buy pick up
Aug 31, 2008 (1:01 pm)
I have a family member that is a college freshman in Arizona. She just moved there and I'm trying to decide whether I should ship the 2007 Honda Accord(that she has driven for the past year and a half) or buy a small pick up truck since the traffic in Arizona is not what she is used to at home. My primary concern is her safety but I'm not sure if pickups are actually safer. Any feedback would be appreciated.
#5 of 13 Re: Need help on deciding to ship Honda or buy pick up [mickeymouse1]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2008 (3:33 pm)
I definitely vote Accord... several reasons:
1 - Unless you buy an extended cab 4x4, the pickup will be a lot lighter and easier for a novice to lose control. That big empty rear will swap ends a lot quicker than in the Accord.
2 - And that bigger 4x4 would be more prone to a rollover.
3 - She is already comfortable with driving the Accord, so the chances of her being surprised by its behavior are greatly reduced.
4 - The Accord will likely get better mileage, particularly in local driving.
5 - Having a car with a trunk will offer her some secure storage space. The cab of a small pickup may be lockable but it's completely visible.
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#6 of 13 Re: Need help on deciding to ship Honda or buy pick up [kcram]
Sep 03, 2008 (12:30 pm)
Thank you for your advice! I agree and have decided to ship the Accord from CT to Arizona. Do you know of any reliable shipping companies from Connecticut or Tri state area. I have tried to research this, however, there is negative feedback about most companies.
#7 of 13 Re: Need help on deciding to ship Honda or buy pick up [mickeymouse1]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Sep 03, 2008 (4:14 pm)
I'll be honest, I've never had to do it and would probably be in the same boat as you. You might want to post an inquiry in Lost? Ask a Host for Help! and one of the other hosts can tell you the best discussion to ask about transport companies.
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#8 of 13 Re: Need help on deciding to ship Honda or buy pick up [kcram]
Sep 18, 2008 (4:51 am)
I ended up doing a lot of research and found a company that I felt comfortable using. Thanks to the reviews online, I feel that I avoided a "shipping disaster" since one of the companies that I was seconds away from using(until I check the BBB rating and consumer reviews on various sites) was rated unsatisfactory and had a
long history of damaging and stealing from the cars they shipped. I now have the number of 2 companies(one that ships east-west and one that ships north-south).
The car arrived yesterday in Arizona in perfect condition(engine and body) and with no items missing. Please feel free to benefit from the research I did as this is what the forums are all about. I would be happy to share the names/numbers.
#9 of 13 Re: Which Truck to buy [pulmantruck]
Sep 22, 2008 (7:01 pm)
Sorry to hear about your wreck guy.. that really sucks.
Whatever you do don't buy any of the new,new trucks all of them are hard on fuel and are harder to do basic upgrades on. DO NOT listen to sales people.
Go find a 5.9 ltr cummins Dodge, or a 6.0 ltr Ford, (which I own) or last years 6.6 duramax. all of these next to last Gen trucks have their strengths and flaws. The easiest one to do upgrades on and gets the best mileage is the Dodge. I chose my Ford for high payload, towing and tough suspension. The chev is a city truck with a softer ride and middle of the road for mileage, actually I dont know of anyone who owns one that has beat my mileage yet in my 6.0ltr powerstroke. Also the other thing you need to consider is short and long term maintenance. Chev is the most expensive to maintain, lift or upgrade. Dodge and Ford are about the same, Dodge again is the least expensive. look at all of the different forums here and read lots of different opinions before jumping into something. Buy a copy of diesel power, diesel builder and 8 lug. Then drive them all. Then take a diesel tech out from each of the big 3 for lunch and ask him what he thinks. For a free lunch they will let you know their honest opinion. let us know what you decide. good luck guy.
#10 of 13 Semi trucks
Sep 25, 2008 (11:29 pm)
Before buying a used truck, first of all need to know very necessary its price value, modal and manufacturer that is right way to choose a used truck. Semi trucks