4 thoughts on “Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge (TEST DRIVE)

  1. C2017

    A few thoughts:

    All post 2007 diesels have DPF (diesel particulate filter) systems, and a bit later (different years for different brands) also include SCR which continues to this day. These emissions systems are incredibly expensive and also have their fair share of problems. Google is your friend for all brands.

    Ford Powerstroke:

    STAY AWAY from 2004-2010 Ford Powerstroke 6.0 and 6.4 diesels. They are absolutely fraught with problems (up to and including complete catastrophic engine failure) due to poor design, and will cost you a fortune in the long run. I would not buy one for any reason. Google “destroked.”

    The newer 6.7 Powerstroke seems to be a bit better, HOWEVER, the early iterations had their share of catastrophic engine failures. It looks like they may be ironing out those problems. Do some reading at the Powerstroke forum to see for yourself. The older 7.3 Powerstroke is a solid motor, but it’s getting hard to find a clean truck which hasn’t been put through the ringer. They are underpowered by today’s standards so they would benefit from some mods, and the fuel economy was never great.

    Ford transmissions seem solid if taken care of, but engine modifications will ruin any stock transmission requiring a stout rebuild. The aftermarket provides transmissions which will handle any level of power, but they’re not cheap.

    Chevy/GM 6.6 liter Duramax:

    The earlier years, 01-04 I think, had injector problems and they are more difficult and costly to replace. Later model engines had fewer injector issues, but had head gasket failures which can be as costly, The preferred model seems to be the 2006-2007 LBZ. The Allison transmission is outstanding.

    Dodge Ram CUMMINS:

    Hands down, the most durable engine of the 3, which is why the majority of hotshot drivers and RV haulers use them. Time is money and downtime is lost money, which is why business people choose what works long term. These engines are notorious for going over a million miles if serviced and maintained.

    1989-1993: Mechanical injection (VE pump), 5.9 liter 160 hp, 400 lb ft torque, 1st generation Ram, very outdated body and systems but engine and drivetrain will go forever. Dowel pin needs to be tabbed. Google “KDP.” Pass on this one.

    1994-1998.5: Mechanical injection (P7100 pump), 5.9 liter 160-215 hp, 400-440 lb ft torque, 2nd generation, outdated body and systems but bulletproof power train. Dowel pin needs to be tabbed. Endless power potential due to the best injection pump ever installed on any diesel truck. Look hard at this one if interior creature comforts are not at top of your list.

    1998.5-2002: Electronically controlled VP injection pump, 5.9 liter up to 235 hp, 460 lb ft torque. 2nd generation with opening doors on extra cab, updated interior. Problematic injection pump with high rate of failure. Cummins admitted they were disappointed in it. “53” block had casting problem which could lead to coolant leak out of side of block. That said, the engine itself will last forever like the earlier ones, though the injection pump not so much. Can run a tuner for modifications on the fly. Deserving of a serious look but will need aftermarket FASS fuel pump and fuel pressure monitoring system.

    2003-2007.5: High pressure common rail injection, 5.9 liter 235-325 hp, 460-610 lb ft torque with little, if any, smog equipment (EGR on some). 3rd generation with updated body and interior. A solid performer, but had injector issues on certain years which could lead to engine failure if not caught early. My personal least favorite years. Worth a look, but I’d buy a 4th generation as these are grossly overpriced due to high demand because of lack of smog equipment.

    2007.5-2009: High pressure common rail injection, 6.7 liter 350hp, 610 to 650 lb ft torque. 3rd generation Ram with larger engine and DPF emissions. I’d pass on this one.

    2010-2012: High pressure common rain injection, 6.7 liter 350 hp, 610-800 lb ft torque. 4th generation Ram with DPF and updated body design, and engine and transmission improvements. I’d look at this model if I didn’t live in a state with emissions inspections and I was going to remove the DPF/EGR systems. Poor fuel mileage and dirty tuning from factory. A beautiful truck inside and out.

    2013- current: High pressure common rail injection, 6.7 liter 350-385 hp, 660-900 lb ft torque. 4th generation Ram with DPFand SCR. Improved fuel mileage and extended service intervals. Cleaner burning and better fuel mileage. This is the preferred model of emissions present trucks in this brand. A beautiful truck which will haul up to 31k lbs.

    Good luck.

  2. C2017

    Edit: I see you just bought a 2005 Ram/Cummins 3500 quad cab dually 4×2. That’s a great price, good job.

    1. Mike And Lauren Post author

      Thanks for the comments about the trailer and truck. I think we got a good running truck for a good price. Hopefully it lasts a long time!

      1. C2017

        You’re welcome.

        I’ve had 4 Ram Cummins diesels (still have one) and know the ins and outs of all of them. Aftermarket fuel filtration wouldn’t be a bad idea on your 2005, to protect the injectors. Dirty fuel and water can harm them, and a failed injector can melt a piston on those high pressure common rail engines. Symptoms of injector issues could be whitish smoke, particularly on startup, diesel fuel in oil, hard to start. Be aware of those and you should be fine. Maintained properly, that truck will last as long as you need it to.

        Good luck!


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