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Opinions Wanted Ford/Dodge what to buy...

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by exmark1, May 11, 2010.

  1. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    As some may remember I had a 2008 F-250 that ended up being a lemon and was bought back.

    Anyway I have been looking at trucks again today since it's raining and I am down to either buying a Ford or Dodge.

    Both are 1 Ton, 4 Door, Diesels. Both are loaded with leather etc...

    The 2010 Ford F-350 is $44,000 after rebates etc... 6.4 Diesel

    The 2010 Dodge is around $49,000 6.7 Diesel

    Both are $55,000 window sticker price!

    Anyway I am looking for and opinions on this decision...
  2. lotec25

    lotec25 Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 47

    I am a little one sided on this, I love my new dodge, But that ford is a nice truck. I just don't trust the diesels in the fords as much. Both have there problems though. My dodge is solid, seats are nice and comfy no rattles from the interior. It did take a while getting used to the front end looks, but compared to my old Dodge this thing is a tank and its comfy.
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Tough one- they both have their ups and downs.

    Ford- Great transmission, the 6.4 is a nice motor (later builds) with plenty of power, decent interior, and personally I love the look of the truck. Cheaper price as well- plus some Ford dealerships are open 24 hours for their commercial customers.

    Dodge- Great motor, Nice newer tranny, Great looking exterior, Nicest interior (In my opinion) and the ride is great on the new ones.

    Go drive both and make your decision that way, they are both rugged trucks that will work hard. It will really come down to what you like best.

    oh yeah, I'm sure you can get the Dodge down a few grand more.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I can't believe you even mentioned the word dodge in the same sentence as Ford!
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I know, it really tarnish's the Dodge's image when you do that!

  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  7. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I have driven both... that is what makes it harder. I really like the interior on the Dodge, just the front end kind of bugs me a bit.

    I really can't decide what would be better yet
  8. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I have a 09 f-350 cc and our plowtruck is a 09 f-350 reg cab. I love these trucks. I have owned fords and dodges and I believe the ford is a better truck. My last truck was a 07 (5.9) mega cab and before 20k miles the door panels and dash were rattling. It also needed aligned 3 times in 32k miles. I will agree the 03-07 Cummins was a GREAT motor but I don't think the 6.7 Cummins is any better than the 6.4psd. For the price I would be all over the Ford.
    Good luck with your decision.
  9. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I like the outside of the Ford better... I have had great luck with Ford in the past (until my 2008) but I have heard great things about the later models 2009 & 2010 models

    The Ford is a heck of a price for a loaded F-350, and it's already a red truck without having to order or find one somewhere else...
  10. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Not trying to knock ford down, but with all the problems you had with your 08 I'm not sure why you would consider another one?
  11. snowplowpro

    snowplowpro Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 926

    everywere :laughing::laughing::help:

    Ford Trucks: The Best Never Rest
  12. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    To be honest I am blaming that on it being an early build 2008 (Built December 2006). I have owned 4 other super duties and have had no issues with them so I think that Ford still builds a solid truck overall, that and the front end of the Dodge really bugs me yet... I have still been trying to find a loaded 2009 Dodge with low miles or a carryover with no luck yet
  13. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I say Ford
  14. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753

    Dosent that 6.4 powerstroke get like 10-12 MPG?? Where the cummins gets upwards of 18-20 that would sell me right there! And anyone that says the powerstroke is just as good as a cummins obviously knows nothing about diesels! I drive a f-450 with the 6.4 for work and I am not impressed what so ever, I drive a 2003 2500 Ram with the cummins and I'd bet $1000 that my truck would out tow and out plow that 6.4..... Ask the dealers if you can hook a load behind the trucks and do a test drive, I bet you bring the dodge home. The ford is a nice truck, but personally with all the problems with there diesels, Id stay away.. I mean ford is going on there 4th diesel re-design in a very short period of time, seriously whats the problem?
    Last edited: May 16, 2010
  15. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I wonder if they would allow me to hook my loaded 24' trailer up and drag it around town for a test drive?
  16. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    How far is your trailer from the dealership, hell if the salesman lets you go alone which most do go get it.
  17. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Here is some help as you requested in a smiley above. I am sure Mark 13 and William B will agree...
  18. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753

    If they won't let you take the truck in question that you want to buy, see if they have a "lot" truck, or a demo truck that they wouldn't mind letting you test with a trailer..... Also keep in mind, that the cummins comes with a 100,000 mile warranty on the motor, and a 150000 mile warranty on the trans..... The people I work for have a mulch and landscape supply business and have 4 ford f-450's and they just went and ordered 2 dodge 5500's because of the horrible fuel economy they are getting with the fords, and all the problems.... Like I said the rest of the ford truck is nice, but the heart of the beast (the motor) is a joke!
  19. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    First off, Dodge trucks are no more. They are now to be referred to as Fiats.

    All of these new engines are going to have problems. The EPA is calling for new technology every couple of years and there is no time for the manufacturers to iron out the bugs. Currently, Cummins is in a class action lawsuit over their DPF problems.


    Ford didn't take any bailout money. That's HUGE in my book.

    What about checking out the new Ford 6.7's? So far, they seem to be a very stout trouble free engine.
  20. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753

    I believe you ave gotten some wrong info, international who makes fords diesels are the ones in a lawsuit!! Cummins is the only one who has already met the EPA regulations for 2012, so why would they sue them?