Who builds the Best TRUCK

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The debate on who builds the best truck has long been heavily disused which much opinion. Often influenced perhaps by what your Daddy drove. Maybe through Peer pressure, or maybe just because you heard your brand of truck in a song makes you all there more want to jump out of the open road and head down that highway.

The truck has long replace the horse drawn wagon though with fuel prices moving upwards again, the horses may make a come back. However, Auto makers continue to do much about making Trucks functional, reliable and attractive. Stream line body styles place on a heavy duty frame. Power houses delivering increase speeds and horse power, interior comforts with full front bucket leather seats, with options of extended, crew or super crew cab designs. Other options are 4x4 off road packages, long beds, or dually rear ends.

Chevy SILVERADO 3500 HD delivering 365 HP with tow capacity @ 16,500 lbs MSRP $27,685
is a strong runner of the large trucks. Chevy also has their two lighter models, the 1500 and the 2500 that each allow many options.

Dodge a strong sponsor of PRCA Rodeo offer their smaller Dakota model in both 2 and 4 wheel. Options include V6 or V8 motors 4.7 liter Flex fuel engine. Crew Cab with the bed being just under 6' lenght can take care of most jobs, 4x4 MSRP $30,000

Dodge also offering their full size trucks in the Lone Star Edition models 1500, 2500, and 3500 HD The largest is the 3500 Big Horn with a choice of either the 5.7 HEMI or the new 6.7 Cummings Diesel. The 2010 Big Horn was selected as Motor Trend Truck of the Year with Towing capacity: Up to 17,600 pounds and Payload capacity: Up to 5,130 lbs. MSRP Starting over $28,000 for basic models, the fully out fitted 4x4 crew cab is $48,900 on a Laramie Edition.

Ford continues to produce some attractive and strong trucks. Ford also one of three sponsors with PBR Extreme Bull Riding. Like Dodge Dakota, Ford is offering the RANGER with an extended cab. Although, it really allows a bit more leg room, it is not a crew cab and uncomfortable seating behind the front seats. However, it is a tough little truck MSRP $17,000

The F-150 Series continues to out sell all other trucks. The F-series also come with towing mirrors, regular, extended or crew cabs along with selection of beds. The Ford F-350 King Ranch Edition fully loaded will only set you back $47,000 The 2011 F-450 King Ranch Edition will change the Dually fenders to what Dodge came out with just two years ago. It is the top rated truck on the road with super beauty, comfort and has the new 6.7 Power Stroke Motor. MSRP $67,000

NISSAN...for many years produced the Frontier. As a compact truck, its a good little truck. However, over the years, they have extended the cab making for more room and comfort. Although several years ago, they introduce the TITAN which comes in a crew cab. The TITAN offers strong towing with the 317 Horse Power 5.6 liter engine. Up to 9,400 lbs towing capacity

TOYOTA...Known for compact trucks introduce the larger Tundra several years ago. The Tundra was Motor Trend Truck of the Year and offers a comfortable ride in the Double Cab with full size bed. The Crew Max offers more room for rear passengers but looses bed size capacity. Although, Toyota had plan to introduce a dually model by 2010, this was cut from their program competing against their biggest rival, FORD MOTOR COMPANY. The Tundra is surely a favorite among many Cowboys. I have heard many non Ford owners complain about the former 6.0 Power Stroke Engine, However, I have seen Ford owners who have been very pleased with the older 7.3 Liter motor and the current 6.7 Power Stroke. Additionally, I have yet seen anyone complain about their Cummings engine which was purchased by FORD but continues to be under contract with Dodge Trucks through 2011.

So, what is your favorite truck? Who makes the best truck and why?

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The debate on who builds the

The debate on who builds the best truck has long been heavily disused which much opinion. Often influenced perhaps by what your Daddy drove. Maybe through Peer pressure, or maybe just because you heard your brand of truck in a song makes you all there more want to jump out of the open road and head down that highway.
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Who builds the best truck? It could be YOU!

Ford has been the light truck sales leader for 30 plus years and with good reason...it's simply the highest quality product available but you pay a bit more for it. As a former Ford truck salesman, part of my job resposibility was to know the competition which is an ongoing, almost daily, research project. The Blue Oval Boys seem to always be a step ahead of the rest of the light truck manufacturers in quality and innovation.

I'm an advocate of diesel power and would love to see a half ton diesel pickup. Both GM and Ford have running prototypes but production has been put on hold due, in part to rising diesel fuel prices. I don't quite understand why diesel prices have suddenly spiked over the last few years, given the fact that diesel is a by-product of the gasoline refining process. I've read a few reasonings related to rising diesel prices. Some have a ring of plausibility...some not so much. My personal feeling is that as the demand for diesel went up with the sudden public affinity for diesel powered vechicles due to escalating gas prices, so went the price of diesel with the oil companies reaping the benefit but that could be fodder for a whole new thread.

I don't drive a Ford though,,,or a GM product either for that matter. I drive a Cummins. That's right, I bought this truck solely on the basis of its powerplant. It just so happens that the only available wrapper is the Dodge Ram. While the Ford may be considered the best quality light truck one can buy, most folks in the know will agree that the Cummins Turbo-Diesel is likewise at the top in diesel power. So how about a Cummins in a Ford? I've seen more than one magazine feature article about folks who purchased a brand a new HD Ford gasoline powered truck and immediately transplanted a Cummins diesel engine...often coupled to an Allison automatic which, again, most people consider to be the strongest automatic transmission around. There is in fact a company in Colorado that has built a business based, initially, on converting Ford trucks to Cummins power. Known as 'Fummins' conversions, they are now being performed by a number of companies across the country.

If the best truck were a Ford with a Cummins diesel engine and an Allison 1000 automatic transmission then the answer to who builds the best truck would be YOU because the only way you could get one would be to build it yourself.

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The Best truck hmmm...

There is no Best Truck. Everybody has a different need in a truck. I own a Toyota PU for my daily driver and I plow snow with a Chevy 2500 and have never had a breakdown with either. It seems that one manufacturer may have the better 1/2 ton while it's 3/4 ton doesn't do so good. They all seem to have some weight classes or engine types where they do well. Where you come from seems to make a difference also. I see more Fords in the South and more Chevys in the Northeast. I don't seem to see a lot of Dodges anywhere. So it doesn't matter who makes your truck it only matters that you own a truck. grin...

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I have a 08 Nissan Frontier.

I have a 08 Nissan Frontier. Love it to death. I catch a lot of flack from my friends for owning a foreign truck, but I don't care. It has adequate horsepower for what I need and has the best gas mileage of any truck out there.

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TRUCK SELECTION

The Nissan Frontier has received great reviews. I agree for compact trucks, often it is better to select what fits ones needs overall rather than buying more than they need.

The four door is roomy plus provides excellent gas mileage. However, the trade off is pulling large loads like trailers carrying several horses. Though if you are only using it more for personal use, small loads then there is that superb gain not burning extra dollars on fuel that ends up being a waste.

Out of the American Compacts, I know Ford has it's Ranger and Chevy the S-10. Neither perform as efficient according to reviews I have read over the Toyota or Nissan...Dodge does have the Dakota that does get lots of good marks having the small 6 cylinder for better gas mileage or the 8 cylinder for power. I have driven the ford and the dodge compacts.

My neighbor just traded in his Cummings Dodge 2500 for the Chevy Duramax 2500. I'll have to see what he thinks of this in about a year. For now, he said it was to good to past up so I suppose the dealer must have had some big incentives. .

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Right now we have a 3500

Right now we have a 3500 Dodge Ram. :) Pretty sweet. But I'm really achin' to buy my own Ford. :D But I'll take a Ford F-350, a Dodge Ram 3500 or a Chevy Silverado 3500. Those 3 are all good! And of course they have to be diesel! I love the sound of a diesel truck! But they arn't as loud as they use to be. Our neighbors about 10-15 years ago had a Ford Truck that was LOUD! I always loved hearin' that. ♥ But the newer ones will have to do!

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I have to say Ford. Its the

I have to say Ford. Its the truck I have had the least problems with!

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Fords are the best trucks on

Fords are the best trucks on the rode

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The Dually

Yep, I have yet known anyone who drove the older 7.3 litter Diesel or the 7.5 gas engine Fords who do not swear by them. However, that holds very true with the Dodge Cummings motor too. I love Ford trucks. I also Drive Dodge.....This may create some hate but I will not drive a Chevy....and if it was not for Henry Ford, there would not be Chevy or Dodge since he is the father of American Automobiles. That's another story and I might just blog on it. What i do not like about Chevy trucks. It is not their ride because they ride wonderful. Smoother than most other trucks with their superb highway suspension. It's not the interior as they do build the interior with plenty of comfort and room. It's their computer box that makes it difficult to repair minor things. They did this so you would have to go to A Good wrench mechanic who has a computer diagnostic chip to read the computer. Next, they build poor transmissions and I am not a fan of their diesel. They do have a simple 350 and 454 gas motors that are easy to find and cheap to change out. But over all, that highway ride will not hold out off road. Or not for long. Nor am I impressed with how they manage their business. To many managers, to many big bonuses and they should cut half their management staff. They should have done this in the 70's before they needed help.

OK, back to the dually. I love them jacked up as a 4x4. I love them when they have been bagged. Something about the fenders flaring off the rear. It's like a woman showing off her tight fittin' jeans.....I love my 4x4 with leather seats grill guard and nerf steps and just when you think, it's mind...the wife boots you back to driving the old one.

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It is hard to beat a Ford.

It is hard to beat a Ford. They didn't need the government bailout, so they must be doing something right.

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Dodge Big horn

My aunt and uncle just bought the 3500 Dodge Big horn with the 6.7 cummings. I have drivin it a few times it's a nice truck. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking.

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I just this past weekend

I just this past weekend traded in my '04 dodge for a new one. I have owned Fords, Chevy's, and Dodges, but mostly Dodges.

Back in the 50's and 60's I liked International's and even had an old Studebaker that was a work horse.

I actually believe now days they are all probably pretty well equal, so I go with the best deal offered.

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