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I also drove all three on two separate occasions separated by about 6months - so I saw '11s and '12s.
*Chevy had great power and tranny (stock) - very well balanced, closely followed by Ford, Ram far behind.
*Ram had a gorgeous interior, closely followed by Ford, Chevy far, far behind. Chevy’s interior felt cheap and plastic and rattled even on a brand new truck – ick.
*Ram had the softest ride, very nice suspension. Nearly car like. Amazing. Ford rides like a 1 ton truck and Chevy rides like a saucer sled.
*The Cummins seems to have far better aftermarket support and HP is nearly limitless. Chevy is also well supported though not to the extent the Cummins is. Ford, well, not so much, all new, 500RWHP max (as of today.)
*Ram's tranny isn't great. Feels like a slush box. Decent aftermarket support, but the Cummins will outrun even the best aftermarket trans. Ram's reputation on the 6speed is quite poor. Can't say I know a whole lot about the Allison. Ford's trans is also new and unproven. '11 Fords have a lot of complaints on the tranny. The trans in my Job2 '12 is fantastic!
*Chevy's crew cab is really small. Ford and Ram are pretty roomy.
*Chevy is a LOT more expensive and the Chevy dealer told me that if I were price shopping to go buy a Ram. Ford’s a little more than the Ram, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t a lot. Chevy would have been 20% more than the Ford.
*IMHO the Chevy is ugly, Ram is gorgeous, Ford is ok (needs accessorizing.)
*The whole ‘twist’ thing and ‘tailgate jamming when the truck is twisted’ commercial Chevy ran is absolutely true. The least bit of cross-up and the Ford’s tailgate is totally jammed, even with the truck totally empty. Sucks.
No clear standout winning every category. Depends on what you want. IMHO the Chevy had great power, but nothing else. Ram was the best looking, riding and a stunning interior. Ford got a lot of 2nd places. But it was enough to convince me to order a F350 just the way I wanted it. It arrived about a month ago.
I’ve got 3000 miles on it now and am quite happy. While I’m sometimes wondering what I’m doing driving a humongous truck like this I do not regret my choice of brands.
2012 F350, 6.7L Diesel, 4x4, SRW, Crew Cab, Short Box, Loaded, Ingot Silver
Detroit Truetrac, Icon leveling springs, steering damper mounts, King reservoir shocks and steering damper, Ultra Predator 22x10 and Nitto Terra 325/50R22 (35"s), H&S Minimaxx & Gearhead, aFe 5" SS w/ muffler, Leer XL, LineX, Titan 50gal, Airlift bags and wireless.
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