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Why Ford over Chevy or Dodge?
Hi fellow truck enthusiasts,
Looking to upgrade from an 05 2500HD Chevy DMax to a full-ton diesel dually. Checked out the big 3 today and honestly it's a tough call.
I've highlighted some of my observations below, but what I need help with is owner feedback, especially regarding reliability and quality. How are the new Power Strokes, how is the rest of the truck in build quality and refinement, are the paint jobs holding up? What about fuel economy, is it really better than the others (we'll be towing a 12000 lbs plus fifth wheel)?
Cummins - arguably the most reliable engine, but Ford and Chevy have more HP and get by with a 3.73 axle ratio, which probably means better fuel economy
Emissions "stuff" - Dodge does not have urea yet, not sure what other changes there are if any between the 3
Transmission - from what I've heard, Dodge is still behind but supposedly has gotten better than they used to be
Looks - exterior, Ford and Dodge definitely look more truck-like (in a good way), interior, I'd say Ford and Dodge have the edge especially with their King Ranch/Longhorn trims
Ride - Ford and Chevy are smoother (engine and suspension), Dodge is more truck-like (in a bad way)
Creature comforts - not sure there are major differences, wish they had a setup like my current truck where the rear seat folds down flat (for the dogs)
Towing - all plenty of capacity for my purpose (fifth wheel 11K unloaded) - would be nice if turbo boost, trans temp and EGT gauges were built in but forgot to check if any of them have it
Warranty - Ford only has 5yr/60k on drivetrain, other 2 have 5yr/100k
Price - tough to compare without spending hours, but don't think it's enough to get excited over - the Dodge would have been the highest I believe, but that would probably change with different dealers
Any advice is appreciated.