Originally Posted by 82cj7ltd
hmm ok. that's what I needed to know, thanks. So should I stay away from the automatics in these fullsize trucks? I've seen the I6 in manual and auto form. Same with the 5.0, are these reliable as autos? (which I see more of). any reason to avoid the 350 with an auto trans?
One other thing, what about a dakota? the 3.9 magnum is a good engine and they seem to be pretty good trucks. a decent amount of them are manual too.
The only reason i didn't mention the 350 is just because you were looking for a smaller truck to tow with. you'll get about 13 mpg with a 350 auto total on your trip. It'll tow the crap out of your 1,000 lb payload though. The 5.0 probably wouldn't be much better on mpg, maybe 15, but you can find them a lot easier with a manual. I just mentioned manual beacuse it'll be better mpg but an auto is just fine to, nothing really wrong as long as it doesn't have 150k+ miles on it
You can find a 2wd 4.3 chevy w/t everywhere and it'll tow it great
A dakota is great too, the 3.9 is a pretty good motor but the mpg sucks, as with any dodge. The only problem is that they a lot less common in general and are more expensive.
Really all you need to look for is something that has a good size six cylinder minimum; auto or manual doesn't matter, just personal preference. Your going to be taking a gamble no matter what you buy because you wont be able to have a good test before you go, your trip will be the test.