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Old May 7th, 2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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in the next 6 months to a year i will be buying a tow rig i have a few in mind. i either want a cummins 2001 and up a powerstroke any year or a 6.6 duramax if you own one give me the pros and cons about your vehicle and why you like it so much. and any serious problems you have with your vehicle.
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a cummins
2001 and up a powerstroke any year
a 6.6 duramax
that's leaving it pretty wide open !


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Well whats some good and bad things about each of them probably a 7.3 or 6.0 powerstroke and the 6.6 would be a 04 or older the cummins would be a 01 to 04
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Try to figure out how to put the Cummins motor in a Ford running gear, and you will have a good truck.

The newer Ford diesels 6.0 6.6 are junk, the Dodge drive train and transmission are junk, mix the two together and you will be able to get rid of the coke / pepsi scenerio you are asking for, and then again their is always bubba cola and you can get a Chevy
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Try to figure out how to put the Cummins motor in a Ford running gear, and you will have a good truck.
with an allison trans.




7.3 ford is pretty reliable, but they are hard to find in nice shape anymore.

6.0 fords can be made good, read bones post.

cummins motors are workhorses, the rest of the dodge sucks in my opinion, crew cabs aren't roomy unless you get the ugly mega cab.

Chevy's look the best and ride the best IMO, plus you can get the allison. Duramax seems like a good motor, certain years had injector issues, but then again so did some of the cummins and the 6.0 fords.

It's a coke/pepsi thing no matter which way you go. They all have bright spots and they all have issues. Determine what aspects are most important and then just buy a truck
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with an allison trans.




7.3 ford is pretty reliable, but they are hard to find in nice shape anymore.

6.0 fords can be made good, read bones post.

cummins motors are workhorses, the rest of the dodge sucks in my opinion, crew cabs aren't roomy unless you get the ugly mega cab.

Chevy's look the best and ride the best IMO, plus you can get the allison. Duramax seems like a good motor, certain years had injector issues, but then again so did some of the cummins and the 6.0 fords.

It's a coke/pepsi thing no matter which way you go. They all have bright spots and they all have issues. Determine what aspects are most important and then just buy a truck
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ill agree with kickstand on this one. there are many pros and cons to each choice. what are you looking to spend? that will rule out some options if you are not looking to spend much.
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cummins motors are workhorses, the rest of the dodge sucks in my opinion, crew cabs aren't roomy unless you get the ugly mega cab.
really I actually like the looks of the mege cabs.
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The cummins have waaay less problems, and get waaaay better mileage.
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really I actually like the looks of the mege cabs.
Yeah, i think they are ugly. The crew cabs are the size of ford or chevy extended cabs, the mega cabs are damn near the same size as a chevy or ford crew cab but with the ugly rear pillar. Just make the damn door bigger.
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so tired of people asking this question all over the damn internet and getting the same fucking answers no matter where its asked. quit being a lazy fukc and search a little and go drive the trucks and see what you like. its not that fucking hard.
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In my opinion cummins is where its at for power and average fuel econ....as long as you get the 5.9

Now, the wrapper sucks (Dodge) as does the front end (but that is fixable) the 48re trans (if you go auto) is alot stronger than an allison (after about $1k in upgrades, $2k if you have it done).

I have an 04.5 and love it, I have a chunk of change into my trans, fuel pump and front end though, I can haul circles around any chevy or ford.....dont get me wrong, they are nice trucks, but if I wanted a ride like a car I would buy a car and as far as Ford, I just prefer the reputation of the cummins.

Do your research and you will find good and bad in all 3, you have to make your decision, they all have their issues......but I will end with this, you see all sorts of the big diesel pulling trucks (all makes) that swap in the cummins, they go through all of that work to swap over to a cummins, but you never see anyone that swaps over to a powerstroke or duramax....
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Personally i have a 2003 gm with the duramax, and allison and the truck is unbelievable. I love every bit of the truck, its got 450xxx kms and the only major problem the truck ever had was injectors. And that was under warranty. Also Gotsand i don't look at a lot of after market stuff but according to diesel power magazine and several other sources. The 5.9L cummins has less hp, and torque than the duramax and ford 6.0L, and gets lower fuel millage both loaded and unloaded, granted i will admit that the cummins will go forever. You can throw 1000$ at any tranny and make it supper strong, put 1000$ into an allison and your good for a shit load of hp and torque. But box stock to box stock i vote GM all the way. I get between 19-21 mpg unloaded and 16-17mpg loaded.
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Personally i have a 2003 gm with the duramax, and allison and the truck is unbelievable. I love every bit of the truck, its got 450xxx kms and the only major problem the truck ever had was injectors. And that was under warranty. Also Gotsand i don't look at a lot of after market stuff but according to diesel power magazine and several other sources. The 5.9L cummins has less hp, and torque than the duramax and ford 6.0L, and gets lower fuel millage both loaded and unloaded, granted i will admit that the cummins will go forever. You can throw 1000$ at any tranny and make it supper strong, put 1000$ into an allison and your good for a shit load of hp and torque. But box stock to box stock i vote GM all the way. I get between 19-21 mpg unloaded and 16-17mpg loaded.
I drive an 02 CrewCab Duramax and have had the same experience. I had to put in a t-case at 185,000 though as well as the injectors at 90,000.
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