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2001-03 Chevy Duramax 36 46.75%
2000-02 Dodge Cummins 41 53.25%
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Old December 29th, 2007, 09:49 AM   #1
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I am in the market for a new truck. I can't decide which one to get. It will be my Daily Driver (only drive like 10 miles a day). I am looking at 2001-2003 in the Chevy and 2000-2002 in the Dodge.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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those years i'd get the chevy.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Brian, If it's going to be a dd and only 10 miles a day thats going to be hard on it. It will never get hot enough to run clean and the mileage will suck because of running rich.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:20 AM   #4
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i agree with rubicon. me being a chevy guy i can only give a biased point of view to go with the chevy. i have driven one cummins dodge and it seemed fairly decent to drive. my only complaint was the transmission. i've driven a few chevy duramaxs and can't complain at all.
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i have a 99 dodge and i would say Chevy,,,but i wouldnt recomend a diesel for that short of a drive.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #6
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The cummins will take anything you can throw at it. It is not a complicated motor, easy to work on, everything is just bigger.
Your only problem will be justifying a replacement because it will run forever. Even during winter months mine reaches operating temp in a couple miles and as far as running rich the computer will take care of that. Put in a kit to increase your transmission line pressure and your good to go.
The weak link has always been the fuel supply pump. Easy fix, lots of info out there.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 12:27 PM   #7
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with those year chevys you will have the lb7 motor thats not for head problems... the injectors was in the head and blowing o rings and warping or cracking heads.. i haev the 05 lly motor and love it.. tje inectors are on top of the heads instead of in it. spend a few more bucks and get a 04.5 with the lly in it
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The cummins will take anything you can throw at it. It is not a complicated motor, easy to work on, everything is just bigger.
We all know the size on the con rod is directly related to the reliability to the overall truck, so its obvious the dodge is god.

Honestly... for those years I would buy the 2000-2002 Ford 7.3L
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with those years, it would be a tough call. however, i wouldnt get one of those years, i would get a 12V, or a common rail cummins. i like the fuel milage of the early duramax, but i hate chevy trucks, they are far to elcaminoish for me. i think the only duramax i would have is an early singlecab long box stickshift. i think your looking at the worst years of diesel trucks. when did the fords finally become intercooled?
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buy a dodge and put stacks on it.
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We all know the size on the con rod is directly related to the reliability to the overall truck, so its obvious the dodge is god.

Honestly... for those years I would buy the 2000-2002 Ford 7.3L

I agree with bones on both points.

I have an 04.5 duramax and I love it. The problems with the lb7's is not the heads, it is the injectors.... when they go bad they leak fuel into the crank case and dilute the oil. The heads to not cracks, they do not blow head gaskets randomly..... if it has good injectors then it is just as reliable as an lly engine, the 01 and 02's have a TSB on them for all 8 injectors to be replaced if there is a problem up to 200k, the last I knew the 03 and 04's were only to get the bad injectors replaced up to 100k
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We all know the size on the con rod is directly related to the reliability to the overall truck, so its obvious the dodge is god.

Honestly... for those years I would buy the 2000-2002 Ford 7.3L
Honestly... I didn't see Ford on his list of trucks he was looking at.


I would say go with the Dodge and get a manual. If you want a nicer riding truck with a slightly better interior then get the Chevy.
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I agree with Bones also for the years listed.
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Honestly... I didn't see Ford on his list of trucks he was looking at.


My apologies for trying to help him out. Please call the internet police.
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I am not going to buy a ford and I am not going to try to justify that. I don't like Ford.

As far as operating temp, low distance driving...I will just let it idle in the parking lot if it becomes a problem.

I am just looking for a truck to tow without having to fight a gaser in the mountains. I have always liked chevy's, both of my tow rigs have been chevy's. I have fully researched both trucks and the pro's and con's lists a very close to each other. I would maybe consider a 12v valve truck, but I don't really want an older truck. I like the upgraded interiors and comfort level on newer trucks.

I am probably going to buy one of these trucks in the above year range. They fit my budget and they are not a ford
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Old December 29th, 2007, 11:21 PM   #18
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cummings all the way, i am a chevy guy, but if your gonna go the dirty gass rout get a cummings with a stick
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The worst part is mines bi-polar. Somedays it thinks it's a Ferrari, other days it thinks it's a Peterbilt.

And yes, by the way, the Cummins is the only one that has that "big-rig" sound.
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