Decisions, decisions, Fords or Dodge

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KVP

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Hello all,
I'm probably going to replace my 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with v-10 next year.
Looking at the Ford and Dodge websites and building a 350 / 3500 I find similar pricing.
I've been happy with my current Dodge but want a better payload capacity and the new 6 or 10 speed transmissions as well as other creature comforts now standard.
I'm torn so far. I like the Ford 7.3 engine and 10 speed tranny but like the paint and interior of the Dodge better.
Looking at gas, crew cab, long bed, 4x4.
What do y'all like / dislike about each?

Thanks, Kevin
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 extended cab, 4x4, v-10
2011 Outfitter Apex 9.5 truck camper
 

donn

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Finding a gas motor in either in a 3500/350 might be really hard.  Question, why no diesel?  Anyhow. Go drive both andmpick the one your wife likes best.  BTW Rams can usually be had with at least 10,000 dollars off.
 

edjunior

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donn said:
Finding a gas motor in either in a 3500/350 might be really hard.  Question, why no diesel?  Anyhow. Go drive both andmpick the one your wife likes best.  BTW Rams can usually be had with at least 10,000 dollars off.

I'm not sure about the Ram and the gas engine, but it's not that hard to find in the Ford.  The 7.3L is a very popular engine.  Lots of good words about it, along with a few issues, to be expected in a first year engine and transmission.  But so far, it seems to be a winner.  I am of course a little biased towards the Ford.  I've just never found the Ram or Chevy to be as comfortable as the Ford.  But I will agree with what donn said "pick the one your wife likes best".  If momma ain't happy, no one is happy.

Oh, as far as color, try the Ruby Red.  It's a custom color that costs an additional $400 dollars, but it is a beautiful color.
 

steveblonde

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Both are very capable trucks i too love the Ram interior over the Ford but the Ford outsells Ram for a reason - plainly put - its a better overall truck. I had 17 Gms and never ever thought of switching until the newest generation Ford i bought mine in Sept 17 and im seriously impressed since then ive bought 5 new Fords an 17Escape to run around town 17Edge my wife did 100000 miles on in 2 years a 20 edge to replace the 17 and 2 2019f150 work trucks
 

Lynx0849

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I get better than 15 mpg around town with my diesel. Better than 18 on the highway. Towing? Well less. With a 7000lb utility trailer I still get about 13-14 on the highway.
 

steveblonde

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A F450 runs a lower gear ratio for more pulling power when pulling those big front end loaders and construction/ farm stuff but the trade off is crappy mileage
 
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