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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on February 24, 2009
The perfect truck is old, 4wd and extended cab with a v8 for pulling your boat.
I will have to stick with Dodge. I've been alot of places I had no business even trying to get to, and have never been stuck. It's a '96 4x4 with 120,00 miles and i drive it every day. My next new one will for sure be another Dodge.
Im gonna go with a chevy silverado Z71 its a 4x4 for getting far back in the woods and it can tow your boat
120,000 miles? Your truck is still in diapers. Try 268,000 miles. FORD TOUGH!
i will have to go with bomberpride a chevy Z-71 is about as good as you can get. call me crazy but last week i had my new 2007 chevy avalanch 4x4, that hasnt even broke 50,000 off road and it went very good i was pleased.
When I lived down south decades ago I used CJ-7s, short Chevys, or the old little Ford Broncos all with headers, big knobby tires, and winches.
Today in Wyoming I have a 2008 Chevy 3500 Crewcab Duramax Allison 4 x 4 long box. I pull a 22 foot 6500 lb Featherlight, tack and gear, and up to five 1000-1200 pound horses down the highway in addition to ascending and descending nasty mountain roads. It does a great job and so far has been trouble free. Near 20 mpg empty and 14 with the load. My wife ordered the truck for my 60th birthday complete with a card saying "Enjoy the pickup, when you reach 90 you will have a 30 year old truck, love"
I really liked my Dodge Cummins but the Dodge part kept it in the shop a lot. It had to be towed in from the mountains four times in four years. The Cummins was flawless. The kid has a '06 GMC extended cab 4 x 4 short box which is great for hauling his dirt bikes and for negotiating the two track rodes in the mountains and desert where my "semi" doesn't fit so well. The main purpose for 4 x 4 in Wyoming is to keep your truck in the road on a bad day.
I failed to mention that the kid's pickup is a Z-71. We added Gibson Dual Extreme exhaust for more power and economy for his 5.3 gas V-8. He uses Goodrich Mud-terrains.
Thanks for the input. I have owned dodge, Ford (2) Chevy, Toyota and Isuzu. Toyota was the only brand that did not break. Now I have a Tundra 4 door and love it. My hunting buddy Billy has a 96 S10 Blazer with 320,000 miles that his kid is now drining in College and a loaded Hummer he is afraid to get a scratch on.
well the main thing here is you didn't mention what you planed on the main use for it. The best thing for towing is obviously some sort of diesel and if you want to 4 wheel then a little short wheel base Jeep or something. I primarily drive chevys and gmcs but I recently bought a dodge. It has less than 20000 miles on it so I am not an expert on it but my first truck was a dodge and I liked it couldn't kill it as a teenager so I went back. That and the unlimited lifetime warranty helps a lot. They are tough trucks.
buckhunter all the way! Ford tough baby, might not be the fastest thing or outpull some of the other makes. BUT I gurantee she'll get you out of the most intense,stickiest,mud bog swamp canals god or man has ever made. Ford is a GOOD overall long lasting truck. Them little rangers!!? OK, they keep chuging every day.
I think cpt brad hit the nail on the head. It depends on the use.
I am not brand loyal although I am biased toward detroit iron. Reliability is the most important aspect when buying a truck for me. The most reliable truck built today seems to be the chevy/gmc based on car and driver and consumer reports research The 4x4 toyota tundra is having major transmission problems so I'd stay clear of them. I like the looks of the Ram the best but given the lowest mpg full size truck on the market and its reliability ratings I'm not going to buy one anytime soon. The ford ranger cannot be beat for reliability; ford hasn't changed the design in over a decade and during that time they have focused primarily on fixes. The ranger has the best fuel economy of any truck; but from a practical approach the truck is just too small and they do not have a crew cab version.
My vote is any of the chevy Z71's, doesnt matter what year, they are all tough trucks
Chevy Silverado. I hate Fords. I love Doges too but some are too noisy.
My vote has to go with the Willys jeep or the international scout.
I'll love my 2008 F250 SD 4x4. I've pulled 12,000 lb trailers, and entire oak trees that we cut down out of the woods behind my Dad's house. Plus it looks mean. It is thirsty though.
There's a lot of great pick-ups out there now-a-days but Ive always been a chevy guy...
An old 4X4 Dodge Ram with posi-trac axles, not independent suspension (real old Dodge). Virtually indestructable.
I like the Dodge ram and ford f-150
F-350 Diesel. It can pull any size fishing boat up a mountain. Trust me i have been there.
When my kid recently sold his Dodge Dakota he wanted a Tundra. A new one is financially not possible for someone about to go to college but a used one is not to be found. Seems that folks who buy them keep them. Obviously a real good reason why this is so.
Regarding Ford Rangers, I bought a new one fully loaded for my daughter back in '97. Now it has well over 100,000 miles on it. Other than her boyfriend tearing out the transmission and a set of brakes it just keeps running trouble free. She never even checks the oil and only changes it when I insist. That record is difficult to beat.
I've got a 1995 chevy silverado, 350 4x4, with 360,562 miles on it and it will go anywhere. My truck aint in no diapers.
I think Toyota makes the best for off-road (just crawl under one). But, having worked in the American auto industy for so many years, I prefer Ford. My last one (2004 F150 Super Crew) was the best quality vehicle I ever owned.
I have a chevy colorado. Kinda small but can go almost anywhere. I love it and plan on keeping for just hunting when I get a new truck.
If you can't Ram it, Dodge it! Good engine and power train combo.
I'm quite partial to my 99 F-150. I even named him. "Hoss" has only gotten stuck once and that's because i basically drove into a lake haha. he might not be the most beautiful truck ever but he does what he is asked and that's quite a bit. he has over 200,000 miles and he's still running perfect.
I actually drive a 97 Toyota 4Runner and i love it but my best friend has a 1986 Toyota Pickup 4x4 and that is a perfect truck for hunting, fishing, and to just have fun in. It has well over 300,000 miles on it and it has only had 1 alternater problem. Great vehicle.
Right now I am going with the F-250 diesel and I can tow a mountain cross country with that thing, plus great leg room. First truck my dad gave me was his 92' Z71 and I don't have the heart to let it go. Both great trucks.
My vote goes to the Jeep Grand Wagoneer...the ones they stopped making in 1991. Classic looks, lots of torque, outstanding 4wd system (although can be somewhat troubleprone). They're very maneuverable with tight turning radiuses and get excellent traction even with modestly aggressive tread on the tires. Nothing looks better parked in front of my hunting cabin in VA.
Update I just bought 4 door 2500 Dodge and love it even more,It will pull a house! Like another post says I love the Cummins but the Dodge has a lot to proove.
Ford F-150 Built Tough!!!
Dodge makes it Cummins shakes it!
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