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New Ford F350 or Chevy 3500 dually?

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  • New Ford F350 or Chevy 3500 dually?

    I've had 2 trucks in the last 20 years. A '97 Ford, and a '09 Chevy. Both have been good trucks. The Chevy has had more (minor) mechanical problems. I'm buying a new diesel dually soon. What are you driving THAT IS ONLY 1 or 2 YEARS OLD, and what do you think about it? We all know that quality can vary year to year, so I'm looking for input into new trucks. Your 58 year old truck might run great, but I can't buy it!
    Thanks so much for your help!

  • #2
    Ford would always be my first choice in a truck.


    • #3
      trim level would be a concern as to just what options you want or need.... the Fords can easily add 50% from base F350 to the higher levels

      going by OP's screen name of Fancy.Pants... the Platinum edition would be correct. but if for hauling horses we found the King Ranch package to fit our needs

      Do not have a clue about Chevy (or GMC) ...but would look at the GMC before looking at Chevy


      • Original Poster

        Haha, clanter. Screen name or not, I like to buy my trucks without carpet (so much easier), so that tends to keep the trim level down. I guess what I'm looking for is people who say, Don't buy X truck, mine has broken down on my 12 times! I guess since I'm not getting that, no one here is experiencing it. Thanks all.


        • #5
          I have a 2018 GMC Denali 3500 dually and I love it. It has a crew cab, so lots of room. It is a diesel, so decent mileage all things considered. We have driven it from Michigan to Texas several times as well as all over the Midwest and haven’t had any problems at all. It pulls my trailer like a dream, has plenty of low end torque, and rides very comfortably.
          I would highly recommend it.


          • #6
            I have a 2 year old Ford F350 Dually and I love it! My diesel mechanic is a Dodge truck guy through and through and had been telling us for years that we needed to ditch our old Ford F350 SRW to get a Dodge. Due to time constraints on our truck search, we wound up with a Ford again, and though it was somewhat grudging, my mechanic said that he actually likes the new Fords as much as he's always liked Dodges.
            Flying F Sport Horses
            Horses in the NW


            • #7
              When I bought my truck, I talked to several mechanics, and they said their experience was the GM trucks were more reliable, and far easier for them to work on than Ford. Realistically, when it comes to trucks, it comes down to personal preference. I mean, Dodge beats my Chevy like crazy on turning radius, but I find my Chevy is much steadier when hauling. I can feel what my horses are doing, but it's not as... pronounced as it was on a Dodge. Some people might LIKE feeling it to that degree, but I found it more unnerving going down mountain passes than anything.
              Proud member of the Snort and Blow Clique


              • #8
                just a note of warning, do not let your diesel fuel tanks get below 1/3rd full otherwise the Bosh CP4 duel pump would be subject to premature failure due to overheating causing metal fragments to enter the injector system

                October 2, 2018 — Bosch CP4 fuel pump failures have caused a lawsuit that alleges General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Bosch conspired to equip diesel vehicles with pumps the companies knew would fail.

                The lawsuit alleges the CP4 pump is not compatible with American diesel fuel, something that causes the pump to run dry and destroy itself, further destroying the fuel injection system and engine.

                Diesel fuel used in American vehicles is cleaner and allegedly provides less lubrication compared to European diesel fuel, something the plaintiffs claim makes American diesel fuel incompatible with the Bosch fuel pumps.

                According to the lawsuit, the CP4 pump failures occur when diesel fuel is run through the high pressure pumps that are already struggling to maintain enough lubrication. The cleaner diesel fuel allegedly allows air pockets to form inside the pumps, causing metal to rub against metal and sending metal shavings throughout the fuel systems.

                The plaintiffs claim the CP4 fuel pump failures typically occur when vehicles head toward 100,000 miles and will end up costing customers $8,000 to $15,000 to replace the fuel systems.

                it was suggest to not let a fuel tank get below 1/3rd full not as a fix but to to keep the pump submerged in the fuel to aid cooling


                • #9
                  My farm owners have had terrible luck with Chevy 3500s in the last few years (all purchased new). They are on their second in 3 years (failed enough that it was better to get a new one) and this one is also displaying issues. They tow a lot with 4-6 horses. From their experience, I'd try a Ford.


                  • #10
                    For engine: dodge. It's going to out grunt anything on the market by design (inline 6, harmonically balanced).
                    For transmission: Chevy/GMC.
                    For looks: none of them, they're all hideous right now (can we make the tail badge ANY BIGGER RIGHT NOW guys?! or how about those OMG MONSTER HEADLIGHTS that cost 600+ to replace?!)
                    For interior: probably Ford, but I like dodge too

                    Ford has a sordid past of "yes this year but no not that year".

                    Question - are you planning to delete or leave stock? (do you have to smog/pass emissions?)