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Old 01-08-2008, 09:56 AM
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Do you guys have a website recommendation where I can find out the truth regarding reliability, failures, ongoing issues etc with the various offerings out there?

My Tahoe stranded us again over the weekend, and I think it's time for a new SUV or crew cab.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:00 AM
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01 CHEV 2500 W/ 170K ... no issues except for an AC that will get warm after 1hr of continued use. The HD trucks will outlast the 1/2 tons.
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Here's the problem as I see it: All of the manufacturers keep changing things so frequently that by the time a given truck, engine or transmission develops a known history (good or bad), it has been replaced by something else. That makes it pretty difficult to outguess what is going to work. The only constant seems to be the Cummins in the Dodge trucks. The overall track record of the HD trucks has been similar enough over the 2000 -2007 period that there are no clear winners for reliability. GM products have nice interiors, but also have so many electronic widgets that the electronics can be problem. Fords seem to have fair interiors and ride, but also have their share of mechanical problems. The Dodge line has been described as "unrefined".

The lighter duty trucks have a winner in the Honda, providing you can deal with its looks. The rear doors look like something that came off a locker. The full size Toyotas seem to have good reliability, but their gas mileage is unremarkable. The same is true of the Titans, though they appear to have a few more problems.

In summary, there are no clear winners, but there are also no real losers, so pick the one you like.

Consumer Reports did an article on the trucks about 5 months ago, but they really limit the amount of information you can get off their website.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:30 PM
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My 07 Titan now has 37K on the clock and no issues to date.

I just bought 4 new sneakers for it 7K ago for the winter.

I just came back from a weekend in very cold Maine. It likes gas 1.0 MPG more in the cold than in the warmer months. I also think they now are using E-10 up North and that does not help the gas milage

I got a tad over 15MPG running mostly 77-78 by GPS.

I don't miss my 04 2500HD one bit yet. The Tundra might work but not at North of $40K.
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:33 PM
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I'd buy a Honda, but the 4500 pound towing capacity won't handle my Parker 21SE. Plus the MPG is horrendous given it's smaller size.

Despite my issues with my 97 Tahoe, I'm leaning toward a GM 1500 crew cab. Seemingly the best combo of price, mileage and utility.
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I have the 07 Silverado. Best car I have owned. Love the ride. Gas mileage is 13 around town. Maybe 14. On the highway it gets 19-20.
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92 chevy 1500 w/ 5.7: Totaled by a drunk at 250,000 miles. Other than brakes, and normal wear & tear, I had to replace the starter once at 100k miles, the A/C compressor at 190k miles, water pump at 180k miles and the muffler/exhaust pipe at 160k miles, after backing down in saltwater repeatedly.

98 chevy 1500: Sold it running great at 275k miles. Had several problems when it was new and still in warranty... A/C compressor, water pump, and differential all before 36k miles. After that, the only thing that I ever had to do was replace the fuel pump once, brakes etc. Saw this truck running the roads about 6 mos ago. I sold it 4 yrs ago w/ 275k on it.

2002 Chevy 2500 Duramax/ Allison: 162k and still counting. Had the injector problem at 77k... warranty. Replaced water pump at 117k miles. One rear axle seal at 150k miles. Did my first front brake job on this one at 150k miles. Rear brakes are still going.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:05 AM
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2000 F350 7.3. 210k miles. I waterpump, alternator and a cam sensor. Never left me stranded.
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If it has more than two rows of seating, it is a Bus.
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