Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Hernando Beach, FL
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Re: best truck 2000-2005?
My vote would be a 2002 Dodge if you wanted a regular cab or an extended cab. If you wanted a Crew Cab, my vote would be a 2003 Dodge....if you could live with a Cripple Crew Cab. Then, a 2002 Ford if you wanted a REAL Crew Cab.
For mileage and long-life, I still vote for Dodge. But I bought a Ford for the comfort and size of the REAL Crew Cab.
Well maintained, I believe either the Dodge or the Ford would last about as long as you want to drive it.
Lots of folks say they have been pleased with the 6.0 Ford engine, but enough have not been pleased that I would steer away from it.
IMHO, the next model to consider after these will be the 2013 trucks. The manufacturers will have 3 years production under their belts under the 2010 EPA emissions regulations and will most likely have all the bugs out by them. IMHO, don't buy anything new for the next 7 years....but that's just my opinion.
2011 Suzuki Burgman 650cc Rice Rocket Scooter 49 MPG, 120+ MPH, & 2009 Honda Shadow 750cc 51 MPG, 100+ MPH
2001 7.3 F-350 Dually Lariat CC LWB 4X2 Dark Green 4.10 4R100 5'ver Hauler (32' Montana 2 slides 10,500# - 2,000# tongue weight), 106 gal aux tank, 198K miles, nephews arguing over who will inherit it 'cause I'm gonna' drive it 'til I die. Bone stock.
SOLD 2001 5.4 Gasser F-250 XLT Crewcab SWB 4X2 3.73 4R100 98K miles headed to 150K stock as the day it was made
Before these: '00 F-250 CC PSD, '97 F-250 CC PSD, '94 Ford F-150, '91 Ford E-250, '81 Ford E-150, '66 Ford F-100 (cars not included)