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Test drove some new trucks, my thoughts and questions

 
speziale1
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Posted: 02/17/15 02:12 PM

hey everyone. I am looking for a new truck and am not loyal to one brand or even though I have mostly owned gm products. I test drove a 2015 powerstroke f350 srw lariat crew cab 4x4 with 3.55 axle. A 2015 gmc 2500 duramax crew cab SLT 4x4 with 3.73 axle, and a 2015 ram 3500 srw cummins crew cab Laramie 4x4 with 3.73 axle. All the trucks were very nice and is very hard for me to choose. However, it felt noticeable to me that the ram felt like it had less power than the other two. If anyone could comment on that would be great as I'm kind of surprised. My other concern was the f350 seemed to have a lot smaller leaf pack than the chevy 2500. Would this cause more sag? I would guess that they must use a different spring rate or something so that they don't need as many leafs.

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idahobuckaroo
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Posted: 02/17/15 04:08 PM

What is the main use of the truck going to be (towing, daily driver, etc.)?  
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speziale1
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Posted: 02/17/15 08:37 PM

It will be for towing and driving from spring to fall. Won't be driving it in the winter. I have another truck to use that I don't care if it gets all the salt all over it and rusts  

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MarineOne
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Posted: 02/21/15 11:51 PM

I can't speak on the newest trucks, but my '08 3500 with the G56 versus an '08 2500 Ford with it's 6.7L diesel off the line .... my truck won.  Both trucks were stock, and his had the reflash for the bump in torque which meant I was down on both HP and torque (400/800 versus my 325/610; the 6 speed trucks are slightly derated in '08 with the manual).  He was livid while I just kept pulling away.

I know Ram has made it so there is a slight delay in getting the max power to the ground so you don't burn up the transmission so maybe that's what you were feeling.  Either way, I'd stick with the Cummins because it's beyond proven, the Duramax still has issues with injectors, and the Ford is still too new to make a real determination to give it a "yes" or "no" answer.  Give it a couple more years since Ford is talking about making a newer version of the Scorpion.



-Kris  

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2008 Dodge Ram 3500 QC 6.7L - H&S MiniMaxx on DPF tune for towing
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idahobuckaroo
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Posted: 02/23/15 07:46 PM

I agree with Kris on this matter, as well.  My 2008 drove the same way, slow to start, but once the turbo had build up enough boost, then my Cummins just kept pulling away.  My 2008 6.7L Cummins was also stock.

To Kris's second point, the historical performance data on the Cummins speaks for its' self.  Cummins is a proven diesel platform in the ISB series since 1933.

Go with the Cummins is what I say.  
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idbtao
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Posted: 03/28/15 02:18 AM

Won't be driving it in the winter. I have another truck to use that I don't care if it gets all the salt all over it and rusts../??

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Rexford L
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Posted: 04/27/15 08:23 AM

If you drove a Ram 3500 SRW with 3.73 gears, you were driving a gasser. Ram only offers 3.42 gears in the SRW pickups (2500/3500) with the Cummins.  

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