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#19201 - 12/21/02 06:40 PM Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
Edward Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 309
Loc: California
I am planning to get a vehicle that has a box at the back. But i can not decide between a FORD/CHEVY OR ISUZU(the one that the front cabin tilts) Diesel or Gas?

Please give me your ideas.


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#19202 - 12/21/02 07:18 PM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
fla sparkey Offline

Registered: 08/03/02
Posts: 46
Loc: Winter Haven, Florida USA
If I had a choice I would buy a Ford diesel truck. Over the years our company has switched from Chevrolet to all Ford's now. We have one diesel in the fleet, I drove it for about 4 years from the time it was new. Didn't really have too many problems and I averaged about 25k per year.

I am driving the newest one in the fleet right now. It is a 2003 F350 4door crew cab with a Reading utility body and custom made aluminum ladder/pipe rack on it. It rides like a Cadillac.

P.S. The diesels get better gas mileage.

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#19203 - 12/21/02 08:10 PM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
JuddsAirco Offline

Registered: 10/12/02
Posts: 50
Loc: KY, USA
Just from past experience I have used an old Type III Ambulance, E-350, diesel. These vechicles have large box space, dual battery and oversized alternator for a large inverter, lockable outside storage, front and rear air, scene lights on all sides which come in handy for after dark time work. But if it was feasible I would go with a custom Dodge.
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#19204 - 12/22/02 04:35 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Having watched my Custom Dodge van burn to the ground in a matter of about 5 minutes (all on its own, no less), that wouldn't be my 1st choice.
I'm partial to GM products, but if it's got to be a diesel, I'd go with a Ford.
[smartalec]Yes, diesels get great gas mileage[/smartalec]

#19205 - 12/22/02 04:35 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
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Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
I've had both Fords and GMCs. Had good luck with both, Fords diesel is better IMHO and you will get better milage but the up front costs and mainteneance on a diesel becomes a factor. If you live where its cold, fuel quality and starting the vehicle in the morning become problems also.

I like gas jobs better, able to pass on back roads and don't make as much noise.

#19206 - 12/22/02 05:12 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
Ron F Offline

Registered: 10/09/02
Posts: 14
Loc: Bergen co.N.J
We have Ford E-250s and the GMC work vans. If your a tall guy and need a lot of leg room the cab on the GMC's are more roomy compared to the Fords

#19207 - 12/22/02 07:38 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
For what it's worth, the diesel is my choice. We have a '95 Ford 350, Powerstroke Diesel, new in '95. It has about 140K on it now. Yes, it's "noisy"....the mileage is great...and it's a strong truck.
Here in NJ in the "winter" we plug our two diesels block heaters in and have no trouble starting them.
Maintenance costs for the diesel are "higher" then the gas vans, but maintenance intervals are longer. Repairs are "pricey", but again, not "often".
As to the diesel being "slow", the powerstroke can blow away a lot of the competition on the road, if you are so inclined.

Now the F700 diesel w/55' TECO is "slow", but steady, and if it was a gas engine, we would spend a lot of time at the gas pump.
Diesel is the way for a work truck...
Ford seems to be the brand..

#19208 - 12/22/02 08:02 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
golf junkie Offline

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
Ford or Chevy???

Buy what you can get the best deal on. We are currently running all fords, but I still think that an old chevy C20 van we had was the lowest cost (to maintain) vehicle we ever had. The fords seem to take a steady stream of $$'s to keep 'em going.


#19209 - 12/22/02 08:46 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Dangerous topic here!

No offense intended, but personally I wouldn't drive a Ford even if it was free. If you did give me a Ford, I would sell it and buy a GMC or Isuzu, or even a Toyota if available. For diesel box trucks, the Isuzu NPR is the best on the market.

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I guess you could say, I'm not a Ford man

#19210 - 12/22/02 08:57 AM Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.
sparky66wv Offline

Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2334
Loc: West Virginia
First On Race Day.

Can Hear Every Valve Rattle On Long, Extended Trips

I'm a Ford guy (remember, if it weren't for Henry Ford, NONE of us could afford a vehicle! It would be a toy for the Rich!!!)

The most resilient motor ever made:

300 cu in Six Cylinder by Ford.

Just ask UPS (they were forced to switch to diesels when Ford quit making the 300-I6 in '96).

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