Edward: 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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Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19203 12/21/0211:10 PM12/21/0211:10 PM
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.
The lesson is in the struggle, not the victory.
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19204 12/22/0207:35 AM12/22/0207:35 AM
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]
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19205 12/22/0207:35 AM12/22/0207:35 AM
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.
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19206 12/22/0208:12 AM12/22/0208:12 AM
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.. John
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19208 12/22/0211:02 AM12/22/0211:02 AM
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.
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19209 12/22/0211:46 AM12/22/0211:46 AM
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.
Found On Roadside Dead
Factory Ordered Road Disasters
Flip Over, Read Directions
Four Old Rusty Doors
For Only Retarded Drivers
Flipped Over Russian Dunebuggy
For Off-Road Dead
it Freaking Only Runs Downhill
Found On Railroad Deserted
Forget Out-Running Dale
I guess you could say, I'm not a Ford man
Re: Chevy or Ford? Your thoughts and experiences.#19210 12/22/0211:57 AM12/22/0211:57 AM