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I need to ditch my POS comuter car and get a new daily driver. I want a truck so I can throw a few dirtbikes in the back tow the boat down to the lake, or mabye tow my K5, so I need a fullsize. I was looking into a 90s Chevy 4x4 but they're still expensive, and they had the same motors as the 87 up until 96 (I'm not paying 10K+ for TBI). Would a 94+ Ram be better? I'm starting to think about getting one of them because I drove a few and I liked it. They also have a solid axle (not going to lift it or wheel it hard, but less parts is always better), bigger motors, port injection, slightly higher tow rating and they're a little cheaper. I found a 96 for 8500 with 114K on it. It has all power accesories, cruise, bedliner, new trans 14K ago and its extended cab. Does that sound like a good price for that truck, or should I keep looking? What are some common problems with these trucks? Should I just hold on to my car for a few extra months and get a GM?
 

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Too bad you're not in my area. My '90 Z71 is for sale <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> FWIW, my dad has a '94 Ram with a 235HP 360 whereas I have a 210HP 350. Power ratings aside, my truck has ALWAYS accelerated better & towed better than Dad's Ram. Dad (being the former owner of my truck) was the first to point this out <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> But, I wouldn't pick one over the other based just on that. Dad switched from GM 'cause he liked the Dodge interior a lot better in '94 when he bought the new truck. He also thought that if he paid for a new ride, he didn't want one that looked EXACTLY like his old one LOL. Both of our trucks have had the tranny rebuilt, though the GMC survived a lot more abuse (Dad refusing to tow in DRIVE instead of OD) before it let go. Personally, I prefer the GMC. But, I think personal preference is really the main difference here.


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Also consider that the Dodge will never get as good of mileage as the GM. I have a 97 GMC and it tows good, and stills get really decent gas mileage. More comfortable on road but the IFS sucks off. But that's what my cruiser is for. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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