your thoughts on the better options in a new truck? (brand, year, model ETC?)


The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer.
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with the eventual move I'm forced to make to TEXAS , Ill want to purchase a reasonably new, or new truck,
it as far as I'm concerned must have a couple mandatory features

among them, I feel are mandatory

true 4x4 drive, where all 4 wheels apply power to the road in 4x4 mode
decent size wheel wells that allow larger tires sizes
ID prefer to NOT have to raise the frame/suspension from factory stock

a 4 door crew cab (step up foot bar a plus) allowing old geezer access,
at least 8"-10" ground clearance
8 foot bed
a built in rear view, dash mounted tv/screen camera
large side mirrors
a v8 engine/ gas or diesel
over drive transmission
air conditioning/ wifi compatible is nice
towing package/ trans fluid & oil coolers
GPS location software and blue tooth phone, on the dash screen

keep in mind I have not looked at any newer trucks in 10-12years,
and yeah Im still in sticker shock looking at adds even before I look at trucks..
I don't want some mini truck, but I don't want a MONSTER TRUCK, either
thinking GMC,CHEVY ,FORD
but I might be persuaded to look at DODGE, NISSAN, TOYOTAS,
or other options you guys might suggest?

your thoughts on the better options in a new truck? (brand, year, model ETC?)


solid fixture here in the forum
Chevy truck my choice.

$65,000 up for what you are looking for.

But whatever it will be will soon be hard to get repaired when the transition to all electric comes to fruition. JMTCW


The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer.
Staff member
all electric may be being forced down out throats by ignorant liberal idiots,
Ive driven out to Colorado, Wyoming, even Montana on hunting trips from Florida,
we were always swapping drivers every 3 hours driving around the clock for decades,
but current tech does not allow it to function, even marginally well, compared to a diesel/gas truck
there's nothing electric available that would allow you to drive 1500-1800 plus miles,
only stopping for fuel, for 15 minutes every 6-7 hours like a internal combustion engine can,
park it for a week, and drive 1500-1800 plus miles back currently,
especially if towing a camper, or a car trailer.


solid fixture here in the forum
I know you said a V8 but the 3.5 Ecoboost is a hell of an engine almost 400 HP and 400 Ft Lb tq


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I have a 2018 Ram 3/4 4x4 6.4 gas and really like it. A friend has a 2018 Chevy 3/4 4x with 6.6 diesel. Im very sure he can pull more but highway mileage is the same with both trucks running 70-75 empty. 18-19 mpg. He always comments on how much better my truck rides empty.