I like looking at trucks. I am, after all, a truck guy. Cars are nice ‘n all, but so are medium t-shirts: they fit someone, but certainly not me. I’m almost 6’6″, so my value for gas mileage is outweighed by, well, my outweight.
Trucks are neat because they can haul stuff. Not just the driver, but also some cement and an old rusty merry-go-round. This might be the payload of someone who just bought an old merry-go-round and wants to reinstall it at their home. Caution: merry-go-rounds are the death machines of the playground. Thank goodness you have a pickup truck, though, since you could easily uninstall and push it into a lake for its eventual destiny of becoming a coral reef. With a truck that option is always there.
I know someone who is looking for a used GMC or Chevy pickup. Since I like to look at trucks, I said I’d keep my eyes opened, alerting him immediately if I see a good deal. I have realized now that people who own these particular trucks tend to keep them. “Enoch?” I once asked Enoch — “why are used Chevy trucks so hard to find?” His answer fit the bill perfectly: “Well, I have a Chevy, and I have no interest in selling it.” Never have I seen a person harbor such pride for a truck. It brought a tear to my eye. Well, not really, but still.
I did an online search for used pickups with the highest miles on the odometer. Chevy/GMC wins. However, an F-150 is considerably cheaper, probably because there are so many more of them. Dodge Trucks, which I think I like the most, are right in the middle. They hold their value evidently, as a somewhat rusty 1997 Ram 1500 8-cylinder 4×4 with 250,000 miles just sold for almost $3,900 on eBay. That’s a lot of cash for an old truck.
My interest in the Ford/Chevy/Chrysler debate stems primarily from my upbringing in Metro-Detroit, which meant that I had more than a few family members who ate dinner under a solid roof because of the big 3. Most people in Detroit are fairly opinionated about their favorite brand. I like to pit them against each other to see who wins, which is fine as long as it doesn’t come up at a family gathering.
In my humble opinion, here’s how I rate the big 3 on their pickups (used):
Right now, a Ford F-150 is the champion for value — you can get a good truck for cheap. And, because they are the highest selling, there are many of them on the road (or on the side of the road). The quantity means that there are more parts available, more experts on fixing them and overall lower prices.
The Dodge Ram is the coolest, most powerful and best looking of the bunch. I have noticed that a lot of mechanics drive Dodge trucks, which tells us one of two things: they either tend to not need repair OR they need the constant attention that only a mechanic could give. I would guess the former.
The Chevy/GMC truck would be my choice, based on longevity and reliability. I’m sure that for every story of praise there are songs of lament. The reason I probably wouldn’t get a Chevy? Like I said — they’re hard to find.
So: If it were cheap, I’d get a Dodge Ram. If I could find one, I’d get a Chevy/GMC. Because of the economy of used trucks, I’d probably end up with an F150.
Maybe I’ll just stick with my old Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s no pickup, but I do have a trailer.
With a Chevy axle underneath.