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    GMC 1500 SLT 4x4
  1. My dad has had three RAMs, 13 gas 3.6, 15 eco and 18 gas 3.6.I drive it quite often, the longest run from OKC to South Jersey. Ram #1 dropped a tranny, but otherwise solid.The eco was a toad to drive and $$$ for maintaining. The 18 is sweet. I do think the 3.6 is the better engine. It's sister is the 3.5 mercedes. Not too sure about the long term MDS on the hemi. As far as ford, they don't all burn oil. My 17 2.7 eco leaked oil. Four oil pans (they are tupperware like plastic) and i went to a december built GMC SLT 18 with a die cast aluminum oil pan and no turbos. I think the ford has the best ad campaign.. the best handling truck, but stay away from the turbos. I also blew a radiator apart... on my 2.7. The GM is solid, more an industrial vehicle than the ford. I would not buy another Ford... 29 days in the shop in less than two years. How GM got the 5.3 to do as well as it does on the hwy mileage is astounding. Mine has a 3.08 ring gear, and always punches above 20 mpg. So far the only demerit on the GMC has been the fill on the rear. GM saved way too much on the lube, and i saved it to remind me how we can be pennywise but pound foolish on a truck that was $56k and i paid $39k. GM.. RAMS... then Ford if you have to.
  2. The alternator is rated over 100 amps.. That would require a #1 AWG wire at least.. i think that the connector looks a little light for continuous 140 Amps of current... and the insulation is also a little weak for continuous current and the heating. I hate to see crimped connectors on large wire like this. its a lot better to have fargo type compression connector. Wire gets hot and cold and sooner or later works itself loose from the needed tightness to carry the current without heating... You can do better with parallel conductors, smaller wire, but two runs... solder the terminal ends. This is a critical area when you have a truck full of sensors and computers... Yikes.
  3. I changed the rear last week in my GMC. Terribly thin OEM. Not sure you can tow a lawn mower with the factory fill.
  4. This is my second GMC in the last 15 years or so... Just traded a '17 F150 with the eco 2.7 and three oil pan changes and a blown radiator. I have had a lot of trucks/autos/suvs and never had one that took four plastic oil pans. Ford has a real problem with quality. My 5.3 has die cast aluminum oil pan and no water cooled turbos. The ford has some good points, like the handling compared to the GMC. My F150 was in the shop 28 days. There is just no way around that problem. I am not so hot on the chevy look, but i do think the GMC is as sharp as the 150. The inside of the GMC is better, i mean mine has a weather radar feature, a gadget to be sure, but one i like. I also tend to think the 5.3 will way outlast the 2.7. Maybe twice as long.
  5. 4400 miles. 2018 December build. I did have to change the rear differential lube. I believe it was contaminated. Coming from a FERD, so not really a nitpicker yet... AFM disabler... pretty happy with it...

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