I own a 2500 Chevy crew cab but looked at the 1500 crew's when I was
shopping. I didn't get it because I wanted the diesel with the Allison
tranny, which was only available in the 2500HD (plus they gave me a deal I
couldn't refuse). However, I still feel that the Chevy 1500 crew's offer
quite a lot more than the Ford or Dodge half-ton crew's. First, Chevy makes
theirs a 1500HD, which means almost everything on the truck is the same as
my 2500 except for the engine (stock is the 6.0L Vortec V-8) and the tranny
(the 4L85E). With the Chevy crew you get things like a heavier frame, 8-lug
wheels, etc. than you do with either the Ford F150 Supercrew or the Dodge
The Nissan certainly looks like a nice truck, but there are certain little
things that have turned me away from both them and Toyota. For example, I
looked under the rear end of the Armada, the SUV version of the Nissan
Titan, and the rear differential was so small in comparison to my truck that
it looked more suitable for use in a compact pick-up than in a supposedly
full-size truck. Plus the traditional Big Three give you a much broader
range of choices in trucks than any of the others we used to call "imports".
Just my two cents worth.
Cheers - Jonathan
Jonathan A. Race
Lieutenant, EMS Supervisor
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