If I was driving a blazer I would MUTCH rather replace a fuel pump than tranny or driveline item. There was a week at our shop about 5 years ago where we replaced 5 trannys in dodge caravans in 1 week. After the third we had to get them shipped in because all the local junk yards ran out. I think in the same time period we put about 10 tie rod ends in Chrystler rack and pinion vehicales. Oh the customers where soooooo happy when 1 wheel tried to go the opposite way of the other. I hear thats reeeeeaaal exciting going about 70mph or so.Towmaster I worked in a garage for some time as well before I worked as a mechanic in the military and GM vehicles were by FAR the most repaired. It got to the point that we would laugh when a Blazer would get towed in for a bad fuel pump.
You can't compare todays trucks to low bid Military Blazers that were basically civilian SUV's converted to meet a government contract. The Duramax is the best diesel currently in production. It is MUCH quieter than the Dodge. The Chevy interiors are much nicer unless you want the Mega cab which islike a condo. Chevy's ride is also far superior to the other two brands.Towmaster I worked in a garage for some time as well before I worked as a mechanic in the military and GM vehicles were by FAR the most repaired. It got to the point that we would laugh when a Blazer would get towed in for a bad fuel pump.
HOWEVER, I have owned all of the Big 3 and never really had serious issues with ANY of them (except my Wrangler which has been a NIGHTMARE)...Had Chevy trucks, Ford trucks...all of 'em did what I wanted. Have a good friend who has had a Dodge Cummins for some time now...loves his truck. He had to bring it in for a leaky tranny line, and I think that's been it besides routine maintenance.
I think Cummins has the edge as well as far as diesels are concerned, although they're obviously both capable. Why do Ford and Chevy insist on a V8 design? I don't get it. We'll have to wait and see for Ford's new 6.4...I can't imagine them repeating history as was the case with the 6.0 PSD injector problems, although International is much to blame and the problem was mostly attributed to the earlier models. They lost LOTS of cash on that debacle. I can't believe Ford didn't negate their contract and sue or something along those lines. Shoulda stayed with the 7.3 and went from there.
Seems every other year someone else has the better diesel. We ALL remember how GM made diesels just a short while back. They couldn't pull my zipper down, heh.
Now if we're talking farm tractors, i SWEAR by the 'ol Fords...I DO think they are the best, heh.
Well I can tell you from my experiences with my 07 classic LBZ c/c s/b, and my brother in-laws 06 CTD mega-cab, tiny bed 6spd, that his dodge is not capable of beating my chevy in any way, the only advantage his truck has over mine is back seat leg room, and that's only because his cab is so much longer, the interior is totally inferior, the ride is punishing, he can't haul anything longer than his 450 yamaha play quad because his bed is sssssoooo short, and he is stuck playing rowboat all day with his stickshit trans because dodge can't beg, borrow or steal a decent auto trans yet, so everybody keeps saying that the cummins is best, so why is it that duramax's won both west coast and east coast diesel shootouts in diesel performance magazine?? I would much rather have my well built, comfortable, strong, good mileage, excellent diesel engined truck in 200000 miles than a good running cummins surrounded by a broke down, uncomfortable truck cab!!!in my opinion the cummins is a stronger motor but the driveline and body and over all crafstmanship is just shotty. you can buy it for the money but at the end of the day it is still in a dodge and that sucks