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2002 Ford F-250 - XLT 4x2 SD Crew Cab Short Box
Pros: size of the interior and the 6 way power seats
Cons: My truck is perfect and sound
Advice: Go with the 4 door crew cab it's worth the small price for the extra roomI test drove this truck up and down the highway with good take off speed for a truck of its size and weight. This truck is solid and quiet. The captain seats are must on the crew cab. They are firm but comfortable. There is alot of storage space inside the cab with a good size space behind the rear seat. Ford did a great job combining the look and feel of a big truck while still making it a comfortable ride on long trips.
2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew - XLT 4x4 SuperCrew Cab Styleside Styleside
Pros: the look of the vehicle
Cons: The seats
Advice: get true bucket seatsThis vehicle is uncomfortable to sit in. The seats, unless they are truly bucket seats are uncomfortable.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x2 Regular Cab Short Box
Advice: Get oneBought one the same day. The 4.7 Magnum V8 is plenty in the Regular Cab.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - ST 4x4 Quad Cab Short Box
Pros: Electronic Shift On the Fly
Cons: Difficult to wash the windshield if you are height challenged. Vehicle is taller than most pick-ups in its class.
Advice: Take a test drive and order one to your needs.I received my ordered 2002 just before Christmas and what a dream come true this vehicle is! The 1500 SLT Plus rides and handles like a car. I ordered the towing package, chrome step rails, solid tunnel cover, chrome exhaust tip, wind deflectors for the windows and hood along with mud flaps. This vehicle looks just as sharp as it handles. My FIRST PICKUP and I am not sorry in the least. One minor feature I wish was available and that is the ability to control the direction of the heat for both driver and passenger. At the moment, you can control only the heat, but not the direction of the flow.
2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab
Pros: 3rd door
Advice: run as fast as you can for the exit - do not uymy gmc sonoma with 4 cylinder engine which is the corporate twin to the s-10 was horrible. in less than 70,000 miles it had blew 2 head gaskets, the transmission went out, it went thru 3 u-joints, the alternator died, the 5-year extended coolant was rusty and need of a change in less than 2 years, and it broke a timing chain that incurred over $1200 in damage
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - LT 4x2 Crew Cab 6.5' Box
Pros: interior comfort
Advice: see my test drive reviewBeware - The Vortect engine in this vehicle may have the power that Chevrolete brags about but it does not have the quality. My truck is a 2000 5.3L V8. Currently there is about 53,000 miles on it. I have had it in for (2) fuel pump replacements (while under 15,000 miles), a steering shaft replacement (53,000), leaking front axle seal (53,000), and engine knock (started at 12,000 and continues to get worse). The engine knock is probably the most significant issue in which GM is undoubtedly trying to cover up with excuses. I have taken the vehicle in (4) times complaining about this issue. The first bulliten published by GM (around September 2000)said that the noice was considered 'normal if it subsided within 1 minute after warm up'. They concluded that the noise was 'piston slap' but were not 100% sure. As time went on the noise ran longer than 1 minute. I took the vehicle back in (3) more times complaining, trying to get a resolution to the problem - GM did nothing to support it. The bulliten has been updated now to say that 'if the noise subsides within two minutes, it is considered normal' and that'GM engineers have concluded that the knock is not detrimental to the longevity of the engine. Well, I don't know about you, but I am a mechanical engineer and I know that when parts are colliding at high speeds, streeses and fatigue occur between the parts. And piston slap on a brand new $32,000 vehicle is not acceptable and reflects degrading quality in GM designs. Moreover, how can an engineer say it is not detrimental to the longevity to the engine when the engine is brand new and there are not enough existing case studies to back this statement up just yet. Metal against metal collisions within an engine is undoubtedly setting the stage for future problems - problems that will arise when your warrenty is expired and GM says 'sorry'. Additionally, while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, I found something interesting and upsetting. The drain bolt on the oil pan is magnetized. It is magnetized with the intent of collecting fine metal particles due to normal engine wear - that's fine and that will surely occur. What is very upsetting is the fact that when I pulled the drain bolt out while changing the oil at 23,500 miles, a piece of metal flash (about 3/4 inch long, 1/8 inch wide, and .010' thick) was stuck to the magnet. Common sense to even a person who doesn't know much about engines says metal shavings of this size floating around in the engine is NOT GOOD for the engine. Perhaps this came from the piston (due to the slap)? My next step is going to be to send this in to GM and have them analyze where it came from. I am a car buff and take very good care of my vehicles. When I repreatedly visit the dealer with questions regarding the knock issue issue, they throw up their hands in the air with no positive answer as to why the noise exists. Two days ago, I spoke with a mechanic at the dealer (tired of excuses from the service director) and he said they are not even sure why it is occurring (the mechanic - straight from the horses mouth). Three other family members have Chevy Silverados and are beginning to complain of the same issue, in addition to significant transmission problems. Once again, beware. GM is not backing this up and is surely trying to cover their a__ so they are not slammed with major engine replacement or rebuild costs. I would love to hear from someone else with the same knock issue and would like to know how you have been supported by a company that says - 'Chevy, we'll be there'
2002 Chevrolet S-10 - LS 4x2 Extended Cab
Pros: ZR2 package, locker, 3rd door, POWER, looks, stout unit, 3:73's
Cons: the stock mats don't fit well with the floor undulation
Advice: buy molded floor mats to save your carpetSurprisingly awesome ride from a 4x4. Tracks great for having 31x10.50's on it. Plenty of torque to merge onto the highway or pass just about anything. 4 wheel anti lock disc brakes will stop this thing just as fast as it gets started. Very capable off road vehicle that will get you there in style. Works just as well going out on the town.