While reading the “Cream of the Crop” (Mar. ’12), I noticed a problem. I don’t want to nitpick, but to the hardcore diesel community details matter. You stated that the ’89 Dodge W250 Cummins was the first of the Big Three to offer direct injection, a turbocharger, and an intercooler. While the first three are true, the intercooler didn’t appear on the Cummins until the 1991½ model year. The first 2½ years were non-intercooled. If in doubt, open the hood and look for a cast aluminum crossover pipe that goes from the turbo outlet on the passenger side, over the valve covers, and into the intake on the driver side. If it has one, it’s non-intercooled.
Good catch! We goofed. However, Dodge was still the first of the Big Three to offer an intercooler on its diesel truck.
Instead of the obligatory email to tell you that this or that truck should have been on the 13 most influential modern 4x4s list (“Cream of the Crop,” Mar. ’12), I instead salute you for a job well done.
I am lucky enough to have owned and driven three of the 13 as daily drivers. My first vehicle ever was an ’86 Samurai. A ’00 Tacoma standard cab 4x4 got me through law school, and now I’m the caretaker of a ’93 FZJ80 that my father special-ordered new from the factory.
Any time you have experienced three of the top anything, you should consider yourself quite fortunate.
Jason D. Treadaway
Wow! “Cream of the Crop” (Mar. ’12) is awesome! I haven’t even read it yet and I knew I had to give you props for thinking of an article of this type. I have seen several similar articles related to cheap buys in used 4x4s, but year after year nothing changes and the cheap buys are repeated. But this article is cool. I don’t usually have enough time to do more than skim the articles, but I will have to make the time to sit down and read this one.
I am a 62-year-old Jeep and four-wheel vehicle enthusiast; I have been most of my life. But I didn’t actually get to own a 4x4 until 1987, when the 4.0L came out in the Cherokee. Since then my family has had seven Jeeps, three of which we still have. I read all the 4x4 magazines of the truck group and have since 1986. I am writing to say thank you. Over the years each of you has received emails from me, and you actually took the time to answer them. In three or four instances you published them. It speaks well of the 4x4 industry when those who in many ways represent the front line with the public do this. It’s also obvious from your emails and articles that you really enjoy your jobs and off-roading. I find all the magazines very interesting and varied and an excellent way to keep up with what’s going on in the industry. For example, through Jp magazine I found out about Hesco of Birmingham, Alabama, and had the company bore and stroke my 4.0L. I became friends with the owner Lee Hurley, one of the finest men in the industry. I have found out about many cool things to get for my Jeeps. I look forward each month to receiving the various magazines. Keep up the excellent work.
In “2012 Pickup Truck of the Year” (Mar. ’12), Sean P. Holman states that the two Ram trucks have a stopping distance from 60 within a foot of each other. That’s absolutely true, but it’s actually less than an inch of difference (Mega Cab 158.44 versus Power Wagon 158.50).
The spec sheet shows that the F-150 is 97 inches wide without the mirrors. Geez! A Hummer H1 is only 86.5 inches wide.
Also, I’ve grown tired of hearing about how older Dodge pickups fall apart around their engines/drivetrain. It’s an old wives tale and old hat besides.
I’ve seen quite a few 5.9L Cummins motors with a million miles (or very close to it) on them, and they always ran down the road with a Dodge truck wrapped around them.
Actually “w/mirrors” means with mirrors. Without mirrors would be worded as “w/o mirrors.”