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Mar 27, 1998 (4:22 am)
I'm about to buy, the choices are 96 4x2 Tacoma $9.3K w/17K miles, clean or a new (88) striped down Ranger $8.9K. Both are fair deals but I'm missing key info for both. Safety for the Toyota and reliability for Rangers.
I'm a light duty user of light duty vehicles, I schlep myself and a few carpentry tools. Though I will try to yank an occasional stump or haul green manure loaded by over zealous Bob Cat operators.
Which do you think is the better choice?
Mar 28, 1998 (6:06 am)
Okay- Roc is here to finish off this annoying debate. Toyota makes a great small truck,however if you don't like the price or Japan--go with a Ranger. Ford has the best safety results along with the reliability.
Chevy has cheap interiors with a STUPID HIGH PRICE. Dodge is also expensive but looks good. Nissans are ugly and how can one buy it after those idiotic commercials? Why Mazda when Ford is the same? Isuzu? Well, you get the picture.
Basically decide between Ford or Toyota for there is no others.
#22 of 49 DanG
Apr 02, 1998 (11:41 pm)
Has anyone out there driven the new 98 Ranger? It seems to have basically the Explorer front suspension and supposedly drives well.
I can't say I love the new grille but overall styling is good. Current customer incentives are $1K off for a 4X2. How do you get a dealer to order the exact truck you want--in my case, a LWB regular cab w/3.0L V6 and standard tranny--while still getting the incentives? My local dealer says you gotta take what they got on the lot.
I tried Autobytel a couple of weeks ago. Can't say I'm too impressed so far. Any advice would be appreciated.
Apr 04, 1998 (4:08 am)
Toyota means alot of things to me but mostly it means resale value. I bought my 1990 extracab v6 4x4 5 years ago, it had 37k on it and I paid 10500 bucks for it. I am in the full size hunt now, because my needs have changed and I need more room. I have researched the value of my truck in the real world for months. I will ask 10k for it, and with 80k miles on the truck I am sure I'll get close to that for it. Buy the toyotas.
Apr 04, 1998 (5:47 am)
You are nuts! If any idiot pays 10k for your old TOY than I will surely kiss your rear-end. Get real. You wouldn't get close here in Delaware. MAYBE In California but then again, the people out there are different.
Apr 07, 1998 (2:34 am)
Rocles, Well your right I dont live in Delaware, as a matter of fact I dont even know where Deleware is. Just kidding, I remember your state from history class. I live in Washington ST in the north west and around here the v6 4x4's like mine go for 8k to as much as 13k. I know that may seem a little steep, But our market here is honestly that steep. Dont take my word for it, check out www.traderonline.com and see for yourself. Oh yeah, I am a little nuts, you have to be to want to spend over 30k on a truck.
#26 of 49 jdwo
Apr 09, 1998 (4:54 pm)
Dan, I've been checking into several vehicles lately and found that AutobyTel will give me 500 over dealer invoice and they will order the truck like I want it (Toy4x4v6xcab5spd). Look around. Even if you must drive a little ways to find a cooperative AutobyTel or dealership in which he/she works, do it.
#27 of 49 dss
Apr 15, 1998 (5:15 pm)
Just bought a Toyota Tacoma, 4WD x-cab because my last one was destroyed in a 50 mph broadside collision in which I sustained no injury .. built like a tank, 105K miles and looked like it was just off the show room floor before we got hit ... I looked at the others, but came back to Toyota; although a little high, if this one's as sturdy and the last one, it'll be worth it. Now, I have to decide if the $900 extra warranty plan is worth the price???? anybody got any ideas on that??
Apr 15, 1998 (10:15 pm)
If you're looking into a warranty, you might check out the FWI conference. I personally am not a big fan of extended warranties, but I read some things in that area that were interesting. It sounds like you can get more coverage for longer periods for less money from companies like Warranty Gold and their competitors than you can get from the manufacter. One plan will refund you 85% of your premium at the end of your warranty if you never use it. I think they also have payment plans. It's probably worth taking a look in that conference if you're considering an extended warranty.
Apr 17, 1998 (3:22 am)
I would not get the warranty- especially on a Tacoma. Although I'm more of a Ford Ranger fan, the Tacoma is a great truck and a warranty on it ($900 out of your pocket) would be a waste of your hard-earned moola.