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Apr 26, 2002 (12:29 am)
Of all of our vehicles, my wife's favorite (hands down) is "her" '94 C-3500 crew cab dually, 454 (TBI) and NV4500 5 speed. She is into showing cattle and she regularly hauls either an 18' or 20' steel gooseneck trailer (she avoids pulling our bumper pull like the plague).
She likes the higher vantage point (ride hight), the firmer ride, and the fact that she has enough power to get all of her little darlings safely to the show arena. With smaller loads (2 or 3 heifers or smaller steers, say) she will use the 1/2 ton with the bumper pull - but it is not the same, she says.
What would she like to have other than that truck? One with a diesel. She likes the Ford F350 SD/Powerstroke. Her favorite pickup body style is the Dodge Ram 1994 to 2001. Pity they don't make a REAL crewcab, that is what she would really want (with the Cummins, of course).
Texas Truck - r
Apr 26, 2002 (4:07 am)
After our discussion, I had some thought later that night. It didn't make sense to me that Paseo would start burning oil.
The head gasket doesn't seem to be leaking like the Toyota mechanic thought when changing the water pump. It looked like some antifreeze was along the outsider rim of the head gasket. But I kept an eye on the antifreeze level this whole winter and nothing during the winter or another additional 26K.
The compression problem can't be help, at least not any expense I want to get into. So gotta expect some wear and tear at 186K+
So back to the original problem: why the burning oil? Afterall, oil problems aren't to be taken lightly. So after all else fails: I read the owner's manual. Found out the my car only holds 3 qts of oil with filter. Also reconfirmed where the fill mark was on the dipstick. So I pulled out my Grease Monkey receipts (it's a quick lube place out here). Guess what? Found out that Grease Monkey has been overfilling by 0.5 qt! No wonder I had burning oil! I'm not going to be taking my car to Grease Monkey any longer.
So at least I eased some concerns about my car failing very soon. Regardless, I will be needing (or wanting) a new vehicle by the fall of next year. Yeah, I'll have to keep an eye out for the cash back or special financing when they come out.
For the bed of the pick-up. I was think of some type of spray in bed liner and adding fiberglass tonnaue (sp?).
#134 of 171 texastruckr
Apr 26, 2002 (4:11 am)
Funny, my wife also likes/prefers pick-up trucks. My next vehicle is more than likely going to be compact pick-up truck. This would be my first pick-up.
#135 of 171 textruckr
Apr 26, 2002 (12:10 pm)
If it were me I would probably get rid of the bumper pull and always use the gooseneck. Having pulled (and maneuvered) both, I can certainly understand her preference! Does she have 4x4?
I remember once going to a horse show in Waco (I can't remember the name of the farm, but it was one of my favorite places) with someone else. We both drove (she drove a car, I drove the 3/4 ton pickup with gooseneck trailer). Since we had the car we left the truck hooked up to the trailer. At the end of the 2 day show we were the only ones that got out without being pulled out with a tractor - it had been pouring most of the time, the ground was soaked but since the truck was parked before it started raining, and due to how the weight is distributed with the gooseneck, we drove off with little problems. It was the only time while I was living in Texas that I REALLY wanted 4x4.
Leomort - around here the plastic bedliners are very popular. Many dealers install them in all their trucks. I've never bothered with one - either because I wasn't hauling stuff that would scratch on a regular basis, or when I was in Texas I had a truck that had been used for a camper and was sort of beat up anyway.
Apr 26, 2002 (5:49 pm)
I don't mind the 5X14 bumper pull. When you couple that lil' puppy up behind the 1/2 ton SWB truck, I can back it in circles. It has proven to be pretty useful when backing into some pens where we pick up cattle. Even our bull has ridden in it several times (and for an adult Longhorn, it was tight!) when we had to get him from a ranch where he was "working" and we couldn't load from their chute (no room for BIG horns). Besides, I can also use the BP behind the Old Suburban every now and then. That way I can justify owning a BUV (Big Utility Vehicle) over in the "I Hate SUVs, Why Don't You" thread
Was that horse show (facility) just north of Waco on State Hwy 6? There is a large Arabian outfit there.
I have gotten stuck, but it was in our driveway and I was able to pull the whole rig (CC and gooseneck) up to where it was dry with the tractor. I prefer 2WD as 4WD sacrifices some towing capacity - and when it comes to pulling I prefer to have excess capacity.
Leomort - you really don't have to limit yourself to a compact, try some of the mid-size trucks like the Tundra and the Dakota. They have just enough more elbow room to add tons of comfort and with the optional small V-8's you can tow a light load (3000#) safely at interstae speeds.
Texas Truck - r
May 01, 2002 (8:06 am)
Unfortunately, the Tundra's start at $26K w/ V6 and go up from there. Out of my price range. As to the Dakato, I don't know if they're all that reliable. Those V8 also suck down the gas.
May 01, 2002 (11:29 am)
From what I have read on this board, and others, the V-8 mileage won't be that much different than the V-6. You can get a truck for well under the $26k Tundra. What options do you want on your truck?
May 01, 2002 (11:37 am)
Looking at compact 4x4 Extended Cab w/ automatic.
Are you talking about the v6 in Dakota or Toyota?
I think the V6 and V8 in the Dakota get similiar mileage, at least on their stickers. Don't know about real world actual mileage. MSN carpoint indicated pretty lousy mileage w/ 4.7L V8 in the Dakota.
Financially, I don't want to go above $25K out the door price for a pick up. Lower would be nice too.
May 01, 2002 (3:34 pm)
My BIL has a Dakota with the V-6. He only gets about 18mpg, I get better than that with my F-350! I don't have any personal experience with the Tundra, just what others have told me. The reason why I asked what options you want, its the options that makes these trucks so danged expensive. The are some dealers around here, Ford, Dodge and Chevy, that advertise their 1/2 tons for around $15k. Of course, they are fairly base, but they do have auto, air and stereo/cassette. I believe the Ford dealer is selling them for $13,500, Chevy dealer for $15,500, and Dodge dealer (I think) $17,000. If all you want is a truck to use occasionally, do light hauling/towing - mainly daily driving - and you don't care about whether or not you have the flashiest truck around, then these deals can't be beat. IMO