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Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series, Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150, Dodge Ram Pickup 1500, Car Financing, Truck
#14 of 54 Chevy v. Ford
Feb 17, 2004 (7:07 am)
This kind of question can incite a riot.
I have the 2003 F150 Super Crew. It is a great all around truck while also being able to cary 6 people (which I do about once a week). Gas milage with the 5.4 is 18 on the highway, 15 around town. With winter my combined average has dropped to about 15 mpg.
It sounds like the Chevy is more truck than you need. The HD with an 8.1 is set up for serous hauling.
As for which will last? All I can say is I had Camry that had a number of problems. My F-150 had a couple of minor things that the dealer fixed on the first service. 2nd service in the next month will be just oil and tire rotation.
#15 of 54 Ford versus Nissan
Feb 17, 2004 (8:42 am)
I like the handling and performance of the Titan and except for a few problems I've heard they've been having with the brakes it seems like a fine vehicle....car and driver picked it best in a 5 truck shootout, but the F-150 is quieter and better looking but perfprmance is disappointing....I can get a $30,000 F-150 on the a-plan with the rebate for about $23,000 so I suppose it's up to Nissan to see how close they can get(do prefer the buckets w/console in the Titan).
Feb 17, 2004 (5:47 pm)
If you are not using a truck for towing, commuting, or hauling. Why do you need a truck? Buy a family sedan or a minivan.
#17 of 54 Best Used Truck Choice?
Mar 13, 2004 (6:22 pm)
I'm really wanting to buy my first full-size truck (I have 2 minivans right now), but I'm limited in my budget, so I was hoping for all of your thoughts on my best choice. Here's what I'm wanting:
Extended Cab (I have 2 kids & another on the way)
Prefer Automatic transmission
Price range $3000-7000, ideally
I'm thinking of a Chevy, GMC, or Ford at this point. I won't tow much (an occasional tow of a boat or light trailer load), and I expect to have to buy one with over 100k on it. I want something that will last me and that wears well. What are your suggestions? Pros and cons to different models?
Thanks for helping a new guy!
Mar 14, 2004 (9:33 am)
In this price range, you will have to take the older extended cab models which are not as big as they are today and the rear doors don't open (on most). Chevrolet had the biggest extended cabs in the old style. This is assuming you want to put three kids back there. If you get a bench in the front, one could ride there if you get a Chevy without airbags.
What do you plan to use the truck for? Do you plan to have your whole family in it? I have a family member with three kids. They take two vehicles.
Mar 14, 2004 (8:03 pm)
I'll be using the truck to "commute" (I live less than a mile from my office), run errands, haul firewood, occasionally pull a trailer or boat.
I'd like to have the option to put the whole family in if we are going camping or somewhere that I'd rather take a truck than the minivan.
As I continue to look around, I'm leaning to the 1997-1999 era of Chevy/GMC trucks with a 3rd door, but I'll be looking at over 100k still to get in my budget. I'd still like to hear everyones thoughts. Thanks for your help!
#20 of 54 forget the 3rd door!
Mar 15, 2004 (11:40 am)
Been there, done that. Tried the "suicide doors" with my 9 and 7 year old boys in the back seat. I thought when I bought the 03 Tundra access cab that "they're just boys, they can deal with it back there". No dice. What a headache! If you want a family truck,try to get a crew cab if you can swing it $$$.
#21 of 54 Time for a truck?
Apr 04, 2004 (1:06 pm)
Long story short, my 1993 Plymouth Grand Voyager (with 165,000 miles, no working AC for two years) slid into the ditch and gently rolled over a few days ago. I don't have all the details yet on the repairability of the Voyager, but I think it's time to look for a truck.
For family driving, we have a 2003 Camry LE. So the proposed truck would be used mostly for commuting to work, 18 miles one way, trips to Home Depot (I love home improvement projects, room for a 4x8 sheet is paramount), and any solo errands. Typically it would be just me in the truck, or maybe our oldest child who is three.
Looking at the trucks, the standard S-10's, Tacoma, etc just visually look too small and low to be safe, and none have Good ratings at IIHS.ORG. The F-150's and Tundras, etc seem large, but some do have Good ratings at IIHS.ORG.
Another question is cab size. I'd probably either do the base size, or something extended a bit to toss junk in the back, but definitely not the four-door types.
My biggest question though, is going from FWD to either RWD or AWD. I have driven RWD a bit in the past and seem to recall that I always had a hard time accelerating in the snow. I live in NE Ohio by the way. There are plenty of trucks in NE Ohio that are only RWD, so I'm sure that with some brain retraining, I can learn what I can and cannot do with a truck. I guess my question is would buying a AWD truck help the truck feel more like the FWD vehicles that I'm used to?
Please feel free to try to read between the lines and to answer the questions that I haven't asked yet.
Apr 05, 2004 (8:17 am)
All 2WD light pickups look small and sit low. If you want a taller truck, you can go for Tacoma Prerunner, Ranger Edge, etc. These are 2WD trucks with 4WD height.
You ought to try to go for an extended cab 2door. It's just too uncomfortable in a reg cab: can't move the seat back, can't toss stuff there.
I don't know who makes an AWD truck. If you forsee problems with 2WD driving, get yourself a 4WD and you'll be all good to go. My 4WD Taco (stock at the time) did extremely well in snowstorms of CO.
You'll get used to RWD, don't worry.
#23 of 54 Avoid Chevy pickups
Apr 05, 2004 (4:47 pm)
TV advertising may be deceptive, but you can learn a lot from what they do and do not show. Chevy advertises their engine power. Duramax Diesel, Allison trans., etc. They don't advertise their interior, however, because it is TERRIBLE. The fit and finish looks just like a 5-year old Chevy Astro's. Compare that to the Tundra, Titan, F-150, and even the Ram, and it is not good. It fits people, but not comfortably, and reliability is horrible.
My pickup rankings:
1)F150- cannot be beaten; Ford will last the longest of the domestics
2)Titan- is just as good as it is said to be
3)Ram- Big Hemi power and revived interior, with space
4)Tundra- the interior is very refined, but not like the Ford
5) Silverado- Why spend 40,000 on a Sierra denali for an average interior?
I know these facts firsthand, because I bought a new f150 last sunday, and testdrove each model, plus the colorado (which was better than the full-size silverado) 2-3 times, with different variations.