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#4 of 8 "as inexpensive as possible"
Feb 28, 2004 (10:30 pm)
Any truck, including your Tacoma will tow that load. But with 4 real doors and cheap get the F150 base model. With the deals they're making on the "Heritige" (old style) models you might look at new ones.
Feb 29, 2004 (3:06 pm)
What about a Sport Trac? Or something similar.
#6 of 8 Oooo! Good idea mullens
Feb 29, 2004 (4:00 pm)
If economy is a consideration and you only need room for 4. I used to tow 4000+ with my '95 Tacoma with 500 lb in the bed. There are at least 3 small-midsized trucks that would do.
#7 of 8 Reliabilty with daily towing
Mar 01, 2004 (12:07 pm)
If you are planning on towing this load daily then buy a truck that has significant extra capacity. The small-midsized trucks will tow 2500# but i would be very concerned about long term reliability towing that weight daily. If you do go that route I would highly recommend sticking with a manual tranny and plan on periodic clutch replacements.
Make sure any truck you do buy has the towing package, esp. aux tranny cooler (if auto)
The other thing you will want to consider is brakes, at 2500# your trailer may or may not have its own brakes, if it does, great just keep them in good working order. If it doesn't I would stick with a newer full size truck that has 4 wheel discs.
#8 of 8 Since Economy is a Consideration
Mar 01, 2004 (2:07 pm)
you should determine how long you plan to keep the truck and how many miles you're going to put on it. A diesel truck will cost significantly more to purchase, but will get better mileage empty and much better mileage towing. It will also last longer. So, if you're going to be keeping the truck for long, or running up a lot of miles, you are better off with a diesel. Otherwise, you might want to stick with a 1/2 or 3/4 ton gasser.