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#60 of 68 Need Small, Reliable Pickup
Aug 10, 2007 (9:13 am)
My old 92 Toyota is on its last leg, and I'm looking to replace it.
I'm looking for a specific combination, but will probably have to compromise a bit. It will be used to make short hops to town, no heavy hauling, and no towing. Should be Tacoma-Frontier sized, room for larger kids in back. Should be very economical for 10 years, will drive it for less than 100K miles. Here we go!
Crew Cab preferred
6 Foot bed a must
Small diesel preferred. Are there any on the planet?
4 cyl gas or even a very economical V6 in a pinch
Automatic preferred, but will do manual work if I must.
Prefer no fancy interior and accessories unless free.
Low price is important. Would like to keep it well under 20K if possible, but I'm realistic about that.
Does that sound like any pickup you know of? I am not brand loyal. As long as the vehicle will last 10 years without a lot of expense, I'm happy.
#61 of 68 Re: Need Small, Reliable Pickup [bobad]
Aug 10, 2007 (1:30 pm)
Well i dont think you're going to find anything new under 20K. I would say you're best bet is a Tacoma. My friend has a crew cab, with a 6 foot bed and a 6cyl. its a very nice ride. but they are expensive. The other small truck I would consider is the Honda Ridgeline, although it only has a 5 foot bed, but is a very capable truck for what you need it for. There are no diesels yet but they are in the works. You might even want to try out the new Tundras as dealers are offering many incentives to try and move as many as possible.
#63 of 68 Re: Help us decline gas prices! [wehategasprice]
Aug 10, 2007 (2:25 pm)
If you really want to do something about gas prices you should run for President since we are going to get a new one anyway.
#66 of 68 Buying a Truck--Age vs. Mileage?
Aug 28, 2007 (4:55 pm)
#67 of 68 Buying a Truck--Age vs. Mileage?
Aug 28, 2007 (5:39 am)
We are shopping for a used truck. We have a 1997 F-250 with 137,000 miles and it is starting to need a lot of expensive repairs. We want to have something more reliable that won't cost a lot to maintain. In our price range (about 10K) we have found trucks that are about 2000 or 2001, but they all have around 100K miles if not more. We also found a 1998 GMC Sierra 1500, which comes with a plow, and has only 68K miles. We are leaning toward the older truck with less miles. Opinions on what is more important for reliability--model year vs. mileage?
#68 of 68 Re: Buying a Truck--Age vs. Mileage? [jcs1218]
Aug 28, 2007 (4:55 pm)
I would definitely go with the '98 GMC or comparable Chevy. The '88-'98 GM Chevy/GMC line is a very reliable truck overall and value wise it is the best buy for the money. Everyone I know is getting one because they needed something cheap but reliable. The transmissions on these trucks have a service life averaging around 150,000 miles before they need to be serviced or rebuilt. And the 350(5.7L) engine that comes with these trucks has been around forever. One of the things you might have to change out or fix is the pitman and idler arm setup, and possibly some other suspension bits but these are very cheap parts and you could most likely do it yourself. I have a cousin who bought a '95 Chevy C1500 a couple of years ago at 80,000 miles and he just changed the alternator for the first time at 133,000 miles. I have another cousin who traded in his Ford F-150 Harley Davidson for a '97 C1500 with 130,000 miles and hasn't had any problems with it. It is a very smooth and rock solid ride. It's not going to win any beauty contests but for the money, it is your best bet. If you decide to go with something newer, stay way from the '99-'04 Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500's. GM cheapened up on some of the parts and they had transmission problems. If you want something newer, go with the 2500 line as they come with the rock solid 4L80E transmission and more power.