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07-16-2012 05:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trucks

My office is really far away (80 miles one way), so I have always purchased vehicles with gas mileage in mind. As of late I have been really taking advantage of our companies remote work policy. I really only go into the office for face-to-face meetings. Since my team is spread across the country, that only happens 3 or 4 times a year now.

The time has come to get a truck. Too many times I have passed up good short notice deals on tools and lumber because I had no means to transport them. I know talking trucks is similar to talking politics or religion, but I’m interested in everyone’s opnion.

Of note I am a car guy. I’ve done everything from changing oil, brakes, clutches, etc, to full blown engine rebuilding, modifications, and full drive train swaps (not like-for-like replacements). I don’t know much about trucks these days though. Here is what I am looking for:

1. Quad cab is a must (kids)
2. at least a 6 foot bed is a must.
3. Light duty towing (maybe a utility trailer, 1,000lbs max loaded)
4. 4WD. I live in new England, it snows here.
5. Comfortable to drive and creature comforts.

Budget – highest I will go is 33k

So in a nutshell, I am basically looking for a car that I can put really big and sort of heavy things in. I’m not doing any heavy hauling, off roading, plowing, or your typical truck stuff. Comfort is a must. I am a sucker for gadgets and heated leather seats.

What is the best truck out there form my requirements? The new Ford F150 with the echoboost option caught my eye, mostly because I love turbos.


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#1 posted 07-16-2012 06:12 PM

Joe – are you trying to start a holy war?

Personally, I’m a Ford guy, but I have owned both Dodge and Chevy in the past. Now, I won’t consider anything but Ford because they are the one company that did not take government hand outs.

And I never buy new. I look for vehicles that are two or three years old. Let someone else take the depreciation hit.

My two pennies worth.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 06:15 PM

What size do you want Full size ,Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge Ram/ Mid size, Dodge Dakota Sport, Tundra, Tacoma /small, Ford Ranger, Chevy Love Just to name a few.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 06:20 PM

Richard, I do the same. I also like Ford because of the fact I didn’t need to bail them out. My wife’s car is a 2011 Fusion, and I like it a lot.

I also buy cars with a few thousand (under 10k) miles on them, usually the same year. They are basically brand new, and I let someone else take the depreciation hit. The Fusion we bought stickered for 34k. We got it in 2011 with 14,000 miles on it for 21,000

Also I should have mentioned, I will not consider a Dodge. I don’t care if they have the best truck on the market and they are practically free. Toyota, Chevy/GMC, Nissan, Ford, all OK, Nothing Dodge though.


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#4 posted 07-16-2012 06:26 PM

I’d consider a smaller truck like a tacoma if I could get a quad cab with at least a 6 foot bed. Most I have seen have a 4 foot bed


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#5 posted 07-16-2012 06:29 PM

I used to have pick up trucks but I found out that what work best for me is car and a utility trailer. The car gives me the mileage, the silence and the comfort, the trailer convenience.
I have a 10” utility trailer which works very well for me.
I would not want to drive a pick up truck again.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 06:38 PM

b2rtch, I had considered that. If I do end up getting a truck, my wife’s Fusion would be traded in, and she would drive my 335xi. The BMW is too low to trailer anything. Also I don’t really want to put that kind of stress on the driveline. We are beyond “occasional” haulers now. Between me buying big heavy tools and lumber, and her with her gardening addiction, we have put a TON of miles on my dads truck.

Also we moved into our new house a year ago yesterday. It’s over 100 years old and we are renovating it room by room, so for the next few years at least, a truck makes sense. If it were just occasional trips to the lumber yard, which someday it will be, then yes, a car and a trailer would make a lot of sense.


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#7 posted 07-16-2012 06:38 PM

I wouldn’t be able to help you. All of mine have been just plane old work trucks. I had my 2500 GMC for 11 years and I like it. It doesn’t even have powered windows and I never use the air or the radio. There is no extended cab. It’s just for getting to work and hauling stuff and I drive it everyday. I’ve never had a single problem with it.


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#8 posted 07-16-2012 06:40 PM

Because of it’s reputation I’ve been eyeng the Tacoma for most of the reasons you’ve posted but I got to get back on my feet again(manner of speaking) before I can swing it financially but that’s my two cents, good luck with your choice.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 06:56 PM

I am on my forth Nissan Pickup in the Frontier class.

I usually get about 150K to 300K out of them and they are available with all you retirements except the less luxurious one is about half your max. With the 4 cylinder one I get 25 to 30 MPH with the stick. my current one is at 195K and has never had a tune up yet, just oil and filter changes ever 6 weeks.

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 07:25 PM

No contest. Chevy Suburban. Full sized bed with the second row of seats down, and you can put in a 12’ 2X4 from gate to dashboard. On my third in 30 years. I don’t know what I would do without it, and when the time comes, I can seat 7 comfortably, although the most I usually see is 5. You just can’t beat them. All weather, good four-wheel drive, comfortable as it comes. Decent tires you still get 60,000 out of the tires. Had pickups, pickups with caps, extended pickups, too big. Suburban gives you a full sized pickup truck bed when you need it, plenty of seating when you don’t.
For the Ford folks, I believe the Ford Expedition is the same basic animal.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#11 posted 07-16-2012 07:37 PM

I have a 2007 F-150 4WD with the 5.4. It’s a love-hate relationship. I love it when things are going well. I hate it when I have to put in 4 new ball joints, a new hub (can’t just replace a bearing) and a half-shaft in under 60k miles.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 07:40 PM

Thank you for your support

My day job is in the oil industry.

-- Greg D.

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 07:42 PM

I’m in a similar situation. I often need to haul stuff and end up borrowing my parents minivan and trailer (1 hr drive each way to borrow), or I rent a truck from u-haul or home depot.
Our 2-car garage is already filled with 2 commuter cars. I’d love a pickup for occasional use, but don’t have room for it and really can’t justify a 3rd vehicle. I drive an IS300. As bad as it sounds, I’m going to buy a hitch and a harbor freight trailer to solve my problem. I’ll just drive slow during the occasional tows. Congrats on your pickup, I’m sure you’ll love whatever you decide on.
FWIW my first “car” was a 1982 Toyota SR5… loved that thing until is literally rusted out from under me. If I ever move out of the city, my dream would be a double-cab Tundra.

-- The Dude abides

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#14 posted 07-16-2012 07:46 PM

After 36 years working in Chrysler dealerships my loyalty is the Ram. I believe it is a tougher truck than the others. But I have to agree with Richard on the fact that Ford didn’t take any bail out money, that says a lot to me. The government needs to stay out of the auto industry. Now the Eco Boost is quite an engine, my friend has one and I am impressed with the truck. We’re riding down the freeway and I look at his info center and he’s getting almost 25 mpg. Wow, I think I’ll take a look at Ford when it’s time for a new truck.

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#15 posted 07-16-2012 07:54 PM

Greg – I’m glad I can keep food on your table :). In the past 5 months, I have put 600 miles on my BMW, so gas mileage isn’t a big concern for me anymore. Ryan, my parents live about 20 minutes away, but I’ve definitely worn out my “hey dad, I need the truck!’ welcome. He has a brand new Silverado 2500HD and I have put more miles on it than he has (seriously). We do rent trucks a lot too and that adds up.

As I also mentioned, we are renovating our house room by room. My wife and I are pretty handy so save for plumbing we do the work ourselves. I run the electrical myself and have it blessed by an electrician for code compliance before I terminate it and put walls in. When I say renovate I mean down to studs – including floors and ceilings. Because we also live here, it takes us a while, and we usually do it in the cooler months. We only have 3 rooms down. That’s a LOT more drywall, flooring, and god knows what else to haul around. A truck would be nice for the next 4 to 5 years or so.

Also as I have mentioned in earlier posts, the previous owners were hoarders and the house has crap everywhere. We have gone through 5 dumpsters already. Our town dump will take the crap for 20$ a pick up load. That’s a lot cheaper than a dumpster. I can’t use my dads truck or a rental for that because you have to have a sticker on the vehicle


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