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#403695 - 03/31/05 10:39 AM Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
drive it forever Offline


Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 843
Loc: Grove City, OH
Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickem up truck? Dont be afraid to state differing opinions.

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#403696 - 03/31/05 11:01 AM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
427Z06 Offline


Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 7409
Loc: Austin, TX
New, or particular years?

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#403697 - 03/31/05 11:22 AM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
medic Offline


Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 1735
Loc: Bradford, Commonwealth of Penn...
I hate to admit it, but I think the new Nissan would win this battle.

Of the "big 3", I think I would have to put Ford up near the top, with GM products coming in a close second, followed by Dodge, who is catching up quickly. This is my opinion based on reliability, comfort, maint costs, and fuel mileage.

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#403698 - 03/31/05 02:36 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
TooSlick Offline


Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 5785
Loc: Dixie
Toyota makes the most reliable one ...I can tell you that for sure, having owned one for eight years. Out of warranty expenses consisted of replacing the original battery after seven years and replacing the original Dunlops @ 45k miles.

Book value w/ 72k miles was about $6000.00 for a truck I paid $14,000.00 for in April of 1996....

TS

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#403699 - 03/31/05 06:16 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
oldman Offline


Registered: 08/06/04
Posts: 511
Loc: MD
Agree with TooSlick, I have Ford work trucks and my Tundra is very hard to beat. It will be around for a long time. No problems in two years. [Big Grin]

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#403700 - 03/31/05 06:43 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 36235
Loc: New Jersey
the best 1/2 ton pickup truck is the one you can get with a diesel... oh, wait, you cant, they all have guzzling V8s.

Guess Id have to sat the best half ton pickup truck is no half ton pickup truck... a 3/4 ton with a diesel is the best.

Id say the Dodge with a cummins is the best. Good deals can be had.

JMH

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#403701 - 03/31/05 06:49 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
1sttruck Offline


Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 4378
Loc: Camas, WA
Best at what ? Comfort, towing, speed ? If you just want a big car that hauls lighter, sometimes bulky things then go for comfort, reliability and price as capacity isn't much of an issue. If you want a fully optioned, heavier duty crew cab then you're also in the less optioned 3/4 ton cost arena. The Toyotas seem to consistently get marks for reliability but out this way it seems like I see more Fords being used as work trucks. I think that Dodge makes the fastest truck, for whatever that's worth.

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#403702 - 03/31/05 07:38 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
andrews Offline


Registered: 10/22/04
Posts: 956
Loc: Reading
drive it forever,
If you want to "drive it forever", get a Toyota. If you need it for hauling heavy stuff, day in, day out, get a Ford F150 with the 5.4 v-8. You can order one with a tow package and heavy duty springs etc. if needed. If you want a higher quality, durable, long lasting, and great all around truck, and you don't need it for huge loads, do yourself a favor and get a Toyota. You won't be sorry.

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#403703 - 03/31/05 07:45 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26932
Loc: ME
One of the old-school (pre 97ish) dodge dakotas. Check the bed size; 9/10s of a "real truck".

Can be had with engines from 2.5 to 5.9 liters... sticks, automatics, 2 or 4 wheels driving.

Less frontal area means better MPG and maneuverability. My 2.5 stripper model has ~1200 lbs payload capacity.

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#403704 - 03/31/05 07:52 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
Spitty Offline


Registered: 07/27/04
Posts: 635
Loc: Vancouver Island
I agree, Toyota, I have had Two in the last 20 years, cost per mile has to be the lowest there is. If you need somthing bigger once in a while, 'Rent it' you will still end up ahead.
The problem is, it seems you can't get a Basic 'Work Truck' anymore, and end up paying too much for a pretty truck that's likely to get trashed. [Frown]

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#403705 - 04/01/05 08:29 AM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
PulMax Offline


Registered: 02/03/05
Posts: 254
Loc: WI
Nissan has a badass motor, but a truck that is a bit underbuilt...rear ends that won't stand up to heavy abuse, etc.

I don't think I'd even bother with a half ton. Just go with at least a 3/4. If I can get away with less than a HD, I don't need a pickup.

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#403706 - 04/01/05 08:47 AM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
drive it forever Offline


Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 843
Loc: Grove City, OH
[QUOTE]Originally posted by 427Z06:
New, or particular years? [/ New. Gas mileage means nothing, as I live 2 miles from work, and the truck wouldent see a whole lot of miles. I think the toyota might be the most reliable. Just want something to put a dirtbike or 2 or a atv in the bed. I like the nissans V8 engine, but I cant see myself gunning it with power toys in the bed.

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#403707 - 04/01/05 08:52 AM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
Schmoe Offline


Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 6568
Loc: Oklahoma
Work trucks? Fords, hands down. "Cushy" trucks...GM. Maybe because I'm on the old school train of thought, but to me, Japan has no business in the truck market. They just jumped on the band wagon when truck sells started soaring. Almost exactly like what Honda is doing.

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#403708 - 03/31/05 10:09 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
Oldswagon Offline


Registered: 01/23/03
Posts: 781
Loc: ON
I realize Toyota's are probably tops in reliability, but I'd be hard pressed to buy one for one simple reason. I find the seats in Toyota trucks are far too close to the floor. It's almost a car like seating position and I find it very uncomfortable. American trucks (at least fullsize units), have the seat nice and high off the floor and I find that far more comfortable than the Toyota's even though they often have better seats. Mind you, I am a pretty guy, so maybe not many other's find this a problem?

A good friend of mine has an '05 Tacoma pickup, and I really like that truck. We took it on a good long trip a couple of months ago and I did some of the driving. Again, I found the seating position in this truck very uncomfortable simply because it was too close to the floor. All of the other Toyota trucks I have been in are like this too.

I wouldn't mind getting a half-ton within the next couple of years, but my choice will probably be a 1988-95 GM truck with a TBI V8 engine. IMO, best all round trucks for work, comfort, reliability, I can do all the maintenance, and best of all, I find the seating position very comfortable.

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#403709 - 03/31/05 10:14 PM Re: Who makes the best 1/2 ton pickup truck???
andrews Offline


Registered: 10/22/04
Posts: 956
Loc: Reading
quote:
Mind you, I am a pretty guy, so maybe not many other's find this a problem?

really? How pretty are you? [LOL!] Just kidding.

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