Recent Topics
Dodge Challenger R/T Tips and Tricks?
by LoneRanger. 12/12/18 06:02 AM
MIL vehicle suggestion $8000
by madRiver. 12/12/18 06:00 AM
Toyota 2TR-FE 2.7 questions
by Doublehaul. 12/12/18 12:32 AM
Anybody used Eurolub?
by FordCapriDriver. 12/12/18 12:18 AM
Micro-Green Cut Open
by David1. 12/11/18 11:45 PM
Witch way does this valve work?
by Dylan1303. 12/11/18 11:42 PM
Santa came early..
by leoblack9. 12/11/18 11:22 PM
dropped a zip tie in my prius trans
by eljefino. 12/11/18 09:54 PM
2 Cello's - Some talented fellows right here.
by StevieC. 12/11/18 09:49 PM
Something different for sure - Punjabi Celtic
by StevieC. 12/11/18 09:40 PM
Honda eu200i hiccuping @ low idle - fixed
by Jmoney7269. 12/11/18 09:34 PM
Your dealer is here - Humor
by StevieC. 12/11/18 08:46 PM
1994 Honda Civic LX Main Relay-solder
by Gito. 12/11/18 08:43 PM
Winter/Summer Fuel Economy
by RayCJ. 12/11/18 08:33 PM
0w20 oils - NOACK
by superangrypenguin. 12/11/18 08:19 PM
Liqui Moly Special Tec AA 5w20 API SN
by Johnny248. 12/11/18 08:15 PM
Buy a brand new 1966-1977 Ford Bronco
by StevieC. 12/11/18 07:50 PM
2012 Accord,QSUD 5W20,WIX 57356 filter,3K miles
by aquariuscsm. 12/11/18 07:05 PM
Newest Members
tcoffin014, Schm1d, EagleC, Dinka, MechanicGuy
66654 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
58 registered members (alarmguy, 94astro, Bailes1992, benhen77, BadMonkey, 97K15004WD, 9 invisible), 1,014 guests, and 37 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics294,966
Posts4,924,995
Members66,654
Most Online2,553
Oct 27th, 2018
Donate to BITOG
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Need some advice... #4489573
08/15/17 05:34 PM
08/15/17 05:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
radtech91 Offline OP
radtech91  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
So I'm trying to decide what to do. I have a 2014 F-150, bought it kind of on the spur of the moment, as I really don't need a truck, I just really like them. I can probably count on both hands how many times I have used it to its actual capabilities.

First, I was thinking about getting a second car like a Honda Fit or something like that, get close to 40 mpg and be fun to drive and keep the truck for when the weather is bad or if I do need to haul something.
But then I was thinking I really don't have the space to keep 2 vehicles, plus the truck would just be sitting a lot because I will more than likely take the car most of the time. I don't want it to sit there and be a waste.

Second, I was thinking of trading in the truck and get a Subaru Crosstrek or Impreza so I could still have AWD and have a little more traction in winter time. Or a Honda Fit type vehicle and get a set of snow tires for the winter time, but I'm a little worried about clearance of deep snow with that idea.

I've been driving a lot more since before I got the truck, about 60 mile round trip for work now. And I've been driving in Cleveland and Pittsburgh a lot more so driving the huge F-150 around has been becoming a pain in the butt; parking garages, traffic, etc... Drove my aunts Kia Soul for a couple days while my truck was getting some warranty work done and it was so nice being able to park super easy and the gas I used was phenomenal compared to my normal.

Truck is payed off. So its not that I can't afford it. I really do like the truck but I wouldn't mind getting something more economical and maybe more fun to drive. I would say 90% of the time it is just me in the vehicle or me and my brother. And I have the nicest and newest vehicle so when I go places with my friends I am the one that drives them all.

Truck is valued at a little under 21,000 so I can basically just trade it in and get the Fit or just have to pay a couple thousand and get the Crosstrek.

Any good practical suggestions from anyone of what I should do?


2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Previously Owned:
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD
2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 4WD
2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD
2007 Honda Element EX 4WD
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489591
08/15/17 05:56 PM
08/15/17 05:56 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 9,920
Florida, Cape Coral
Eddie Offline
Eddie  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 9,920
Florida, Cape Coral
I probably would go for an AWD Subaru or other smaller SUV/COV. Comfortable to drive, good in rain & snow and some hauling ability along with 25+ MPG. Ed


CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489598
08/15/17 06:02 PM
08/15/17 06:02 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 681
Florida
SilverSnake Offline
SilverSnake  Offline
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 681
Florida
I have had at least one truck at all times for the last 52 years. I cannot image being without one. They can tow a trailer, haul an ATV in the bed using ramps, bring a huge load of plants or mulch from Home Depot, transport all you picknick supplies to the beach and countless other tasks cars cannot do as easily. I love the visibility of the raised ride height and my current Ram is as comfortable as any car I have ever owned. I for one do not care about mileage so that is not an issue for me. That said, my Ram gets about 22 MPG overall with a 395HP Hemi V8. I vote for you to keep your truck

Last edited by SilverSnake; 08/15/17 06:06 PM.

2016 Charger, 6.4L-485 HP (PUP 0W-40)
2017 BMW 330i, 2L-248 HP (BMW 0W-20)
2018 Jeep GC, 5.7L-360 HP (PP 5W-20)
2008 20KW Generac (Amsoil 10W-30/30)
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489604
08/15/17 06:08 PM
08/15/17 06:08 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,578
MA
Wolf359 Offline
Wolf359  Offline
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,578
MA
Well for me, I wouldn't want to drive a Honda Fit around, just a death trap like all small cars are. I'd get the Crosstrek. If you like them nice, condsider what I drive, a Mercedes E-350. Depreciation is pretty massive on them, 2014's are in the 25-30k depending on mileage and options. They're fun to drive around too, especially if it's highly optioned. The 2010's could probably be had for under 20k.

Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489606
08/15/17 06:09 PM
08/15/17 06:09 PM
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 682
il usa
merconvvv Offline
merconvvv  Offline
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 682
il usa
Truck is safer.
Truck will last longer especially if u drive it like a car.
So that will offset the mpg.
Truck is comfy.
And lastly and most importantly it is manly smile


1988 Mazda RX7 na PP 10w30 Noack 4.7
1994 Chrysler Concorde 3.3
1999 Ford Expedition 4.6 QSUD 10W30 NOACK 5.0
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489612
08/15/17 06:14 PM
08/15/17 06:14 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,769
BC, Canada
userfriendly Offline
userfriendly  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 2,769
BC, Canada
Full size pickups are a pain, no doubt. The solution.. park away from other vehicles at the mall or grocery store and walk 50 yards.
Your truck is paid for & still on warranty. Maybe keep it for a few more years instead of racking up thousands of miles on a new vehicle.

Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489615
08/15/17 06:16 PM
08/15/17 06:16 PM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 10,956
OH
SatinSilver Offline
SatinSilver  Offline
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 10,956
OH
What kind of warranty work did it need? That's a huge leap from an F150 to a Fit. Somewhere in the middle like a Subaru would be better most likely.

Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489619
08/15/17 06:17 PM
08/15/17 06:17 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,967
MTL, CANADA
Rolla07 Offline
Rolla07  Offline
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,967
MTL, CANADA
Forester? Balance between car and truck, get AWD and decent gas mileage. If not, the impreza seems like a solid option.

Crosstrek has a weak engine doesnt it? Forester with the turbo would be fun..

Last edited by Rolla07; 08/15/17 06:19 PM.

2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489622
08/15/17 06:19 PM
08/15/17 06:19 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,915
NewYorkistan
BISCUT Offline
BISCUT  Offline
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,915
NewYorkistan
I can relate to some of your dilemma. I have 3 kids 6 to 11 and I have a 15 F150. I had a 04 F150 but kids got too big for the extended cab suicide doors. Moved to the Crew Cab 15 and I love that truck. BUT I drive a lot (2 boys are travel all star teams and the 6 girl is pretty busy too) about 32k a year. That on a truck just didn't add up for me. Plus I need to zip around a little bit more than the truck allows. Moving fromt he poor mileage in the 04 to the 15 was a dream. Talking 12 in the 04 to 18 I get in 6k mile OCI.

Honda Fit? JUST NO!!!!!!!! Nuf said.

I went with a Subaru Outback. About 15k now and I really do like it. It's vanilla but it fit the need just right. Big enough to hump kids around but still get 24 mpg (I have the 3.6) over a 5k OCI. BUT all that said I wouldn't want to just have the Subby. Just got back from Ocean City MD (300 miles or so 1 way) and nothing beats the comfort and ride of the F150. And the back packed with beach [censored].


2015 F150 Lariat M1 0-20 FRAM Ultra(33k)
2017 Sub OB M1 5-30 FRAM Ultra(45k)


Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489623
08/15/17 06:22 PM
08/15/17 06:22 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,278
Birmingham, AL
01rangerxl Offline
01rangerxl  Offline
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,278
Birmingham, AL
I guess it depends on how much you like trucks? In particular the one you have.

My trucks are not very good at MPG and are not very practical overall. Not really that sensible of a vehicle choice to be honest, but I don't care, because I like trucks. Particularly old Fords that are smaller than any new truck you can buy, and get worse MPG than probably most new trucks you can buy. I can't really imagine parting with either one until they are totally worn out and done. I might never get rid of the 4X4.

If you're thinking about a different type of vehicle entirely, you're probably not that attached. The last time I considered a Fit or any FWD car is never. As long as it makes sense financially and you aren't taking a crazy hit on selling the truck, it might be worth it to try a different vehicle. Maybe you will find you don't like trucks that much.

If you LOVE the truck, maybe keep it and get a car, but you'd probably be better off with a daily driver car and an older, cheaper second truck. A newer truck just sitting seems like a waste.


2002 Ford Ranger XLT | 3.0 V6 Auto 2WD | 224K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 Manual 4X4 | 200K miles
1994 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0 V6 Auto 4X4 | 246K miles
Re: Need some advice... [Re: SatinSilver] #4489626
08/15/17 06:26 PM
08/15/17 06:26 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
radtech91 Offline OP
radtech91  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
Originally Posted By: Eddie
I probably would go for an AWD Subaru or other smaller SUV/COV. Comfortable to drive, good in rain & snow and some hauling ability along with 25+ MPG. Ed


I'm leaning a lot towards the 2018 Crosstrek if I was to trade the truck in. It's #1 on my list right now.

Originally Posted By: SilverSnake
I have had at least one truck at all times for the last 52 years. I cannot image being without one. They can tow a trailer, haul an ATV in the bed using ramps, bring a huge load of plants or mulch from Home Depot, transport all you picknick supplies to the beach and countless other tasks cars cannot do as easily. I love the visibility of the raised ride height and my current Ram is as comfortable as any car I have ever owned. I for one do not care about mileage so that is not an issue for me. That said, my Ram gets about 22 MPG overall with a 395HP Hemi V8. I vote for you to keep your truck


That is one nice thing, having it around to use for work stuff. The truck does have a nice comfortable ride when the road is nice, but it just bounces all the time on most of our roads since they aren't the greatest. I get on average 16.5-17.5 most of the time.

Originally Posted By: merconvvv
Truck is safer.
Truck will last longer especially if u drive it like a car.
So that will offset the mpg.
Truck is comfy.
And lastly and most importantly it is manly smile


lol that's what my friends say too.

Originally Posted By: userfriendly
Full size pickups are a pain, no doubt. The solution.. park away from other vehicles at the mall or grocery store and walk 50 yards.
Your truck is paid for & still on warranty. Maybe keep it for a few more years instead of racking up thousands of miles on a new vehicle.


That's what I do right now. My one friend gets so mad because I park so far away from everyone. In the city that's not really an option though. Around my living area isn't a problem though. That is one thing I was thinking since I don't have the payment and still have a little more than a year left on the warranty.

Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
What kind of warranty work did it need? That's a huge leap from an F150 to a Fit. Somewhere in the middle like a Subaru would be better most likely.


Had to have the whole rear window replaced due to rear defroster going out. I've had some other problems with it as well. Already changed the spark plugs because of it misfiring. It just developed another weird rough idle so I'm going to have to take care of that right now. The ride is incredibly bouncy so I'm not if that's just suspensionand road related, but I'm leaning towards that verses something actually wrong with the truck. Quality just kind of stinks too. Front passenger seats shakes constantly, squeaks everywhere. I do like the truck but there is some small things I dislike.


2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Previously Owned:
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD
2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 4WD
2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD
2007 Honda Element EX 4WD
Re: Need some advice... [Re: 01rangerxl] #4489629
08/15/17 06:32 PM
08/15/17 06:32 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
radtech91 Offline OP
radtech91  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
I guess it depends on how much you like trucks? In particular the one you have.

My trucks are not very good at MPG and are not very practical overall. Not really that sensible of a vehicle choice to be honest, but I don't care, because I like trucks. Particularly old Fords that are smaller than any new truck you can buy, and get worse MPG than probably most new trucks you can buy. I can't really imagine parting with either one until they are totally worn out and done. I might never get rid of the 4X4.

If you're thinking about a different type of vehicle entirely, you're probably not that attached. The last time I considered a Fit or any FWD car is never. As long as it makes sense financially and you aren't taking a crazy hit on selling the truck, it might be worth it to try a different vehicle. Maybe you will find you don't like trucks that much.

If you LOVE the truck, maybe keep it and get a car, but you'd probably be better off with a daily driver car and an older, cheaper second truck. A newer truck just sitting seems like a waste.


Yeah That's what I was thinking, get a nice daily driver and in the future if I see the need for a truck maybe get a nice older used truck and that way its not as much of a waste sitting there.


2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Previously Owned:
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD
2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 4WD
2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD
2007 Honda Element EX 4WD
Re: Need some advice... [Re: BISCUT] #4489630
08/15/17 06:34 PM
08/15/17 06:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
radtech91 Offline OP
radtech91  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 484
Ohio
Originally Posted By: BISCUT
I can relate to some of your dilemma. I have 3 kids 6 to 11 and I have a 15 F150. I had a 04 F150 but kids got too big for the extended cab suicide doors. Moved to the Crew Cab 15 and I love that truck. BUT I drive a lot (2 boys are travel all star teams and the 6 girl is pretty busy too) about 32k a year. That on a truck just didn't add up for me. Plus I need to zip around a little bit more than the truck allows. Moving fromt he poor mileage in the 04 to the 15 was a dream. Talking 12 in the 04 to 18 I get in 6k mile OCI.

Honda Fit? JUST NO!!!!!!!! Nuf said.

I went with a Subaru Outback. About 15k now and I really do like it. It's vanilla but it fit the need just right. Big enough to hump kids around but still get 24 mpg (I have the 3.6) over a 5k OCI. BUT all that said I wouldn't want to just have the Subby. Just got back from Ocean City MD (300 miles or so 1 way) and nothing beats the comfort and ride of the F150. And the back packed with beach [censored].



Lol yeah its just me. Single and its usually just me in the vehicle, so a smaller vehicle doesn't really bother me. I don't want an unsafe vehicle, but as long as its comfortable and has good safety rating, I'll consider it.


2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Previously Owned:
2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD
2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 4WD
2009 Honda CR-V EX 4WD
2007 Honda Element EX 4WD
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489642
08/15/17 06:42 PM
08/15/17 06:42 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 5,030
The Midwest
skyactiv Offline
skyactiv  Offline
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 5,030
The Midwest
My sister has a 2017 Impreza. I really like her car except for one thing, it needs more power. She doesn't care that it's slow. The Crosstek weighs even more so I'd hate to imagine that. I think your setting yourself up for disappointment.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Wanted: 2019 Ford Ranger
Re: Need some advice... [Re: radtech91] #4489663
08/15/17 07:07 PM
08/15/17 07:07 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,407
CA
raytseng Offline
raytseng  Offline
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,407
CA
If you are in a snow area def. get an awd crossover and leave out the fit

there are subcompact crossovers now too such as the chevy trax.

finally pay attention to the car generation. the crosstrek 2018 is the new platform likw you saw, but you should wait longer for the outback or forester and not get the old model.

i think perhaps a rule of thumb if it has android auto or carplay (even if you dont use it) it probably is recent. if it doesnt do some more research to see when next gen is coming.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™