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Cast a quick vote, please! #4539187
10/10/17 01:35 PM
10/10/17 01:35 PM
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Southeast Texas
gfh77665 Offline OP
gfh77665  Offline OP
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(Replacing flood vehicles after Harvey)

Choice 1) 2007 Dodge Ram, base model, single cab. Steel wheels. Appears to be in excellent condition. Only 75,500 miles. 3.7L V6. Sitting on a used car lot. $7500

Choice 2) 2007 Nissan Titan SE. Base model, single cab, alloy wheels. Appears to be in good condition. 115,000 miles. 5.6L V8. For sale by individual. $7500

I do not tow. I now commute only 5 miles to work. Help me decide, limited to these two only please.

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539189
10/10/17 01:38 PM
10/10/17 01:38 PM
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Nissan hands down.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: aquariuscsm] #4539200
10/10/17 01:49 PM
10/10/17 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Nissan hands down.


I don't know about that, 40000 miles is a mighty big number to swallow at the same price, and OP doesn't tow.

FWIW the Dodge 3.7 is a durable engine with a good track record during its run, which lasted until 2012 in the Jeep Liberty. Downside is that 215hp doesn't move the truck as fast as a V8. Otherwise expect close to 20mpg if you take it easy (I had an 04 with that engine). Specified 5w30 originally, it's what I use in the GF's Liberty despite the back spec to a 20 weight.


EDIT: gfh, in either case I would have a qualified person check for flood damage before you purchase!!

Last edited by Kuato; 10/10/17 01:52 PM. Reason: flood warning

Thick vs Thin test: 15k / 43k miles complete
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539229
10/10/17 02:15 PM
10/10/17 02:15 PM
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Clovis, CA
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Are they both long bed ?

I'd be leaning towards the Nissan Titan if it's a one owner.

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539238
10/10/17 02:26 PM
10/10/17 02:26 PM
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Cincinnati, USA
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You need to get into both and play with the toys then drive them. A vehicle you LIKE is worth a few bucks if one were to randomly happen to need an extra repair.

However I am baffled why you need a $7K5 single cab pickup to drive 5 mi to work with no towing, but at least the short commute means fuel economy isn't as important.

I'd sooner get an F150, maybe Silverado, V8, because the support community of people who really know their stuff instead of stating "it's XYZ so take it to a dealer", and greater low cost part support including junkyard parts.

IF I absolutely had to pick between these two, I'd go with the Dodge. The Nissan is eliminated because there's no way I'd pay $7K5 for a 10 y/o 115K mi base model, single cab pickup. However it seems strange to consider it a base model with the 5.6L.

I would keep looking. Patience is a virtue. If you must get a vehicle N O W, anything will get you 5 mi to work, get some $1500 beater to buy some time till the right vehicle comes along, then you can turn around and sell for about what you paid for it, maybe even more if you clean it up, and not have to carry full insurance coverage, so tax and fees wash out to no financial loss.

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539245
10/10/17 02:32 PM
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It's personal preference, but I wouldn't buy a half-ton with 215hp (and that's when it was new). I've driven sedans with 200hp that feel pretty anemic, I can't imagine that in a half-ton pickup.


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2016 Toyota Highlander Limited - Hers
2002 Honda Odyssey EX - Beater
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539258
10/10/17 02:38 PM
10/10/17 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted By: gfh77665


I do not tow. I now commute only 5 miles to work. Help me decide, limited to these two only please.


Why either of these if you don't tow and commute such a distance? Seriously.

If through whatever logic you must pick only these two, I'd buy the dodge. Condition plus mileage.

Personally I'd look for a nice condition next-gen 4.3 Silverado or GMC to add to the mix.

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539266
10/10/17 02:44 PM
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I don't know...I would lean towards the Nissan because of the standard 5.6 Endurance V8 (that and I have an aversion to Dodge).

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539270
10/10/17 02:47 PM
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This may seem like a silly question. But if they are from the same area, what assurance do you have that either of these vehicles have not seen water as well?

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539275
10/10/17 02:51 PM
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Hudson, NH
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If you read reliability and complaint stats for both, your going to find that Dodge at or near the bottom. Nissan a little higher. So I would choose the Titan.


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 0w40
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539306
10/10/17 03:09 PM
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Somewhere
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Nissan hands down. They have Reliability and Dependability which any Mopar lacks.

Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539313
10/10/17 03:13 PM
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Dodge. Lot less miles. Alot of company trucks have that motor and it does well. Trucks have lower gearing and what feels wimpy in a car, works in a truck.



2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Hemi 4x4
2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: JHZR2] #4539314
10/10/17 03:13 PM
10/10/17 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: gfh77665


I do not tow. I now commute only 5 miles to work. Help me decide, limited to these two only please.


Why either of these if you don't tow and commute such a distance? Seriously.

He just picked up a Fiesta, so I think he is looking to balance things out now. smile


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539320
10/10/17 03:16 PM
10/10/17 03:16 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Personally, I'd keep shopping, even if you have to travel to find one. I'd get a 4.3 Chevy like JHZR2 said.

But of those two, eh, I guess the Titan.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 89k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Cast a quick vote, please! [Re: gfh77665] #4539350
10/10/17 03:46 PM
10/10/17 03:46 PM
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Used truck purchase comes down to three things: condition, condition, condition. It is hard to discern that w/o photos.
However, I would say to keep on shopping. Neither sounds overwhelmingly stunning.


2012 Honda Accord LX-P 94K
2008 Ford Mustang Pony Package Convertible 17K
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 76K
2003 Ford Ranger 3.0 Supercab 114K
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