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#4656050 - 02/04/18 03:17 PM Pickup truck recommendations?
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Greetings gentlemen...I got 261K miles on my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT. It's still running pretty good but looking to buy new 4x4 pickup. I commute 4 days a week (a hundred mile commute).
I know I can keep her running longer but just not interested in doing any more body work or whatever else might be sure to come up soon. I've been very satisfied with this truck, she doesn't owe me anything. I got it for 12,800 when it was three 3 years old and had 50K miles on her. Gas was at 5 bucks a gallon when I bought it and I got lucky.
Anyhow, I don't need a full size truck and am considering downsizing to a Tacoma sized pickup with an extended cab or king cab (whatever they call those with the small jump seats). The kids are now grown and don't need the extra room.
I'm split between the Tacoma or Nissan Frontier. Colorado seems overpriced to me. Ford ranger is making a comeback with new design next year but I'll prefer to stick with something tried and proven, plus I'm sure the excitement over it will make it pricey.. Sorry, I'm rambling on, I appreciate any input/opinions. I'm considering the Frontier due to the much lower price over the Toyota. I want a 4x4 automatic V6. I don't need a sporty off road package. Thanks!
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#4656053 - 02/04/18 03:22 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
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Loc: Virginia Beach
I really liked the Tacoma when I test drove it two years ago. It's the best in that class. My first Toyota truck (a 1990 4Runner) is still on the road today...
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#4656062 - 02/04/18 03:31 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10925
Loc: Idaho
I looked for a few years and did lots of shopping all,the brand are really nice. Test drive them all and see which one works the best for you.
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#4656066 - 02/04/18 03:33 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
rsylvstr Offline


Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 2499
Loc: Oneida County, NY
New or used?
Budget?
My buddy got a great deal on his Tacoma and loves it due to the mileage.
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#4656067 - 02/04/18 03:34 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
You may want to check out the Honda Ridgeline:

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/compact-pickup-trucks

The current generation Tacoma has had some engine issues develop. Hopefully they've been worked out. The complaints from 2016 to 2017 have dropped per www.carcomplaints.com .

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#4656070 - 02/04/18 03:38 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: SatinSilver]
khittner Offline


Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 305
Loc: Michigan
Whatever you get, go across the border once a year, and get it Krown rust-proofed. My Krown-treated '95 Dakota is still going at 221K miles, and is essentially rust-free.

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#4656073 - 02/04/18 03:39 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 3047
Loc: n.c.
I wanted a Tacoma in 1995 but bought a Nissan hard body 4x4 2.4 4 cylinder 5 speed due to the price difference. I drove the little Nissan 19 years and 200,000 miles with a drive shaft center bearing replacement being the most expensive repair in 19 years. It hauled a lot of heavy loads. I parked it on a main drag in my town with a for sale sign on it and had 2 guys arguing over who spotted it first. I still see it occasionally and it still looks good. If I needed a new small truck I would certainly consider the Frontier.

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#4656078 - 02/04/18 03:43 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: rsylvstr]
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: rsylvstr
New or used?
Budget?
My buddy got a great deal on his Tacoma and loves it due to the mileage.


I'm wanting to buy new. I don't care about resale value, as you can tell with the mileage on my Ram, I love them long time. smile

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#4656081 - 02/04/18 03:46 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: SatinSilver]
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
You may want to check out the Honda Ridgeline:

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/compact-pickup-trucks


My brother has owned 2 Honda Pilots which I think have the same chassis and has been very happy with them. It's a bit rich for my blood though, the ones at local dealers I've seen hover around 40K and up.

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#4656084 - 02/04/18 03:49 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
This Frontier seems like a good deal with an msrp of $31k:

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Not much price difference with the smaller King cab:

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#4656088 - 02/04/18 03:51 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: khittner]
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: khittner
Whatever you get, go across the border once a year, and get it Krown rust-proofed. My Krown-treated '95 Dakota is still going at 221K miles, and is essentially rust-free.


Nearest one from me is in NY State about 4 hours away. Other than that way too far. Will keep that in mind though. Local dealer does Waxoyl, fluid film and NH undercoating.

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#4656102 - 02/04/18 04:00 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: stenerson]
klt1986 Offline


Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 384
Loc: Southern VA
I'm partial to the Toyota but I think the Frontier is probably just as good....and will likely cost you less money. I also like the looks of the new Colorado. I don't know much about them but if I were in the market for a midsize truck, I'd give it a test drive.
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#4656105 - 02/04/18 04:01 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: klt1986]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Looks like the resale on the Frontiers is very good. Just by looking at used ones at the Nissan dealer.

https://www.bignissan.com/searchused.aspx?Make=Nissan&Model=Frontier

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#4656106 - 02/04/18 04:01 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: SatinSilver]
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
This Frontier seems like a good deal with an msrp of $31k:



This is a local one I've been considering. It's a new 2017 roll over model for 27K. Nissan frontier

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#4656109 - 02/04/18 04:04 PM Re: Pickup truck recommendations? [Re: SatinSilver]
stenerson Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 729
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Looks like the resale on the Frontiers is very good. Just by looking at used ones at the Nissan dealer.

https://www.bignissan.com/searchused.aspx?Make=Nissan&Model=Frontier


I've noticed that. That's why I wouldn't consider buying one a couple years old, not much of a bargain. Unlike the time I bought my Ram.

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