Question about Trucks

Question about Trucks

This is a discussion on Question about Trucks within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; So right now I am driving a Mazda Protégé (yah I know my car WANTS to be a car when it grows up LOL) and ...

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    Question about Trucks

    So right now I am driving a Mazda Protégé (yah I know my car WANTS to be a car when it grows up LOL) and I really want a truck. Living in the South I figure I might as well assimilate.

    I have narrowed it down to the quad cabs of these models:

    Ford F150
    Dodge Ram
    Toyota Tundra
    Nissan Titan

    Ok...so maybe narrowed down is not exactly accurate LOL!!! I would like some input on these trucks from anyone that might own one of the above models.

    Thanks for reading my rambling post!!


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    I drove Fords for years before switching to a Toyota Tundra. While it was a few years back, the reason I switched was that Ford did not want to deal on the price they wanted. I don't regret the switch at all. Never been a fan of Dodge products and the Nissan just didn't flip my switch.
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    I currently drive a Chevy 2500HD 4x4, if I had to replace mine with the choices you listed, hands down it would be the Toyota Tundra. Second choice would be either the Dodge or a Chevy again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk45c View Post
    So right now I am driving a Mazda Protégé (yah I know my car WANTS to be a car when it grows up LOL) and I really want a truck. Living in the South I figure I might as well assimilate.

    I have narrowed it down to the quad cabs of these models:

    Ford F150
    Dodge Ram
    Toyota Tundra
    Nissan Titan

    Ok...so maybe narrowed down is not exactly accurate LOL!!! I would like some input on these trucks from anyone that might own one of the above models.

    Thanks for reading my rambling post!!
    Driven the Dodge Ram (2008) many times, very smooth truck. Handles well for a truck, acceleration is very smooth, etc.

    Also driven a Nissan Titan a few times (~2006), also smooth, decent truck.

    Own a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with ~120k miles. Works great, only complaint I've had is the power steering pump (had it fixed, still makes whining noise when wheels turned to limits) and the windshield washer system has a leak somewhere. It's a diesel, so it is loud (friend has a ~2009 Ford F250 diesel and it is as quiet or quieter than a gasoline truck).

    My personal advice would be to go drive each of the models you are looking at (take it for 2 or 3 hours and really try everything out), find what suits you best. I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.

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    I don't have a Tundra but I do have Tacoma with 210,000 miles on it and it still run great, Toyota makes a good truck.
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    Husband has a Tundra and I have a Tacoma. While they are older Toyotas, they have been GREAT trucks! Can't speak on the newer ones.
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    Dodge 2500 here.. But if I could do it again I would get a 90's era dodge diesel and take it to ATS diesel in Aurora CO and get twins and all kinda goodies and still spend less than a used 2004++ model.
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    I hate to admit it, but I'd probably buy the Yota.
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    I think I have the Tacoma beat mileage wise. Where I used to work, they had a 93 Chevy with 273K miles on it. It was a 1/2 ton and I drove it around with 2 tons of gravel in it for two weeks. The job kept getting delayed, so the gravel stayed. I pumped the tires up to 85psi, max rated pressure, and it drove just fine. 305 with a five speed. Hella truck. So, Chevy has always held a place in my heart as far as trucks go.

    Yes, I am sure on the weight of the gravel, I got weighed before and after I got the truck loaded. It was a full bucket from the front loader. Dang impressive!
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    I vote Tundra...it's my next truck...
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    I like my Dodge, been a good truck. Of course my Dad worked for a car hauling outfit that hauled Chrysler products and the were eligible for the employee discount. He signed my purchase, and I got about $5,000 off the top. Had to go with the Dodge.

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    I'll go against the grain and recommend the F150
    * It's a proven model (huge understatement)
    * They didn't need a bailout (I believe in rewarding good behavior)
    * American auto makers can do one thing right - and that is trucks
    Plus, I'll admit that I've always owned Fords. They've never let me down.
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    I have 15 years and 170K+ on my Nissan Hardbody. I keep saying that I'm going to replace it with a new Nissan, but so far it hasn't given me enough excuses to put out the money. My only major repair was in January 2009. I had to put in a new clutch. But after 150K+ on the original clutch, I’m not complaining.

    The only other repairs I’ve done on it, other than routine maintenance have been :

    Alternator @100K
    Speedometer @120K
    Starter/solenoid @160K

    And the starter didn't even go out. It was the solenoid, but I went ahead and replaced both since I had them out.
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    I've been a Ford guy for a long time. My loyalty is not so strong anymore. They've always made rock solid trucks until they started redesigning diesel engines. The 6.0 is a nightmare and I own 2 of them. You're right for considering all. Good luck.
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