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Need help picking out a pickup truck


NaperVic

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I think I'm going to butch it up a little and buy a pickup truck as a 2nd vehicle.

 

I've had one too many trips to Home Depot where I got dirt in my car. Or most recently, I had to have friends drive me in their truck(s) to drop off & pickup my lawnmower from a repair store.

 

I don't need one of those monster Ford F150s, Nissan Titans, Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado things. I'd probably have to turn in my gay card if I got one of those :P .

 

I'm thinking more mid-range, extended cab, 2 wheel drive, automatic. I won't be 4 wheeling it anywhere, I just need something I can haul stuff in. I want the extended cab & not the Crew Cab so that in a pinch I can squeeze a few people in back. I was considering one of the following:

 

- Nissan Frontier

- Ford Ranger

- Chevy Colorado

- Toyota Tacoma

 

If anyone has any experience or advice, I'd appreciate it.

 

Take Care,

 

Vic

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No not the ford ranger, it basically has the same body, chaises since the 90's.

 

Chevy might be the best choice.

 

Could also buy one from carmax, or do you want a new truck?

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I would go with the Colorado or Tacoma. Both are fairly nice.

 

If you get a Ford Ranger I might have to shoot you. :)

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Oh, I forgot to add... I could probably find a Martha Stewart magazine somewhere on how to get the dirt out of your car...

 

 

But you probably already subscribe to her, don't you? :P

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While we settled on the Chevy Equinox, I was considering the Colorado for a bit... And it's not like I'm a big Chevy fan - this is my first one. But in looking around, I really like their current cars/trucks...

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No not the ford ranger, it basically has the same body, chaises since the 90's.

 

Chevy might be the best choice.

 

Could also buy one from carmax, or do you want a new truck?

 

Price seems to be the only reason I'm considering the Ranger. The style being so 'dated' is what's really holding me back. It just doesn't have a lot of wow factor.

 

I'm leaning towards new just because I don't want to deal with a used car. But maybe I should just to save $$$

 

I would go with the Colorado or Tacoma. Both are fairly nice.

 

If you get a Ford Ranger I might have to shoot you. :)

 

While we settled on the Chevy Equinox, I was considering the Colorado for a bit... And it's not like I'm a big Chevy fan - this is my first one. But in looking around, I really like their current cars/trucks...

 

I like the colorado, and I'd get my mom's employee discount if I buy the Chevy or the GMC canyon. Right now, there aren't any rebates on either...which is holding me back.

 

I say go for the Tacoma. From personal experience with it.

 

I like the tacoma too, but it and the Nissan Frontier both require premium gas. Premium gas for a truck? When the f* did that happen?

 

Oh, I forgot to add... I could probably find a Martha Stewart magazine somewhere on how to get the dirt out of your car...

 

 

But you probably already subscribe to her, don't you? :P

 

Nope, I'm already too butch to be reading that. Plus I don't like her on principle, she's too mean

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I looked didn't see where, but did you see which engine? , they will say which engine req the prem. Seen other trucks that require prem gas.

 

 

 

looked it up for toyota, on a different website, they just recommend prem for better performance, most cars/trucks you can put regular in there, but it reduces performance.

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Wait for a Hybrid truck to come out or you'll be spending FAR more money on gas than you are right now.

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Wait for a Hybrid truck to come out or you'll be spending FAR more money on gas than you are right now.

 

Premium broke $4 this past week and was at $4.11 around here :wacko:

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I looked didn't see where, but did you see looked it up for toyota, on a different website, they just recommend prem for better performance, most cars/trucks you can put regular in there, but it reduces performance.

 

I was doing a comparison on Cars.com and I think I picked the V-6 for the nissan. It just said 'premium' for the gas. I'll check when I go for a test drive.

 

Thanks,

 

Vic

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I'm going to do something completely out of character for me. I'm going to suggest an alternative to buying a truck.

 

 

Have you thought about a trailer hitch for your current car and a small trailer? With gas at current prices and showing no signs of reversing its uphill climb, It's not a bad alternative to consider. It's cheaper than buying a truck, Which requires gas, Insurance, And a monthly payment. You could get a hitch installed and buy a small lightweight trailer for probably under $1K(around here under $500, But thats here).

 

Just something to consider. But I do have to throw in, Since you did ask :P , I'd go with the Chevy. Just my personal choice as a backyard home-mechanic.

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Have you thought about a trailer hitch for your current car and a small trailer? ... You could get a hitch installed and buy a small lightweight trailer for probably under $1K(around here under $500, But thats here).

 

:blink: Can I get a hitch installed on an Acura TSX? Shoot, I should have kept the GMC Envoy I traded in 3 years ago :(

 

But otherwise it would have been a good idea if I had a hitcheable car.

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Wow the queen wants a truck... lol

 

Try getting a classic el camino, sweet little cars. Although those are way too butch for you... hmmm

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