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Old November 4th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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I'm in the market for a used pickup truck. I'm trying to stay under $20k. I've been looking around online at F-150s. It wouldn't be a daily driver. My biggest concern is maintenance. I want something that is reliable and is cheap to fix. Since I know nothing about pickups, does anyone have any advice or experience? I appreciate any insight. Thank you.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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GM parts are usually cheaper than Ford. If it were me, I'd buy a Toyota.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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GM parts are usually cheaper than Ford. If it were me, I'd buy a Toyota.
Good to know. Thank you. I'll take a look at the Toyotas.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:08 PM
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I have a 2008 Ford F150 crew cab, 5.4 liter, 4x4 and it has 140,000 miles on the clock and going strong. I expect to put another 100k on it, (barring lottery winnings of course.) The best thing is it loves to haul the toys!
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:21 PM
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i love my 2nd gen tacoma. but my dad has a Nissan titan and have 280,000 miles on it. and is still running great. i would look into the titan if you are looking to tow and what not here and there.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:23 PM
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Depends on use, if you just need a bed and not to haul much get a ranger or taco, manual trans.

If you want something bigger and want to tow get a Cummins in the 2500 dodge, auto or manual, has to be one of the best motor ever made, the trucks aren't bad either, no worse than fords or Chevys, they will all rust.

It's just unfortunate that dodge won't collaborate with Allison to pair it to the cummins, if that were too happen it would dominate the market.

Otherwise the F150 is a nice truck, not too many problems, I would get the V8 not the EcoBoost motor.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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I have a 2008 Ford F150 crew cab, 5.4 liter, 4x4 and it has 140,000 miles on the clock and going strong. I expect to put another 100k on it, (barring lottery winnings of course.) The best thing is it loves to haul the toys!
If you don't mind me asking, what's the maintenance cost like for you? Have you had any major problems with the truck? I'm a fan of the F-150.
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I had a first gen Tacoma and currently have a 2nd gen. I really like them and I would recommend them to anyone.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Only Land Rover makes a good pickup...get a 130 DC.
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I am usually a big fan of dodge 3/4ton and + trucks. I also like the the fords. I am a former huge huge ford guy, but my last 04 dodge ram 2500 sold me on the cummins line of anything.

I give Toyotas props on longevity and reliability but if you are a bigger guy and don't like sitting on the floor Toyota is not for you. Our Subaru forester has better seating position then the Toyotas. Sorry if i piss anyone off but you have to agree the Tacoma seats are about 4 inches off the floor of the truck. And if you have old sports knees issues, the truck is not for you.

Just my opinion but I know there are others. If I need a truck again it's a dodge cummins. Or a ford Eco flex do-dad if don't need to tow.
Lots of good ones out there, really just a personal preference of who has left me less stranded.

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Edit- I am talking about the tacomas and not the tundra. Tundras are good for seating and in general pretty dang nice overall. No issues on comfort or anything. Tundras are good trucks, does it let any light on things knowing their I force v8s are a Chevy 350 die? I do really like their full size, but the mid size don't work for me at all,
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Stated before, but it all depends on your use. Are you going to be hauling stuff? Do you need it for bed use? I have driven only trucks since I was 15 and I've always been a Chevrolet advocate, but every brand these days makes a quality truck. It all comes down to your intent for the truck. If you're buying new, this is the perfect time of year to buy.

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I had a 03' Ram and was very unimpressed with the build quality. The interior fell apart on me and had several major issues with the transmission
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If you need a truck for light duty use hard to beat the first gen tundras and the 4.7. If you need a real truck ford 7.3 PSD, if you can find a 2500 with the allison and 8.1 vortec its a hoss.
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Not going to happen for 20k.
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Stated before, but it all depends on your use. Are you going to be hauling stuff? Do you need it for bed use? I have driven only trucks since I was 15 and I've always been a Chevrolet advocate, but every brand these days makes a quality truck. It all comes down to your intent for the truck. If you're buying new, this is the perfect time of year to buy.

------ Follow up post added November 5th, 2012 04:17 AM ------

If the price of fuel and money in general weren't an issue, I'd drive an F-250 King Ranch any day of the week!
I'd use it to tow my 20ft boat occasionally but mostly to haul stuff. I'm more interested in a used truck because for what I need, I don't want to worry about scratches and dents.
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I owned two different F150's (05 & 08) and didn't want to get rid of the 08 but needed room for kids! Towed around 10K pounds with both trucks but both had the 5.4L. I also put thirty 80lb bags of concrete in the back of the 05 and it squatted but handled it fine! The only thing to note on those trucks is make sure if you buy one with close to/over 100K miles that it has had the spark plugs changed. They are a pain and will break off on you! That being said, for $20K, you can easily pick up a really nice used truck
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If you don't mind me asking, what's the maintenance cost like for you? Have you had any major problems with the truck? I'm a fan of the F-150.
Tires, breaks and oil/fluid changes thats it. I did put a K&N cold air induction system and Magna Flow cat back on it. I get at least 80 or so extra miles per tankful at 70 mph (if I keep my foot out of it!) Easing up the road to Fort Pierce at 40-45 mph I get around 22-23mpg.

However, now that I said it runs great I will prob dump the transmission tomorrow or throw a rod or somthing. Great. Thanks alot.
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I will second the Dodge w/ cummins. I love mine. Been 4 years and other than regular maintenance, I have done U joint, Ball joints, and a water pump(arguably that's regular maintenance). It's at 120k now. Gets great mileage and hauls anything I throw at it. If I drive responsibly, I get 25+ on the highway.
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Tacoma is a small truck on the inside if you are tall. And I'm not even talking Doug tall, just normall tall.
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I will second the Dodge w/ cummins. I love mine. Been 4 years and other than regular maintenance, I have done U joint, Ball joints, and a water pump(arguably that's regular maintenance). It's at 120k now. Gets great mileage and hauls anything I throw at it. If I drive responsibly, I get 25+ on the highway.

Being a Ford guy, I love that Cummins! I agree, it is a shame they don't stick an Allison behind that motor.
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