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Help me Pick a Pickup Truck

I am trying to decide between:
Dodge Dakota
Chevrolet Colorado
Ford Ranger

Not overly concerned about MPG as I live 1.5 miles from work.

I just don’t have any idea what would be the better truck. I plan to purchase 2008/2009 as to get the longest warranty possible.

I also want the biggest cab possible.

ford

I’d go with a Nissan or Toyota.

[quote]strungoutboy21 wrote:
I’d go with a Nissan or Toyota.[/quote]

I like the Tacoma, but I don’t they are offering deals like ford/chevy/dodge.

Why do you want a mini truck?

[quote]Bondslave wrote:
Why do you want a mini truck?[/quote]

  1. I don’t need a big one, I rarely haul things.
  2. The regular trucks cost more

If you mean, truck instead of Car.

  1. I am tired of my regular car
  2. I don’t want to ride my ass on the pavement anymore
  3. No need to worry about curbs, or small offroad stuff.

[quote]yasser wrote:
strungoutboy21 wrote:
I’d go with a Nissan or Toyota.

I like the Tacoma, but I don’t they are offering deals like ford/chevy/dodge.

[/quote]

ford/chevy/dodge can only offer those deals because they have such high markup on the MSRP, which typically means after about 1 day of owning it your already a few grand upside down, the tacoma keeps its value a lot better.

Honestly, I don’t know how tall you are, but I’m 6’1" and don’t really enjoy getting in anything as small as a ranger or tacoma. The Colorado if i remember correctly has a bit taller of a cab that allows a little more leg room vertically.

But, IMO, if gas mileage isn’t a big problem you might as well go fullsize, the f150 has HUGE rebates, as well as tundras and chevys are just dirt cheap right now.

Yeah, a lot of the fullsizes are really cheap right now. Gas prices have dropped significantly too.

I’m 6’3" and drive a regular car and have no problem with it. A lot easier to maneuver.

The ford ranger FX4 edition would be a good buy. decent off-road capability, enough power to tow some stuff, and looks cool

[quote]ab_power wrote:
The ford ranger FX4 edition would be a good buy. decent off-road capability, enough power to tow some stuff, and looks cool[/quote]

your avatar looks cool

[quote]xb-C wrote:
your avatar looks cool[/quote]
He get’s that everywhere he goes, and I agree. :slight_smile:

I think I also agree on the Ford Ranger.
Does “found on side of road dead” ring true for these?

[quote]yasser wrote:
xb-C wrote:
your avatar looks cool
He get’s that everywhere he goes, and I agree. :slight_smile:

I think I also agree on the Ford Ranger.
Does “found on side of road dead” ring true for these?

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I only commented because I use to have a 1990 ford ranger w/ the 4.0L engine, which my brother drives now. It has around 350000km on it, still highway worthy.

[quote]Tyrant wrote:
yasser wrote:
strungoutboy21 wrote:
I’d go with a Nissan or Toyota.

I like the Tacoma, but I don’t they are offering deals like ford/chevy/dodge…[/quote]

I keep seeing 0% financing on Toyota commercials. May be something to check into.

I’m 6’2" and miss my old Tacoma in the worst way. :frowning:

I really like my GMC Full size extended cab, but I do a lot of hauling. They all make a nice product anymore.

I would go with the full size just for the comfort, the cabs are huge. I can stuff 6 adults in mine. FWIW the gas mileage won’t be much different between a starter truck and a full size.

There are insane deals on trucks right now. I recently saw a similarly equipped truck as mine for $10,000 and I paid $23,000 for a 2002.

Buy something used that you can buy cash.

Nothing worst than car payments. Use the saved money for savings, traveling, school, hookers, alcohol, or anything else that’s more important than a hollow chunk of metal.

I bought a new car last year. I’ve learned from my mistake. I make the payments fine and even drop extra every month but that money could be going to “fun” stuff or savings instead of a depreciating asset.

Go test drive each of them, and figure out which one you like best. It doesn’t matter what anyone on here likes, it matters what you like.

[quote]GaMeOvEr305 wrote:
Buy something used that you can buy cash.

Nothing worst than car payments. Use the saved money for savings, traveling, school, hookers, alcohol, or anything else that’s more important than a hollow chunk of metal.

I bought a new car last year. I’ve learned from my mistake. I make the payments fine and even drop extra every month but that money could be going to “fun” stuff or savings instead of a depreciating asset.[/quote]

Good post.

You can get a Nissan Titan for up to 50% off because Nissan is doing away with their V-8’s. Get a $30,000 truck for $15,000 (not too shabby).

Otherwise I would go with a Ford. The new F-150’s start at $20,000 and have the biggest towing capacity of any truck, plus they just added a new 6 speed transmission.

Go with the leader: 4x4 Chevy Silverado with the King Cab.

There is no substitute.

I owned one for 11 years, racked up 195,000 miles and never had anything but routine maintenance.

I was still able to sell it outright for $3,500.00.

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