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Pickup Trucks for Women (Experiences/Opinions)

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  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Don't get me started on some of my favorite topics, or I'll go on too long. Actually I was interested in what you had to say. I didn't realize that GM did such a major redo on their pickups that year - they didn't change much on the exterior styling. It is sad that they lightened the vehicle that much.

    I've had compact pickups recently, (no longer own horses) and even they have changed significantly recently. My dream is to someday retire, buy a full sized pickup and a 5th wheel trailer and go explore North America for a couple of years. I'd love to see New England in the fall, and Alaska in the summer, Florida in the winter and all points in between. So I'm trying to keep up with what's going on with full sized pickups.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you are talking about the change from the '88-'99(?) bodystyle to the current one. I was referring to the change from the old '87(box style like your '76) to the rounded '88-'99 bodystyle. I haven't had any experience with the current GM vehicles as I gave up on them some time ago.
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Anyone have a 4x4 Taco w/ 4cyl automatic? How's the small four cylinder do in this truck?

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I don't have the 4x4 or the auto, but I do have the 4 cylinder. With a 5 speed it is adequate for my needs, since it will go 65 mph (no faster though) in 4th gear uphill. I doubt if it would maintain that speed with an auto, especially with the extra weight from the 4x4 system. I would not go with an auto in a Tacoma with less than a V6.

    As you know, I'm not a fan of the Tacoma. Mine is currently in the shop with a very dead radiator (the truck is only 18 months old!). Service person said that he had never seen a radiator with a blockage he couldn't get to move at all, and he figured there was no point in rodding it out because it would probably break before it moved. So I get to buy a new radiator.
  • tomh12tomh12 Posts: 240
    Before you agree to replace the radiator on your truck, you should find out if anyone who has serviced your truck added the wrong anti-freeze to it. This can cause the anti-freeze to "gel" and block your radiator. Has the dealer done all the oil changes/service work, or have you had other places change oil, etc.? Your dealer should be able to tell if it has blockage from "dex-cool" being mixed with regular anti-freeze. Just my $.02 worth.
    Tom
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    The dealership said that the blockage acted more like cement than gelled anti-freeze. The service person said he had never seen anything quite like it - he couldn't budge the blockage at all (something you would be able to do if the fluid had gelled). I usually use a local mechanic rather than the dealership for most of our servicing, and did have the radiator flushed late summer/early fall at 30,000 miles. It is now at 62,000 miles and hasn't had anything additional added to it.

    The story does have a happy ending. The service department talked to the Toyota extended warranty people and they will cover the replacement radiator. We'll go to pick it up Saturday (I won't be on the Bakersfield side of the hill until then). I'm very happy with the service we are getting. I am very glad that I have the opportunity to shop in Bakersfield - everyone is so friendly and you get such great service all over the city. A wonderful change from the LA attitude!
  • tomh12tomh12 Posts: 240
    Glad for the resolution. Something is rotten in Denmark with that radiator blockage. I would ask the dealership to cut into the thing and find the blockage just to satisfy my curiosity. Or, at least haul the thing to your own mechanic and see if he can figure it out. Good luck.
    Tom
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  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    You have the 4x2? That has a little smaller 4cylinder than the 4x4, I think? Hmm might have to go test drive a 4cyl 4x4 Taco and see. Don't know if we can afford a new Taco 4x4 w/ V6. From what I seen they run about 2K more than V4.

    Leo
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    V4 Taco???
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    The 4 cylinder 4x4....I think it's the 2.7L in the 4x4 version of Tacoma. ;)

    What's the correct term? an inline 4 cylinder? Thus and I-4? ;)

    Leo
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Sorry Leo, just picking on ya'.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Definitely test drive. Assuming that the 4x4 has a larger engine, it will have to handle the extra weight etc. of the 4x4 system. That could mean that it would drive the same as my smaller engine 4x2. If that is the case, then it would be fine with a manual, but questionable with an auto. And it also depends on how you are going to use it. If you don't have to climb steep mountain passes at freeway speeds it might be OK. That old Nissan of mine had no tranny problems for the first 10 years I owned it. It was only when I moved to the mountains that I started to burn up trannys.
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Jim,

    I figured you were teasin' ;)

    Leo
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    I wouldn't mind a manual, but it will probably be an automatic so the wife can drive.

    I live in western Pennsylania so no mountains to climb. I would use it as my daily driver--60 mile round trip, plus my hunting vehicle but not towing anything.

    I might have to take a serious look at the 6 cylinder then.

    Figure, I keep my vehicle 8-10 years so it might be worth scraping up the extra$$.

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Also make sure you can live with those seats. I understand they improved them for 2002.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    When I bought the Taco I had every intention of keeping it 8-10 years, and replacing the Wrangler next. However, it isn't going to work that way - I hate the seats enough to want to dump the Taco as soon as I can afford to. The Wrangler is going to have to wait for a few more years. Since I love it and would be replacing it with another, newer one, it isn't a problem. Just have to figure more maintenance costs as things wear out.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    I went to college in Pittsburgh in the mid 80s, so I know western PA very well. No mountains, but that side of PA is very hilly. I only had to drive a stick out that way once (my cousin's 1981 Accord), but that was enough. Double-downshifts were the norm, not the exception when a road hit a minor hill. If you're going to have the weaker 4-banger, the automatic will be easier on you too.

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  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    small world! I drive into Pittsburgh, Oakland to be more specific, every day for work. 30 miles one way. Yep, it can get hilly around here. It can be tough on us manual users. But since the wife has a significant influence on our next vehicle purchase, it will more than likely be an automatic.
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    I don't know if any seats can be more uncomfortable than my seats in Toyota Paseo. They're ok for the 1hr commute to work, but much longer than that and your back feels it. But I'll definitely take a careful look at the Taco's seats.

    I might do what your doing, and see if I can wait until sometime next year to buy. But a '94 Toyota Paseo w/ 186k+ miles, starts to make me consider getting a new vehicle this year. Hmm. we'll see if Toyota runs any of those special financing later this year and play it by ear.

    Leo
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