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Pickup Trucks for Women (Experiences/Opinions)

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  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Sounds like you are in the same boat I am. I find the 2000 Taco's seats have no back support at all. And I also have a problem that my head is forced forward because I'm short and the head restraint is tilted forward just where the back of my head hits it. My 6' husband doesn't have that problem, so make sure that the seats are comfortable for both you and your wife. I haven't looked at the 2002, so those redesigned seats may have corrected both problems.

    When I took it in to the dealership for the radiator, I asked if there was a more comfortable seat they could replace mine with. They said they outsource their seats for leather (or whatever).

    On the other hand, it is cheaper to keep fixing things on your '94 unless you start having tranny problems. I'd probably still be driving that '88 Nissan hardbody if I hadn't started having tranny problems - everything else wasn't that bad to fix, the truck ran great and the seats were far more comfortable.
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    You're right in that it's cheaper to fix the '94 Paseo than buying a new vehicle and having payments. Recently, the car has started burning oil about 0.5 quarts per oil change (every 3,000 miles for me). I'll see how the car does during inspection/emissions this May.

    Isn't it addicting to look at all those new cars when at the dealer?! Get me thinking about a new vehicle. ;)

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Have you got that right! Looking at all those new cars is addicting. This past weekend when we were looking at the Ranger the dealer had a 3/4 ton diesel parked right in front of it. Sigh! I don't think my other half will look at anything else now. I, on the other hand, love looking at all those new cars and trucks, even if I'm only mildly interested in them.

    It doesn't sound good, but are you sure that you don't have a leaking seal somewhere? We started using oil with the Nissan and tracked it to a leak, not an engine problem. Of course it was one of the more expensive seals, but still less than a new engine or a new tranny.

    Saturday I'm going to drop him off to pick up the Taco while I get an oil change and tire rotation done on the Wrangler. I'm afraid he might come home without the Taco and with something else. It might be an interesting Saturday!
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    I haven't bother to track the problem with the oil leak. About 140K, mechanic said one of the cylinder has low comprension. Change timing belt at 160K because water pupm problem...they found the head gasket appear to have leak. I've been keeping an eye on the antifreeze level and it's not using any so the head gasket and antifreeze aren't mixing. It's now at 186K. The burning oil occured around 180K. Any idea what seals would be leaking? How expensive is it to fix?

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I'm not a mechanic, but I think you should be trading it now rather than later. It sounds like you might have multiple problems - all of them expensive. One of my coworkers suggested a problem with the rings or valves or something along that line.

    I can't remember which seal it was on the Nissan we had replaced - it was over 5 years ago when it was my husband's work truck. It seems to me that it was around $800 then.

    Good luck with it!
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    The burning oil might be to the head gasket finally starting to give. The toyota mechanic said it wasn't unusual to have low compression in one of the cylinders w. cars over 100K. Low pressure probably due to valves or rings or something like that. So you're probably right.
    Oil problems are never a good thing.

    Thus my thoughts about getting a new truck this summer/fall. Keep an eye out for the special financing. Think they usually have those good rates around Labor-Day time frame.

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Or maybe cash back. That's sometimes a better deal than special financing. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you make it that far.

    Are you going to leave the bed open or put something over it? I love having a shell on, but it is limiting. I sort of suggested leaving the next pickup we get open and hauling the dog in a crate instead of the shell/back combination we've been doing now. From his reaction, I don't think that will happen! The funny thing is that I had to talk him into getting a shell for our first pickup (a GMC S-15)! It was an old camper type top, much heavier than today's fiberglass shells. Ours has windows with screens - very useful for keeping the dog comfortable but still not letting him get his head all the way out the window.
  • textruckrtextruckr Posts: 22
    Of all of our vehicles, my wife's favorite (hands down) is "her" '94 C-3500 crew cab dually, 454 (TBI) and NV4500 5 speed. She is into showing cattle and she regularly hauls either an 18' or 20' steel gooseneck trailer (she avoids pulling our bumper pull like the plague).
    She likes the higher vantage point (ride hight), the firmer ride, and the fact that she has enough power to get all of her little darlings safely to the show arena. With smaller loads (2 or 3 heifers or smaller steers, say) she will use the 1/2 ton with the bumper pull - but it is not the same, she says.
    What would she like to have other than that truck? One with a diesel. She likes the Ford F350 SD/Powerstroke. Her favorite pickup body style is the Dodge Ram 1994 to 2001. Pity they don't make a REAL crewcab, that is what she would really want (with the Cummins, of course).

    Texas Truck - r
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    After our discussion, I had some thought later that night. It didn't make sense to me that Paseo would start burning oil.

    The head gasket doesn't seem to be leaking like the Toyota mechanic thought when changing the water pump. It looked like some antifreeze was along the outsider rim of the head gasket. But I kept an eye on the antifreeze level this whole winter and nothing during the winter or another additional 26K.

    The compression problem can't be help, at least not any expense I want to get into. So gotta expect some wear and tear at 186K+

    So back to the original problem: why the burning oil? Afterall, oil problems aren't to be taken lightly. So after all else fails: I read the owner's manual. Found out the my car only holds 3 qts of oil with filter. Also reconfirmed where the fill mark was on the dipstick. So I pulled out my Grease Monkey receipts (it's a quick lube place out here). Guess what? Found out that Grease Monkey has been overfilling by 0.5 qt! No wonder I had burning oil! I'm not going to be taking my car to Grease Monkey any longer.

    So at least I eased some concerns about my car failing very soon. Regardless, I will be needing (or wanting) a new vehicle by the fall of next year. Yeah, I'll have to keep an eye out for the cash back or special financing when they come out.

    For the bed of the pick-up. I was think of some type of spray in bed liner and adding fiberglass tonnaue (sp?).

    Leo
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Funny, my wife also likes/prefers pick-up trucks. My next vehicle is more than likely going to be compact pick-up truck. This would be my first pick-up.

    Leo
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    If it were me I would probably get rid of the bumper pull and always use the gooseneck. Having pulled (and maneuvered) both, I can certainly understand her preference! Does she have 4x4?

    I remember once going to a horse show in Waco (I can't remember the name of the farm, but it was one of my favorite places) with someone else. We both drove (she drove a car, I drove the 3/4 ton pickup with gooseneck trailer). Since we had the car we left the truck hooked up to the trailer. At the end of the 2 day show we were the only ones that got out without being pulled out with a tractor - it had been pouring most of the time, the ground was soaked but since the truck was parked before it started raining, and due to how the weight is distributed with the gooseneck, we drove off with little problems. It was the only time while I was living in Texas that I REALLY wanted 4x4.

    Leomort - around here the plastic bedliners are very popular. Many dealers install them in all their trucks. I've never bothered with one - either because I wasn't hauling stuff that would scratch on a regular basis, or when I was in Texas I had a truck that had been used for a camper and was sort of beat up anyway.
  • textruckrtextruckr Posts: 22
    I don't mind the 5X14 bumper pull. When you couple that lil' puppy up behind the 1/2 ton SWB truck, I can back it in circles. It has proven to be pretty useful when backing into some pens where we pick up cattle. Even our bull has ridden in it several times (and for an adult Longhorn, it was tight!) when we had to get him from a ranch where he was "working" and we couldn't load from their chute (no room for BIG horns). Besides, I can also use the BP behind the Old Suburban every now and then. That way I can justify owning a BUV (Big Utility Vehicle) over in the "I Hate SUVs, Why Don't You" thread
    8-D
    Was that horse show (facility) just north of Waco on State Hwy 6? There is a large Arabian outfit there.
    I have gotten stuck, but it was in our driveway and I was able to pull the whole rig (CC and gooseneck) up to where it was dry with the tractor. I prefer 2WD as 4WD sacrifices some towing capacity - and when it comes to pulling I prefer to have excess capacity.
    Leomort - you really don't have to limit yourself to a compact, try some of the mid-size trucks like the Tundra and the Dakota. They have just enough more elbow room to add tons of comfort and with the optional small V-8's you can tow a light load (3000#) safely at interstae speeds.

    Texas Truck - r
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Unfortunately, the Tundra's start at $26K w/ V6 and go up from there. Out of my price range. As to the Dakato, I don't know if they're all that reliable. Those V8 also suck down the gas.

    Leo
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    From what I have read on this board, and others, the V-8 mileage won't be that much different than the V-6. You can get a truck for well under the $26k Tundra. What options do you want on your truck?
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Looking at compact 4x4 Extended Cab w/ automatic.

    Are you talking about the v6 in Dakota or Toyota?

    I think the V6 and V8 in the Dakota get similiar mileage, at least on their stickers. Don't know about real world actual mileage. MSN carpoint indicated pretty lousy mileage w/ 4.7L V8 in the Dakota.

    Financially, I don't want to go above $25K out the door price for a pick up. Lower would be nice too.

    Leo
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I did a search on new trucks in the $20-$25k range here on edmunds. It returned 43 results. Here's the link:


    http://www.edmunds.com/new/pricerange/2000025000/truck/index.html?id=lin0391

  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    My BIL has a Dakota with the V-6. He only gets about 18mpg, I get better than that with my F-350! I don't have any personal experience with the Tundra, just what others have told me. The reason why I asked what options you want, its the options that makes these trucks so danged expensive. The are some dealers around here, Ford, Dodge and Chevy, that advertise their 1/2 tons for around $15k. Of course, they are fairly base, but they do have auto, air and stereo/cassette. I believe the Ford dealer is selling them for $13,500, Chevy dealer for $15,500, and Dodge dealer (I think) $17,000. If all you want is a truck to use occasionally, do light hauling/towing - mainly daily driving - and you don't care about whether or not you have the flashiest truck around, then these deals can't be beat. IMO
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Thanks for the post. I think that I get the V6 Tacoma Extend cab 4x4 for $25K out the door or the V4 for $23K out the door. I thought Toyota were more expensive than the domestics, but after looking they aren't that much cheaper. The domesitc would be the better buy used.

    Leo
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Since I was also going to use the truck as my daily commuter, I was looking at the compact just for the reason of better gas mileage. Plus I'll only do occassion hauling/light duty stuff. Looking at this truck aslo becoming my hunting rig ;)

    Leo
  • joan6joan6 Posts: 2
    I'm thinking about buying my first truck. Need something reliable for weekend driving and hauling from Home Depot, etc. I'm looking at the Tacoma and Nissan - both extended cabs. What's the best value for the price? Any suggestions and/or feedback?????
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