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As for the statement about a V8 being better than the motors that came in the older Land Cruisers, I will concur with you as long as you're referring to the F motor. The 2F is an entirely different animal though, and, if you want to crawl over rocks without having to do all the aftermarket mods that come with a drop in V8, there's not a better way to get bang for your buck than with a stock 2F. A 350 was not designed, nor intended for fording rivers such as the tall block of the 2F. See how well a 350 will run when it's turned sideways. If all you're interested in is burning rubber on the highway and having cheap, accessible parts, then I will agree that a V8 is the way to go. You want a truck that will go anywhere, anytime, anyhow, then we will have to agree to disagree.
From what I've read on these message boards lockers are meant for off road only at low speed.
If thats the case I'll take posi, no lever to engage or anything else, works on any surface when neccesary.
Like I said before I never experienced a locker but it seems like posi is the way to go.
Until then, I think Chevy owners would be hard pressed to best the refined Taco.
The S10 gives you 4 wheel ABS and dual air bags standard. DRL's are also standard as well as auto headlights and a full set of guages.
As I said before you can get positraction on the S10, the Tacoma?
I don't do any off roading so 2WD is fine for me but it seems like the ZR2 should be a very capable 4WD.
Is it available as an option from the factory?
basicly if you gonna buy a 4wd get a jeep. the true off road vehicle
It doesn't matter HOW much more horsepower a Chevy, or Ford, or Dodge has. Because in a few years that Ford, Chevy, or Dodge will be sitting on jackstands or bricks on your driveway or lawn! Hahaha!
Producing ZERO horsepower! Because it'll be all broken down! Inoperable.
You want blown head gaskets after 50K? Buy a Ford (might as well spec it with Firestone tires too).
Ford has more comfortable Seats??!! Hahaha! So when your Ford breaks down you'll be sitting real comfy in your broken down F-150 waiting for the Tow truck! Ford Quality is JOKE One!
Wanna rebuild your tranny after 40K? Buy a Chevy! Like a Rock?! yeah right! more like dead weight! Get a TH-700R4 overdrive tranny, you'll be rebuilding it every 2 years!
Want electrical problems? don't like air conditioning? Buy a Dodge! You'll get electrical shorts, failed AC compressors, weak ignition/starter systems, you'll get shocked every time you touch your door. You'll feel like you just got RAMmed once you start having to take your truck back to the dealer for all the Factory Recalls and TSB's.
Want your trim/weatherstripping to crack? knobs and controls to fall off and break?
Like to see that "Check Engine Soon" light flashing all the time?
You like leaky Oil Pans? Want oil & tranny fluid all over your garage floor?
Take your pick, buy ANY of the "Big 3" trucks and you'll get ALL those problems! free of charge.
Wanna find out just what Punks those dealership service centers can be like? When your Ford, Chevy, or Dodge breaks down and you try to get warranty repairs done you'll find out.
You WILL end up spending Thousands of dollars on repairs, recalls, parts & service not covered by the recall, rental cars, wasted time, etc, fixing your vehicle.
When you buy a Ford, Chevy, or Dodge it will end up Owning YOU!
It don't matter how much "Big 3" trucks can tow, cargo capacity, horsepower, torque... all that doesn't count for CRAP when that big hunk of junk breaks down. Just look at all the Factory Recalls on Fords and Chevies. Pure junk man.
Ok, if you're just leasing/renting for a couple years... then who cares? Buy whatever you want; go crazy and get yourself a Ford Explorer with Wilderness tires if you like.
After a couple years, lease is over, it'll be somebody else's problem anyways.
But if you plan on keeping your truck for more than a couple years and want a RELIABLE truck, then do yourself (and the environment) a favor. Buy a Toyota or Nissan.
The junkyards are already over-populated by big, broken Ford, Chevy, and Dodge junk.
You post is sarcasm isn't it? If not I think it's pure miss-informed idiocy.
The s-10 finishes last, the Tacoma finishes first.
Bada bing, bada boom.
137,700 - 2001 Ford Rangers are being RECALLED for defective Hoods that can Fracture and fly open while driving!
156,305 - 2001 Chevy S10's are being RECALLED for Defective Seatbelts that won't restrain occupants during a Crash!
ZERO Recalls for 2000 AND 2001 Toyota Tacoma's!
So let's see, that's a total of 294,005 Chevy S-10's and Ford Rangers RECALLED for Serious, life-threatening design flaws...
and NO Toyota Tacoma's recalled.
You see i've been through this before buddy, i've owned quite a few Fords and Chevy's in my life... i can tell you all about Factory Recalls, i think the Recall was actually invented by GM! they probably own the patent for the Recall.
So don't waste your time laughing at my jokes, i'd be calling those toll-free GM phone #'s if I were you )
Component: STRUCTURE:HOOD ASSEMBLY:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfg. Campaign #: 00S45
Make: FORD TRUCK
Potential Number of Units Affected: 137700
Manufactured From: MAR 2000 To: OCT 2000
Year of Recall: '00
Type of Report: Vehicle
Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles with steel hoods and certain pickup trucks equipped with sheet molding compound hoods. A wire formed hood striker could be susceptible to fatigue fractures. If the hood striker fractures, the hood could fly open while the vehicle is being driven.
A hood fly-up while the vehicle is being operated could result in reduced driver visibility.
Dealers will replace the hood striker. Owner notification began January 23, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
Component: INTERIOR SYSTEMS:ACTIVE RESTRAINTS:BELT BUCKLES
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Mfg. Campaign #: 00067
Make: CHEVROLET TRUCK
Potential Number of Units Affected: 156305
Manufactured From: MAY 2000 To: MAY 2000
Year of Recall: '00
Type of Report: Vehicle
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with TRW seat belt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seat belt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained.
Dealers will inspect the vehicle's rear safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any rear safety belt buckle assembly. Owner notification began August 24, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300; Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020; GMC at 1-800-462-8782;
GM, Ford,Dodge? Around $100.
I know nothing will ever go wrong with your truck but for everyone else who buys a truck and considers long term ownership this stuff is important.
As for em bieng on blocks in someones yard in a few years all I can say is whats left of a toyota after a few years? They rust so bad here that people replace the beds with flatbed conversions or just take em off completely.
But in the time that I'd have to replace ONE you'll already have wasted your time and money buying and installing FIVE or more AC-Delco alternators. I wonder what the AC in AC-Delco stands for... Always Crappy?
Parts are generally Cheaper for Chevy's, but then again Chevy parts are CHEAP (quality), you gotta replace them ALL the time!
So you bought your Chevy because alternators are cheap?
That's your idea of long term ownership?? hahaha, pal you're stepping over dollar bills to pick up pennies.
You must have a chip on the shoulder for domestics. You just plain hate them is obvious. Did one run over your dog or something?
BTW, your post #70 is still completely false nonsense.
Btw, why would I need to replace an alternator? I put over 180,000 on my previous car in 5 1/2 years of driving and didn't need to replace an alternator (the only thing that went bad were the head gaskets). If I have to replace the alternator or any other part on my Tacoma I will be shocked.
Is it common to have to replace an alternator on a new vehicle?
The one on my old truck went bad. It was a Chevy. Cost? $45.
tony22r you ARE full of it. My point is you keep a vehicle long term as toyota is supposedly famous for and sooner or later you will need to replace parts no matter who makes the vewhicle.
Why doesnt toyota give you a full set of guages like the competition? Is it because they want soccer moms to drive em?
Did toyota ever go with a serpentine belt drive?
As for the $13,000 extreme let me look at the sunday paper.
and has anyone heard of a ranger thats spose to be coming out to compete with the xtreme. i factory lowered truck. that would be nice. see more than one company get in it. that will hopfuly make things more interesting.
I had a problem with my alternator around 200,000 miles on my old truck, the guage was acting funny, I knew right away that the alternator was going bad. What will a light tell you?
Only that theres a problem with the system but you will have to check out the whole system, sounds like a way for dealers and mechanics to make a fast buck.
With a full set of guages you know whats going on under the hood.
(i.e. fuel filter is plugged, bad cell in the battery, etc.)
The tachometer stopped working after 35K.
Speedometer was always off by 5 mph.
Yeah the battery gauge showed charging...but after 36K, my AC-Delco alternator and starter both needed to be replaced. Pep Boys has LOTS of AC-Delco parts in Stock! (Because they Break ALL the time!)
Finally after 37K, my head gaskets blew! Chevy told me, sorry you're just outside of warranty, you're S.O.L.!
But Chevy sure has good warning lights though!
my "Check Engine Soon" light has been ON Constantly for the last 20K miles!!
Oh, and the oil pressure warning light works too! after my engine oil pan gasket ruptured and dumped oil all over my garage, i'm sure glad the Oil Pressure light came on to remind me!
P.S. Have you heard about the Union-made Head Gaskets used on Chevy vehicles? You know the ones made from recycled GM Technical Service Bulletins.
Tachometer, did you check the speed cable from Transmission to dash? Cost is like 20-30 bucks to replace, free to plug back in?
Speedometer, sound more like a tire change, rim change, or a rear axle gear change. A simple small gear would have fixed it.
A battery charge gauge is definately a lot more intuitive than than a light. Escpecially when running fog lights, trail lights, or an aftermarket sounds system. Of course you can just buy a 1000 cca battery and make sure your alternator is up to par to charge it.(Which you'll know in 3 days with a guage, with a light you'll know only when trouble hits. IE. <8 volts in the battery.)
A tachometer, a definate if you have a manual, a nice feature with a automatic, especially on highway or when hauling/towing.
What about a clock? Is that an option too?