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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.
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.
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!
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What's the correct term? an inline 4 cylinder? Thus and I-4?
I figured you were teasin'
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$$.
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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.
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.
Isn't it addicting to look at all those new cars when at the dealer?! Get me thinking about a new vehicle.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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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?).
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.
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.
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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.
I ended up buying a 2000 Tacoma ext. cab and I hate it. The seats are very uncomfortable if you drive for more than an hour (my daily commute is an hour and a half). Now, having said that, it has gone 63,000 miles in 19 months with only two problems - a tranny problem that disappeared and a weird radiator problem, radiator replaced under the extended warranty. It gets 28 mpg on my mostly highway commute, and the 5 speed coupled with a 4 banger has enough oomph to get up steep freeway grades faster than many cars - I can usually keep it at 70 mph if I downshift to 4th, while many other cars can only do 50. It handles nicely around 75. And as soon as I can afford to (it is depreciating faster than I can pay it off) I will get rid of it.
At the moment I'm really undecided what to replace it with (since I can't afford to dump it yet, I'm still thinking about it). I'm thinking of a FordRanger/Mazda pickup, a full sized pickup or a Forester (a 4x4 would mean that I wouldn't have to drive my now getting elderly Wrangler in the winter just to get out of my driveway - I can keep it for just weekend wheeling).
Out of curiosity, why did you choose the V-10 over the diesel? I've been thinking of getting a 3/4 ton truck, but was thinking more in terms of the diesel. What made you choose the V-10 over the diesel?
I don' t tow all the time, don't like diesel exhaust, or fuel odor, didn't want to worry about extra diesel maintenance, and I'd have to own the truck about 20 years before I have enough miles on it to ammortize the $4k price difference of the PS diesel. So, for me the V10 was hands down choice. It was a $35K truck, I didn't buy it for the mileage.
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The 3.9L V6 EPA is 16 city, 21 highway with the standard 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 4.7L V8 (287cid) in the 6010 GVW Club Cab with 5-speed automatic transmission is 15 city, 20 highway EPA.
The EPA ratings are derived from a fixed driving cycle test that's used to judge all measured vehicles. The reason why the small difference in EPA ratings between the V6 and 4.7 V8 in the Dakota is in part due to the newer designed 545RFE, 5-speed transmission. It is more reactive and effective thereby providing increased performance and gas mileage.
Also, you will note across the manufacturers of trucks that there is not a great difference of gas mileage between various power plants in the same truck. The manufacturer's of trucks assume that the person who bought one will be using it for it's intended capabilities. To ensure that the vehicle can perform adequately under load the engine/drivetrains are tailored to a level of performance. For example, on a number of trucks the smaller engines get higher numberical axle ratios, which will provide more power from the weaker engine but also decrease gas mileage.
I looked at a number of trucks the past year or so and finally ended up with a Dakota Club Cab Sport Plus. It has the 4.7L engine, 545RFE auto, 6010 GVW package (comes with the large off-road tires), and 3.55 axle ratio. My worst gas mileage -- strickly around town, lots of short trips, stop & go -- has been 15.7 mpg. The best highway has been 21.87 mpg. My to-date average is 17.6 (2900 miles). Both Tacoma and Frontier owners that I know are getting better overall, around 18-20, but I can assure you that the 4.7L V8 in a Dakota is vastly more powerful and faster than both.
Comparatively, I, or I should say my body, found the Dakota to be the most comfortable of the mid-size and small trucks. Without having the actual dimensions in front of me, the Dakota seems roomier than a Tacoma, and even more so than the Frontier. I and my passengers have been very comfortable on long drives. My Dakota is also very quiet.
I drove the Tacoma and I liked it. The Tacoma did not meet my fitness of purpose, however. I needed a truck that I could fit a large ATV into and the Dakota was the only one under a full-size pickup that had the width and the length with the tailgate up. I thought the Tacoma had more than enough power. I remember the seats being stiff, bellowy and a little snug. I didn't think in my test drive they were uncomfortable, but I only drove the vehicle 20 miles.
I really would have liked to buy a Nissan truck, but the Frontier just was too small. Even the 4-door version was out of the running. They ride stiffer and are not as quiet. I've had one Nissan product and it was the best and most reliable vehicle I've ever owned ('93 Sentra). Others I've known have had the same result, car or truck.
Reliability would not necessarily be in the Dakota's favor if based on their 19 year history. Since 1999 they have improved significantly, however. The engines are strong (albeit, torquey) and durable. Intake manifold leaking (V6 and older V8) has been fixed and has not surfaced as a problem on the new 4.7 engine. The manifold is a different design anyways. There's been some concern about automatic transmissions. However, in my personal survey of 31 Dakota owners, only one reported a transmission problem and that was a manual transmission. At a check of the three local transmission repair shops over an 11 month period, I saw only two Dakota's in for transmission repairs and they were both manuals as well. (There were lot's of S10s and Explorers, however!)
I would bet that the Tacoma would be more reliable and the Frontier even more so. However, I don't believe that Toyota trucks have the same level of reliability as their cars. We own a Toyota Avalon and have occasion to be at the dealer's. I've noticed that the majority of service work seems to be on the trucks. In fact, I've seen two Tundra's there getting new transmissions under warranty! Brakes seem to be another problem for Tundra's, and Tacoma owners have a number of complaints as well. I have yet to discover one quality or assembly problem with my Dakota. Others that have purchase a Dakota in the past few years seem to be reporting far less problems. Of course on this subject its like rolling the dice. Our Avalon has not been a stellar vehicle and a good friend of mine who has a Tacoma has really had some major quality issues.
Anyway, good luck with your next purchase.
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