Best small truck ?
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:04 PM
I know foreign is going to be more expensive to fix but I work part time for a transmission shop (they used to do everything) and can work on my truck and have them help me with everything so labor wise it doesn't matter just parts.
Also I want to keep it a 4 cylinder because of MPG and I just dont need the power because my dad has a 7.3l f350 super duty..
I have no problem buying a stick and would actually prefer it. I Dont care if its 2wd or 4x4 but it will be my winter driver also so it will need to be good in snow.
So I made a list of the ones I know.
* Toyota Tacoma
* Chevy Colorado
* Checy S-10
* GMC Canyon
* Ford Ranger
* Dodge dakota
* Toyota prerunner ( I if thats another name for the tacoma or diffrent truck)
So let the debating begin.
*Note the truck will have to have under 125,000 miles on it and it will have to be pre 2000 because anything newer than that seems to be out of my price range. ($2,500)
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:06 PM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:33 PM
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:50 PM
I mainly posted this for your actual experience with the truck and what years will best be in my needs for each specific truck and I would like to compare gas mileage too.
Please do other people post in this thread and tell me your opinions.
Again I mean no disrespect harryhandshake.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:55 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:13 AM
Edited by Dangerouspower, 27 June 2012 - 04:14 AM.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:16 AM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:49 AM
Edited by harryhandshake, 27 June 2012 - 05:02 AM.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:57 AM
I posted this up on Dirtbikeaddicts too and have now narrowed it down to toyota hilux, ford ranger, chevy s10. hichever one I get it will definitly be 4 cyl,manual trans, and would like to keep it under 125,000 miles but would go a couple higher for the right deal.
I will be hauling dirtbike/quad and possibly a small trailer every weekend to ride so I need a truck and Im getting a truck. After I save up some money again I will be getting something like a 2 door honda accord or dodge neon.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:06 AM
Buying a 4x4 is useless unless you really do a lot of 4x4ing. I have drivin over 17000 miles in the last 3 months and touched the 4x4 button maybe 3 times. The only reason I have a 4x4 is because I pull a big trailer every now and then. If I had it my way, a 2 wheel drive pickup would be the way I would go.
Edited by originalmonk, 27 June 2012 - 07:09 AM.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:47 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:02 PM
TT might not have enough room for your ego!
Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:46 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:24 PM
The ford ranger was cheap when I bought it and ran like a champ for years. I drove that truck hard all since I was 16 and it lasted until I was 22. Hardly needed any repairs, handled great for a small truck, and had enough punch in power to surprise a lot of people who look to get a jump on you and take your lane. You could get an amazing Ranger with the amount of money you are looking to spend, nothing special, but mechanically sound and take you everywhere you need to go without issue. My ranger is still perfectly drivable, but the window is cracked, tires are bald, parking brake cable is seized and the exhaust could use a little work. I just didn't like pulling up beside a cop and knowing they could take my plates for an unfit vehicle.
A lot of people will tell you you need 4x4 and so on, but mine never stranded me in snow, ice, or what have you. I live on top of a hill, and one night the entire hill was sheer ice except for where the sewer grates were. I essentially spun my tires till I got a jump on the grates and made it up the hill passed Jeeps, trucks, cars in the ditch. Other peoples mileage will vary regarding this topic, but if you are smart with 2wd, you will be fine.
The Toyota I've owned for a couple months now, and it is in every way a better truck than the Ranger. It has way more power, consumes half the gas, is bigger, handles better, and is a much higher quality machine. The seats aren't like mush which I really loved about the Ranger, but that's minor. Can't say much about reliability, but the 6,000km I've put on it have been flawless. The 4 banger makes more power everywhere over the 3.0L V6 in the Ranger which is awesome, but the Tacoma is definitely a heavier truck. Also spent way more money on it, but
I'm notorious for tracking my mileage, and recently I've been using a website called fuelly, so you can check what sort of mileage you can expect from both the trucks I owned.
To summarize best I ever got in the Ranger is 21.5MPG and averaged 17.5MPG over 60,000km. Mileage suffers horribly in the winter months, and 21.5MPG was only possible on all country driving essentially holding 80-90km/h for an entire tank. Near the end of it's life I could only get 18-19mpg.
So far the best I have gotten in the Tacoma is 28.6MPG and I am averaging 26.7MPG over 6,000km. If I were to go on an all country road drive to the cottage or something, I'd expect low 30's for MPG. I am using an Ultragauge in the Tacoma to track my mileage as I drive as well, so you are more likely to get the 20-25mpg the EPA quotes with a heavy foot.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:24 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:46 PM
theres only one best one. told you it was the toyota right from the beginning. still i dont see $2500 buying much but good luck