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Old 03-28-09, 03:10 PM
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Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Looking at something like a Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma with an extended cab.

What other models should I be looking at?
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

There is also the Dodge Dakota that has a lifetime warranty, which could equal out to about a 90 day warranty at Chrysler's current rate of decline.

There is also the Honda Ridgeline, and if you are interested in American Ford Ranger or Explorer Sport Trac and the Chevy Colorado. If I was in the market for one though Toyota would be my first choice followed by the Nissan.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I've had my 99 Tacoma for eight yrs now, and will probably have it four more. Other than just regular maintenance I haven't had any issues. I love it! The extended cab is still pretty tight - big enough to fit people in if needed, but small enough that it gets me out of having to be "the driver" all the time.

I would definitely recommend 4wd, v6. It's light in the back, though I imagine that's pretty normal for trucks.

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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

The Toyota 4.0 V6 engine is awesome, at least in my opinion.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Toyota.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I'd say Toyota or Nissan. I'm in a spot where I'd love to have a truck, and if a Tacoma (V6 4x4 with 4 doors) shows up on the local used lot I'd have a hard time keeping myself from buying it. My current car is almost paid off and I'd kind of like no payments for a while!
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

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There is also the Dodge Dakota that has a lifetime warranty, which could equal out to about a 90 day warranty at Chrysler's current rate of decline.

There is also the Honda Ridgeline, and if you are interested in American Ford Ranger or Explorer Sport Trac and the Chevy Colorado. If I was in the market for one though Toyota would be my first choice followed by the Nissan.
The warranty on the Dodge is lifetime power train only and isn't transferable (if you plan to sell it). They pretty much had to do this because of the crazy number of engine and tranny problems they had (the Rams too). I'd steer clear. Tacoma is a good pick. The older Tacoma/Hilux is basically indestructible. See below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrk6vsb77xk
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

What are some good web sites to look for used autos? autotrader.com has nothing anymore
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Toyota Tacoma.

I had a Ford Ranger for 12 years. It ran very well and required little maintenance or repair, just like a Japanese vehicle But Ford stopped updating it and stopped production last year.

One good site is Edmunds.com
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Why did Ford stop making the Ranger? I had one for about three years and absolutly loved it, I would have loved to own an extended cab Ranger down the road. Oh well I'll just get a Toyota or Nissan someday, since those were the first two trucks I owned.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

They lost that business, just as they messed up so many other product lines. The Ranger was the best small pick-up truck at one time in the early 90s.

But while auto companies do a major redesign every 5 years or so, Ford focused on the big trucks like the F-150, and left the Ranger pretty much unchanged for 10 years, and it got bypassed by Toyota and Honda, They were trying to position an Explorer SportTrak as a small truck a few years ago, but I don't know if it still sells or not.

Edited to add: Maybe they are not stopping production after all: http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/new...n-to-2011.html

Ford Ranger Production Extended Through 2011
By: Mike Levine Posted: 07-24-08 08:09 PT

Ford Motor Company has announced that production of the Ranger compact pickup will continue through 2011 at its Twin Cities (Minn.) Assembly Plant, to meet renewed demand for the aged hauler. Production had been expected to halt by the end of 2009.

Recently, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman personally appealed to Ford CEO Allan Mullaly to keep Ranger production going because of increased fuel prices and lower demand for full-size pickups.

Ranger sales have been up most of 2008 as Ford targeted sales incentives on the small truck in regions where the truck is popular.

The Ford Ranger has been in production since 1983.

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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I too am looking for a smaller pick-up truck. I checked out both Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier and I prefer the Frontier, personally. The Tocoma just seemed too plain when I saw it in person. The Frontier Nismo I test drove was awesome.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I have a '96 Ford Ranger -- pretty decent little truck. It's boxy and ugly looking, but very simple and easy to maintain.

If I had the money, though, I'd get a Toyota Tacoma.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Right now you should be looking at a used F150, no one wants them and the price is highly negotiable
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Even the new F150s, not many people want them now

Ford has always favored the F150 for some reason. A base F150 doesn't cost much more than a small pick-up truck like a Ranger or Tacoma. The reason I got a Ranger was that I really didn't need a bigger truck, and couldn't justify the lower mileage and the bigger space it would take in the garage or on the driveway. But the purchase price of a F150 wasn't much higher.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I love my 2008 Chevy Colorado extended cab
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You can't go wrong with the Tacoma. I've had my '01 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab for 8 years and love it. I've had to do no work to it other than the regular check ups. Go with the 'yota!
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Assuming there is a reason for a small pickup (like just liking the sporty look) then I would go with the Toyota. However, given the price of the Toyota (or Colorado, or Dakota, etc), I would probably just move up to a full sized one. But if this is also for getting in and out of traffic in the concrete jungle, etc., I can see not wanting a full sized pickup. But given the small difference in price, the small difference in gas mileage, and the huge difference in utility, I'd go full sized.

Don't do the Honda Ridgeline. The all-wheel drive system lacks a lot. The V-6 is underpowered (imo) for the size of the rig, and the gas mileage is nothing great.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Its small and economical. and Tonka tuff!
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Hilux or nothing.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Nice to see the Ranger will be coming back, its a great truck and much easier to fillup when gas prices go up.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

We had an 83 Ranger, but it died a sudden death with a broken transmission
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

I agree with the Tacoma posts, as I purchased one last year. Runs fine, and I hope to have it for quite a while.
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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

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Re: Whats a good smaller-sized pickup truck?

Just got my 08' Tacoma back in Oct and love it.

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