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Old 06-01-2005, 12:51 AM   #1
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Question Getting first automobile

Okay so I want to get a truck. I don't like cars because I don't like driving low to the ground, and I'm into bmx so having a truck makes more sense for bikes etc.

But anyway I'm looking to get a Toyota Tacoma, because well asians are smart lol. Toyota's last that's why. But I'm wondering why do they make some with those little tires, and some with bigger ones? I like the ones with bigger ones, but they're always to expensive for me. So I guess I'm going to get one with smaller tires, then buy new ones. How much do tires cost? My first car so forgive my ignorance.
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:28 AM   #2
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Nothing beats American trucks. Dodge Ram or Ford F150 for sure
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:36 AM   #3
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Nothing beats American trucks. Dodge Ram or Ford F150 for sure
Yeah, truck-wise, American pickups are pretty tough. Consider Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon and Dodge Dakota because Ford does not currently have a very strong mid-sized pickup. When it comes to durability, Ford, GM, and Dodge are definitely one of, if not the most rugged trucks on the planet. However, the Tacoma and Frontier beat the Americans in overall material quality and are a lot more refined. So it's up to you... Hardcore or Refined, either way you should be happy with whichever mid-sized truck you get.
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:52 AM   #4
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Hmm, All the Japanese trucks are built in America...so in a way they are all American trucks. But yeah I say that American brands make better turcks overall. Nothing beats the Ford's F-series.
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:55 AM   #5
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I forgot to give you all some details. Like I said I'm only 16, so I've been saving up money I've made at my job, and have about $8,000 to spend. So I'm looking for used cars.
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Old 06-01-2005, 02:06 AM   #6
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I'd go with an F150. 1998 and under should be around 8,000
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Old 06-01-2005, 02:18 AM   #7
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How are those on gas though, I'm going to have to pay the insurance and gas...and how many miles would u all say I should look for. Like how many miles until American cars aren't so good?

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Old 06-01-2005, 02:27 AM   #8
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15 in city 19 on highway. Not the greatest, but trucks tend to be that way.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:34 AM   #9
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Well what about Ford Rangers? Or the S-10's? And what's wrong with Tacoma's
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Old 06-01-2005, 11:33 AM   #10
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Nothing is wrong with tacoma's but suprisingly enough the v6 ones get 15 in the city and 20 on the highway. Ford Rangers are good little trucks but I don't neccesarily like the underpowered 4 cylinders in the S10
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Old 06-01-2005, 03:22 PM   #11
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and how many miles would u all say I should look for. Like how many miles until American cars aren't so good?

Most American trucks will outlive you. There are still American trucks running around as daily drivers in original (or close to it) condition that are 40/50/60 years old... And it's pretty easy to get 400-500k miles on them.

Depending on where you live, the biggest factor in a used truck will be rust, regardless of brand or model. Japanese trucks tended to rust as much as or more than American trucks, but in some parts of the country, body rust is inevitable.

Personally, I like older Toyotas and Nissans/Datsuns. But they tend to be less well equipped than their domestic counterparts until the mid '90s. I've had good luck with Toyota pickups for reliability and also with Ford Rangers. A friend had an S-10 with 275k on it, with the original 2.8 liter V6 engine. My own '96 Ranger had the 2.3 liter 4 cyl, and it could get 30 mpg on the highway, though it usually averaged closer to 22-23 overall. It also had more than enough pep, and would make a great first vehicle. This was it:
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:52 PM   #12
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Rangers, S-10s, Sonomas, and Dakotas are probably the truck you'll want to look at. The underpowered 2.2L 4-cyl the S-10/Sonoma came with (I believe it's a 2.2, correct me if Im wrong) is a good engine if you're going to haul light loads (Like a BMX bike) and in return, you'll get good gas mileage.
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Old 06-02-2005, 01:00 AM   #13
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Me and my dad went looking for trucks today, found a couple. I found one S-10 31,000 miles, 2002, V6, $8,650 what a find huh? Well it's salvaged lol...but then we went somewhere else. I found what I really liked, a Toyota Tacoma 1999, V6, it had the bigger wheels that I like, 105,000 miles on it. I actually got to test drive it. It was smooth and easy to drive. It was $10,500 got any tips on how I can get the price down?
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im 14 an a half an im gettin my dad's 2000 f150 its a shickshift but if i hadda choice i would get a s10 or blazer extreme 4 8grand u could get a 1998 ram if u wanna go that routebut what ever ur into
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Me and my dad went looking for trucks today, found a couple. I found one S-10 31,000 miles, 2002, V6, $8,650 what a find huh? Well it's salvaged lol...but then we went somewhere else. I found what I really liked, a Toyota Tacoma 1999, V6, it had the bigger wheels that I like, 105,000 miles on it. I actually got to test drive it. It was smooth and easy to drive. It was $10,500 got any tips on how I can get the price down?
First you should go to www.kbb.com and see what the private party price should really be. Then print out the paper and show the guy the price it should be and say you will only pay what it is really worth but don't fold if he says no(that is how I got most of my cars), walk away if he won't drop the price or it is way over priced because you are bound to find a truck just as easily. Just be persistent and don't give up. I am sure your dad will help you with everything though
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