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      02-21-2020, 01:13 PM   #1
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Used Truck Suggestions?

Have been thinking about pulling a trigger and purchasing a used truck for 2 duties:

1) Daily driving to work - total commute ~40miles, all highway. This duty is to be split with the M3.
2) Hauling stuff, lowes trips etc...

Budget is around $15k. 4x4 is a nice to have, but not a must as we hardly get any snow in VA. Due to the requirements stated, I would prefer to stick to the mid-size (MPG) and have been looking into tacoma and frontier.

Do any of you all have experience with either as far as reliability goes? I am open to other models feel free to suggest. Thanks
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Older Taco's have frame rust problems. While they're reliable, rust is not really a good thing.

Frontiers are good, more reliable Japanese stuff. New one is coming out though, so it'll depreciate fast. You could look at 1st gen Colorado's and Canyons. Reliable, American, can be had with a V8. Throw Rangers in there for good measure, they've been around forever.

All the older mid size will be reliable. You can opt for a 4 cyl in the Taco and Ranger, which would be best on MPG, and not so good if you have any weight in it or plan on pulling a decent trailer. The GM twins can be had with an inline 5, or the ole 5.3 LS. Rangers are my least favorite, but they sold an ass load of them.
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jeez for $19k you can get new nissan frontier 4x2 5 spd man
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Stick to midsize if you like the size, not because of mileage. The v6s will get the same mileage as full size v8s. I was lucky to average 17mpg out of my '14 Tacoma. You might be able to eek out low 20mpg in a 4 banger but then have a significantly less useful truck. All of that aside and to answer your question, I had no issues whatsoever with my Tacoma.
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Stick to midsize if you like the size, not because of mileage. The v6s will get the same mileage as full size v8s. I was lucky to average 17mpg out of my '14 Tacoma. You might be able to eek out low 20mpg in a 4 banger but then have a significantly less useful truck. All of that aside and to answer your question, I had no issues whatsoever with my Tacoma.
Plus 1 on a the Tacoma, you won't regret it. Personally I like the look of the 4x4 Tacoma better, but even used they fetch a high price because they hold their value.

Just my two cents
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Lower the budget to like $5k, rest in your bank and you can have a nice beater truck.
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Stick to midsize if you like the size, not because of mileage. The v6s will get the same mileage as full size v8s. I was lucky to average 17mpg out of my '14 Tacoma. You might be able to eek out low 20mpg in a 4 banger but then have a significantly less useful truck. All of that aside and to answer your question, I had no issues whatsoever with my Tacoma.
100% true. My friends V6 frontier which rides really nice btw gets same mileage as my f150 with a 4.6 V8, but itís obviously much smaller inside and the bed also.
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You should be able to find a great running, rust-free Tacoma for under 10K.
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Thanks for great input everyone!

If I do drop the budget like some of you all have suggested, what mileage should I stick to w the Tacoma to avoid tons of repairs? Or what's too many miles for a tacoma?
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Well, the $5k saved could be your repair fund if needed.
I have a 2010 Tundra, great truck.
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+1 for the Tacoma. I ran a 2005 4Runner (cousin of the Taco) for 206k miles and it was very reliable. SR5 4WD 4.0L V6.
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Being performance oriented.

I can only suggest a Raptor, Chevy Colorado ZR2, TRD Pro Tundra.
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Bought a 2008 Tacoma 4wd as an extra hauler. I liked the size and the functionality, however I hated the driving experience. The handling was poor, braking was meh, mileage was poor for such a small truck. It's nothing like a 4Runner, I had four over 15 years.
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Update - putting this on hold for a moment. We found a house we both like, so put our current house on the market and we will see. Once the new house is purchased, will resume search for the right truck.
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