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Posted: 7/5/2012 9:57:16 AM EDT
New or used.
Two adults one kid.
Go!
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 9:58:43 AM EDT
Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 with the 7.3.
 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 9:59:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
New or used.
Two adults one kid.
Go!


What size pickup?
I'd be looking at a used F150 or Tacoma depending on how much space you needed.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 9:59:45 AM EDT
05+ Tacoma Double cab 4x4
 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:00:20 AM EDT
Late model F150.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:00:59 AM EDT
Don't need that much truck. But when I need a truck there is no substitute.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:01:10 AM EDT
USED!  

New car payments are for those who failed math class.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:02:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
Late model F150.


My work truck has that traction control crap on it. If not for that I would love it.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:03:02 AM EDT



Originally Posted By yeaboxes:


Don't need that much truck. But when I need a truck there is no substitute.


Ridgeline.

 



I know, I know, only marginally more manly than a Baja. But seriously, if you "don't need that much truck" and this is going to be a daily that you might have to haul a wife and two kids in, a Ridgeline makes a boatload of sense. As a "daddwagon", everyone I know who owns one loves it.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:03:13 AM EDT



Originally Posted By VacaDuck:


Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 with the 7.3.  


+1 right here! Brother got a 2001 F250 2WD Extended cab with 177k for 5k out the door

 
the 7.3 PSD is amazing.




You can get a whole lot of truck for 18k used
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:04:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 10:07:14 AM EDT by Sinister]
Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 with the 7.3.


I went looking for a 250.  Found and bought a 350.

For 18K you can get the truck and have left over for upgrades or repair/replacement to get it into/keep it in pretty darned good working order.

The 7.3 is an awesome engine.

If you WANT a truck buy a 150.  If you can USE a truck get a 250.  If you NEED a truck get a 350.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:06:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 10:45:50 AM EDT by graysonp]
If you go full size, I don't think you can find a new truck anymore for $18k. Even the stripped down work trucks start at $20k+ now. You'll have to go with something used.

If you need a 1/2 ton, you're going to be looking at F-150s and Silverados in the 05-07 range to keep you in budget, (assuming you want extended/crew cab). You can save a lot of money buying a 2WD if you can get by with it, and might can go a year or two newer.

If you want a mid-size truck, the Tacoma is the one to buy, IMO. Colorados and Rangers are ok, but not fantastic.

Originally Posted By CBR900:
USED!  
New car payments are for those who failed math class.


Not necessarily. The used car market is nearing the top of a bubble right now. The spread between new vs used is extremely close right now and interest rates are extremely low. Combine that with a warranty, and now is a great time to buy new instead of used, if you can afford it.

Those who passed math class can also see when it's worth paying a little more for a significantly better product.

ETA: For what it's worth, I'm currently truck shopping as well. If my wife's car was paid off, I would definitely spring for a brand new truck at 0% right now. As it stands, I can't handle the payment on a new truck and my wife's, so I'll have to stick to used. But if the market doesn't change in the next couple of years, I may upgrade one or both of our vehicles once we get the principal paid down a bit more.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:06:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Quick_1911:
05+ Tacoma Double cab 4x4  


+1
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:14:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By therex:

Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Don't need that much truck. But when I need a truck there is no substitute.

Ridgeline.  

I know, I know, only marginally more manly than a Baja. But seriously, if you "don't need that much truck" and this is going to be a daily that you might have to haul a wife and two kids in, a Ridgeline makes a boatload of sense. As a "daddwagon", everyone I know who owns one loves it.



He said truck, not a car with a cargo area.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:16:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 10:16:13 AM EDT by bcauz3y]





Originally Posted By VacaDuck:



Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 with the 7.3.  



qft





 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:17:48 AM EDT
Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:25:04 AM EDT
Toyota Tundra lease return.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:26:10 AM EDT
Tacoma
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:27:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 10:28:55 AM EDT by therex]





Originally Posted By blk00ss:








He said truck, not a car with a cargo area.



Yeah I know, but OP hasn't mentioned what he's *DOING* with said truck. If he's hauling trash and 2X4's, he doesn't need an F250 with a 7.3PSD. That's just a waste of truck.


 



eta: And I'd drive an Oddessymino 10 times out of 10 over a lame duck tacoma. And then buy a nice motorcycle with the change I had left over.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:29:04 AM EDT



Originally Posted By graysonp:
Originally Posted By CBR900:

USED!  

New car payments are for those who failed math class.




Not necessarily. The used car market is nearing the top of a bubble right now. The spread between new vs used is extremely close right now and interest rates are extremely low. Combine that with a warranty, and now is a great time to buy new instead of used, if you can afford it.



Those who passed math class can also see when it's worth paying a little more for a significantly better product.


This.

If I have $18k sitting in the bank, chances are I can get a better return on that than what I'd pay in current auto loan rates.

(I hate advanced math, but I like to think I'm ok w/ basic addition and subtraction)





Speed



 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:29:58 AM EDT



Originally Posted By Quick_1911:


05+ Tacoma Double cab 4x4  






 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:35:15 AM EDT
What are you going to do with it?

It makes a huge difference in what you need/should buy.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:36:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dogbert4-1:
Toyota Tundra lease return.


+1
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:37:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dogbert4-1:
Toyota Tundra lease return.


If I had $18k and had to buy a truck today, that's what I'd do.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:40:03 AM EDT
Buy Japanese if your not towing.  You will be hard pressed to find a low mileage 7.3 ford worth buying.  I settled for a 06 duramax because the 7.3 market is competitive around here.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:49:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FRCA_WY:
What are you going to do with it?

It makes a huge difference in what you need/should buy.

This.  4x4 or not?  Tow package or not?  Daily driver or weekend toy?
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 10:54:23 AM EDT
2000 toyota tacoma, with the 22r engine, manual tranny and extended cab if you can find it.
Shouldn't be more then 10k, give you 5k of gas / repairs / customization, and 3k for a machine gun.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:02:28 AM EDT
Let's deal!!!!!. I'm selling my Ex. To buy my dads Ex.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:04:59 AM EDT
They stopped using the 22r in early 95'. The new motor that would be found in that truck is something like 3rz.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:05:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Imissed:
2000 toyota tacoma, with the 22r engine, manual tranny and extended cab if you can find it.
Shouldn't be more then 10k, give you 5k of gas / repairs / customization, and 3k for a machine gun.


+1

I now drive a 2009 Taco and I sure wish I had by 2001 back.  I loved that little truck and should have never sold it.

Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:06:54 AM EDT
'95 Nissan Hardbody with a bed full of ammo.

Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:17:29 AM EDT
Any Ford truck with a 7.3. That motor will never let you down!
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:26:42 AM EDT
If you aren't towing over a 5K pound trailer I say Ridgeline.

I know many people that have them that live in town and need a "truck" on occasion (I am one of them).  Of those that own a Ridgeline one guy sold his thinking he needed a real truck and bought an F150.  He had it a year and traded it for another Ridgeline as he just didn't use it and hated the ride.  He also towed some heavy loads (5K+ pounds) long distances with his old Ridgeline.  While I don't agree with that the Ridgeline is a good truck for suburban life.

If you need to tow big loads then nothing will do that is less than a 3/4 ton with a diesel for ease of towing and mileage in my opinion.

Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:46:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Quick_1911:
05+ Tacoma Double cab 4x4  


This...  ...or the extended cab version if you don't expect many passengers.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:47:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 11:48:22 AM EDT by SlowpokeRodriguez]
Originally Posted By pdm:
Originally Posted By Imissed:
2000 toyota tacoma, with the 22r engine, manual tranny and extended cab if you can find it.
Shouldn't be more then 10k, give you 5k of gas / repairs / customization, and 3k for a machine gun.


+1

I now drive a 2009 Taco and I sure wish I had by 2001 back.  I loved that little truck and should have never sold it.



+2

I now drive an 07 Tac, but I had a 99.  I loved that truck and should have never totalled it.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:51:42 AM EDT
an $8,000 one and a $10,000 savings bond.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:52:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By blk00ss:
They stopped using the 22r in early 95'. The new motor that would be found in that truck is something like 3rz.


Really? I had a 98 4runner with the 22r. 4 banger, slow, decent mileage. I beat the shit out of that truck.

Drunk totaled it for me. I still dream about it. lol.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:53:38 AM EDT
Chevy S10.  



A buddy did his best to kill it, including using paint remover or shit like that for fuel (free at our local hazmat drop off site), but it just wouldn't die.  Multiple cross country trips, accidents, and other forms of physical abuse and it still ran.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:54:34 AM EDT
An F150, then lower it to the ground.
 
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 11:54:45 AM EDT
Toyota Tacoma, 4 door, 4wd.

I am actually looking for something like this for my next truck.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:02:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By graysonp:
If you go full size, I don't think you can find a new truck anymore for $18k. Even the stripped down work trucks start at $20k+ now. You'll have to go with something used.

If you need a 1/2 ton, you're going to be looking at F-150s and Silverados in the 05-07 range to keep you in budget, (assuming you want extended/crew cab). You can save a lot of money buying a 2WD if you can get by with it, and might can go a year or two newer.

If you want a mid-size truck, the Tacoma is the one to buy, IMO. Colorados and Rangers are ok, but not fantastic.

Originally Posted By CBR900:
USED!  
New car payments are for those who failed math class.


Not necessarily. The used car market is nearing the top of a bubble right now. The spread between new vs used is extremely close right now and interest rates are extremely low. Combine that with a warranty, and now is a great time to buy new instead of used, if you can afford it.


Yeh - As one of ARFCOM's biggest cheerleaders for buying used, I gotta agree.

Right now, used prices are absolutely insane!

Unless you can live with a 10+ year old vehicle, it's pretty hard to make a convincing case for not coughing up another $3-5K on a brand-new model.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:04:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Warhawk:
Originally Posted By Quick_1911:
05+ Tacoma Double cab 4x4  


+1


This.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:06:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2012 6:07:59 PM EDT by flinch08]
IBTP.

F150 4X4 with four doors.

For the record I drive a GMC.



ETA: Used truck prices are fucking stupid right now. Buy new.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:09:20 PM EDT
Tacoma double cab
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:13:40 PM EDT
Used Taco.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:17:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Imissed:
Originally Posted By blk00ss:
They stopped using the 22r in early 95'. The new motor that would be found in that truck is something like 3rz.


Really? I had a 98 4runner with the 22r. 4 banger, slow, decent mileage. I beat the shit out of that truck.

Drunk totaled it for me. I still dream about it. lol.


No it didn't. It had the 3rz. Lol. Look it up.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:25:29 PM EDT
Dodge Cummins dually.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:30:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
Late model F150.


My work truck has that traction control crap on it. If not for that I would love it.


Curious, can the traction control not be turned off? My dad has a Camaro and it can be engaged/disengaged at any time.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:49:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gator96:
Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
Late model F150.


My work truck has that traction control crap on it. If not for that I would love it.


Curious, can the traction control not be turned off? My dad has a Camaro and it can be engaged/disengaged at any time.


It's kinda screwy. It can be turned off but the motor boggs down when you try to get out of the mud.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 6:56:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
New or used.
Two adults one kid.
Go!


Old used P/U for $5K and keep the rest in sweet, sweet cash.
Link Posted: 7/5/2012 7:01:07 PM EDT
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