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post #1 of 19 Old 04-08-2004, 2:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm considering buying a pickup truck. I don't see the need to tow heavy equipment, but it would be nice to be able to pull a small trailer (for bikes, lawn-mowers, etc) if I need to. Right now I'm considering the V6 Dakota. Anyone here have any suggestions/advice? I certainly don't need a Ram 2500 series or anything like that. Really, I'm looking at the Ram 1500, the Ford F150, and the Dakota.
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LIGHTNING. you wont regret it

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Yeah, that's a nice truck for sure but it's probably priced a little too high for me. I really need a truck for convenience (to pick up stuff from the hardware store, move equipment, etc) and can't afford to spend up into the $30k's.
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I'm very happy with my Tundra!
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Re: Truck owners

Take a look at the Nissans. They seem to be some of the best trucks overall right now.
If I were in the market for another full size truck, it would definitely be the Titan.
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Re: Truck owners

to tow what you are talking about, most anything will do...

I like toyotas, tundra or tacoma... The new Titan is nice, but it might be more than you need.

I'd look at a ford before a dodge most anyday... thats just my opinion.

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I love my Ranger
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I love my Ranger

rangers can tow? i thought they were just yugo's with a bed

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rangers can tow? i thought they were just yugo's with a bed
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rangers can tow? i thought they were just yugo's with a bed
I had a 96 Ranger V6 and pulled two snowmobiles (approx 500 lbs each) on a 10 foot v-front drive on drive off aluminum trailer and didn't have any problems......well except this one time I was in a snow storm and the sleds were loaded just a bit further back than normal taking some weight off the tongue (actually negative weight on the tongue) and it slid my rear end of the truck around jack knifing on the highway....was a tense moment until I could recover...

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Consumer Reports just came out with their vehicle reviews. You may want to take a look at them, especially the part where they show the problems/issues with the models. No need to waste your hard earned $$ on an unreliable/mechanically challenged vehicle.
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Re: Truck owners

If you don't need it, don't get 4WD. It gets much worse milage, does worse towing, costs more up front, handles worse, costs more to insure and register.

The upside is resale is better on a 4x4.




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If you don't need it, don't get 4WD. It gets much worse milage, does worse towing, costs more up front, handles worse, costs more to insure and register.

The upside is resale is better on a 4x4.

This is the first tank I've managed to get 300miles to my 20gal tank in the 13k I've put on my truck
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rangers can tow? i thought they were just yugo's with a bed
Hmm I have about 173,000 miles on my 95. I regularly tow 2 bikes (one on trailer) and all eqpt., 2 people and gear to the track. It tows very well! With all that I can still get 18mpg and it's hauls ass and handles well. Nothing like passing that Porsche puss on rt.81 in the mountains of NY on a curve. You could see his cutsie driving gloves as we passed at 85mph and my friend, well she waved at him LOL. Here is a pic of me moving 4 training bikes, 3 on the trailer, one in the bed......
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Re: Truck owners

Some opinions in this thread...


Imho...Dakota is nice if a mid-size truck fits your needs...but get the V8, as the V6 powertrain is ****. You'll see metal in the pan before you need your first set of tires....

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