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Truck Advice

I need opinions on a compact truck. I bought a 5.7 Hemi Durango last year and have not really enjoyed it. I mean the power is great, but it's bigger than I need, and I find myself missing my old Dakota. So I've been toying with Downsizing to a compact four door truck. SUV's are no replacement for a truck

Anyway I've been looking at Nissian Frontier LE and just test drove it. I love it but I'm curious what other people's experience is with owning a compact truck and having bikes?

My requirements are four door because of the Kiddo and family, towing, hp and general guy stuff. Who's got a compact truck and how's it working for you? Thanks

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Re: Truck Advice

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I need opinions on a compact truck. I bought a 5.7 Hemi Durango last year and have not really enjoyed it. I mean the power is great, but it's bigger than I need, and I find myself missing my old Dakota. So I've been toying with Downsizing to a compact four door truck. SUV's are no replacement for a truck

Anyway I've been looking at Nissian Frontier LE and just test drove it. I love it but I'm curious what other people's experience is with owning a compact truck and having bikes?

My requirements are four door because of the Kiddo and family, towing, hp and general guy stuff. Who's got a compact truck and how's it working for you? Thanks

to my knowledge, there is no pick-up truck on the market that has been certified or made safe with the idea that children are going to be in the back seating area.

GM has tie-downs for child safety seats, but a recent report on "60 minutes" or "DateLine" stated that although they make extended cab/4 door trucks to carry children, the crash tests results for rear seat passengers were mediocre at best....... FYI.

i have a chevy Trailblazer that tows well, has tons of torque and plenty of room. mine's a 2002 that had a lot of problems, but i heard that as of mid 2003, most of that silly crap is fixed. it's bigger than the Durango, but it's not as big as a Yucon.

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I need opinions on a compact truck. I bought a 5.7 Hemi Durango last year and have not really enjoyed it. I mean the power is great, but it's bigger than I need, and I find myself missing my old Dakota. So I've been toying with Downsizing to a compact four door truck. SUV's are no replacement for a truck

Anyway I've been looking at Nissian Frontier LE and just test drove it. I love it but I'm curious what other people's experience is with owning a compact truck and having bikes?

My requirements are four door because of the Kiddo and family, towing, hp and general guy stuff. Who's got a compact truck and how's it working for you? Thanks
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Lightning or SRT10 will suit you just fine
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to my knowledge, there is no pick-up truck on the market that has been certified or made safe with the idea that children are going to be in the back seating area.

GM has tie-downs for child safety seats, but a recent report on "60 minutes" or "DateLine" stated that although they make extended cab/4 door trucks to carry children, the crash tests results for rear seat passengers were mediocre at best....... FYI.

i have a chevy Trailblazer that tows well, has tons of torque and plenty of room. mine's a 2002 that had a lot of problems, but i heard that as of mid 2003, most of that silly crap is fixed. it's bigger than the Durango, but it's not as big as a Yucon.
60 minutes and GM realize that this includes some of the same people that rigged the gas tank to catch fire. The results might be valid but PLEASE find a source other than them.

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Alright, I really think that a deal breaker is bed size. Closed box on the Frontier Crew Cab is 59" , open with extender is roughly 78" Problem is the KTM and 929 are around 81"

If I can't get a bike in the bed of a four door mid sized truck than I'll probably just keep the Hemi.
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Lightning or SRT10 will suit you just fine

Thanks but not a Ford guy....
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Thanks but not a Ford guy....
but the SRT10 is a Dodge. Not 4 doors though.

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Thanks but not a Ford guy....
You say that now but some day you will see the light.
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You say that now but some day you will see the light.
Maybe, but some of them never come around.

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Thanks but not a Ford guy....

me neither. i likes me power, dont care who is producing it
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I need opinions on a compact truck. I bought a 5.7 Hemi Durango last year and have not really enjoyed it. I mean the power is great, but it's bigger than I need, and I find myself missing my old Dakota. So I've been toying with Downsizing to a compact four door truck. SUV's are no replacement for a truck

Anyway I've been looking at Nissian Frontier LE and just test drove it. I love it but I'm curious what other people's experience is with owning a compact truck and having bikes?

My requirements are four door because of the Kiddo and family, towing, hp and general guy stuff. Who's got a compact truck and how's it working for you? Thanks
To small if you don't have a trailer IMO. Don't get Nissan's four banger, My Frontier four was bad with bike and gear loaded. no pick up from a dead start and pretty much had to floor the throttle on the freeway with any grade. Go with a six if you get one.
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Just bite the bullet and get a Titan! Anybody experience a Colorado yet?
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60 minutes and GM realize that this includes some of the same people that rigged the gas tank to catch fire. The results might be valid but PLEASE find a source other than them.
1.) http://www.accidentreconstruction.co...02/030502c.asp

2.) http://www.upenn.edu/ldi/issuebrief7_6.pdf

3.) http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content...act/287/9/1147

4.) http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...20/ai_89973144

5.) http://consumeraffairs.com/news02/cabs.html

good enough?

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