Pickup Trucks, what to get.

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    Brian10956
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    I haven’t owned a pickup since the 80’s. Due to family needs I have just been getting SUVs. My lease is up this Winter and I’m finally going to take a serious look at getting a truck. Right now just from looking at YouTube and reading articles I’m leaning towards the Ram. From what I read it can be the most luxurious and most car like with its ride. My question to those of you that are more familiar with the day to day driving of truck is should I get 2 or 4 wheel drive. I currently live in the North East where we do get snow but I’m retired if there is a lot of snow and I have to go somewhere I have a Honda Accord that is good in the snow. I probably won’t be doing heavy towing., maybe a small bass boat. It’s about $4000 more for 4 wheel drive and I’m rather save that unless I’m convinced it’s really required. This will probably be my last vehicle for a while and any advice from those who know about trucks is appreciated.

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    Bigragu
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    Get a diesel, but the 1500 eco diesel that dodge has. It’ll pull that boat easily, and if you upgrade one day to a lightweight trailer RV, it’ll pull that, too. 

    If you decide to go big and get a 3/4 or 1 ton, the Cummins engine in the dodge diesel is proven, as dodge was the first to incorporate a turbocharged diesel back in 1989. I have two diesel trucks, a 2002 ford powerstroke 1 ton, and a 1993 dodge diesel 1st gen. The dodge is my favorite, due to that Cummins engine.

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    John_in_Ma
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    The one time you get stuck and need 4wd you will wish you spent the money. 

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    NMshooter
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    I also always drove an SUV and was looking for a Truck until I drove in My brother's Jeep. I just bought a 4 door Jeep Wrangler. It's 4 wheel drive and with the back seats down has almost the same rear capacity as a Toyota Tocoma. They also run about $6-7000 less than the Tacoma. I have been quite happy with the purchase. One of the things I really (which is not a reason to buy) like is parking. The Jeep is not as wide as a truck and has smaller doors. With the new decreased individual parking spaces they have now, I find Im not having to squeeze out the freaking door and I don't have people banging my car with their doors, or parking in Timbuktu to get away from everyone. I have a small trailer which it pulls with ease. 

    Just a thought

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    intenseaty22
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    I actually pay for Consumer Reports. Here’s you some info, hope it helps. The Honda has the most Car Like ride, and will do just fine of not off roading. I have personally never liked Dodge for their lack of reliability. Jeep is literally at the bottom of the reliability heap btw. Lowest rating of all others. 

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    If you want the full report on any of these, let me know & I will see what I can do. 

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    kayaker
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    Have had a chevy 4×4 most of my life till I got a Toyota . My cousin has a tundra with over 700,000 miles on it ( pilot car driver )  TOYOTA all the way is all I can say RELIABLE Sorry guys but wouldn't change a thing . Forgot to add 4×4 when you need it you have it these rigs will out do any American rig as far as needing repairs in my book.. Do give it a thought just from my exp. I have a Tacoma 2004 & my son has a 2019 if & when I get another rig it will be another Tacoma period .

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    Brian10956
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    Thanks for the feed back so far. I currently have a Lexus RX350 I really hate it not that it doesn’t drive well I just dislike the way Lexus tries to rip off customers. The car came with 2 types of remote start which is a feature I like in the winter. I was able to start using the key fob or with a cell phone app. After 1 year I noticed it stopped working when I checked with Lexus I was told that after 1 year it will cost $17 a month to reactivate it. I can understand that the app remote start can be part of a extra program but every car I’ve had in the last 30 Lear’s has had the fob start as part of the deal. I told them what to do with it and since then I will be glad to get away from any Toyota product. In the pick up truck I would like to have some luxury bells and whistles. On line and on YouTube I’ve been watching them all and I will see what the 2020 models will offer. 

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    pmg
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    Tacoma, nuff said. They have great heaters. Don’t fasten your seatbelt and you’ll get the bells. Wash it and you can whistle at it.

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    Regarval
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    I have had a couple Ford trucks and a Dodge Ram , they were all crap, the Fords had electronic problems all the time and the Ram's transmission had to be replaced with only 11,000 miles on the odometer! several years i switched to Toyota and it was day and night, i had a 1st Gen Tacoma for a few years without no problems, now i'm driving 2nd Gen which already have K110 miles on it with Zero problems and i use this truck for overlanding/off roading, super reliable, love it! now im looking to get a 3rd Gen.

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    AF55
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    I got a Honda Ridgeline this winter and couldn’t be happier. It has a very comfortable car-like ride and lots of room inside. Back seats fold up nicely for more interior cargo room, and the in-bed trunk is great. We had quite a bit of snow and the all-wheel w/traction control did really well. It tows my small utility trailer easily, not sure how heavy your bass boat is but would probably work fine.

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    Why anyone would want other than a Ford is a question I can't answer!  I'm on my 5th F150 over the last 23 years, and out of those 5 trucks, I've had one (1) unscheduled tript to the shop.  My last one lost it's nav computer while still under warranty, and that's it in 23 years.  My current ride is a '14 King Ranch crew cab, and it's the best yet.  I'd much rather drive that on the road comfort-wise than my wife's Mercedes.  Quiet, comfortable, handles good…checks all the blanks!  My only problem is that it's probably going to be my last truck, as I'm not buying the aluminum body on the new ones.  At only 6k miles a year now, this one is going to last me a long time.

    My son would be a good person to talk to about this.  He started off with a Ford, and then went to a Ram for the diesel.  That thing rode like a rock crusher with concrete wheels!  His wife hated it, period.  Next was a Toyota…too small and not comfortable enough.  He's now back in a Ford Raptor and loves it!  They're out in CO and he uses it off road a good deal, but he's already said that he won't buy anything else now but a Ford!

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    I have always had a truck,Fords now Toyota…Toyota Tacomas keep their value,like forever it seems…they are so reliable

       I think the new Fords are good and that Honda may be something to look into…..

    Guys talking about diesels,heck Ford has a good Diesel…..You get less with a Tacoma.for the money you spend…..Butt if you want the most reliable truck Tacoma is the way to go…..Having said that If I had the money I would get a Ford Raptor…it is a bad axx truck!

     

           

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Imyourhuckleberry
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    Just re-reading the posts in this thread and have to agree completely with intenseaty22's post regarding Jeeps!  My feeling is that you have to avoid anything owned/built by Italians or you'll be looking at a lot of maintenance!  Ram has always been a decent truck, but their being owned by Fiat now scares me away from it.  I've read two different reviews on trucks lately and the subject matter was basically "vehicles you don't want to buy under any circumstance", and on both of them every single Jeep model was included in the "don't buy" category because of poor reliability and/or resale.  The girl that cuts my hair bought a new Jeep Compass because it "was cute" and she's had it in the shop more than she's had it to drive since she got it.

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    Brian10956
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    I’m still not positive on what I will be getting, my wife has arthritis and would have difficulty getting in and out of the pick up as she lacks hand strength to use a grab bar. I may have to compromise and get a SUV. I looked at the Hyundai Palisade which is the biggest they offer I went for a test ride and was happy with how it ran and handled. The top  of the line model would cost in the high 40’s with tax. The car is loaded and the luxury feel in it is like a $75,000 vehicle. 

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    The Palisade has a 5,000# towing maximum so I think that will work for me as I only tow a hundred miles a year to local lakes. It can also handle a small camper if I decide to go that route. I really like how the side view mirror cameras show the video of the traffic when you use the turn signal. 

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    oneshot61
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    Guess I’m the odd guy out. I bought a Nissan Frontier, put 140k on it, traded it in on a 3500 hd cargo van with the 5.7 liter, drive cargo all over the US and traded it in on a titan 5.7. Put 300k on the cargo van and never had any issue at all. I run mostly highway in my job and get 22 mpg. 2 wheel drive , extra cab with 400 hp, 9500 towing capacity. Forged crank and a sleeved block, 7 speed transmission. 

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    I think the only real way to know is just spend a day test driving them.  Everybody has their favorite.  I have owned dodge, ford, Chevy and my pick has been Chevy.  Ford would be my second Choice but the ride is not as smooth.  An suv is fine too though but I would recommend getting 4 wheel drive it’s just needed at times and allows you more options to go more places.

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    Brian10956
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    Again thank you for all the recommendations you have given me. Like I said previously my wife won’t be able to use the truck so I will be get a 4 wheel suv. I haven’t decided on one yet but if looked at both the NEW ONES FROM Hyundai and Kia as well as the Honda Pilot. I’m toying to keep the cost below $50000 with all the bells and whistles.the new Ford Explorer loaded was my favorite but it was close to 60k with discount. I looked at all of the GM offerings and I was disappointed by them too much plastic in the interior. 

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