A downgrade but an Upgrade

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  1. heveshot

    heveshot New Member

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    I've owned a full size truck or had access to one thru my work most all of my waterfowling days. Got anew re-imbursement program for vehicles at work and knew it was time to downsize. After a week of GM lots and a lot of headaches I ended up at a Nissan dealer and bought a Frontier SV model 4wd with a crew cab. I know I won't bring the decoys out I did in the full size truck, but you know what, I don't think I want to anymore. So far so good, has heated seats, a few other niceties and I get about 20mpg with a 4 litre 6( mix of city and hwy driving)itshould be just fine there.
    Still debating whether go with a cap, all my past trucks had one, or tonneau or just do a cargo net.
     
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  2. nick b

    nick b Senior Refuge Member

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    +1 on Frontier. I've got a '15 SV and like it a lot. Best value out there for small trucks. I looked at Tacomas but at 34k new you might as well buy a full size. Paid 27,500 for my Frontier brand new.
     
  3. heveshot

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    Ended up with a Softopper canvas cap that I can collapse, also got the vinyl windows and solid panels for winter, so far so good, picked up the spider cargo net yesterday, looking forward on seeing how much I can safely stack with the cargo net.
     
  4. vizsla2

    vizsla2 Refuge Member

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    A good friend has a taco. It's great for a small truck, but it's a small truck. Gas mileage is not that great. cost is very expensive, but they hold their value really well. If I were to go this route, I'd buy new.
    I have an F150 5.0 (2013) and have been very happy with it. What do I love most about this truck? 36 gallon gas tank. HWY miles, I can get around 700 miles on a full tank. I love feature this when I go offroad and don't have to worry about running out of gas or carrying extra gas.
    I hear great things about Tundras. I think mileage is slightly better in my F150 though and my gas tank is bigger.
     
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  5. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I do envy that 36 gallon tank... Mine (Tundra) is 26, and I get approx 360 miles out of one before it says "0" til empty (It reads zero miles left when the tank is at 4 gallons remaining). It def ain't a gas sipper either!
     
  6. HuntTilDusk

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    I've owned 2 Tacos. last time I almost bought a tundra instead but the taco's have been good to me they will go anywhere I want and pull anything I need to. I used to pull my 18ft excel mud boat with mine and never had an issue. Last year I added an A.R.E. topper to it when I sold my boat. I have a double cab short bed and usually have two car seats in the back seat at all times any thing else I need to have with me I throw in the back. I also hooked up a pulley lift in my garage to take the topper off with ease if I want. Used it once and it was a breeze haven't found a need to use it to much but hey its there if I need it. I only have 40k on mine and its paid for so I will probably ride it til it dies. someone said that they have great resale value which is very true. I sold my first taco for $500 less than I paid for it 3 years before, think I added 25k miles to it or so. Sold it on craigslist, it was a 2007 2.7l regular cab 5 speed. The guy that bought it flew out sight unseen from California to Iowa. I picked him up from the airport, he drove it for an hour dropped me off at home and he drove it back to San Francisco. Weirdest vehicle sale I have ever been apart of.
     
  7. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty good advice, I'd say.
    Considering that you have almost zero equity in your present truck (it's worth very close in trade-in value to what you still owe on it), paying cash for a 10-year old Toyota makes good financial sense.
     
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  8. awaldro7

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    I offloaded my f150 over a year ago for a 2005 f250. Best decision that I have made in a long time. unloaded over 25k in debt, dropped payment $380. I am kind of in a different situation though as most. I drive 100 miles round trip to work every day so I have to drive an older commuter car due to gas costs. I hated paying big money for a nice truck that only moved on saturday and sunday.
     
  9. stevena198301

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    As of today, with terribly little in maint compared to the F250 I had for 6 months. One exhaust fix on the F250 was more than the radiator and catalytic I e had to replace. Motor still burns no oil. I love my Tundra.
     
  10. tcc

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    FIFY :yes.
    There's rarely such a thing as "equity" in a vehicle; it's a depreciating asset that's losing value by the day in most cases. Cash for a good used truck makes a lot of sense.
     

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