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    Default Getting a small truck unsure which to get

    Well time to get a truck. Just had financed a car and regretted right away not getting a truck but my hand's been forced since someone made an illegal left turn and totaled my car.

    So now I feel like replacing with a tacoma or ranger.

    A lot of Tacoma's in the price range im looking are upwards of 290,000kms or more.

    How reliable is it at high mileage? And rangers? Opinions? It's a ford but they seem decent.

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated, never had a truck but it fits my lifestyle better than a sedan.

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    And i don't plan on doing any extreme wheeling with it. So would I be better off with a manual or auto?

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    4L Ranger

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    Looking for a 4x4 sorry. If im going to get a truck im going to get one I can use.

    But thanks for the offer

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    What is your price range?

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    I've had a ranger in one form or another since 2008.

    Right now I have a 2wd 2.3, and a 4.0 4wd

    The early sohc 4.0's have timing chain guide issues, and can require taking the engine out to repair. The axles and drivetrain is solid, and some parts are shared with the 95-2000 explorer, so readily available available at the junkyard. The 3.0 is wheezy and underpowered

    4wd = bad on fuel (like, 15+ L/100 km)

    They are basic trucks. Don't expect modern levels of comfort or convenience

    I beat on my 4wd, and I've had to maintain it a fair bit because of it. The truck is pretty simple to work on and parts are readily available

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    We had a 2006 4x4 4L V6 super cab Ranger. It wasn't very sophisticated as far as design and was very heavy for its size and thus fuel economy suffered. Still got better mileage than the inline-4 models though.

    It was a DD and then was used part time for hauling. A couple of minor electrical issues (power window and wipers) but otherwise no major issues and had 200,000k when we bought it. The 4x4 automatic hubs are problematic but we had no issues with ours.

    You can get them fairly cheap. Our was fully loaded (leather) and I would recommend something like this (price I cant comment on though)

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/c...ationFlag=true

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    What's the price range? I've just recently been looking at the canyons and they seem pretty decent. But if you are on the low end of the price range look to the 93 to 2000 s10/s15. I had an 84 up until recently and it is still the most reliable thing I have ever owned. And parts are super cheap and easy to Work on

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    Well im guessing i'll have between 5000 to 10000 so a pretty decent range.

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    Im a big fan of the tacos but they hold value like no other so expect to pay a lot more for a lot less if you're comparing them to the rangers or anything domestic. Im sure theyre really reliable too so i wouldnt be too worried about higher mileage.
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    and I did not have the only say in the matter (most people just want it done ASAP and don't care about quality).
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    If anything we made a better decision because we had a consensus and were all on the same page.

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    I wanted a Taco since i was a teenager, and bought one new a couple years ago... Love every minute with it

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    i might be biased after owning 2 Frontiers but Frontier > Tacoma

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    Originally posted by Proyecto2000
    i might be biased after owning 2 Frontiers but Frontier > Tacoma
    Definitely bias.

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    Originally posted by Brent.ff
    I wanted a Taco since i was a teenager, and bought one new a couple years ago... Love every minute with it
    Did this have anything to do with it?
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    Originally posted by roopi


    Definitely bias.
    Well back in 2009 I wanted a Tacoma and after the test drive I wasn't impressed. I drove the Frontier and liked it way better so I bought it.

    in 2014 I went back to Toyota drove the Tacoma again and I bought a 2014 Frontier...

    At the end of the day buying a vehicle comes down to personal preference but for myself the Frontier was better in power and over all driving feeling.

    I will say that the Frontier needed a refresh years ago and it is terrible on gas as I average 16.5L/100 in the city and my 2009 was 17L/100 in the city.

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    Originally posted by roopi


    Definitely bias.
    Other than resale, he's not...

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    My brother has had his 05 Nissan Frontier for 5 years now. It's pretty quick with the 265 hp 4.0 L V6. He's added an under drive pulley, CAI and exhaust. It's well below 7 seconds for 0-60 now. He hasn't had to put much into it for repairs. He's just done his first rotor/pad replacement now. The interior is a little cheap looking and the jump seats in the back are a joke. But other than that, it's a capable little truck. Decent fuel economy too. 14 L/100 kms city 9.4 highway.

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    Originally posted by Rocket1k78


    Did this have anything to do with it?
    haha that never hurt!

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    Originally posted by Hallowed_point
    My brother has had his 05 Nissan Frontier for 5 years now. It's pretty quick with the 265 hp 4.0 L V6. He's added an under drive pulley, CAI and exhaust. It's well below 7 seconds for 0-60 now. He hasn't had to put much into it for repairs. He's just done his first rotor/pad replacement now. The interior is a little cheap looking and the jump seats in the back are a joke. But other than that, it's a capable little truck. Decent fuel economy too. 14 L/100 kms city 9.4 highway.
    Yeah I was looking into these as well. Basically as long as I can haul my mountain bikes and caming gear im good.

    How reliable is the supercharged 6 from nissan?

    I've expanded the search to 4runners/Rangers/Pathfinders/Tacomas/Landcruiser/B series/Canyon/Colorado/Sonoma/S10

    Any others would fit the bill?

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