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Old 02-19-2008, 07:38 PM   #15
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This thread has become very interesting. I have received a few PMs from members and what they recommend.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:41 PM   #16
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You added a new spec there when you said "daily driver". Wife and I have talked about if and when we downsize to one vehicle and have gone so far as to check out a Toyota Highlander. I think I could live with this little SUV with the larger engine for towing but I think I must be part redneck 'cause I would sure miss my little pickup.
We had a Toyota Rav4. It was a good vehicle, but i know what you mean by missing your truck. The only solution i really can think of is a Crew Cab vehicle. Best of both worlds as i see it
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:16 PM   #17
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Hi Ches, just out of curiousity, how far away are you from a Toyota dealership, just for services sake...Benny
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:34 PM   #18
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Hi Ches, just out of curiousity, how far away are you from a Toyota dealership, just for services sake...Benny
185 kms. About 1 3/4 hrs. Its in Grande Prairie, Alberta
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:33 PM   #19
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I was just wondering what you all think would be best all around Tow Vehicle from this selection.

1)Dodge Dakota
2)GMC Canyon
3)Nissan Frontier
4)Toyota Tacoma.

Keep in mind to be also used for non towing and every day usage and price.
I really like my 2007 Nissan Frontier crew cab 4wd 6 speed manual to pull my 13' Scamp. I average 16-18 mpg when I stick to CA 55 mph speed for towing, without trailer I get 18-22 all the time, and I live in a mountainous territory where I use my gears all the time for down hill braking. I'm glad that my only vice is traveling and paying my gasoline bill.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:54 AM   #20
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I tow my Fiber Stream with a 1999 Toyota 4Runner V6; basically same frame as that year's Tacoma, with a 6 cyclinder and manual transmission. (see: http://travel.webshots.com/album/554555099aBBjRw

I downsized from a Ford F-150 V8 SuperCab long box with a cap. I get twice the gas mileage, have a 4x4, and more interior room. I had to get a small utility trailer made for what I kept in the box.

Overall, I love it, and it is my daily driver (~ 65 miles to/from work). I would definitely look for another when this one goes, although you can no longer get the manual transmission. I also see no reason to upgrade to the V8.

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Looks like your in Canada. If that is the case there is a whole different set of vehicles available to you that some here in the US would not know anything about.

IMHO.... I would look at the small diesels availalbe to you. I would say particularly the Toyota's and Nissan's but I know little about what the avialable vehicles choices you have there. Mazda and Isuzu make great little diesels too now that I think about it.

Oh how lucky you are to have little diesel trucks available to you.
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When I get a PM, I usually tell them to make it public so we can all learn, unless it's something that only applies to me.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #23
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When I get a PM, I usually tell them to make it public so we can all learn, unless it's something that only applies to me.
The PMs to me were private as far as i can tell. But i assure you all that the PMs were good info. This thread so far as seen some good responce and the PMs reflect that.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:46 PM   #24
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I found some ratings on a USA rating site. Rated from 0 to 10. I used this site.
http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/
Toyoto-8.7
Nissan fronter-8.3
Dodge Dakota-7.7
GMC Canyon-6.6
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:13 PM   #25
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2005 and newer Tacoma!


They are bigger and roomier than the older Tacomas, which myself, and three of my sons own.

My #2 son has 235,000 miles on his tacoma and still runs strong. But it has the 22R 4 cyl.

I have a 2006 4runner with the 4.0. 23mg and good horse power. My Tacoma is a 2003 four door 4x4, it is smaller and less powerful than my 4runner and gets 21 to 22 mpg.

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From the info I got here and consumers reports, the Toyoto Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier are top of this short list. This little thread has been a real educational experiance for me.
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Ches, it wasn't on your short list, but you might also take a look at the Ford Ranger line (Mazda design). There's an amazing array of equipment options (in my 1998 Owner's Manual, they list about 60 different combos of body, engine, transmission, etc. for the tow ratings). I find mine to be well-built and you can spec it for mileage, towing or a compromise if you want. I suspect they are lower priced than the other Japan-based manfs.
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Ches, it wasn't on your short list, but you might also take a look at the Ford Ranger line (Mazda design). There's an amazing array of equipment options (in my 1998 Owner's Manual, they list about 60 different combos of body, engine, transmission, etc. for the tow ratings). I find mine to be well-built and you can spec it for mileage, towing or a compromise if you want. I suspect they are lower priced than the other Japan-based manfs.
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I just picked 4 small trucks at random. I knew sooner or later some one would bring this up. I can see where buying a new small truck can be very hard with all the pros and cons floating around. The one thing I would insist on is a 4 door model.
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