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Old 02-09-2017, 01:57 PM   #29
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They've added competition, which is certainly a big part of the reason there are so many good trucks out there. I bought my Ford over a Tundra and Titan, but I looked hard at them. I believe in making someone earn my dollars and if that means giving it to company like Toyota or Nissan, I have no issue with that.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:02 PM   #30
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I quit consulting Consumer reports twenty years ago. They are left of Lenin and totally Anti American anything. Tundra is a Johnny come lately to the Pickup Game. It gets the job done for sure, the Japanese are great copiers.
1. Ford
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3. GM only ones that are made in the U.S. GM is building pickups in Mexico and 40% of that production is imported to the U.S. tax free.
The WSJ had a very informative article on this a few weeks ago.
FYI Tundra plant is in San Antonio, Texas. Personally I tow with a Ford.
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:26 AM   #31
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I'm grateful that there are so many good choices. Come to think of it, I'm grateful to have a truck and an AS and an almost infinite number of places to take them. Life is good.
The deciding factor in our case was the electric leather seat that my wife uses.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:02 AM   #32
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Great thread and good input. The discussion brought back a funny memory from an MBA class many years ago. The professor was using her personal example of choosing a new car to demonstrate the power of a decision making tool built into Excel. You can list features important to you and rate those features on how important they are to you. Towing capacity might be more important than price point or milage for example. Excel takes care of all the calculations and delivers the result. After stepping through her entire example for her five cars and driving to a conclusion, we asked, "so which one did you buy?" She looked up, smiled and proudly said, "the red one..." Sometimes the decision is really less technical and more personal.

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That sums it up perfectly. I like mine silver :-).
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Old 02-14-2017, 03:41 PM   #33
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These vehicles are EXPENSIVE to buy and maintain. When comparing WHAT they can tow, you should also be evaluating how long they'll serve you. They all look great and ride great, BUT, at the end how much will they cost you. Anecdotally, why do you find few Toyota models being traded for traditional USA nameplates? Yet, you find many USA nameplates being switched for Toyotas. I switched back in 1971 - the bad old days - of my first car. Bought a new Toyota Celica and have had carefree vehicle's (12) over the years - every single one passed backwards through the family. Each of my replacements is purchased slightly used from a single prior owner! Crappy vehicles lost my financial support - no reason to go back at this point.

By the way: Tundras are manufactured in Texas (San Antonio) by Texans.
you switched in 1971 and never tried anything else? Just clarifying.

I had a crappy car in 1978, but it was a used Maverick and I was in college. Ever since I started buying higher end cars I've never had a single bad experience.
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:30 PM   #34
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Ha, I'm going to recommend a '15, '16, or '17 F150 crew cab with the 3.5 ecoboost engine simply because this is what I have.....a 2015.

It's a beastly towing machine. I have 2,007 pounds of load capacity, 21 to 22 mpg. around the countryside, 11.5 mpg. towing.

With the back seats flipped up the rear is cavernous, I can pack all kinds of stuff in there. Towed our 25' flying cloud over 4,000 miles last summer, no problem.

3:31 rear, tranny cooler, integrated brake control, otherwise no frills, XLT model. No skylight, no sliding rear window, no step bars, no fancy tailgate lift, just the basics, hence, the high load capacity. It's a nice truck. I checked out the Chevy, Dodge, and Toyota, bought the Ford.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:51 PM   #35
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I recommend a Cadillac Escalade 2007-2014, 6.2L V8 with 403hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, 1580 lbs payload and 8300 lbs towing capacity.
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That's is correct! I had great service from Toyota vehicles. No mechanical problems - nothing to the level of problems experienced with American brands. I've wanted to try them again - BUT WHY? Many ARE great looking - but poorly engineered or built. The USA brands let Japanese manufacturers take the market by storm and the foreign brand NEVER let go. J.D. Powers and Consumer Report continually get feedback that confirms high buyer satisfaction.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:20 AM   #37
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you switched in 1971 and never tried anything else? Just clarifying.

I had a crappy car in 1978, but it was a used Maverick and I was in college. Ever since I started buying higher end cars I've never had a single bad experience.
I am 73 and been owning cars since I am 18. I owned every major brand, Chevy,Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Subaru,BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes.
I drove a 1996 Tahoe for 230k trouble free miles. For our construction business strictly Fords Trucks. We were driving Ford pick ups when Toyota was shipping their crappy thin cans over here. I have gotten grate service out of everything Ford we ever owned and own and will never spend money on a "Me To" Toyota pick up. I prefer the big beautiful Ford logo on the grill. I am an American, Toyota is Japanese and I don't care where its made.
The 2012 F150 Eco Platinum we just traded for a beautiful F-250 gave us 100K absolutely trouble free miles in luxury.
At the end of the day all cars and trucks today are manufactured with the same technology the world over, they are all more durable and enjoyable longer than twenty years ago. Many manufacturers collaborate on critical components so to argue I am buying X because its more reliable is no longer true. Its what you prefer and what configuration fits most of your needs the best.
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The whole issue of which truck one chooses to drive gets really annoying. The political undertones are obvious, however, you must buy whatever suits your individual needs! Components AND manufacturers are all over the world. Too many get worked into a fuming lather if you dare to challenge the status quo. Many choices - some BETTER - came about because a fire was - literally - put under the behinds of the entrenched home grown producers.
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Y'all are overthinking this. Find a good Dodge, preferably one with the optional heater for winter and 12v fan for summer and you are good to go. American muscle all the way.
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Why the fan? Doesn't it come standard with a 260 ac unit?
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1952 comes standard with a pop up vent in front of the windshield. Heat, defrost and fan are all options as are the radio, ashtray, floormat, side mirror(s) and chrome Ram on the roof.
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Ha, I traded our 2015 Ram for a New 2016 (last on the lot) Ram over the weekend. I wanted one with the larger 32 gal gas tank and 3.92 rear differential - plus leather and a few other nice options. Only the best for our Airstream!
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