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Old 11-29-2013, 03:28 PM   #15
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At that price range, condition trumps brand for me. Probably ought to get a 2 wheel drive unless something shows up in 4 that is cheap. I like my 1997 150 and am still driving it. 2000 or so and up I do not think any of the companies made anything to really stay away from. (except some of the Ford diesels). I probably would not focus on the Toyota simply because Toyotas do have a high re-sale value and are popular. But you are buying, not selling, so that works against you. One of the full sized trucks from Ford, Chev, or Dodge should do you fine.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #16
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I agree with what some others have said, I doubt you can go far wrong with any of the major brands and with your budget, you are probably best to concentrate on finding the best deal you can get and trying to judge that what you are buying has been gently used and well maintained!

We have only owned two trucks, but if you want a back seat, I find that our present truck
which is a full crew cab is much mere useful and enjoyable that the previous truck we had with those little backwards opening half sized doors (club cab I believe it is called.)

Much more useful space and secure storage inside, yet still plenty of space in the bed of the truck for tools, firewood, generator, chairs or whatever. Also, although a minor annoyance, with the club cab doors you always have to be mindful to tell people to close the back doors before the front! At least that was so with our GMC, I'm to sure if they all work that way.

We haver found that having a cap on the bed is very useful - we keep all kinds of stuff like heavy clothes, shoes/boots, extra tinned food/drinks etc in rubbermaid boxes in there and it really keeps clutter out of the trailer.

A good cap isn't cheap so if you want one and can find a used truck with it, that could be a plus.

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Old 11-29-2013, 05:26 PM   #17
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That's odd- we've done better with GM- fleet of about 300- 90% GM-
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:10 PM   #18
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Check Vincentric.com (the industry standard 3rd party total cost of ownership organization). It changes annually, as the mfrs. bring new products to market in an off-cycle manner.
Right now Ford wins in 1/2 ton, GM in 3/4 ton and Ram in one ton.
For 2014 (not out yet) GM has new 1/2 ton. In 2015 Ford has new 1/2 ton and GM has new 3/4 and one ton...have to see what happens. It's always a leapfrog game with trucks.
Toyota only wins in 2013 with Tacoma....and GM will have a new Colorado and Canyon in 2015. The beat goes on.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:28 PM   #19
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We love our Tundra as both a TV and a daily driver. As a TV, all the major players are great and will meet your needs. What put the Tundra over the top for us was how comfortable it is as a daily driver. All the other 1/2 ton class trucks drove like a TRUCK. With the Tundra, driving is a joy and gets the job done in comfort and style.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:41 AM   #20
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Make sure that you have enough power to safely tow where you intend to travel ... at the speed that will not bog others in your vicinity ...
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:43 AM   #21
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We love our Tundra as both a TV and a daily driver. As a TV, all the major players are great and will meet your needs. What put the Tundra over the top for us was how comfortable it is as a daily driver. All the other 1/2 ton class trucks drove like a TRUCK. With the Tundra, driving is a joy and gets the job done in comfort and style.
I have to echo this. My 2011 base grade Tundra tows great for a no frills TV and as a daily driver is as comfortable as my wife's Camry. . . now if it got the same gas mileage. . . lol on the other hand it's the first V-8 I've ever owned and I love the acceleration capability both towing and in Dallas traffic
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #22
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What can I buy for $5,000.00?

Hi, OK; You people keep talking about your new/newer Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Kaiser, Studebaker, Etc, but this isn't what the original poster is going to get for $5,000.00 is it?
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:53 PM   #23
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A $5,000 Tundra, if there is such a thing, would be a 2000 year model, the first one-
Otherwise it's a 90's Ford/Dodge/GM-
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At around 120k miles ( some sooner- some later) GM, Ford & Dodge 1/2 ton trucks will need a new transmission or a rebuild. Of the 5 Chevy 1/2 tons We have had, all have needed transmissions - the earliest was at 55k and the latest was at 130k

Good luck with your search ... There are excellent trucks to be had in your price range. You probably won't find it at the new car dealers and be VERY careful about buying from an individual. Get to know a great mechanic who can go front to back & give you some piece of mind about what you are getting. Get references.

A local wholesaler might be a good source.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:07 PM   #25
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I believe this was said before. When looking for a older high mileage truck, finding one the has been maintained well trumps brand. I would try to stick with something you can easily get parts for, and something that local folks know how to work on. Take you time, and consider other options such as a SUV in your search. Good luck.
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Thanks folks for all your input.
The search continues, and I will narrow it to a TV that is a good one, not a brand [except maybe stay away from Chev's....?]
Might get a mechanic friend on board too.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:10 AM   #27
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Look for a vehicle that the owner has records that prove that the truck has been maintained. I think a 1999 to 2001 truck could be found for $5,000, which would be a decent tow vehicle.
As an example of a gem, I kept my 2000 Silverado 1500 4 wheel drive for 10+ years, then sold it to an acquaintance for $7,500. It had about 230,000 miles on it when I sold it. I had a file of receipts and a log book for everything that had been done to that truck. Four years later that truck is still being used for a daily driver and an occasional tow vehicle. I'm sure it has close to 300,000 miles on it now. It has been maintained well. Brakes have been redone a few times. Only failures have been two alternators and one water pump. The engine, transmission, transfer case, or axles have had no problems, with fluid changes done on the "heavy use" maintenance schedule as the manufacture recommended. There was no body corrosion. The value of that truck today would be $5,000 or less. I would expect that truck would be good for a few more years and many more miles.
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Ditto on the 1st generation Tundra. It has a car like ride and is a great overall 4/5's size 'full size truck'. It is smaller than the other full-sized trucks of the era. Before the 1st generation Tundra, Toyota built a truck named T-100. I would not get a T-100 but focus on the 1st generation Tundra with the 4.7litre V8.
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