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Old 11-28-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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1/2 ton wish list

Hey folks, Muskie here...
I am starting the buying process of a 1/2 ton pick-up truck.
I have never owned a truck, and have also been in Europe for the last ten years, so am a little rusty on what is out there, and what is considered good these days.
Curious as to what people will recommend.
Our needs are to tow a 24ft 1959 Trade Wind, and also use the truck for firewood etc...so no SUV's. That said we have a small child and are interested in the smaller rear-seats that some pick-ups come with.
Our budget is sadly around the $5000.00 area, so it narrows things down.

My question to the community is what not to buy, more than what to buy. Are there any universal lemons [like Hyundai used to be in the 80's, but have since sorted]? Any gems that people can agree on? Certain years..?
It is a personal subject I know.....
Thoughts...?
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:14 PM   #2
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Hi, I would only add that at your budget, and what might be available at that price, I would not buy anything without a V-8 engine. [no six cylinders]
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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I'd look for a first generation Toyota Tundra extra cab with a 4.7 liter V8. I had one and it was a great truck. I bought it new, put 187k miles on it and it ran like new and was tight and drove great when I sold it to get an '09 Tundra with the 5.7. The '09 Tundra is a good truck, but the '02 was just a bit better, all things considered.

Here's one in Brainerd: http://brainerd.craigslist.org/cto/4132087097.html

And one in Kenosha: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/4132589871.html

It took about 5 minutes to find these two so it shouldn't take long to find one that is just right. I'd look for one with less than 125k miles.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:00 AM   #4
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I'd look for a first generation Toyota Tundra extra cab with a 4.7 liter V8. I had one and it was a great truck. I bought it new, put 187k miles on it and it ran like new and was tight and drove great when I sold it to get an '09 Tundra with the 5.7. The '09 Tundra is a good truck, but the '02 was just a bit better, all things considered.

Here's one in Brainerd: 2000 toyota tundra

And one in Kenosha: TOYOTA TUNDRA

It took about 5 minutes to find these two so it shouldn't take long to find one that is just right. I'd look for one with less than 125k miles.
Good luck.
Thanks for that. Given the quality miles are what counts, are trucks different when it comes to miles? In other words what is considered a tired tundra with the amount of miles on her?
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:00 AM   #5
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It ain't really tired until well over 400,000 miles...
I knew a guy that towed a car hauler and a travel trailer over 430,000 with a 2000 first generation Tundra. He bought a 2012 second generation Tundra and was never happy. He sold it and bought a 2006 first generation Tundra.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:13 AM   #6
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Just as an FYI, if you are planning to camp in our Provinvial Parks you're not allowed to bring in firewood - unless you mean firewood for your home and using the truck for general hauling stuff.

Your trailer is so light, you don't need a truck to tow it, almost any car should do it.
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If I were looking for a used 1st generation Tundra, I'd try to find one that the owner took especially good care of, particularly when it comes to oil and filter changes, brakes, transmission flush, etc. Bad owners can beat even the best truck to death, but a good owner and a Tundra is a very good mix when it comes to longevity.
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I'm on my second Ford F150. I liked both of them. The 1997 was a three door type which got small in the back seat as the children grew. The 2009 4 door has a huge backseat area for two teenagers plus the dog when we head out camping.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:21 AM   #9
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I am partial to Ford trucks... I have a 2003 F150 Lariat with the 4.6 V-8 factory tow package, it just hit 220,000 miles and other than wear out parts it is still going strong. It is a plus cab with the small rear seat. Eventually it will get replaced with a Super Crew. My other current Ford truck is a 1996 F350 Crew Cab PSD with only 141,000 on it, not even broken in yet. "In it or on it, it is going with it!" The one prior to my F350 was a 1997 F150 that had over 320,000 miles on the 4.2 V-6 before I turned it back in to my company. It had factory tow package on it too.

Lots of good used trucks out there just have to take your time, do your research and shop smart.

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My neighbor wasn't nearly as happy with his '97 Ford F150 as the above posters. At 112k miles he sold it for $2700 and was glad to see it go before it had to make another trip to the shop for repairs. He took pretty good care of it too!
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My neighbor wasn't nearly as happy with his '97 Ford F150 as the above posters. At 112k miles he sold it for $2700 and was glad to see it go before it had to make another trip to the shop for repairs. He took pretty good care of it too!
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I've heard bad stories about Toyotas. Means nothing.
And Chevys, Dodges and....

My company has had fleets of one brand or another over the years, I have documentation that the Chevys cost more per mile in maintenance than either the Fords or the Dodges.

No company builds perfect trucks, and every company builds a bad one every now and again.

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Just about anybody can buy a good pickup if his budget is $35,000 but this guy's budget is $5000 so he has to be especially selective. He's really looking for a truck that has over 120k miles, and has a very very high reputation for durability. I'll stay with my choice.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #14
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Thanks folks, good input.
I have been looking at the Tundra and know a guy who has one, so I will ask him. If they are thought-out like the land cruisers, then it could be a nice truck.
I was also looking at the Fords too. Will keep ya posted.
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