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Old 11-11-2009, 09:53 PM   #29
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I totally agree with Easyride. Let's support our American companies when and where we can.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:17 PM   #30
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Your American vehicle might not be that American and your foreign vehicle might not be that foreign. My 97 Dodge truck was made in Mexico. My Honda Accord was made in Ohio and had more domestic content than the Dodge. The new small Ford van- made in Turkey of all places.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:03 AM   #31
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We tow a 25' Airstream with a 2007 Tundra Double Cab. We have towed the trailer from Michigan to AZ and CA for the past three winters. I have nothing but praise for this combination. We had a 2002 Chevy 3/4 ton 8.1 V8--it was a big lemon--three alison transmissions among a thousand other things. The Toyota has 51,000 miles on it and has only gone in for normal oil changes etc. As far as mileage goes, we get between 9 (in heavy winds) and 13 towing, and 18-20 on the road. We love this truck
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:26 AM   #32
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also with 63air my 03 ram with cummins was made in mexico, and my honda is American made.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:41 PM   #33
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I have an '04 Titan 4wd tow package and have been towing my '89 Excella 29 (about 6800lbs) for four years. I added Bilstein shocks, Timbren
auxillary springs and higher load rated tires and it is a fine tow truck. Diesel has its advantages but I bought this Titan in june '05 leftover on the dealer lot for $23,995, any diesel would have been at least $10K more, a differential that could never be made up in fuel savings. I do much of my traveling in the mountain west and the Titan has all the guts I have ever needed. The Q-45 V-8, the engine the Titan is based on is one of the great motors of our time. 84K miles and still hauling like a truck and handling like a great big sports car!
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:47 PM   #34
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If a person decides to buy a Titan, there's a list of upgrades I would recommend. I swapped in aftermarket rear shackles, the weak point of the rear suspension on the Titans. I recommend Bilsteins all around when it is time to dump the OEM shocks. Hopefully, the newer Titans have resolved the Dana 44 rear end issues, but I added an aftermarket finned aluminum differential cover and upgraded to synthetic fluid. This also helps avoid rear axle seal blowouts. The tow package comes with a transmission temp gauge, but I think adding a differential temp gauge is a nice touch. Without 4WD, I'd recommend swapping a TrueTrac. As it stands, we're probably not keeping our Titan for a tow vehicle because we'd like a utility body... but I really can't complain about how the truck has worked over the years.
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:55 PM   #35
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We had a 2002 Chevy 3/4 ton 8.1 V8--it was a big lemon--three alison transmissions among a thousand other things.
A thousand other things and you expect people to believe what you post here?
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:55 PM   #36
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A thousand other things and you expect people to believe what you post here?
Dear Ben, I am sorry I wrote that I had a thousand other things wrong with the Chevy, as it was only a few hundred. It pulled the trailer fine when it was running, and I am a big fan of On Star, as it was helpful in so many cases, except for the times the battery went dead. I owned 10 GM trucks, and unfortunatly with the last one, I never felt I could trust it. I never made it across the country with a breakdown of one sort or another. Many parts that were "repaired" once, had to be repaired again (4 steering colums, three power window motors for the drivers window). I purchased the extended warranty when I had 34,000 miles it and it paid for itself 3 times over before the $5,000 transmission. After that, the repairs continued. I know many people who have had great luck with their GM trucks and are very happy with them, and I hope they continue to make them better and better, I have been very satisfied with my Toyota and will probably continue to drive them as long as I own my Airstream, something else I am very satisfied with. Sorry again about my misquote.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:11 PM   #37
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I've got an '07 Titan King Cab 4WD. It tows our 5300 lb Bigfoot 25' nicely and the only problem I've had with it were the rear axle seals which were just replaced at 24k miles under warranty. I drove the new Tundras and Titans before I bought my '07 Titan used. My purchase decision was strictly dollar-driven. I bought my '07 Titan used with 12k miles on it and all but one year of warranty remaining for less than half the cost of either a new '08 Titan or Tundra and about 3/5ths the cost of a Silverado. By the way, the Titans are built in Canton, MS.

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Old 11-14-2009, 10:39 PM   #38
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My Titan was made in Mississippi by American workers. The UAW has has not destroyed Nissan AND they haven't sucked down any *^^$#%$^*ing bailout money that we don't have anyway.

And yes, I was most like 200 pounds over cargo weight and at about or undr the 80% towing capacity.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:29 AM   #39
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Dear Ben, I am sorry I wrote that I had a thousand other things wrong with the Chevy, as it was only a few hundred.
I too can say that my 2004 3/4 Suburban with the 8.1 would not stay out of the Chevy shop. That was one of 3 I have owned and all were problems. The extended warranty paid for it self too!

So far the Tundra is a great truck and so far dependable. I would expect it, my other 2 Toyotas were very dependable.

American made? The Toyota plant in IN employes about 4,500 (The Tundra in no longer built in IN) Americans and the plant in TX about 2,500. That's a lot of paychecks that are spent in the USA.
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:18 PM   #40
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have about a year towing a 27/08/fb with a 4x4 tundra, so far just right.
i like the power ,ride ,interior space + quality.
seems to get about 10/13 towing + 18/21 not towing
dakota was to small + new ram diesel was a lemon.
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