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Post by dutchman on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:55 am

The truck is supposed to be getting looked at later today or tomorrow. I can't imagine they'd consider repair, but who knows. Looked to me like the frame was tweaked in the rear, the roof was caved in about 6" and I think the rear axle was bent.

I'd have to get a big payout to even consider the ZR2, around $30k for cheapest on KSL.

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Ty wrote:The rear end is super easy  I could do it my self while some others do the front end.

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Post by Kevin on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:59 am

And there's supposed to be a new Ranger coming too. An Ecoboost Ranger with lockers would be killer.

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Post by dutchman on Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:12 am

Kevin wrote:And there's supposed to be a new Ranger coming too.  An Ecoboost Ranger with lockers would be killer.

Just priced one for fun... $36k pale

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Post by Kevin on Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:18 am

And then there's the new Bronco and Land Rover Discovery to think about, and what if VW brings their little pickup looking thing over?

You better tell Aubrey to start making more money.

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Post by dutchman on Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:25 am

New rig shopping has officially begun.

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Post by dutchman on Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:31 pm

Test drove a couple of F-150s back to back. One was a 2011 FX4 Ecoboost and the other was a 2013 FX4 5.0 v8. Both had the 36 gal tank (range!!!!). I liked the feel of the v8 a little better than the ecoboost, though boosting around a little bit was fun. The relative simplicity of the v8 is comforting. The 2013 also had a pretty decked out interior, almost too fancy for me but very comfortable. The electric power steering is different... Not sure good/bad, but felt very light as there's no "real" connection with the front wheels.

Going to check out a 2005 Tundra after work. I'll report back in the morning.

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Post by Kevin on Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:08 pm

I'm jealous. I want to go rig shopping.

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Post by TRD270 on Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:29 pm

FWIW, I liked my 5.0 better than the ecoboost. Almost same fuel mileage, more peace of mind. If you don't plan to tow a heavy weight around a lot 5.0 is rad. (Makes a good noise as well). That being said I wouldn't shy away from a tundra either, the few I drove before I bought my current F150 I really liked. But I could pickup an F150 for half the miles for half the price. Though my 5.4 is driving me bat shit right now so maybe the tundra would have been better after all

The steering is kinda of numb with the electric power steering, my 2019 feels even more numb than the 2015 did

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Post by dutchman on Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:34 am

Drove a 2005 Tundra Double Cab last night. That truck is a lot bigger than I remember. It's longer and wider than wife-truck. It does have the nearly legendary 4.7 v8 which should run for a long time as the truck currently has 160,000 on it.

I'll probably take a look at a newer Tundra with the 5.7, but they didn't get the large gas tank till 2014 (?).

I'm going to check out a 2010 F-150 today. It was the final year of the 5.4 but they made improvements after the 04-06 problems. Though, the 5.4 in wife-truck has been great over the past 100,000 miles. Couple of spark plug issues and a leak from the passenger side exhaust manifold have been the extent of the issues.

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Post by TRD270 on Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:48 am

dutchman wrote:Drove a 2005 Tundra Double Cab last night. That truck is a lot bigger than I remember. It's longer and wider than wife-truck. It does have the nearly legendary 4.7 v8 which should run for a long time as the truck currently has 160,000 on it.

I'll probably take a look at a newer Tundra with the 5.7, but they didn't get the large gas tank till 2014 (?).

I'm going to check out a 2010 F-150 today. It was the final year of the 5.4 but they made improvements after the 04-06 problems. Though, the 5.4 in wife-truck has been great over the past 100,000 miles. Couple of spark plug issues and a leak from the passenger side exhaust manifold have been the extent of the issues.

I drove one first gen tundra and wasn't super impressed. If I were to buy one it would be a second gen with the 5.7 that thing is a monster. And yes 2014 for the larger tank and still just an option.... and not the easiest to figure out if it has it. Believe it has to have the "SR5 upgrade package"

Be aware the 5.0 isn't without faults either. The first couple years had problems burning valves. Not sure when they figured it out and changed the metallurgy but something to be aware of. I've read them having issues as early as about 60k.

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Post by dutchman on Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:55 am

TRD270 wrote:

I drove one first gen tundra and wasn't super impressed. If I were to buy one it would be a second gen with the 5.7 that thing is a monster. And yes 2014 for the larger tank and still just an option.... and not the easiest to figure out if it has it. Believe it has to have the "SR5 upgrade package"

Be aware the 5.0 isn't without faults either. The first couple years had problems burning valves. Not sure when they figured it out and changed the metallurgy but something to be aware of. I've read them having issues as early as about 60k.

Yeah, I've been reading up on the early 5.0s. Seems Ford got everything sorted in the 2013 model year for both the 5.0 and the 3.5 Eco.

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Post by TRD270 on Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:17 pm

I don't necessarily disagree but what has you looking at full size instead of another Taco?

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Post by dutchman on Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:59 pm

TRD270 wrote:I don't necessarily disagree but what has you looking at full size instead of another Taco?  

1. Wife-truck (2006 F-150) has nearly 210,000 miles on it and tends to misfire every now and then(hasn't since I put new plugs in a couple weeks back). It also has an exhaust manifold leak and I feel the cam phaser problems the 3v 5.4 has will show up/or get worse. I hope the truck lasts a lot longer, but who knows. It's been our tow, road trip and occasional camping rig. We've grown used to having the full-size around and would like to keep it that way.
2. From a money(cost) aspect, I can get a bigger, more powerful, more equipped truck for about the same price as a Tacoma replacement.
3. Even though my little teardrop trailer isn't that heavy, the Tacoma didn't love pulling it at a reasonable highway speed (70+ mph) and got 12-13 mpg while doing it. So, why not step up to the larger, more powerful truck with a bigger tank.
4. Finding a similarly equipped Tacoma is proving difficult.
5. To join you guys on camping or mtb trips down in Utah, I've got an additional 4+ hours each way so comfort and range have increased in value for me.


The scenario that keeps going through my head is that I get a full-size now and when wife-truck decides to stop then I'll go get something Taco/4runnerish. But who knows...

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Post by TRD270 on Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:01 pm

All the same arguments I would make for a full-size Cool












Wanna buy a 2v with a slight misfire problem rotfl

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Post by dutchman on Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:53 pm

Drove a 2010 Tundra Crewmax today. That’s a nice truck, but I’d have to build it up to match Andrew’s old truck.

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Post by TRD270 on Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:02 pm


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Post by dutchman on Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:39 pm


Nice rig! Just more than I'm willing to spend at this point.





Also, just saw the super fine text at the bottom of your last post... no thanks. One 5.4 per household is enough Very Happy

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Post by Kevin on Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:53 am

That is a nice Tundra. Some day...

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