Originally Posted by Colby
Looking for truck advice.
What do you guys think is a good pickup? I'm thinking a crewcab is good..but so is gas mileage. My thoughts are for a truck that can serve as a sometimes useful house rehab helper and a sometimes trailer hauler - like a boat or RV trailer thing.
Use as a daily driver - not really - if the gas mileage is hateful.
I'd have you look at the F-150 Ecoboost. Decent power with decent mileage.
Used makes sense - keeps the cost. Used also makes sense due to the recent growth in size of pickups. I don't agree with the necessity of huge trucks for normal uses. Ten years ago sizes worked - why not continue with that?
Unless your stepping up to the HD/SD models, the run of the mill 150/1500 series pickup hasn't really grown that much in the last 10 years, aside from perhaps extra cabs being replaced by crew cabs. But then, I think it's been for the better.
Power? I'm not a racer. Don't consider any truck a race car. And consider that most any truck - even a six cylinder can haul adequately.
Power is nice, especially in a pickup. Power is the difference between being able tow 6000lbs or 9000lbs safely & comfortably. I have yet to hear much complaining about too much power. Considering what trucks weigh these days, having 300+ hp is nice. Especially considering there really isn't as much of a mileage penalty for it these days.
Some of the recent trucks had troubles - which would be good to avoid - like Dodge transmissions from approximately 8 years ago.
I have a 2008 Dodge 1500 4wd w/ the hemi. I bought it used in Dec 2009. The only noteworthy problem I've had was the transmission would get confused and clunky and kick out a fault code. The dealer reflashed it a couple times. The third time it did it, I got online and wandered through the Dodge Forums. Turns out that it was an easy fix. Simply put, it turned out to be a clogged filter. I just had them do the 30K fluid/filter change early, reset the fault code and it's been flawless since.
What else is worth avoiding? A solid, reliable machine is a good thing.
My brother in law has had enough of his 05 Super Duty (diesel). Two turbocharger failures later, he's done with them. He's a Ford truck guy too. He ended up buying an older V-10 SD. He tows a lot of heavy stuff, as his business is decorative ironwork (stairways, gates etc.)
Whatever you buy will demand some sort of compromise.
If you're really worried about mileage, don't buy a full sized truck. Even the best are only a bit less thirsty.
If you really plan on tow/hauling, get enough truck. A half ton will do 90% of what most people need. If your in that last 10%, plan accordingly. If you're eyeballing that fifth wheel toy hauler, you'd best up your game.