Car Advice

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by JiroZero713, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    Well the Toyota Tacoma outlook is looking grim so I started looking at Nissan Frontiers which are relatively cheaper and offer pretty much the same functionality of a Tacoma but with the crappy interior they are known for.

    Interior isn't a deal breaker for me but I prefer the Tacoma's.



    Cars for Sale: 2010 Nissan Frontier SE in Kaneohe, HI 96744: Truck Details - 310550620 - AutoTrader.com


    Then I found that above Truck and I think I like it...everything I wanted in a Tacoma in a 2010 with way less mileage.



    And then....I fell in love with this truck.


    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...ype=b&num_records=25&cardist=7&standard=false


    I hate Chevy because of the bailouts but I'd be tempted to sell myself out for that above beut.....it reminds me of my mom's Z28 on the inside.


    What do you guys think? Truck Cruiser....or just Truck.

    I'm scared about the SSR because it's a relatively rare truck now....since they stopped making it...and I'm not sure what mechanical problems it had.
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    If I had to pick between Toyota and Nissan it would be Toyota.

    Chevy makes a good vehicle but I don't like them because of the bailouts. Stay away from the SSR, it's basically a Corvette(but kinda ghey), and while reliability isn't an issue some of the parts can get pricey.

    Have you looked at Ford at all? No bailout and qaulity is just as good as anything you've listed.
     

  3. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I've been directly in the auto industry for decades... I wouldn't be so quick to jump on the bailout band wagon. Literally had they not received the direct, or INDIRECT assistance, then there would have been some huge implications for the entire country. Auto has always driven the mfg sector of this country, and still does. What I'm not happy about was the bastardized bankruptcy process.

    GM has some good product, and is likely to survive
    Chrysler scares the hell out of me, I don't see them making beyond another 3 years
    Ford is the most stable, BUT, they are now beginning to suffer the consequences of cutting too deep in '08 & '09. They'll survive, but may struggle for a couple of years.

    IMO Ford and GM trucks are solid capable vehicles.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    The bailout wasnt to save gm or chrysler it was to save the union dues flowing into democrat campaign coffers. If they had of failed they would have restructured gotten out from onerous union contracts and been healthy companies. Ford is going to have the same issue soon and gm/chrysler will.soon do a repeat.


    Politics aside my preference is chevrolet. They just drive better as they have better road handling and the interiors are very comfy. The reason i dont like ford is drivingtheir trucks feels like im fighting the thing down the highway. Get done with a drive and its like i just fought a boxing match. Plus the seats suck and the interiors are cheap.

    Stay away from the ssr unless you got lots of extra $$$$ to spare on repairs on the rare body and interior parts.
     
  5. LONGHAIR

    LONGHAIR New Member

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    Nissan is one of the hardest cars there is to work-on...Saab is another-one...Some cars nowdays have computer-chips just for the windows to go up and down...Just more things to go wrong if you ask me...Then again I drive a 1976 cj-5jeep and the doors and windows come off...Buy a older...Bithcin...jeep or truck...
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The Chevy you're looking at is a used 2005. It was built pre-buyout and not one penny of your transaction would make it back to Government Motors.

    I know how you feel. I just purchased a new car and pretty well ruled out any new GM or Chrysler products. I did consider pre-bailout used GM's because I knew my money would be going to the local guys and not the cronies in Detroit.
     
  7. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    IIRC, The SSR cannot handle more than 7-800 lbs in the bed...
    My dad was looking at one as well a few years ago, He was told that by the salesman, But double check to be sure, Its somewhat pointless to have a pickup that cant carry much.
    Best of luck
     
  8. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    The SSR didn't have any unusual number mechanical problems, even the ones you usually see in the all-new models that don't have the bugs worked out. The are "rare" now because they completely bombed on the market. Turns out just not very many people like the way they look. Like was mentioned before with the parts being a bit pricey, I'm pretty sure the drive train is nothing super unique and parts can be found pretty easy, but if you get a busted headlight, be prepared to bend over and take it, cause that's gonna cost a pretty penny to replace.
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I'm a Ford fan, big time. And I have to agree with your assessment on Ford vs Chevy. I've told people that if I had the money to build my perfect truck, it'd be a Ford that rides and drives like a Chevy, and with a Cummins diesel.
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think you just described a Dodge 2500. Oddly enough Ford owns Cummins. I too vote no on the SSR. They are not really a truck, they just sorta look like one. You may not be old enough to remember when Ford brought out a sorta truck on the Falcon body platform. And then there were the factory station wagon conversions. The Chevy El Camino is still a popular antique/hot rod.
     
  11. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    I'm probably going to go with the Nissan unless I see a cheap Tacoma on one of the lemon lots over there.


    I really REALLY like the SSR though but for a first time bought car I think I aught to go simple instead of hot rod.

    Besides my Mom still has her 1983 Z28 in the Garage in perfect condition....and I'd rather spend money on her on parts to bring her back to life with a new 350 engine.
     
  12. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Research! The ssr is trouble plagued. Hell, it's not even a truck. :D
     
  13. Gh0zt36

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  14. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Except for the fact that I don't want a dodge. I've used them on pipelines and owned a chrysler, the ones I got my hands on just didn't hold up, and first impressions mean a lot to me. The Ford I finally adopted on the pipeline had over 400k when I got it, and it didn't go in the shop once while I had it (2004 F350 flatbed diesel, don't even know the motor size) I sold it to my company when I left, and they were still using it when the company was sold about 6 months ago. (I bought it in 06, sold it when I left in 07). The only time it went in the shop when they had it was for a new water pump and then new fuel injectors. Common maintenance with that kind of mileage.
     
  15. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    Found out my loan and insurance would not be that bad with the Chevy SSR.

    Also the value of the car is 26,000 so I'm pretty much saving 6,000 if it's still there when I get there.
     
  16. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Jihro, you really need to check out the NHSTA Recall and Service Bulletin website before you commit to it.
     
  17. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry, but I've been in the auto industry for several decades. GM, Chrysler, and to a lesser extent Ford were going down, and going down fast. We were looking at an unstabilized rapid cascading failure. I only wish they had truly followed bankruptcy law instead of the bastardized union saving plan they came up with.
     
  18. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I haven't worked in the auto industry, I'm not an accountant, and I haven't looked at their books. What little I know was from when the CEO's were sitting in front of the committee like they were on trial, GM and Chrysler saying they were going under, and the Ford CEO saying that they could hold out for about 7 years before they really had to worry, and Ford having a plan in the works to make sure it didn't go that far. So yeah, I'm biased in Ford's favor, but all three were pretty screwed.
     
  19. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    WHAT? Where did you come up with that? Cummins is a publicly traded company
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Ford owns 1/3 of those publicly traded stocks. Which I don't know for sure, but I think that's the controlling majority. If you find out differently, feel free to correct me, I can take it like a man.