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In the market for a new (to me) truck in the next couple months, going to start test drives soon. Budget in the 30-35k arena. Must haves: 4wd, leather, and crew cab. Beyond that I'm open to anything. Coming out of an 06 Silverado 1500. I work from home so it won't be a true commuter, but will be my only vehicle. Have a sea pro sv2100 to pull, tandem axle, total weight around 3500 at the ramp, so nothing crazy. Other considerations - need to be able to comfortably road trip with wife, baby, and 80lb dog. Top contender is a 3.5 ecoboost. Maybe just a newer silverado. Those with either, what are super picky things you'd change or what sold you on one over the other? If you went from v8 to ecoboost, would you go back or are you sold on the turbos? Is the 10spd that much better than the 6spd ecoboost?

New Tacoma is a dark horse. Wife has a '17 4Runner that I like, but I find myself wondering if it would leave me wanting more after years in a 1500. Curious if guys with Tacos ever find themselves wishing they had a full size, especially if you came out of a 1500 (thinking payload capacity with stones or lumber for yard projects, interior space)? Am I overlooking a Tundra? Thanks for any input.
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In the market for a new (to me) truck in the next couple months, going to start test drives soon. Budget in the 30-35k arena. Must haves: 4wd, leather, and crew cab. Beyond that I'm open to anything. Coming out of an 06 Silverado 1500. I work from home so it won't be a true commuter, but will be my only vehicle. Have a sea pro sv2100 to pull, tandem axle, total weight around 3500 at the ramp, so nothing crazy. Other considerations - need to be able to comfortably road trip with wife, baby, and 80lb dog. Top contender is a 3.5 ecoboost. Maybe just a newer silverado. Those with either, what are super picky things you'd change or what sold you on one over the other? If you went from v8 to ecoboost, would you go back or are you sold on the turbos? Is the 10spd that much better than the 6spd ecoboost?

New Tacoma is a dark horse. Wife has a '17 4Runner that I like, but I find myself wondering if it would leave me wanting more after years in a 1500. Curious if guys with Tacos ever find themselves wishing they had a full size, especially if you came out of a 1500 (thinking payload capacity with stones or lumber for yard projects, interior space)? Am I overlooking a Tundra? Thanks for any input.
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you sure that will adequately tow? might need to step it up a notch!
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A lot of vehicles will tow 3,500lbs. I think the first question you have to ask yourself is, are you joined to the hip with a truck as I am? Myself, I just can't see me not having a truck.
But in saying that, 4Runners, Pathfinders, SUV's can all pull trailers as well as you boat, so maybe a truck isn't what you need? But as I said, I'm joined to the hip with trucks so all other vehicles would be off my list.
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In the market for a new (to me) truck in the next couple months, going to start test drives soon. Budget in the 30-35k arena. Must haves: 4wd, leather, and crew cab. Beyond that I'm open to anything. Coming out of an 06 Silverado 1500. I work from home so it won't be a true commuter, but will be my only vehicle. Have a sea pro sv2100 to pull, tandem axle, total weight around 3500 at the ramp, so nothing crazy. Other considerations - need to be able to comfortably road trip with wife, baby, and 80lb dog. Top contender is a 3.5 ecoboost. Maybe just a newer silverado. Those with either, what are super picky things you'd change or what sold you on one over the other? If you went from v8 to ecoboost, would you go back or are you sold on the turbos? Is the 10spd that much better than the 6spd ecoboost?

New Tacoma is a dark horse. Wife has a '17 4Runner that I like, but I find myself wondering if it would leave me wanting more after years in a 1500. Curious if guys with Tacos ever find themselves wishing they had a full size, especially if you came out of a 1500 (thinking payload capacity with stones or lumber for yard projects, interior space)? Am I overlooking a Tundra? Thanks for any input.
get a Ford with the 2.7 Ecoboost or 3.5 Ecoboost. 3.5 will pull better but those 2.7 Ecoboost are stout and have lots of power. With the weight that you’re towing I think a 2.7 would do just fine and the fuel
economy is great. The Ford interiors are spacious and comfortable. I think GM is a little bit outdated with their interior in comparison to Ford. Don’t bother with a Taco; you’ll wish you had more
truck. They get horrible fuel mileage and aren’t comfortable. I drove a buddies Tacoma back to Richmond, VA from Atlantic City and it was very uncomfortable in my opinion. If I had to get another half ton today I would get a Ford.
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Idk...triple rear axles might be a little overkill. And the stacks seem a little gaudy.
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A lot of vehicles will tow 3,500lbs. I think the first question you have to ask yourself is, are you joined to the hip with a truck as I am? Myself, I just can't see me not having a truck.
But in saying that, 4Runners, Pathfinders, SUV's can all pull trailers as well as you boat, so maybe a truck isn't what you need? But as I said, I'm joined to the hip with trucks so all other vehicles would be off my list.
I'm not married to the idea. X5 was topping my list for a while, especially as a long time BMW nut. But the convenience factor is hard to ignore. Planning on kitchen reno soon and being able to pick up a fridge or get drywall without needing a utility trailer is nice.
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I'm not married to the idea. X5 was topping my list for a while, especially as a long time BMW nut. But the convenience factor is hard to ignore. Planning on kitchen reno soon and being able to pick up a fridge or get drywall without needing a utility trailer is nice.
Yeah, it is! I live a pretty diverse life style so I would also include items such as picking up engines, car parts, firewood, gravel, dirt, etc.
Maybe in your immediate future a truck is your best choice, but down the road you'll trade it off for that X5?
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2019 Silveraydo.

Everyone I asked about the Tacoma who tows wishes they had a full size.Tundra's OK but MPG is awful and it's outdated. Plus Scotty Kilmer doesn't like the motor, lol.

The Tacoma owner's manual even says the truck was designed as a passenger carrying vehicle only. Yes it can tow but that's not it's intended purpose.
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Best looking truck face out there, IMHO. Unless you are a chrome freak...the Platinum Tundra looks great, has Lexus leather and great resale. But get used to 15 mpg around town. A clean 2015 could be in your price range..



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We’re i buying a 1/2 ton truck that I wasn’t living in and wanting long term reliability, I’d buy a Tundra. We’re i buying an SUV, I’d find a Land Cruiser a few years old and buy that.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Yeah, it is! I live a pretty diverse life style so I would also include items such as picking up engines, car parts, firewood, gravel, dirt, etc.
Maybe in your immediate future a truck is your best choice, but down the road you'll trade it off for that X5?
I think the days of regular engine swaps are over, at least until my son grows up and gets the racing bug haha. But I know what you mean...i'm not a heavy hauler or in construction, but i find myself needing slightly more than what an SUV is capable of at least once a month. There may be the fringe option adding to the fleet instead of replacing the silverado, but in that case it'd be a new m3, something AMG, or an alpha guilia quad...but that's for a different thread lol.

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Best looking truck face out there, IMHO. Unless you are a chrome freak...the Platinum Tundra looks great, has Lexus leather and great resale. But get used to 15 mpg around town. A clean 2015 could be in your price range..
A friend of mine has the 1794 edition and that interior is very nice. I do like the Tundras, but I'm getting 14 and change with my tired old 5.3 and would love to improve on that. Don't think it's an absolute deal breaker, but it would be hard to convince myself to spend the money on a truck 10 years newer isn't any more efficient.
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I have driven the 3.5 EcoBoost in 2 trucks now approximately 200k miles with nothing done but brakes, tires, oil, and wipers. I would not hesitate to recommend one...plenty of pep....plenty of grunt when it needs it...can get good MPG when you drive it like you want good MPG (22 MPG HWY at 60-65 and 20 MPG at 65-70 and 18 MPG above 70 and going downhill from there.

Both of mine have been pre-2017 which is when they went from 6speed auto to the 10 speed auto and I've heard some people love the 10 speed and some aren't too fond of it. i do consider that 6 speed to be pretty much bullet proof though as I haven't heard/read about many failures on them.

The only possible negative is it is a bit thirsty when towing so if you tow long distances just keep that in mind....but this is pretty true for all gas engines.

For $35k you should be able to get a 2016 Lariat with 4x4 Crew Cab with 30-40k miles on it.
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Do not consider a Tacoma. My vote would be f150...any of their options....but for value, features and performance....I would say a lariat 2.7 would fit the bill. Next would be a Ram. I would not drive a GM if it was free.
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Best looking truck face out there, IMHO. Unless you are a chrome freak...the Platinum Tundra looks great, has Lexus leather and great resale. But get used to 15 mpg around town. A clean 2015 could be in your price range..



Sorry Rick the Classic Ram is the sexiest newer truck there is ! The new body isn’t bad either.
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Once a bowtie guy, always a bowtie guy. Stay with the Silverado.
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It sounds like you already have an adequate tow vehicle in the family with your wife's truck. Maybe something fun??? Or something fun as a project (I'm kinda partial to early 90s Ford trucks) that could serve as the tow/work vehicle when finished. 30K would go a long way!. Modern trucks just seem over-styled, over-optioned, and over-priced to me.
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Now's your chance to sell that Silverado and finally get a real truck!

Ford F150 with ecoboost fits the bill. All GMs since your current vintage are butt assed ugly anyway.

Forget the taco. Yes they run forever, per usual, but they still can't tow anything. MPG sucks just as bad as a fullsize. So fullsize MPG with small truck power and space. Negative.

Tundras are sweet and, again run forever. They're great trucks, but so far behind Ford in terms of new tech. Plus the MPG BLOWS, as per usual for Toyota.

F150 is top of the class...and it's a great looking truck.
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For 38k, you can get a 2019 GMC SLT brand new with warranty. There are thousands of them that they are trying to give away for some reason...I jus bought a new fleet truck and almost bought one but my driver wanted a ford. We bought a pretty nice 2019 Ford 2.7 4x4 SXT or some shit with leather interior and such. 20 inch wheels. 41k. My guy has a ford so he wanted a Ford. I would have bought the GMC for the price but he didn’t like it...
Hilton Head GMC has more trucks than they have room. They are ready to deal.
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