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Old 11-25-2020, 01:41 PM
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I have a question for you guys who drive trucks full time. Do you enjoy driving the truck?

I love driving and intend to get a sports car when money allows, but I'm just starting my career and my budget won't allow a truck, boat and sports car!

I've never daily driven a truck, but when I have driven them it's been an uninspiring experience. I currently drive a Mazda 6 and I'm looking at Toyota trucks or perhaps a Highlander.

What do y'all think? Will I get used to the truck? I don't mind driving my old Crown Victoria which is very truck-like.

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Not a big deal at all. If using for towing I would scratch highlanders and similar transverse drivetrain vehicles completely off your list.
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You have to take a separate car to truck test....fyi
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My 2 pennies.

Wife has a Highlander. Not a truck, more of a lifted short minivan. It appears confused and hesitant at times with the auto transmission.
Buddies have Tacoma. Not a truck, more of a cross over from car to truck. A El-Highlander. A very good daily driver as it does many things well.
Tundra. Truck but not the same as a Chevy or Ford. Can be rigged as a driving couch at the high end, A good daily driver yet a truck.

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You spend your money on the thing you drive the most. If you have to work out of a truck, get a decent and reliable one. If you have to work out of a car, same thing. If all you use the truck for is yard work and towing the boat, get a cheap one. If all you use the car for is a toy or backup for the truck, get a cheap one. Make your daily usage your investment, the others are playthings. Contrary to popular opinion on here, my boat is the LAST thing on the list.

You get a motorcycle and the sports car will be parked for a decade like mine has. Might have put 500 miles on my 96 WS6 Formula Firebird 6 speed car in a decade. Probably 50k miles on motorcycles though.
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Always had big SUV for my sport/fishing vehicle.
Got a pickup 10 years ago and can't imagine how I would manage with anything else. My daily driver now.
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I went from Cars to trucks 10 years ago. First a taco then Tundra. I’m pretty sure I will never drive a car ever as my daily. Might get something fun in future as second car but I love having truck. Can’t imagine going back. Big inside, sit high put shit in back plants dirt whatever.
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Youíll never get a sports car like driving experience out of a truck, well maybe a raptor or something of that nature but I donít know. If thatís what youíre looking for a truck wonít do it for sure. Why do you want to daily drains a truck? I know my wife loves driving mine because she sits higher and likes how it feels driving higher up. She does hate parking it though!! I drove one because I can only afford one vehicle and need to have a truck so thatís what I have. If I didnít need it a car would be it because I love to drive sporty type vehicles. Nothing really to get used to itís just a different experience.
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Sports cars are over rated. My Saab 93was fun to drive but it was a lease. My Acura was a blast to drive, but I didn't want a ticket. I sold it to a guy who had a similar Acura (totaled accident). I bought a 10 yr old Lexus gx470 and it is excellent at everything. I gave that SUV to wife and got a used diesel Ram 2500 and love it to tow my boat.
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I've had numerous trucks over the past 25 yrs, probably will never be without one. Even now in a crew cab Z71 still manage to get low 20's on highway trips. Love having the extra room and the versatility.
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I get they aren't exotic sports cars, but you can turn a 3/4 ton diesel into a pretty fun driving machine.

Give lots of "sports" cars a surprise pretty easily with a few mods.

Best of both worlds. A truck race car truck.
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A truck is a tool. Iíve daily driven everything from a mini-truck to a dually. You get used to whatever you need, and in a lot of ways itís very handy to be in a truck. The driving dynamics of trucks have made huge advances over the years, but they are still trucks.

In in recent years I added a German sedan to the mix and put the truck on secondary duty. Lots more fun and cheaper to operate. But a recent move has me back in the truck full time. Itís absolutely fine, but the 30 mile commute is definitely not as much fun.

If you need a truck, drive a truck. No biggie. Later when life and finances allow, add something more fun.
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You need to ask yourself if you need a truck. Work, towing or hauling stuff. They are bigger and have greatly improved but drive like a truck. Need to plan where you park due to size. We have 4 wheel drive cross overs and a truck. If you don’t need a full size truck start with a mid size or cross over.
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Full size trucks are long. They can't park in a compact parking spot. You can't beat a truck as a highway cruiser, though.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I get they aren't exotic sports cars, but you can turn a 3/4 ton diesel into a pretty fun driving machine.

Give lots of "sports" cars a surprise pretty easily with a few mods.

Best of both worlds. A truck race car truck.
How does that big diesel handle around the twisty roads? There is so much more to a sports car than going fast in a straight line. My Jetta TDI with 110 hp will destroy just about any stock truck on a twsity road. HP per lb is an equation that rules when you have to use a steering wheel. Going fast in a straight line takes zero skill and was fun in high school.

I have a few of each, sports cars, avg cars, half tons, and even a big diesel truck. As stated above, I use the correct tool for the job. If I'm just running around I take a German car. Dog training or dirt bike duty, then the halfer. Gotta pull a big load, then the diesel. Out of all of them the most boring drive is the diesel. Its big, rides like shit, handles horribly, and even thou its juiced up, its more less just feels fast due to torque. Nowhere near AMG or M fast.

Nothing in the back? Gimmie a German car every time.
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How does that big diesel handle around the twisty roads? There is so much more to a sports car than going fast in a straight line. My Jetta TDI with 110 hp will destroy just about any stock truck on a twsity road. HP per lb is an equation that rules when you have to use a steering wheel. Going fast in a straight line takes zero skill and was fun in high school.

I have a few of each, sports cars, avg cars, half tons, and even a big diesel truck. As stated above, I use the correct tool for the job. If I'm just running around I take a German car. Dog training or dirt bike duty, then the halfer. Gotta pull a big load, then the diesel. Out of all of them the most boring drive is the diesel. Its big, rides like shit, handles horribly, and even thou its juiced up, its more less just feels fast due to torque. Nowhere near AMG or M fast.

Nothing in the back? Gimmie a German car every time.
is paying taxes and insurance on all those vehicles to have the perfect match for each individual task worth it?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
is paying taxes and insurance on all those vehicles to have the perfect match for each individual task worth it?
Absolutely. If I can afford the toys, I can afford the costs that along with them.
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Sports cars are over rated. My Saab 93was fun to drive but it was a lease. My Acura was a blast to drive, but I didn't want a ticket. I sold it to a guy who had a similar Acura (totaled accident). I bought a 10 yr old Lexus gx470 and it is excellent at everything. I gave that SUV to wife and got a used diesel Ram 2500 and love it to tow my boat.

There is truth here. Every year at bonus time a few weeks after the parking lot is filled with sports cars than six months later they are sold and gone. Fast cars fan get you into trouble really quick. Most of us have had our fling and gotten rid of them. I still daydream about getting a corvette or SL roadster but I donít know if I will ever do it.
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I am 51 and have never owned a car, EVER (okay, my name is also on my wife's car title but that doesn't count)

I hate driving my wife's car (Audi Q5) and when I have to use rental cars on travel, I hate that as well.

I have always preferred 3/4 tons if nothing else I like the increased ride height and a feeling of driving something "substantial", something with size and heft.

When my job requires me to rent a compact, it feels like I'm driving a skateboard.

Having said that, I will someday own an early 80's Magnum PI Ferrari 308 just for shits and giggles.

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A Durango RT with 5.7 V8, 8 speed can tow around 7k and drives sportyish. Jeep Grand Cherokee same thing but shorter, better axles and gear ratios, better fuel economy.

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