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Offline gatorbred

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« on: May 02, 2007, 03:52:00 PM »
Hi guys, Although I temporarily live in Alpine, I plan to find a cabin in the BigBend area. What I need to know ~ what kind of car/truck do you recommend? I presently own an older [170000 miles] truck, that is not happy with the heat. Since I plan on the car/truck to be around for a long time, $ is not my main concern. I need a truck that is good in the sand and rocks, but will be fairly happy on the road. I expect half my time to be offroad.

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Offline Roy

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 04:04:18 PM »
The "buy American" folks will probably slam me (and I understand the sentiment) but I'd get a Toyota Tacoma 4WD or one of their small/medium SUVs, depending on if you'll  be hauling people or cargo.  I'm still driving a '93 Toyota T100 with about the same mileage as your vehicle, and it runs great, have no plans to sell it.  Toyota just flat builds quality vehicles.

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007, 05:28:25 PM »
I'll second the Tacoma 4wd with 4-doors.  



Of course, nothing beats the good ole all-american Jeep Wrangler 4-Door Rubicon (yes I know it's a German now, ironically).

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2007, 06:28:43 PM »
Is that the Rio Grande at flood stage in the background??  :shock:
Funny... I have a story about that...

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Offline Al

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2007, 06:31:13 PM »
I'd get a 4 wheel drive diesel.

Al

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007, 08:09:31 PM »
I'd definately second David's recommendation on the Wrangler. Personally I like the body on the new 07's, but hate the motor choice. An older model (TJ or LJ) with the 4.0 would probably be a little better offroad (better low rpm torque and HP). However, gear it properly and that won't really matter. I love the wrangler in the outback of BIBE.

Robert
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007, 09:08:54 PM »
Let me clarify my last post.  I'd either get the shortest wheel-base truck with a diesel and 4 wheel drive or the next shortest depending on what it has such as an extended cab.  I like a full size bed to put stuff in including bulk materials like mulch or compost.  

I just wish someone was selling a ligher duty truck than a 250 or 2500 with say a 4 liter turbocharged diesel engine that got 25 miles or more to the gallon.  Bet there will be one but probably not for a few years.  You might want to wait as long as you can before you buy a new truck.  I am.

Al

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2007, 09:50:43 PM »
Help out poor ole GM and buy a  Made in Mexico Chevrolet Avalanch, Z71 edition - LT.

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Offline Picacho

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2007, 10:32:52 PM »
Yep, get a Toyota Tacoma.  Put Uniroyal Laredo Cross Countries on it for a very smooth ride but off road capable.  I have Cross Countries on my Toyota 4x4 and they are great off and on road.

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2007, 10:39:45 PM »
Quote from: "Al"
Let me clarify my last post.  I'd either get the shortest wheel-base truck with a diesel and 4 wheel drive or the next shortest depending on what it has such as an extended cab.  I like a full size bed to put stuff in including bulk materials like mulch or compost.  

I just wish someone was selling a ligher duty truck than a 250 or 2500 with say a 4 liter turbocharged diesel engine that got 25 miles or more to the gallon.  Bet there will be one but probably not for a few years.  You might want to wait as long as you can before you buy a new truck.  I am.

Al


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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2007, 11:12:41 PM »
Homero, what can I say but . . . Duh!

By 2010 or so I bet we will be seeing a whole new cadre of significantly more fuel efficient vehicles.  I'm pulling necessary maintenance on my vehicles, which are all paid for, until then and saving up for the next generation.   Fact is there is a significant lag in vehicle development and production that will respond to higher fuel costs occurring now and will pop out of the hopper most likely around then.  

Time will tell.  

Any stock tips?

Al

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2007, 07:06:57 AM »
Of course, you can always get yourself one of these....

http://www.swissarmyvehicles.com/shpics.php?table=vehicles&idnum=79

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Offline Desert Rat

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2007, 07:46:45 AM »
I agree with the Toyota idea.  I love my 4 year old Tundra.  I test drove both the Tacoma and Tundra and the choice was clear to me, but it is hard to go wrong with either.

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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2007, 08:02:17 AM »
Man, Casa...That's what I'm talkin' about....UNIMOG, baby.....!!!
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."-H.P. Lovecraft

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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2007, 08:50:12 AM »
Quote from: "Roy"
The "buy American" folks will probably slam me (and I understand the sentiment) but I'd get a Toyota Tacoma 4WD or one of their small/medium SUVs, depending on if you'll  be hauling people or cargo.  I'm still driving a '93 Toyota T100 with about the same mileage as your vehicle, and it runs great, have no plans to sell it.  Toyota just flat builds quality vehicles.


Toyota is the way to go. As soon as Toyota steps into the heavy truck category, they will put Detroit out of its misery.

Buy a Toyota and you are buying American....made here, sourced here, and at least in the case of the Tundra designed here.

Makes you wonder why auto workers who must have come at least in part from the Big 3 can make excellent, reliable vehicles for Toyota but could not do the same at their former places of employment.
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