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    small truck recommendations??

    Looking for an older, 2001-2004, small truck that will be able to pull a small camper, 1.5 tons. Any recommendations out there? Will also be my primary driving vehicle so I am interested in acceptable gas mileage and handling.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    F150. You're not going to get that much better mileage going to a mid size truck. One of the reasons Ford quit making the Ranger.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    I did not know Ford stopped making the Ranger, but I have noticed that there is not a lot of difference in the EPA ratings for a mid-size and a full sized trucks.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    F150. You're not going to get that much better mileage going to a mid size truck. One of the reasons Ford quit making the Ranger.
    How about a Nissan Frontier regular drive, or a Toyota? What do you know about these Bobber?



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    From most people that I know that have bought small trucks eg. GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado, they don't get much better mileage than the 1/2 ton pickups such as the F-150 or the Silverado. It seems like most people that buy the smaller trucks wish they had just went ahead and bought the full size (from people I talk to). When you decide on a small truck your interested in, I would go ahead and check the price/economy against the full size version and see if you are really going to be benefiting form the sacrifice in size and horsepower. Just my two cents.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    From most people that I know that have bought small trucks eg. GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado, they don't get much better mileage than the 1/2 ton pickups such as the F-150 or the Silverado. It seems like most people that buy the smaller trucks wish they had just went ahead and bought the full size (from people I talk to). When you decide on a small truck your interested in, I would go ahead and check the price/economy against the full size version and see if you are really going to be benefiting form the sacrifice in size and horsepower. Just my two cents.
    This. Stick to the full size.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Get a f150 even base models have all the pulling power you need. I have a ranger it pulls ok but has no weight in the back end and tends to get squirrelly. My ranger gets 17mpg my dads f150 gets the same mpg with a bigger engine


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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    If you really want a small truck, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are the pick of the litter. You can, however, sometimes acquire a Ford Ranger for a bargain price. Stay away from any GM product with the five cylinder engine.


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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Well, just to throw out a different option: what about a minivan? Probably more practical for non-towing everyday use, which will be 90% of your mileage. Still holds a ton of stuff in the back. Some of them have big enough engine/tranny to do towing (I think).
    I'm not smart enough to make a specific recommendation, just thought it might be something to consider.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneTony View Post
    Get a f150 even base models have all the pulling power you need. I have a ranger it pulls ok but has no weight in the back end and tends to get squirrelly. My ranger gets 17mpg my dads f150 gets the same mpg with a bigger engine
    I have a 2001 Ranger that gets around 22mpg in my commuting that has over 150k miles but agree I wouldn't want to tow anything that heavy with it. I have had a very good experience with my Ranger but if I got another truck it would be an F150 - they are sweet!



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    It sounds like a lot of you are thinking F150, which I had thought about. Does anyone have a F150 with a v-6? Is the mileage much better than the 5.4 v-8? The 5.4 is the motor that seems pretty common on these trucks.

    I did not consider a Mini-van. I currently have a 2002 Buick Rendevous that can pull the trailer, but it feels like the trailer is a bit much for it, and I would expect the same from a mini van.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Dodge Dakota 4 door with a V8 in Cyclone red. Nuff said.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfreddy View Post
    How about a Nissan Frontier regular drive, or a Toyota? What do you know about these Bobber?
    Don't know anything about them. Just know my brother drove a Ranger for years and recently got a cheap F150 and has been extremely pleased. Nearly the same mileage and lot more room and towing capacity. Hard to go wrong with a Ford pick up. There's a reason they've been #1 in the truck market for over 30 years.



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by MaccloNe View Post
    Dodge Dakota 4 door with a V8 in Cyclone red. Nuff said.
    A little truck with V8 mileage? Why not go full sized for the room?



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    Re: small truck recommendations??

    Quote Originally Posted by iowa_wildcat View Post
    If you really want a small truck, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are the pick of the litter. You can, however, sometimes acquire a Ford Ranger for a bargain price. Stay away from any GM product with the five cylinder engine.
    Agree with this. Love the looks of the Chevy Colorado's and GMC Canyons but too many issues with the I4 and I5 engines.

    If you get a F150 Ford and you want good fuel economy, stay away from the inline 6 cylinder because that one is thirsty engine regardless of the make.



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