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deciding on 4 cylinder trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by unkownfl, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    I have been looking at the following trucks

    2003/4+ ranger with the 2.3 not the 2.5 4 cylinder
    last generation of the s10 with the 2.2
    second to last generation 2.5l dakota late 90's early 200x's
    Frontiers with the 4 cylinder
    Tacomas with the 4 cylinder

    I'm leaning towards a 5 speed manual transmission but wouldn't pass on a nice auto.

    Mainly looking to get around 20mpg. I only plan on towing a small 5x8 trailer with a 36 wright. I know about the greater distance braking with the smaller trucks so lets get past that. Which do you guys prefer for mowing operations? I defiantly need a extra cab. Do the Japanese and Dakota trucks come in long bed? I would like to get a Colorado but they are all over 6,000 and I don't see spending more then that on a compact truck being a good investment. Would my deduction be the same vs a full size truck for my taxes? Mileage deduction is the same I believe, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    I'll recommend a manual trans due to 4cyl power issues...you'll get better mpg's as you well know. However, if you're towing I'll further recommend a V6.

    My 2dr Kingcab Frontier XE 4cyl has been a rock. Gets 21-22mpg (mix of city/hwy) whether equipment is loaded or not...bedshell on or off. REAL consistent. Alternator, brakes, batteries...that's it for repairs with 110K on it.

    However, I don't pull a trailer...I'm self-contained using a quality ramp.

    Maintaining HWY speeds would likely be a challenge while pulling a trailer, imo. If you don't need to tow at hwy speeds, then a 4cyl should work OK.

    As a very general approach to fuel costs, here's what I calculated for my parameters:

    For every 5000 miles driven and rounding up to $3/gal
    -at 20 mpg then $750 in fuel cost
    -at 15 mpg then $1000
    -at 10 mpg then $1500

    So at 20 mpg, & if I average 15k miles/yr then I save $750 over a truck that gets 15 mpg which is ~$15/week extra fuel cost if averaged over 52 weeks. It's not a whole lot of $$$, but it adds up for sure.
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    What size equipment do you have. Have any pictures? Right now this is my rig below. I still have two other trailers but I'm sick of towing. Right now I'm only getting between 9-11 mpg which sucks. Its a auto 4.2 v6. Just trying to get ahead because I know gas will be over 3.50 this summer for sure and probable close to the 5 dollar mark during driving season. I don't want to have to raise prices as much as others or at all if I can.

  4. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    Its a pitty you guys cant get any small diesels over there. I dont understand why? Maybe they think everyone wants one of those huge F150's or something. When I see a F150 here for example, its never a work truck and I just shake my head knowing alot of you guys use them, and bigger for towing a mower or 2.

    That said, those large trucks and fuel is much much cheaper over there, maybe I'd have something bigger if I could.

    Personally, I have a Auto 3 litre turbo diesel Toyota Hilux that tows a 6x8 trailer with a superZ no problem. (3000kg towing capacity.) Trailer is braked.
    We also have 3 Litre Turbo diesel Rangers/Mazda that are highly regarded.
    Just about every manufacture makes a small diesel for over here.
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Are they 5 a 6 inlined engines? If so thats probably why we don't have them because of the crash testing.
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Diesel's aren't popular here. People don't like the sound of them and everybody things they are hard to start. I have always had diesels mostly from Mercedes. I would love to see a light duty diesel truck. I know they have been talking forever for a diesel f150 here.
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Wow craigslist isn't popular there at all in Australia.
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    there areNO long bed small trucks made anymore. i guess they figured out that a long bed compact can do the job of a full sized truck so they stopped making them.
  10. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Posts: 912

    No; they found out that the people who want a work truck usually go for a bigger one.

    As for diesel trucks, the cost of the diesel option usually could more than pay for the fuel saved. Maybe it would be cheaper if the emission regulations weren't so strict.

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