Small truck advice - HELP!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by A1 Grass, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I am not really in need of a 3/4 ton diesel since I have decided to do lawn mowing just "on the side". I am thinking of trading the old Cummins in for a small truck. Most likely that will put me in the $7500-8000 range. Help me pick a truck! Here are some requirements I have:

    1. d-e-p-e-n-d-a-b-i-l-i-t-y !!!

    2. 4wd, ext or crew cab, long bed.

    3. Something that will tow reasonably well or haul a load, occasionally. (nothing super-heavy)

    4. d-e-p-e-n-d-a-b-i-l-i-t-y !!!

    5. Good MPG's

    6. NOT ugly...

    7. d-e-p-e-n-d-a-b-i-l-i-t-y !!!

    Please be specific and remember I don't mind older trucks as long as they are dependable. THANKS!
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    If you are looking for a small truck I would go with Toyota. Of course I don't know how much weight you are pulling...

  3. draftlawncare

    draftlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 225

    well 1, 3,4,5,6,7 counts dodge and chevy out i spent a whole hour today picking dodge and chevys out of my grill today
  4. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I might occasionally have to pull a small trailer or boat. Nothing real heavy. Maybe 2000-3000 lbs? Just a guess.

    I have been thinking Toyota Tacoma ExtCab Longbed 4x4. Which engine should I consider... anyone?
  5. moneyman

    moneyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    niisan frontier 5000lb payload v6 or 4cyl
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Nothing wrong with the Nissan... moneyman is right.

    I perfer the Toyota Tundra myself, however. You would have to check the specs -- it might get more MPG than the Nissan, but also realize that it's got a MUCH smaller engine.
  7. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    A1 Grass, you're going to get 50 people telling you Ford sucks, go Chevy. Then 50 will tell you Chevy sucks, go Ford. Then another 50 will tell you American trucks suck, go Toyota or Nissan.

    Bottom line, at $7000 to $8000 just find something that has been well taken care of. Clean inside & out, drives smooth, no pings, no funny noises, and has some guts to it. Good luck with the search.


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