what were you older guys paying for trucks in the 80s??

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  1. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i bought an '88 toyota truck in 1994 for $6000 used with 100k miles on it. i drove it for the next 12 years up to 300k miles and sold it for $1000 and it was still running perfectly.

    those days are long gone man. i drove that truck for 10 years with no payment. you wouldn't believe how much money that frees up. no truck payment for 10 years man. think about that.

    buying a used truck now is almost pointless unless you stumble upon a great deal. you find a toyota truck now with 100k miles on it and they want $15k or more. might as well just buy a brand new one with 0 miles on it for $20k which is what i did.

    old truck:


    new truck:

  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    In November of 1989 (I was 19) I ordered and paid cash for the following truck. Still have the cancelled check somewhere...

    1990 Chevy K-3500 SRW Silverado (the top trim package)
    Extended Cab - Long bed - 4x4
    454 EFI TH-400 3.73's
    I ordered EVERY available option


    That was for a fully loaded truck! You couldn't spend more on a pickup then.

    Now, they didn't have power heated mirrors, heated seats, bluetooth or leather back then. Heck, they didn't even offer power seats as an option!

    I haven't configured a comparable modern day truck to check the price, but I'd assume it'd be at least double.
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I bought a brand new 1987 Chevy 1500 V8 4 speed manual 4x4 with a cap was around 14k I think. That truck is still running on my brother in-laws farm up in the adirondaks
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Double?? Try triple!!! Truck prices are crazy
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, FULLY LOADED 1990 - VS - FULLY LOADED 2013 Probably triple.

    But, FULLY LOADED 1990 - VS - SAME EXACT OPTIONED just a 2013 ...Probably closer to the double plus some change.
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    ever notice that things cost 3-4 times as much these days yet they last half as long? my dad still has a '66 mustang and a '72 chevy c-10 truck both still running on their original engines. they were bought new for less than $2500.

    it's funny how far we've come. (laughs)

    that's just cars and trucks. don't get me started about other things. we still have my grandparent's refridgerator out in the building. 50 years old or more still going strong. probably cost $50-$100 to buy. try buying a new one. thing will be broken within 2-5 years and it cost $1000.
  7. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
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    ^^haha funny you say that..my parents live in my grandparents old house now and there is a giant chest freezer in the basement that is 60 years old and has ran non stop, except for the ocasional power outage..
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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Almost triple. Go to the Ford truck website and assemble a truck and sit down for the approximate price.
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  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just went to Chevy and did that.

    Couldn't get it above $40K (Apples to Apples) 2500HD 6.0 4x4 ext cab LT

    Loaded then to Loaded now....easily. There are options now that just weren't available then.
  10. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Inflation certainly has taken a toll in regards to vehicle pricing, but in all fairness, there is a lot more to look at than just the price difference. In the 1970's and early 1980's, those trucks didn't have fuel injection. Power brakes, power steering, automatic transmissions, air conditioning and FM radio were options. I'm not sure if you could even get power windows in trucks until the 90's. OE tires, if you were lucky, might last 25,000 miles. Airbags were non-existant until what, the mid 80's, and at first were only installed in cars, I believe. Antilock brakes didn't show up until the 90's either, I don't believe.

    Yes, prices were ridiculously low compared to now, but one also needs to remember that you get a lot more when buying even a plain Jane truck now, especially when it comes to comfort and safety.

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