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Forum topic by Ben posted 02-24-2021 10:38 PM 405 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2021 10:38 PM

Hey All!
My ‘98 Tacoma is a getting pretty long in the tooth and I’m starting to feel embarrassed by it pulling into jobsites.
I recently bought a 6X10 enclosed trailer to haul all my tools with. So I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what to replace the Tacoma with. I no longer really critically need a pickup bed, which to me is actually pretty useless without a good cap/ladder rack over it.

Also have an open trailer for hauling debris. So I could entertain an SUV, I suppose.

Looking to spend well under $10,000 and I’m just wondering what you folks would recommend. My trailer will only be towed a handful of times per year as most of my projects are many weeks or months.

I’ve looked into F-150s/250s, 1st Gen Tundras, etc… I have a buddy who is a master tech and says I should only get a Toyota, which makes it hard to feel I have the freedom to get anything else. Have found some good deals on F-150s but have no personal experience with Ford, Chevy, etc.

I’d get a V6 Tacoma if they weren’t so stupidly expensive used. Even would consider a small cargo van like the Chevy Astro. I don’t want to wind up with something that is at the very end of its towing capacity with my trailer, though.

4WD would be a nice luxury but I’ve been without that my entire life and only really wished I had it about three times over the last 20 years. This winter we saw tons of snow in the NE and I couldn’t get up a customers steep driveway several times, so that was really annoying.

Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 02-27-2021 03:51 PM

Have you considered a 90s Silverado/Sierra with a 5.7 engine? Depending on where you are in the country, there are still plenty of them available in good condition. Many of them feature the G80 automatic locking rear differential. They are easy to repair and have superior capability to a Toyota in every measurable way.

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#2 posted 02-27-2021 05:03 PM

Thanks StarBright,

No, I hadn’t really considered that. But I had considered the mid to late 90s Ford 7.3s. Hard to find clean without breaking the bank.

I came across a 2000 GMC Sierra in very nice shape at a good price, but my mechanic buddy shot it down.

Awhile ago I saw an earlier Silverado 2500HD (maybe a 2005 or so) with 70Kmiles on it, it was some kind of municipal truck (with the yellow color), very clean, at around $5K, with the 8’ bed. I kind of wish I had bought that.

The thing that I can’t stand about the full size pickups is how the beds are and thus how useless they are for anything other than slinging hay bales into. I use an ARE cap on my Tacoma with an aluminum rack, and I’d have to get something like that again for any pickup.

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#3 posted 02-27-2021 06:44 PM

I don’t know how it is on the East Coast but out west the price for used vehicles, especially trucks, is off the chart. They are running $2k to $5k over Blue book. Dealers are not negotiating so find an individual to deal with.
Good luck

-- Les B, Oregon

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