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#61 Leonard VanCamp OFFLINE  

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Posted October 27, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Hmm, seeing how you are in Canada, it makes me wonder if there is a difference on where the engines were made. Our 75 Cheyenne was a Canada built truck and we never had a problem with the engine, that 350 would fire right up no matter how cold it got during the NJ winters. The 2.8 I had pretty much crapped out when it hit 50,000 miles so I had a mechanic practically rebuild it only to have it crap out again after another 25-50,000 miles, that's when I went to the 94 Toyota. 



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Posted October 27, 2014 - 09:24 PM

Well, I'm 15 and when I get my learners permit in a few weeks I will have to get a small bumper tow trailer and hitch to use on my '99 Subaru outback to haul my tractors around with. I know that if I were to buy a new truck (which I obviously can't) I would get the ram 1500 with the ecodiesel v6. I just configured one just the way I like: Reg. cab, long box, 4x4, white, steel wheels, black bumpers, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, bench seat. For $34,780, a comparable 3/4 ton is in the 55k range. Not really a bod deal if you ask me. With a emissions delete kit, and a tuner to trick the ecu into believing that the emissions hogwash is still there you have a truck that could last 400,000mi. 


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Posted October 27, 2014 - 09:42 PM

The only downside is that the current generation of Frontier has not been redesigned since introduced in 2005.    The VQ40 is an excellent engine but fuel economy is sad for a v6.

 

A good tried and true design isn't a downside to me.  I know what you're getting at but most newer designs these days take a few years to work out the bugs, so to speak.  The Xterra and Frontier have had ten model years to "perfect" an already good design.  We have an '05 Xterra and overall it's been a very good vehicle.  The wife is on record saying she would buy another one if something were to happen to ours.  Plus we've gotten 26 mpg on the highway.  Not that bad for the power level.


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Posted October 28, 2014 - 06:42 AM

Man I had one of those 2.8l , I had no issues, I swear it depends on who you talk to. Some liked them, some didn't.

My grandfather bought a brand new S-10 4x4 reg cab long bed in 1984.  I drove that truck when I was 16 in 2000!  Truck still ran like a champ, and took me flogging on it for a year before I sold it to buy something else.  First clutch in it went 175,000.  He gave it to me with just over 200,000 on it.  It used a slight amount of oil. 

 

We sold it to a middle aged guy, and he drove it for another 5 years before we stopped seeing it on the road.

 

My grandfather was not a man to maintenance anything.  I've seen him take oil out, change the filter, and strain his oil through a piece of window screen, then dump it back in.


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Posted October 28, 2014 - 06:50 AM

Well, I'm 15 and when I get my learners permit in a few weeks I will have to get a small bumper tow trailer and hitch to use on my '99 Subaru outback to haul my tractors around with. I know that if I were to buy a new truck (which I obviously can't) I would get the ram 1500 with the ecodiesel v6. I just configured one just the way I like: Reg. cab, long box, 4x4, white, steel wheels, black bumpers, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, bench seat. For $34,780, a comparable 3/4 ton is in the 55k range. Not really a bod deal if you ask me. With a emissions delete kit, and a tuner to trick the ecu into believing that the emissions hogwash is still there you have a truck that could last 400,000mi. 

Me and a buddy were talking about this last night.  Pretty sweet package.   27mpg highway!  I know a guy with one, he said he can fill up with 30 gallons hit the highway, and cruise almost 700 miles before needing to fill up.  100% highway.

 

After the 5/100k mile warranty one could delete that emissions.  I wouldn't before the warranty was out.


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Posted October 28, 2014 - 05:56 PM

When your done with that, feel free to go ahead and school me on what it is. And VMI. All I know is that if a Jetta TDI loses a timing belt, you lose an engine. What I don't know is why.

All Vw's are this way even gas motors and from someone that owns a TDI and changed the belt myself it's not terrible the worst part is you need a scan tool to set injection pump timing. And the reason for a timing belt is the noise reduction a chain driven motor needs a gear driven injection pump and makes them very noisy. This applies till vw went common rail and ditched the pump but these cars have cam shaft issues so i'd advise caution with these models.  


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Posted October 28, 2014 - 06:24 PM

When your done with that, feel free to go ahead and school me on what it is. And VMI. All I know is that if a Jetta TDI loses a timing belt, you lose an engine. What I don't know is why.

The valves meet the pistons rather explosively..  It's not a good thing to lose a belt on those at all..  I haven't liked working on ANY volkswagon I have dealt with over the years..  When they run they are good though..  Farfegnugen ain't for me!!


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Posted October 29, 2014 - 01:16 PM

There are many "interference" and "non-interference" engines on the market.



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Posted November 01, 2014 - 05:28 PM

We today and looked at a 2013 Tacoma quad cab v6. 18 to 20 mpg.

Decent tow rating. 6400 lbs.

I'll know Monday if I'll be picking it up. Only truck that I found with decent stats and under 25 grand.

Far from the 8' bed diesel I really wanted. But maybe more practical. I'll just have to pull my 10' trailer to haul lumber.

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:10 PM

Something to consider is the warranty .   We  have a 2013 F450 ext.cab , 4x6  shop truck at work , 12'enclosed body .Nicest work truck I've ever had .  It's got the 6.7 diesel  6 speed  automatic trans .Can't say enough good things . BUT  open the hood !!   There wasn't enough room to have both batteries with the aftermarket Vmax air compressor too ,one battery is under the cab . You can't hardly find the fan belt there's so much under the hood  you just can't believe it . If something ever needs servicing it's going to be very $$$  more then I would want to spend if it wasn't covered under warranty .


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:37 PM

Truck comes with a lifetime power train warranty. Still has 20k worth of bumper to bumper.
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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Good luck with your purchase.  :thumbs:


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 08:22 PM

 

Truck comes with a lifetime power train warranty. Still has 20k worth of bumper to bumper.

 Now that's a GREAT  warranty :thumbs:


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Now that's a GREAT warranty :thumbs:


Only stipulation is I have to have it serviced at a toyota dealership every 10k miles

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Only stipulation is I have to have it serviced at a toyota dealership every 10k miles

That's a weird one as every tacoma V6 or 4 cylinder call for oil changes every 5k. 1GR great great motors just change the spark plugs every 30k and make sure the water pump isn't leaking and they will literally run forever and ever.


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