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Old 11-23-2004, 04:44 AM
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Which new pickup under 18K?

What is the best pickup I could buy for under 18 grand? extended cab is not essential but would be nice. I am mostly concerned about reliability, safety and a decent ride. Warranties seem to be all the same, I think.

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Old 11-23-2004, 06:01 AM
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Have you read the reviews at auto.consumerguide.com ? My browser always blocks popups from that site, but the reviews themselves are pretty good. Also, there are forum sites for each major brand. I visited numerous sites before we got our '99 Dodge. It looks like each brand has its own set of problems, with the main one being incompetent dealerships.
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:52 AM
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At 18 grand, your choice is a bit limited. In that price range, choice be an extended cab Ford Ranger--in fact, my company gave me that decision, and its on order.
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:11 AM
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Get a used Toyota Tundra, even used the Tundra is better than any 18K new truck.
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:29 AM
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I’m a little lost on this “New Truck”, associated with a price point idea. If price were any issue at all, why would you buy new? Well, maybe you live in one of those places where stuff rusts out – I forget about that. But “New Truck” is almost an oxymoron – I mean trucks get beat up, used, abused – I just don’t get this whole pretty truck thing. I know where a neat 52’ Chevy is, ready for restoration – now that could be pretty.
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:36 PM
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I'll second the Toyota motion. You really won't do any better in keeping the overall cost of ownership down.
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Old 11-23-2004, 04:19 PM
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buy used, unless youre getting huge rebates and so on for getting a new one.

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