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Should I buy a new Tacoma


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Hey Scotty,

So Toyota is now going to make Tacomas with crappy turbo charged engines. Since a new Toyota is now officially out of the question, which brand of truck should I be looking at? It is a sad day indeed. I would love a v8, but I might settle for 6 if I had to for the value. 


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Eh, there's still good options.  They're all overpriced, but so is everything these days.  What to do kinda depends on your wants and needs...

  • If you can afford to wait, you could hold off a year or 2 to see how the new taco does.  Might be OK after all.
  • You could also give the new Colorado/Canyon a look.  They're made in the USA and fit and finish is a step up from the previous gen (the 8-speed transmission is the question mark)
  • Scotty just made a video comment about how GMC quality seems better than Chevy, and that new GMC trucks are OK.  I don't know if that's just anecdotal.  but FWIW, I have a Sierra with the 3.0 Duramax and like it so far, going on 30,000 miles.
  • Make a low ball offer on a Ram.  They're made of feces, but the dealers are desperate.  If you can get the price down low enough, you can keep the rest $ in a slush fund for repairs.  Besides, they ride nice.
  • Don't forget the Ridgeline.  For the right buyer, it's a solid "truck".

Or go old school.  Honestly, if I had to buy a truck today, I'd get a 1990's Chevy and rehab it.  They are still great trucks, and if you get the engine and transmission sorted they can still be daily-driven.  Parts are easy to get and DIY service is easy.  You just have to be in the right mindset to do your own work (brakes, wheel bearings, minor electrical, etc).

I love the old Chevy Suggestion! @dad2LM2


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Or, if you can swing it, get the final model year of the current gen Tacoma which is the last of the naturally aspirated Tacomas.