Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
David asks: I’m in the market for a full size truck. I’ve owned a Toyota 4Runner since 2005 and my current version is a 2007 with 211,000 miles on it. I’ve replaced the transmission in this particular vehicle. My work and family lends itself to a truck for the bed and ability to carry two kids, a dog and the Mrs.
The plan I’ve had is to wait until 2017 Toyota Tundras have depreciated slightly (4 years old) and look for one with the items I want: 4×4, CrewMax, spray-in bedliner, 1794 or Platinum, less than 100,000 miles. My reason for this is to try and make my next vehicle as new as possible without buying a car with all the saaaaaaaafety features like lane-assist and adaptive cruise. I despise both having driven a Volvo XC90 on raining day down a two-lane highway and on the Interstate. I’m also trying to get a vehicle that will last as long as possible, before I have to succumb to buying a vehicle with all the mandated features. Not to mention future mandated options. My question is would you recommend another vehicle/truck? What holes can you punch in my argument?
My reply: I’m a huge fan of the Tundra – because it isn’t new. The current model is more or less the same as the past several years of Tundras; no direct injection, ASS or driver “assistance” tech. Toyota – bless ’em – has been extremely conservative in adding such things to its vehicles, probably in keeping with its swell policy of building vehicles that are durable and reliable over the very long haul.
I would also have a look at the Nissan Titan – for the same reasons. One more for you, too: The Ram 1500 Classic – which you can still get new but it’s the old model. The Ram – especially with the Hemi – would be high on my personal list. Yes, they have some cheap plastic interior bits that are prone to come unscrewed and loose, etc. But the driveline is top-shelf.
I doubt you’d be unhappy with any of these – but get ’em while you can. Or rather, get ’em before the price gos through the roof. Which I am betting will happen as more and more people figure out that anything new will be afflicted with things many of them do not want, such as direct-injected engines, ASS and driver “assistance” tech.
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