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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090
I had a '94 Tacoma (before they were actually called a Tacoma). I drove it for 10 years and sold it with 151,000 miles. The engine in the that truck would probably run forever. Underbody rust issues (brake lines, fuel lines and emergency brake cables and hardware twice, and radiator) did me in. I sold it to a local guy and saw him driving the truck for at least a couple more years. In 2004, I bought a 2002 Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 used with 20,500 miles on it and drove it until 2011 and traded it with 167,000 miles on it. The Frontier was still running strong, but I started having a lot of stupid body hardware issues (tailgate latch, windows slipping out of the tracks and sliding down into the doors, door lathes, etc.) and finally had enough. I liked both trucks reasonably well and wouldn't be afraid to buy either. The Frontier is not good on gas. That was a major disappointment for a small truck. I wanted a full size truck and traded the Frontier on a used 2006 4x4 Crew Cab Tundra with about 29,000 miles on it. I liked the Tundra a lot and it's gas mileage was nearly equal to the smaller Frontier. In December of 2015 the Tundra had 147,000 miles on it and approaching 10 years old, and I don't like to keep my vehicles much past their 10th birthday, so I was truck shopping again, I looked at the newly redesigned 2016 Tacoma, the Frontier (not much new there) and the Tundra (a major disappointment.) I decided I couldn't go back to a small truck again. On a whim I looked at the 2015 Ford F150. I could get a crew cab with a 6 1/2 foot bed with a 3.5L V-6 Ecoboost engine, that got better gas mileage and performed better than either of the small trucks. I wouldn't even look at the Titan. I drive between 25,000 to 30,000 miles a year and mileage ratings of 12 city 17 highway was a non-starter. I bought the Ford and am liking it so far. I do not regret not buying either the Tacoma or Frontier.