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Old 05-07-2010, 01:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I'm new to this fourm, but am a frequent member on the RCCA, Jemsite and Truckfourms.


In a few months, I'll be done school and onto working in the world. I drove a 96 Ford Escort in my last job working for an environmental consulting firm. Needless to say, it fell short a few times in its ability to carry things around. I'm looking at a small truck/suv to use as my daily driver. I'd use it to get to work, play on the weekends, haul some stuff around, etc.


I'm looking to get one of the following (used, and from 1995-2005 probably):
Nissan X-Terra
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota FJ4

I'd like to give it a:
- mild lift
- deck with an ipod input
- hitch
- winch
- light bar
- canopy cover (for the frontier or tacoma)
- bed toolbox (for the frontier or tacoma)
- tires/wheels
- sunroof
- maybe an intake / exhaust
- skidplates.

So now I'd like some opinions from the owners - how do you like each one of these trucks?

Anything else I should consider? Standard trucks like the F Series, Silverado and Ram series would be overkill for what I need (same with the Titan and Tundra)
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Hi guys,

I'm new to this fourm, but am a frequent member on the RCCA, Jemsite and Truckfourms.


In a few months, I'll be done school and onto working in the world. I drove a 96 Ford Escort in my last job working for an environmental consulting firm. Needless to say, it fell short a few times in its ability to carry things around. I'm looking at a small truck/suv to use as my daily driver. I'd use it to get to work, play on the weekends, haul some stuff around, etc.


I'm looking to get one of the following (used, and from 1995-2005 probably):
Nissan X-Terra
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota FJ4

I'd like to give it a:
- mild lift
- deck with an ipod input
- hitch
- winch
- light bar
- canopy cover (for the frontier or tacoma)
- bed toolbox (for the frontier or tacoma)
- tires/wheels
- sunroof
- maybe an intake / exhaust
- skidplates.

So now I'd like some opinions from the owners - how do you like each one of these trucks?

Anything else I should consider? Standard trucks like the F Series, Silverado and Ram series would be overkill for what I need (same with the Titan and Tundra)
Enviro consulting firm...wouldn't you want a Prius?

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Enviro consulting firm...wouldn't you want a Prius?

Haha, yeah you'd think that. But I had alot of things to haul and my escort fell short a few times, so a prius would fall even shorter lol
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I'd go for the Tacoma with a Snugtop shell (with a Yakima roof rack) windoors, in bed tool box. You can always add skid plates, mud terrain tires (just don't make it too big, otherwise the ELF will tag your rig). I've got a 2004 Tacoma, and have had no problems with it for 105K (bought new). Whats nice about a truck compared to a SUV, is that you can hose out the bed, and get it really dirty...todays SUV's are pretty much for pavment use only.

That's my 2 cents...
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