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New The guy at TTAC seems right about the straight-six vs the V-8.
When I worked for the Air Force one summer in the late '80s, there was a brilliant guy there who had a recent straight six F-150. He said the V-8s were gas-hogging dogs and anyone sensible would buy the straight-six.

One wants low-end torque in a truck that is expected to do actual work. ;-)

Cheers,
Scott.
New I6 is always a nicer engine than a V8
Perfect primary and secondary balance ftw.

But trucks - for non-commercial/business use - always strike me as a bit daft. A transit van carries more, using less fuel, and keeps it dry in the rain. And the cargo bed is always way up high.

For most people with families, surely an estate (trans: station wagon) is more practical, especially if it's a Subaru Forester or Outback or similar.

That goes double if you have to go into town and park the thing.

So - tell me: why trucks?
New Mas macho.
New No! No es mas macho. Ricardo Mantalban es mas macho!
New you calling my 5ft 2in 105 lb wife Mas macho? only truck we own is hers :-)
always look out for number one and don't step in number two
New Sounds about right
Mine went grocery shopping, came home with a Tacoma to carry the stuff...
New offered her a new vehicle for her birthday, last one was bought in 2005
had her test drive the fiesta and focus, she wanted the f150 stx
always look out for number one and don't step in number two
New Trucks are a bit more versatile
Parking is not really an issue (in the US). Slots are still sized for a Lincoln Towncar and a pickup fits easily.

Getting things in/out is easy: just chuck it over the side. No need to fuss with/about the seats. A van has to be stacked front to rear. The occasional load of dirt is not a problem. We cut + split our own firewood. The lumber truck cannot make it all the way to the house. Without access to a pickup, getting the sticks to the woodshed would be a lot less fun.
New I have a plastix 4ft x 2 ft xmas tree container tied to the back of the truck
groceries go in there so they dont roll all over the bed. A bow knot means a single pull then put the container on the ground so I can fill the bed
always look out for number one and don't step in number two
New Gas hog is about right
I had one of the last regular 302 Mustangs for a while. At speed, consumption was not half bad (26 mpg, the Subaru that succeeded it 18 years later got 30 on half the displacement.) In steady traffic, however, 12 mpg was doing well...
     TTAC: Scott Adams wants to buy a truck. Or does he? - (Another Scott) - (35)
         on buying a truck - (boxley) - (34)
             Raptor doesn't come with anything as small as the 302 :-) - (scoenye)
             The guy at TTAC seems right about the straight-six vs the V-8. - (Another Scott) - (9)
                 I6 is always a nicer engine than a V8 - (pwhysall) - (7)
                     Mas macho. -NT - (Another Scott) - (4)
                         No! No es mas macho. Ricardo Mantalban es mas macho! -NT - (mmoffitt)
                         you calling my 5ft 2in 105 lb wife Mas macho? only truck we own is hers :-) -NT - (boxley) - (2)
                             Sounds about right - (scoenye) - (1)
                                 offered her a new vehicle for her birthday, last one was bought in 2005 - (boxley)
                     Trucks are a bit more versatile - (scoenye) - (1)
                         I have a plastix 4ft x 2 ft xmas tree container tied to the back of the truck - (boxley)
                 Gas hog is about right - (scoenye)
             So what would you recommend - (crazy) - (22)
                 I have a question for you - (boxley) - (15)
                     That was my thinking as well. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                         small chevy motor in a ford frame? not what he needs. - (boxley) - (1)
                             I was thinking more of the chassis. - (Another Scott)
                     A possibility - (crazy)
                     Ack. Got my marching orders - (crazy) - (10)
                         Buy? Sounds tough. Lease maybe? Remaining 2015 model maybe? - (Another Scott) - (2)
                             Specific model/engine configuration? -NT - (crazy) - (1)
                                 Dunno. - (Another Scott)
                         Pick two -NT - (drook)
                         Possible alternative. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                             Never mind. - (crazy) - (1)
                                 :-) -NT - (Another Scott)
                         cmon down, finish here, get truck later - (boxley) - (2)
                             And the elevation is...? :) -NT - (a6l6e6x) - (1)
                                 jdidnt flood in the rain we were having and during katrina lost on sheet of tin from the roof - (boxley)
                 You could consider buying a used "5th wheel" trailer. - (a6l6e6x)
                 Just had a couple of relatives do that - (scoenye)
                 Are you limiting yourself to trucks? - (static) - (3)
                     Nah - (crazy) - (2)
                         it is like choosing an OS clearly identifiy what you want it to pull then look for a truck -NT - (boxley) - (1)
                             I liked the rental suggestion - (crazy)

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