My son wants to buy a midsize pickup. Right now he has narrowed his search down between two vehicles and asked for my advice. Hoping for help.
2007 Dodge Dakota, 55k miles, smallest 6 cylinder, $5,500
Pros: one owner, low miles, new tires, new brake pads
Cons: lots of minor scrapes and body damage, no bed liner, looks like it has NOT been well maintained (owner used it to pull a small landscape trailer), looks like it was never garaged (headlight plastic covers yellowing)
2008 Chevy Colorado, 55k miles, 5 cylinder, $10,000.00
Pros: Body in perfect condition, new tires, looks like it was always garaged
Cons: Ran a carfax report that showed 5 owners and one accident (does not say severity of accident)
My father owns a Dakota, lousy gas mileage, not sure how the Colorado would compare.
5 owners for the Colorado would kind of scare me.
Tough call if you ask me.
Both have been abused.
Just my opinion but i'd go with a Silverado or F150 all day over either of those trucks.
But then my prejudice is I would never ever own a Chrysler or
Government Motors product when there are so many other superior
Ford or oriental products out there.
A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time.
That is my prejudice too. My first new car was a '73 Dodge Challenger. Pure lemon and the last Dodge I ever bought. I also owned a Chevy and it was just OK. I owned 3 Fords back to back and 3 Nissans and no serious problems with any of them.
Son does not want a full size pick-up (due to size of where he has to park it) but does want to be able to tow his small boat.
He wants a pick-up. Had a Ford Ranger he loved.
I love those but they hold their value to well for his budget. 10k is about his top limit. Saw an '07 with similar miles 15k as low as it would go. Saw one for 10k but had 200k miles.
Edit, have him at least look at a honda ridgeline as well. They're all wheel drive and they have some cool features
Get another one then
all of them in that price range seem to have real high mileage (well over 100k).
Recently sold '98 F150 w/under 70K & small V8 for $7500 & kept fuel log. It never got over 16 mpg, usual mostly rural mix got 14 & change, in city traffic could see 12 mpg! Many say the V6 economy sucks.
Midsize Ford Rangers should never get that bad of "fuel mileage" under any circumstances. Some midsize pickups are getting over 20 mpg regularly.
IMO 25% - 45% "better fuel mileage" would be "much better".
It's the only non full size truck that ever came with a V8 as an option. I've had rangers, they're not mid sized.
They may look mid sized, but that's just an optical illusion caused by the tow truck.
No one is arguing those two trucks aren't full size
I did that on a 13 Silverado I was looking at that had accident report.
Found pics by vin search .I guess they can fix anything.
The right headlight was 6" from the firewall .
Not heard anything good about a ridgeline that was used for hauling anything more than groceries.
250hp and towing capacity of 5000lbs, I have never heard anything bad about them. If you have heard something bad please share. My wife likes them and was considering one but if they can't tow their capacity let me know.