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This may sound brusque but I have my reasons, you are welcome to have your opinion about buying new vs used and such, but please understand that I have my reasons and contribute accordingly, please.  I only write this because I know how some strings of comments can go.   

But, to my query and I truly and sincerely appreciate everyone’s opinion, professional experience and reasons in their answers.  I am wanting/needing to replace my current truck.  I made a mistake buying it, but I did.  I have a 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited that I absolutely hate and is the biggest POS I have ever owned and that includes the Suburban that puked a motor a month after I bought it used.  I would really prefer a mid-sized truck but given my domestic situation I also want to replace my small but very nice camper trailer with something a little bit bigger, so my girlfriend and I have more room and comfort.  Anything decent weighs in the 7000 + CGVW range topping out around 9000 for what we would likely want.  So that puts the mid-sized out of the picture since most are limited to 7000 or slightly over.  Fuel economy is also very important, but I know that a full-sized truck will not be great.  I was spoiled with my 2018 Colorado Centennial Edition which would regularly return 22+ on trips on the expressway and 24+ on rural highways.  But the transmission was one of those 8 speed beasts that did more shuddering that shifting so it was replaced by this POS Tacoma on the strong recommendation of a friend who had owned 3 Tacomas over the years and currently had a 2020.  To make matters worse, besides the dismal fuel economy, it won’t break 19 mpg on the expressway, it shudders too.

 

Okay, this is getting long but you have the background and needs for a new truck.  I would prefer a new as opposed to used for some reason.  What trucks would you recommend or recommend staying away from?  Decreasing the pool of possible candidates is the very strong desire to have a moonroof.  An integrated brake control system would be nice but not necessary since I have a very nice Tekonsha unit now.  I am not a fan of Chrysler products but I am also looking for something to buy and keep for an extremely long period of time.  Thank you to all who read and respond, I a truly grateful.

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I have a 2019 RAM 2500 and really like it.  I had a 2010 Tundra before that and really liked it too, but I needed to switch to a 3/4 for the fifth wheel camper.  I have always heard that RAM=comfort, Ford=chassis and GM=powertrain.  If I was looking at 1/2 tons again, I would look at Tundra though I swore I would never buy anything turboed that wasn't diesel.  

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Throughout the years, I purchased either Ford F250 or Chev 2500. Both HD. The last truck I purchased was a Silverado 1500, with HD package. And that worked out fine for us too. I felt that these trucks suited my business needs.  I needed a truck for general use for the repair shop, road calls, plowing and hauling. Hope this helps. 

One other point, speak to your accountant on how to expense any truck you purchase. This can help you on taxes. 

 

 

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We discuss this regularly in our shop, and the consesus for 1/2 ton and under would be Toyota due to the lack of repair needs and resale value compared to the others. Have to wonder what would happen if Toyota started producing 3/4 ton & diesel pickups in volume.

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