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Old January 10th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Which SUV or pickup would be a better family vehicle?

Well its time to get something bigger than my DSM and ranger. I'm beyond confused as to what we should invest in. On the newer models of vehicles it doesn't seem like there's a lot of difference in MPG between 4x4 and 4x2 trucks. Tell me what you think of between these trucks if you have any experience with them. Keep in mind that it will be a stock family truck, possibly used for occasional towing purposes. Don't just say Ford (or etc) because its the best maker, that won't really help me out any.


2004 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD 5.7L
2004 Ford Explorer 4WD 8 cylinder
2004 Ford Explorer 2WD 8 Cylinder
2004 Ford Explorer 4WD 6 cylinder
---Ford Explorer sport-Trac (8 or 6 cylinder)

TRAIL BLAZER NEWER THAN 2004


THESE ARE MOST OF THE TRUCKS I'M CURRENTLY INTERESTED IN. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS PLEASE THROW THEM OUT THERE.

NO JEEPS. MUST BE EXTENDED CAB AND NEWER THAN 2002.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Explorer 4wd or trailblazer 4x4 would be my choice. Neither seem to have major issues, I don't like 2wd jsut because 4x4 is nice in snow.
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Explorer 4wd or trailblazer 4x4 would be my choice. Neither seem to have major issues, I don't like 2wd jsut because 4x4 is nice in snow.
if the roads are bad enough for 4wd, you probably shouldn't be on them. That being said, get whatever you want or get a good deal on. I find the trailblazer put my head against the roof even with seat all way down. So I'd prolly take the sploder.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #4
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if the roads are bad enough for 4wd, you probably shouldn't be on them. That being said, get whatever you want or get a good deal on. I find the trailblazer put my head against the roof even with seat all way down. So I'd prolly take the sploder.
I don't use 4wd more than a couple times a year, and it not usually because I need it, just makes it easier to get from the side street to the main road, where I flip it out of 4x4 unless it's a once every 5 year real snow storm. Also I don't have the option to take the day off due to having 2wd and not being able to make it to work.
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I don't use 4wd more than a couple times a year, and it not usually because I need it, just makes it easier to get from the side street to the main road, where I flip it out of 4x4 unless it's a once every 5 year real snow storm. Also I don't have the option to take the day off due to having 2wd and not being able to make it to work.
I live in the sticks and in the 15 years I've had my license I've never missed work in my 2wds. I don't really care what you drive, I was f'n with ya. I love 4wd in the snow as it's fun but never found it absolutely necessary.
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there are places that aren't flat, and 4x is required at times when the weather isn't unpleasant. Houghton is a shining example of this.

The trailblazer gets my vote for longer term cheapness to own. If you get the inline motor, avoid higher mileage. In my experience they don't tend to last past 200k and motor swaps cost a bundle.
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