Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: The Heart of Dixie-Bama
Guys, I don't buy trucks to prove I'm smart I buy them cuz I like to drive a truck over anything else on the road. I've driven Toyota since 2004 and all have been fuel injection. I'm not mechanically inclined so don't know what all those terms you mention Lloyd even mean.
I get the vehicle serviced by the selling dealer at the stated intervals even tho it never has anywhere close to the miles they recommend when it's done. I don't work on my own vehicles and so far since owning Toyota the dealer hasn't needed to do any work on them either.
All the talk of 200K miles honestly has no meaning to me. I will not live enough more years to put even 100K on my truck I don't expect. At my rate of driving that would be 40 years and I won't be around nearly that much longer.
It is unclear to me what technology you think Toyota is behind on. I'm not trying to argue brand loyalty honestly. Early in life when I bought used I bought more GM branded cars than most tho I've owned Studebaker, Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Chrysler, VW, Nissan, Honda as well as Toyota. From the 80s thru 90s I drove Fords both F150 and Broncos then In 2004 I got a Toyota and have driven nothing else since.
Most all of the vehicles I had early had high mileage on them when I got them and problems cropped up that I just traded them rather than keep repairing them. My first new vehicle was a 1970 VW Bug. I've owned four new GM branded new vehicles and only one of the four was a serviceable vehicle. The rest seemed to spend more time in the shop than at my house. I swore off anything made by GM after the '83 Chevy Silverado that followed an '82 Oldsmobile. When I make a promise to myself I keep it so I don't even consider the GM or Chrysler brands period. Sure I might be missing the best vehicles made, dunno but it doesn't matter.
I've never needed any kinda work done on any Toyota I've owned and that's good enough for me. Out on the highway, a place I rarely go really my Toyotas have gotten around 20-22 mpg. But that isn't how or where I drive. I live less than 10 miles from the nearest town and the majority of my driving is to there or to a store even closer. I only make those trips once or twice a week and some weeks don't move my truck at all. A long trip for me is going to Anniston about 20 miles away.
I stopped by Ford after the change in design in '97 because I thought they were UGLY to my eyes. No other reason really. These days I admit that if looks alone were what I used as a criteria I'd likely be driving a GM as I think currently they have the best looking trucks at this time. Even current Fords to my eyes are nice looking trucks again. Dodge is slipping in the looks department to my eyes.
My Toyota isn't the best looking truck on the market these days but the interior is the equal of any of them and that's where I spend my time. This new 2017 is the most spacious and comfortable truck I've ever ridden in or driven of all of them. Admittedly I've not been in Fords, GM or Dodge trucks in several years and so don't know how it compares.
Just as you've chosen Chevy for your truck preference Lloyd I've chosen Toyota. Doesn't make me or you either one wrong, just a personal preference thing. I'm not trying to convince anyone they should drive what I drive tho I think they'd also be well served doing so. It just really makes not the slightest bit of difference to me what brand anyone drives. For me personally I don't see me driving anything but Toyota trucks for the rest of my driving days.
Bill aka the Graybeard
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