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Future Tundra owner from northern Minnesota

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by whiskeyjack, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Oct 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM
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    whiskeyjack

    whiskeyjack [OP] New Member

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    The new car industry priced me out of the market many years ago: I could never afford a new pickup truck of any kind. I've had used F150's, an F450 and several GM 1500's and 2500's and a couple Dakota's. For me, used trucks have been a veritable circus of maintenance costs: never quite worth the price of a new one and always enough of a difference to grudgingly make it worthwhile to buy used. I'm a slow learner. It's time to try something different. There is a Tundra in my future.

    I've driven Toyota cars since 2007. My '02 Corolla went most of 200K before I replaced it with a Matrix. 30-38 mpg makes me smile. And, given the low maintenance and good performance from those vehicles I can't help but believe a used Toyota truck might be a good idea.

    I'm hoping to find an SR5 Tundra (2000-2007) sometime in the next year or two that's worthy of a snow plow. Scoring a regular cab SR5 automatic 4x4 would be preferable but winning the lottery would likely be easier.

    Thanks for the forum. I'll be lurking at TundraTalk.net as well.
     
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  2. Oct 25, 2015 at 7:57 PM
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    LOTSOFTOYS

    LOTSOFTOYS Toyota Whisperer

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    Can't go wrong with a first gen man. I love mine. Just go into it knowing it will need some work... most do. But if u take care of it, it'll last just like your other toyota cars did.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2015 at 8:01 PM
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    whiskeyjack

    whiskeyjack [OP] New Member

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    ...and, thanks for the encouragement!

    I'm mostly concerned with those belt-driven interference engines. Word is that Toyota re-designed them in 2009 or so and replaced the belt with a chain. Good move!
     
  4. Oct 25, 2015 at 8:17 PM
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    matluth ELITE Grey Wolf Crew

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    Snow plows can be a bit heavy as you already know. No doubt a good use for one in MN. Whatever first gen you may find you will definitely want to beef up the front suspension.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM
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    whiskeyjack

    whiskeyjack [OP] New Member

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    I heard that. If my GMC Sierra 2500 HD squats with a plow, there's no doubt a half-ton's gonna' need some help.

    I'll be looking at about everything in my price point. First generation Tundra's are an interesting project. But, I'm not a mechanic. That means I'll have to find a reputable somebody to do most of the mods. And, that can turn into into a lot of bucks sometimes.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2015 at 8:57 PM
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    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    Welcome! Good luck finding the perfect tundra for your needs/wants. You will enjoy it.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2015 at 8:59 PM
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    matluth

    matluth ELITE Grey Wolf Crew

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    You will get a lot of "help" here. 1st gen Tundras are a great truck.
     
  8. Oct 25, 2015 at 9:35 PM
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    T-Rex266

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    Welcome! Good luck on finding your truck! Stick around and check out the 1st Gen forum too!
     

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