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Old 12-19-2019, 08:29 PM   #1
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Hey yall I'm in the market for a new work truck. Thought about doing with a Tacoma from the f150 I have now but was wondering if i would gain much in terms of fuel milage or maintenance cost by downsizing. Will be used for a route truck/service truck for pool company. Probably have about 600 pounds of cargo at any given time with mainly city driving. Any insight would be appreciated
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:05 PM   #2
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Not much room in a taco. Especially for equipment
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Old 12-20-2019, 07:23 AM   #3
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Gas mileage from a Tacoma to a F150 will be very little if any difference at all. You can probably get a better deal on a F150 since all the "kids" want a Taco....More payload with a F150.
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Old 12-20-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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I can't speak on the Tacoma but the 2014 Tundra I had was crazy expensive to maintain. Example the transfer case had to have oil changed very 35k. Being a 4wd and of course the only oil you can use you have to buy from Toyota it was $250 every 35k. Seemed like stuff that goes 100k in a Ford needed service at 60k in a Tundra. Toyota makes a great truck and if you keep them maintained they will run forever. Great resale too. For me when I factored in the maintenance I was spending about $175 a month more than what it cost to drive my F-150 driving about 35k a year.
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Old 12-20-2019, 10:08 AM   #5
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I did a whole lotta research for months n months n am very happy with my 2020 F150 3.5 eco boost it a beast
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Old 12-20-2019, 09:43 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone gonna start looking at the first of the year. See what kind of deals I can find
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:15 AM   #7
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I have a Tacoma for work truck and f-150 as personal truck. Never had any issues with Tacoma and coming up on 96k miles. My dislikes on Tacoma is not much room in cab, it downshifts just to make it over overpass. If you put 600lbs in it, it will do a lot more downshifting. I love my 2014 eco-boost f150 and it has a lot more power. Fuel economy on Tacoma is about 18-20 mixed. F150 is 16-17ish mixed.


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Old 12-21-2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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I had a 2014 Tacoma with the six cylinder. Pulled my 21' boat 75 with ease. To me the Tacoma is a bit more old school truck. Rides a bit rough and gas mileage is not great for a six. Probably got around 16 - 17 mpg. Good solid truck, easy to park but smaller size can be an issue. Traded in with 98,000 miles and never did anything but normal oil changes and new tires.

The trade was for an F150 with 2.7 ecoboost. Love it! more room, smooth ride and plenty of room in cab or bed to haul extra stuff. Getting around 22mpg. Only have 10,000 miles but don't really expect any issues.
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Old 12-21-2019, 07:38 PM   #9
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I have had Tacoma’s, Tundra and full size Silverados

I will be going for the F-150 next

Toyota’s are simply to much $$$ for guys like me that drive 18-20k a year ....and go 100k in all my trucks ...

Gas mileage is not worth the cost on the Taco ....

You don’t need a premium package and I imagine there are some good deals out there ...

I wish Chevy would make better trucks and no more square wheel wells ....
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:15 PM   #10
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Look at what the large pool service/home service(pest control) type companies are running. Usually its a Tacoma SR with a double cab. You can get one with rear seat deleted for $26K.
Change oil every 5K miles and it will last you 10 years. Composite bed on the Taco would be an advantage as well with the pool chemicals your hauling.
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