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I am looking for a another gently used truck since I sold my 98 Dodge after an invasion
of rats got in the engine and chewed the wires.
Now I am looking for a smaller truck to fit in my garage.
It has come down to a Dodge Dakota or a Nissan Frontier.
Has any one here have any experience with these trucks.
Any pro's or con's?
 

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I had a Nissan 2 trucks ago. It was a grate little truck, but I grew to hate it. I am not a small truck guy. I have worked with several guys through the years who have had Dakodas. All of them said that the Dakoda is a total POS. I kinda liked the Dakoda my self, but when several people say the same thing about it, there is a reason. They all said that the Dakoda is just not well built. If I had to pick a small truck (And I wont) it would have to be a Toyota, or maybe A Ford Ranger. Also I am a Chevy guy, but hate the new Chevys. Only down side to Toyota, is they are expensive to fix, although the dont brake often.
 

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Hey thanks for the info.
When I said, I hate the new Chevys, I'm talking full size trucks. If your going to really look at small trucks, you may also want to think about a Colorado, or Canyon. I have worked with a few people who has had them, and they all liked them. Even the S-10 is a good little trucks. If you can find a S-10 with a 4,3L V 6 thats a fantastic engine. Same as a 350 just has 2 less cylinders. Lots of power, and decent MPGs.
 
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I've never owned anything smaller than a 1/2 ton, but know a few people who had S10's and Rangers with well over 200K on them.
 

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I had an 07 Frontier. Great little pickup. 4.0 is powerful, gets decent mileage, and is known to be reliable. I would recommend one any time.
 

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When I said, I hate the new Chevys, I'm talking full size trucks. If your going to really look at small trucks, you may also want to think about a Colorado, or Canyon. I have worked with a few people who has had them, and they all liked them. Even the S-10 is a good little trucks. If you can find a S-10 with a 4,3L V 6 thats a fantastic engine. Same as a 350 just has 2 less cylinders. Lots of power, and decent MPGs.




I had a 94 S10 some years ago that was a semi custom.
It had the Vortec V6 with a 5 speed stick on the floor, lowered and nice fat tires and it really hauled butt.
Had it a few years but totaled it.
 

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Also thanks for your input as I am leaning to the Nissan but the wife also wants to see the Toyota.
Keep us posted. I forgot to mention, that Toyota v-6 and v-8 trucks dont get very good MPGs. I have a 2004 4 runner with a 4.0L v-6 amd its not to bad. 16 in town and around 22 on HWY. The 4 cylinder engines give a lot better MPGs but do lack power. Ether the Nissan or Toyota will be a good choice. The Nissan I had, had a 4 cylinder in it. No power, but 24 MPGs HWY. So I went to our local truck speed shop, and said, I want the biggest cam you can get for a Nissan 4 cylinder. The guy at the counter laughed at me. I said do laugh, order the cam, I have cash. Man did that ever wake up that little 4 banger. It ran like a strong v-6 after that, and I still got grate MPGs. That was many years ago. I sold that truck and bought a full size Chevy.
 

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I had an 07 Frontier. Great little pickup. 4.0 is powerful, gets decent mileage, and is known to be reliable. I would recommend one any time.
My buddy's 2002 Frontier is closing to 200k miles without major issue. It is his daily and sometimes do a major hauling truck and does the job easily. We recently installed a new set of tires, American force wheels and bilstein shocks on it.
 

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