JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/10/consumer-confidence.html (13 comments)

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jsid-1160851681-533051  Sarah at Sat, 14 Oct 2006 18:48:01 +0000

Tundras are pretty snazzy. Congrats on your purchase!

jsid-1160857936-533057  Kevin Baker at Sat, 14 Oct 2006 20:32:16 +0000

Yeah, it's an order of magnitude nicer than the '99 Ranger.

jsid-1160870464-533064  DJ at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 00:01:04 +0000

Good choice. I have an '00 Tundra access cab and my wife has an '01 Sequoia, both 4WD.

jsid-1160879786-533076  Purple Avenger at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 02:36:26 +0000

There's not a single pickup truck on the market today who's fundamental design I would want.

I'm still looking for an ancient VW transporter pickup. Flatbed with fold down sides, tool boxes under the bed, and the engine in the rear where it properly belongs (over the driving wheels) ;->

I'd be willing to rebuild everything on one of those to have one as a work truck.

HERE is a pic of one.

With the older 1200cc 40hp engine they'll deliver 30+ mpg too.

jsid-1160882043-533077  Kevin Baker at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 03:14:03 +0000

Will it:

A) pull an 8% hill with that load and only 40Hp,

B) tool down the freeway at 75, and

C) keep you cool in Tucson when the temperature is 107ºF+?

I'll keep my Tundra, thanks.

jsid-1160891957-533081  ben at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 05:59:17 +0000

Oh man, that truck is nice, but I claim the new Ford F-150's are way nicer. I'm almost dying for one.

jsid-1160922089-533096  DJ at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 14:21:29 +0000

Kevin, your truck would benefit by adding a Hellwig rear sway bar to it. They are inexpensive and easy to mount, and they greatly improve cornering stability without out affecting ride quality. Why such a rear sway bar isn't standard equipment I'll never understand, but such is easy to remedy.

I'm not into modifying trucks, but I recommend this mod to everyone who buys a Tundra.

jsid-1160939827-533118  Kevin Baker at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 19:17:07 +0000

Thanks for the suggestion, but the first thing I've got to put on it is a set of nerf bars. My wife is only 5'0" tall, so that first step up is a doozy for her. (And it's only a 2WD truck!)

jsid-1160947931-533127  DJ at Sun, 15 Oct 2006 21:32:11 +0000

Yup, it is. I added a set of factory OEM running boards because I couldn't find the truck I wanted with them already installed. Installation was easy and they are rock solid. What I like about them most is that they work with the fender flares to to keep mud and such off the side of the vehicle. Tubular type bars don't do that.

jsid-1160975916-533146  Cindi at Mon, 16 Oct 2006 05:18:36 +0000

4' 11' here; running boards and a grab handle just inside the forward doorjamb. Stairway to....heaven(?).

All the best with your truck.

jsid-1161095807-536228  Will Coffman at Tue, 17 Oct 2006 14:36:47 +0000

Thank goodness that I will now have someone to ask about performance and reliability in the coming months, since I'm looking forward to replacing my 95 F150 in a year or two. By then I'll have about 270,000 miles on this baby.

jsid-1161101145-536231  DJ at Tue, 17 Oct 2006 16:05:45 +0000

Will, go see www.tundrasolutions.com. There are six years of such discussion there.

jsid-1161111295-536247  LabRat at Tue, 17 Oct 2006 18:54:55 +0000

I empathize with your wife. Trucks are not made for the short. (On the bright side, we fit perfectly in sportscars.)

We've got a fairly new Dodge Testosterone squatting in our driveway. It's powerful enough that the mountains don't faze it even if it's carrying hundreds of pounds, roomy, and I love it in every respect except that it eats gas and makes me feel like a Fisher-Price person when I drive it. I'd feel guilty about the size and power overkill, except the last thing we hauled with it was roughly a ton of rock, so it turns out to be not so overkill after all.

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