Good Value, But Don't Skimp on Maintenance
By upnorthjohnny on Sunday, December 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,700
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Economical, Reliable, Decent Road Manners"
Cons: "Limited Load Capacity and Seating"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought this truck used in 2009, have driven about 25K since then. It was formerly a fleet vehicle, and had many functional issues when purchased. It did run and drive OK, though. All problems were eventually corrected at the local dealership, which jacked up the purchase price considerably. As they say, YMMV.\
All the problems on this truck were caused by lack of regular maintenance. Not an uncommon thing with lease or fleet vehicles. After many parts and many dollars, the truck is currenly in great condition. I'm rating this a very good value, since I'm sure it would have been in much better shape if maintained properly. After all repairs were completed, it's been virtually trouble-free.\
Gas mileage is OK, but nothing to brag about. In town with the A/C running, MPG is pretty bad. On the highway, though, it's possible to squeeze out 26 MPG with a light load. The 4-Cyl engine struggles in some situations, but generally has enough power for most conditions. I don't pull trailers or haul loads over 600 lbs or so, but in retrospect I think the V6 engine would have been a better choice.\
Handles very well on dry pavement and rainy roads. In snow, not so much. You'll need at least 400 lbs in the bed during winter to safely handle the deeper snow. I installed taller, wider tires, and that helped quite a bit. Passable for off-road use, as long as the trail is dry and firm. Otherwise, don't even think about it.\
A reliable little work truck for light use. Enough creature comforts to satisfy most folks, without driving the price up. As a used vehicle, this could be a real bargain if you find one that's been cared for."
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