I would rather buy a foreign vehicle. I would rather pay the extra money for transmission and have it last much longer in the foreign truck than in an American vehicle that will need it much sooner.
My late model import had 2 transmissions in 50,000 miles. My friend who owns a transmission shop has seen domestics at 80,000 miles (trucks) for service. My GM warranties are 100,000 from the factory. I usually sell at 50-60,000 miles. I like them a lot better for many reasons. Mainly the ride, more room and hp.
I currently own two GM vehicles and one Ford truck. None has ever had a single repair. In 35 years of driving the only cars in our household that EVER required a major repair were our two Japanese imports (Mazda and Honda) and our German VW. I WON'T be buying any more imports. I prefer reliable vehicles.
That's funny; everyone I ever knew that owned both foreign and domestic had WAY more problems with the domestics.
It's kind of a commonly known rule actually, Japanese vehicles are much better made, and undoubtedly far more reliable. Well, just look at Ford's current numbers and then at Toyota's. People are getting tired of getting burned by American car manufacturers, wising up, and buying Toyota's and Honda's instead. You pay a few thousand more, and get an extra 125,000 miles over the cheaper domestic you wisely passed on.
No doubt there are examples that could be cited about a Honda that had engine trouble early on (almost never), and a Chevy car that has 300,000 miles with no major repairs (almost never), but cases like this are exceptions to the rule.
No doubt someone will say that they have owned nothing, but domestics and had no trouble ever. Don't be fooled by these comments; just someone's idea of wishful thinking backed up with make believe mileages and service records. If you want a reliable car, buy Japanese.
I just traded in my 2003 Chevrolet S10 ZR2 on a 2004 Tacoma Prerunner; there is no comparison in quality, the Toyota outperforms the ZR2 and it doesn't have all the noise and rattles that the Chevy has. Hands down the Prerunner is the better truck...
Hmm.. I'm a very leggy 6'3 and I don't even move my seat all the way back. The seat is low to the ground. I suppose some might be uncomfortable. Being tall, I'm probably just used to sitting in "other people's" chairs.
I drive the 6 speed, so maybe it's the clutch reach that makes me feel there's far more legroom than needed, or the fact that I owned a 1980 and a 1999 Toyota truck.
As for "mini" or "compact" truck. This new monster taco is almost the same size as an F-150. Don't call it a mini truck anymore. It's at best a mid size, and that's mostly because of the giant monstrosities that came out recently.