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(Popular Science)   Ford has done it again, they made a man truck into a girly aluminum one. By the way, whats the MPG on that one? SOLD   (popsci.com) divider line 107
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2014-05-15 05:40:29 AM  
But they said no one knows what the MPG is going to be
 
2014-05-15 07:24:10 AM  
And when it wears out you can just drive the whole thing into a recycle bin.
 
2014-05-15 07:25:52 AM  
Subby MUST be a ford guy - he cant read!
 
2014-05-15 07:30:35 AM  
OMG they made a truck body out of aluminum? This is a breakthrough for the ages! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?
 
2014-05-15 07:34:52 AM  
You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.
 
2014-05-15 07:38:22 AM  

Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.


What and drive a car with good MPG like a F@ggot? No way pal, that's not America.

I don't even really begrudge people for owning gas hogs. Sports cars are fun, big retarded trucks can be fun, but don't friggin biatch about how gas is so expensive all the time because of the mean old gubmint.

/doesn't own a car so I have unlimited MPG
//flies to work frequently so my carbon footprint is beyond terrible
 
2014-05-15 07:41:53 AM  
He men can tow their girly aluminum fishing boats behind it.
 
2014-05-15 07:54:31 AM  
FTFA: "...but Ford engineers use a particular alloy that performs as well as steel. When heat-treated, it actually gains strength. The underlying frame is still made from high-strength steel, so the truck is tough enough to haul and tow heavy loads.."

If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'
 
2014-05-15 07:54:43 AM  

abhorrent1: OMG they made a truck body out of aluminum? This is a breakthrough for the ages! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?


They did, back in January - http://www.fark.com/comments/8084042/Get-ready-for-aluminum-F-150-Tha n ks-Obama#new
 
2014-05-15 08:02:04 AM  
They turned it into an F Series!

imagizer.imageshack.us

/Canyonero!
 
2014-05-15 08:05:23 AM  
I wonder how many loads of loose brick the bed can handle before it's fuxxored.
 
2014-05-15 08:14:21 AM  

bestsportnascar: FTFA: "...but Ford engineers use a particular alloy that performs as well as steel. When heat-treated, it actually gains strength. The underlying frame is still made from high-strength steel, so the truck is tough enough to haul and tow heavy loads.."

If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'


Actually, part is made of steel so it can still rust out on you.
 
2014-05-15 08:15:56 AM  

abhorrent1: OMG they made a truck body out of aluminum? This is a breakthrough for the ages! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?


I can sense your scarcasm, but this is only the third truck that is being built this way.

The first two are Range Rovers, which debuted a few months ago. And being niche products, the RRs won't affect the supply chain much.

This certainly will, and should make aluminum use economically possible for a whole bunch of market segments.
 
2014-05-15 08:16:20 AM  

nocturnal001: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.


What and drive a car with good MPG like a F@ggot? No way pal, that's not America.

I don't even really begrudge people for owning gas hogs. Sports cars are fun, big retarded trucks can be fun, but don't friggin biatch about how gas is so expensive all the time because of the mean old gubmint.

/doesn't own a car so I have unlimited MPG
//flies to work frequently so my carbon footprint is beyond terrible


Exactly. I bought a Jeep Wrangler as my first vehicle, because I had wanted one since I was 15. At 30 (I'm an Academic) when I could first buy a vehicle of my own I decided to get what I really wanted. I like to tour backroads and old fire roads, and go out fishing. I occasionally feel guilty for my contribution to global warming but I don't do a long work commute in heavy traffic. I definitely don't complain about the gas, I knew that going in.

bestsportnascar: If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'


Theres a difference between the heavy duty steel used in the frame and the steel used in the body.
 
2014-05-15 08:19:22 AM  
I wonder how many loads of loose brick the bed can handle before it's fuxxored.

That's what I was wondering. Also, how does it handle the beating the body generally gets bouncing in and out of construction zones. They aren't all paved nice and smooth......yet.
 
2014-05-15 08:19:40 AM  
There is no mention of the MPG which is the only reason I clicked on that shiat headline. Bad subby, BAD!
 
2014-05-15 08:20:25 AM  
I don't care how much "protection" they claim to use, but putting two dissimilar metals together, all I can say is - enjoy your galvanic corrosion in 3-5 years.
 
2014-05-15 08:20:40 AM  
Considering the size of the engines and the amount of horsepower they put out, how much difference will it really make if they reduce the weight by 700 lbs.
 
2014-05-15 08:22:48 AM  

Almet: Considering the size of the engines and the amount of horsepower they put out, how much difference will it really make if they reduce the weight by 700 lbs.


Probably doesn't help a ton in one specific area, but think of having the weight of subbys mom taken off the truck. There's some real perspective for you.
 
2014-05-15 08:24:58 AM  

nocturnal001: I don't even really begrudge people for owning gas hogs. Sports cars are fun, big retarded trucks can be fun, but don't friggin biatch about how gas is so expensive all the time because of the mean old gubmint.


My power toy averages 15 mpg. I don't drive it as often as my more efficient vehicles. That's better than a lot of people's no passengers, no hauling loads, only asphalt, daily drivers.

I get that some people want fark huge vehicles for a myriad of reasons. What I don't understand is how they can ignore the fark huge and often fuel fill ups. How much can they still love their DD when they're making $100/wk fuel runs?

I miss my first car. It was a 1990 Civic hatchback. That little bastard got into the mid 30s for mpg while being reliable and easy to work on and live with.
 
2014-05-15 08:25:56 AM  

entropic_existence: Exactly. I bought a Jeep Wrangler as my first vehicle, because I had wanted one since I was 15.


How do you like it as your every day ride?  I've been considering one.  I need 4WD but should probably get something more practical with better MPG.
 
2014-05-15 08:30:37 AM  

Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.


Don't blame us truck drivers because the various auto manufactures won't release a smaller sized diesel powered 4x4 truck....you know, something the size of an old Ford Ranger with a 4 banger diesel.  A lot of us truck drivers need a truck for work reasons, not all of us need a giant ass gas sucking motor to pull heavy loads.  I just need something that can haul my tools and maybe some quickrete every once and a while.  Some of us are practical and our truck isn't a penis extension.  And I'm from the South...just mentioning that so ya'll people with the "Southerners are big, dumb rednecks that all drive big trucks and nothing else" stereotype can have your head explode.
 
2014-05-15 08:30:46 AM  

entropic_existence: bestsportnascar: If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'

Theres a difference between the heavy duty steel used in the frame and the steel used in the body.



Makes sense. Guess they haven't made a cheap enough aluminum alloy strong enough for that yet.

vudukungfu: bestsportnascar: FTFA: "...but Ford engineers use a particular alloy that performs as well as steel. When heat-treated, it actually gains strength. The underlying frame is still made from high-strength steel, so the truck is tough enough to haul and tow heavy loads.."

If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'

Actually, part is made of steel so it can still rust out on you.


I am going with this answer.
 
2014-05-15 08:32:03 AM  

deanis: There is no mention of the MPG which is the only reason I clicked on that shiat headline. Bad subby, BAD!


And that....soooo much that.
 
2014-05-15 08:37:05 AM  
"4) Data from research firm AlixPartners indicate that car-sharing programs, such as Zipcar and RelayRides, will displace 1.2 million new vehicle sales by 2020. For each shared car, 32 new cars go unsold. "

and now for some rectally retrieved data...
 
2014-05-15 08:54:24 AM  

bestsportnascar: FTFA: "...but Ford engineers use a particular alloy that performs as well as steel. When heat-treated, it actually gains strength. The underlying frame is still made from high-strength steel, so the truck is tough enough to haul and tow heavy loads.."

If you claim it to be as good as steel, why does the next sentence say 'well part is made of steel so it can handle the heavy loads?'


Being as good as steel in some areas doesn't mean it's the ideal replacement in all areas. It may not have the right tear resistance or flexability for a frame, for instance. Or the savings provided by this alloy may be minimal in this application, and so on.
 
2014-05-15 08:57:24 AM  

Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.


Some of us IT people do-it-yourself kinds of people and have an easier time toting 15 full sheets of plywood in a pickup than a smart car.
 
2014-05-15 08:58:30 AM  

Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.


5 acres and a jet ski - I've gota '13 rubicon and a '13 s4 - I don't need a truck when I have a jeep that can tow a trailer.
 
2014-05-15 09:13:52 AM  

KidneyStone: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.

Some of us IT people do-it-yourself kinds of people and have an easier time toting 15 full sheets of plywood in a pickup than a smart car.


This. If you own a home, you are going to need a truck sometimes. Plus, people get to purchase and drive whatever they want / need / can afford. Nothing worse than g-damn do-gooders who want to tell you what they think you should do. Fark them.
 
2014-05-15 09:16:09 AM  

ColSanders: entropic_existence: Exactly. I bought a Jeep Wrangler as my first vehicle, because I had wanted one since I was 15.


How do you like it as your every day ride?  I've been considering one.  I need 4WD but should probably get something more practical with better MPG.


I love it, but it isn't for everyone. My daily drive to work is quite short (I can actually walk it in about 30 minutes when the weather is nice, or bike in about 15) so the gas isn't an issue. With the exception of longer trips outside of the city I usually only run through a tank or so in a month.

I actually like the suspension, handling, etc but many people find it a bit of a rough/bouncy ride even in the city. The boxiness means it can get pushed sideways in heavy crosswinds on highways as well. I still wouldn't trade it for the world.

skeevy420: Don't blame us truck drivers because the various auto manufactures won't release a smaller sized diesel powered 4x4 truck....you know, something the size of an old Ford Ranger with a 4 banger diesel.  A lot of us truck drivers need a truck for work reasons, not all of us need a giant ass gas sucking motor to pull heavy loads.  I just need something that can haul my tools and maybe some quickrete every once and a while.  Some of us are practical and our truck isn't a penis extension.  And I'm from the South...just mentioning that so ya'll people with the "Southerners are big, dumb rednecks that all drive big trucks and nothing else" stereotype can have your head explode.


I wish the F-150 was still the size of the F-150's from 5 years ago. The one time I drove a Ranger I found the cockpit really cramped but F-150's have gotten huge in the last few years.
 
2014-05-15 09:27:52 AM  

happydude45: KidneyStone: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.

Some of us IT people do-it-yourself kinds of people and have an easier time toting 15 full sheets of plywood in a pickup than a smart car.

This. If you own a home, you are going to need a truck sometimes. Plus, people get to purchase and drive whatever they want / need / can afford. Nothing worse than g-damn do-gooders who want to tell you what they think you should do. Fark them.


Fark You! This is the exact attitude that is killing this planet. If everyone could only be more in touch with the Earth Mother Gaia and feel her suffering!

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-05-15 09:28:10 AM  
Interesting trivia - Ford replaced the current-generation steel bed with aluminum for some of their largest fleet customers a year ago, and when the trucks were returned, they compared the wear and tear of the steel and aluminum beds.  Turns out, the aluminum bed performed better.

We have a 2011 EcoBoost F-150, and we love it.  The F-Series is Ford's primary profit driver, so I have faith they test the heck out of any change they're going to make in that vehicle line.  I predict these new F-150s will bring on a paradigm shift in the 1/2-ton pickup market.
 
2014-05-15 09:37:08 AM  

skeevy420: Don't blame us truck drivers because the various auto manufactures won't release a smaller sized diesel powered 4x4 truck....you know, something the size of an old Ford Ranger with a 4 banger diesel.


There is such an animal.

Not available in the US market.
 
2014-05-15 09:50:27 AM  

happydude45: KidneyStone: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.

Some of us IT people do-it-yourself kinds of people and have an easier time toting 15 full sheets of plywood in a pickup than a smart car.

This. If you own a home, you are going to need a truck sometimes. Plus, people get to purchase and drive whatever they want / need / can afford. Nothing worse than g-damn do-gooders who want to tell you what they think you should do. Fark them.


I completely disagree with the "every homeowner needs a truck" mentality.  Most DIY needs can be satsified just as easily with a minivan - which is a far more useful (and economic) vehicle on the non-Home Depot days. Even if you occasionally need a huge load of plywood, pavers, etc. - you can handle that with a $500 trailer (the purchase and annual registration of which, if you're clever, you can share with some friends).

Trucks, especially full-sized, really shouldn't be desirable unless you're hauling heavy loads on a very regular basis or towing a boat, camper, etc. Living in the 'burbs, I roll my eyes at all the brand new full-size trucks that never haul anything heavier than a few sealed bags of cypress mulch or a set of golf clubs, but are still used as daily drivers.
 
2014-05-15 09:54:28 AM  
Good idea, except now you'll have to keep 700 extra pounds in the bed to keep the back wheels on the ground. It's difficult enough with the regular F-150s.
 
2014-05-15 09:54:37 AM  

Almet: Considering the size of the engines and the amount of horsepower they put out, how much difference will it really make if they reduce the weight by 700 lbs.


If Ford can increase the fuel economy numbers by 1mpg, multiply that by the 800,000 pickups they will sell in a year, and figure that increase into their CAFE numbers.  Small increases add up.  Heck, GM got permission from the EPA to do their fuel economy testing with the Daytime Running Lights disabled so there was slightly less drag from the alternators, so you know they were squeaking an extra 0.1mpg somewhere in an attempt to keep selling Escalades and Suburbans (the real profit makers).
 
2014-05-15 10:10:06 AM  

jaybeezey: Fark You! This is the exact attitude that is killing this planet. If everyone could only be more in touch with the Earth Mother Gaia and feel her suffering!


Ha. I'm reminded of this.
 
2014-05-15 10:13:28 AM  
Fark You! This is the exact attitude that is killing this planet. If everyone could only be more in touch with the Earth Mother Gaia and feel her suffering!

Not sure if serious.
 
2014-05-15 10:13:58 AM  

happydude45: This. If you own a home, you are going to need a truck sometimes.


I've owned two different homes now over the course of 16 years. I've built two decks, a stone patio, finished one of the basements and knocked out a closet to extend a master bedroom, not to mention painting, landscaping and general repairs.

I've never owned a vehicle larger than a Honda Accord sedan, yet I somehow managed to get all that stone, wood and drywall to my houses.

But, then, I'm somehow capable of performing the basic arithmetic required to compare the occasional rental cost of a pickup or delivery service to the ownership costs of owning a truck. I wouldn't mind having one, but looking at the numbers, I'd have to be a complete idiot to say I "need" one.

happydude45: people get to purchase and drive whatever they want


And that's fine, but it has nothing to do with whether or not you need it. I find it very, very hard to believe that in most places where people are driving around pickups and SUVs they could objectively justify the cost versus owning, say, a sedan or minivan.

Why can't SUV and truck owners just say that? "I wanted it". Why the incessant lying about "needing" it from so many of them? I don't get it. You don't see people in sports cars running around doing that. They bought they wanted based on subjective criteria and they openly admit it. Why do so many pickup owners do it?

/ that's a rhetorical question since the answer is obvious: many pickup owners use them as a surrogate for the set of balls they lack at the office and home and they don't want to admit that so they pretend they're always doing big, manly construction things with their perpetually pristine, covered pickups
 
2014-05-15 10:41:59 AM  
I have to carry my trash to a public dump. As much as I would love transporting the fetid putrefied load within my Mazda 3, the F-150 has an auxiliary input that lets me pump Pandora throughout my cab.
 
2014-05-15 10:51:16 AM  

clkeagle: I completely disagree with the "every homeowner needs a truck" mentality.  Most DIY needs can be satsified just as easily with a minivan - which is a far more useful (and economic) vehicle on the non-Home Depot days. Even if you occasionally need a huge load of plywood, pavers, etc. - you can handle that with a $500 trailer (the purchase and annual registration of which, if you're clever, you can share with some friends).


Don't know about you, but my Home Depot rents trucks, pickups, vans, flatbeds, etc... for when you need to haul shiat or heavy equipment somewhere. If they don't Enterprise will.  Been a home owner for 15 years and never owned a truck or van, never needed to.
 
2014-05-15 10:53:22 AM  

skozlaw: / that's a rhetorical question since the answer is obvious: many pickup owners use them as a surrogate for the set of balls they lack at the office and home and they don't want to admit that so they pretend they're always doing big, manly construction things with their perpetually pristine, covered pickup


If they had real balls they would buy the smallest car they could find and drive it like they don't give a fark if they live or die. I drive a Chevy Cobalt and nobody ever wants to ride with me.
 
2014-05-15 11:08:11 AM  
Can you name the truck with four wheel drive, Smells like a steak, and seats thirty five?
Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down, It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown, Canyonero!
12 yards long, 2 lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride! Canyonero!
Top of the line in utility sports, Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts! Canyonero!
She blinds everybody with her super high beams, She's a squirrel-squashin', deer-smackin' drivin' machine, Canyonero!
 
2014-05-15 11:10:22 AM  

KidneyStone: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.

Some of us IT people do-it-yourself kinds of people and have an easier time toting 15 full sheets of plywood in a pickup than a smart car.


^^This^^ or groceries or bags of fertilizer or mulch or hauling the lawnmower in for service.....
 
2014-05-15 11:16:11 AM  

Almet: Considering the size of the engines and the amount of horsepower they put out, how much difference will it really make if they reduce the weight by 700 lbs.


More than you'd think.

Even if NOTHING else changes on the truck... let's pretend they're making the exact same truck but with aluminum body parts and a 700lb weight reduction (they're not, but for the sake of argument, here).

You immediately get a 700lb boost in payload capability. For an F-150 that's going to take you from anywhere from 1300-2300ish pounds* up to 2000-3000 pounds. So you're talking a 30-50% boost in what can be hauled by that truck... that means if you run heavy loads around you can get by with a F-150 as opposed to a Super Duty, which will save money on fuel.

Weight is also the enemy in every single driving dynamic. Every pound on the vehicle is a pound that must be accelerated (more fuel), stopped (bigger brakes = more weight), and sprung (heavier suspension components). It becomes a vicious cycle; increase the weight by a few hundred pounds and you need heavier axles, shocks, brakes, and so on... all of which increases weight further. That means you need a bigger engine if you want to haul it around and get decent acceleration. That drinks gasoline. Drop the weight and you get a carnival of benefits.

Ford is also introducing at least one smaller engine (IIRC, it's a 2.7L turbo V-6), so there's going to be another option for drivers looking to reduce fuel consumption. Less weight and you need less engine. That uses less fuel.

Even if it only saves 3-4mpg, keep in mind we're talking a vehicle that is usually going to be under 20mpg (my F-150 got 17mpg on a long highway trip this weekend when I was helping move my sister). That's at least a 15% increase in fuel mileage, maybe even as much as 20-25%. And that savings is on the most popular vehicle sold in the US... the F-150 business itself, if spun off, would be a Fortune 500 company all by its lonesome. Hundreds of thousands are sold every year. You increase mileage on that fleet by even a number on the small end of the possibility scale (say, 15%), that translates to incredible fuel savings across the board in the US.

What's more, Chevrolet is now saying they're likely to do the same thing with their Silverado/Sierra pickups at their next redo late this decade. And those are the second most popular vehicles out there.

In short, you're probably going to see more total fuel savings from this than from every single Prius out there to date. All without an actual loss of capability for those who buy the vehicles. That's a wonderful thing.**


*There's a lot that goes into it, but I believe that's generally the range of payload capabilities. My 2013 F-150 is rated to a 2300lb or so payload capacity (extended cab, 8' bed, 5.0L V8, 4x4, HD payload package).

**Yes, people can biatch about how people don't "NEED" a truck. They might even be right. I don't give a damn, I bet those folks all have things they don't need. This kind of huge fuel savings, even on vehicles they don't like, can't help but be great news.
 
2014-05-15 11:26:24 AM  
You know some people just prefer a pick up to a car. I miss my ranger more than I can say. Had to get rid of it with my current job because of a long commute. Bought a focus that gets 40mpg. The difference in gas just about makers the payment. I still miss my truck though. I would buy that small diesel truck posted up thread in a second if they sold it in the states.
 
2014-05-15 11:27:47 AM  

skozlaw: Why can't SUV and truck owners just say that? "I wanted it".


I'll say it.  I didn't need a truck. I wanted a truck, so I bought one.  It makes things far easier.

Now, I do still keep a little Matrix for a commuter car, but I like having that pickup handy, whenever I want it.  I'm not a fan of having that truck sucking down gas while I drive 35 miles through the countryside to work every day alone in an otherwise empty vehicle.

But when I want to do things like haul large/heavy/dirty objects, or when I want to pull something heavy, or if the snow gets too deep that the Matrix can't handle it, it's nice to know that I can just walk into the garage and say, "I'll take the truck today."  Does it cost me more to have a truck than just renting one when I need it?  Perhaps.  I've never bothered to do the math because it's not all about numbers for me.  It's about utility and convenience.  Sure, I can rent a truck when I need to do job X.  But now I have to schedule it, pick it up, use it for the prescribed amount of time, and make sure I return it on time.  I don't have to worry about any of that when it's MY truck.  I just use it when I need a truck for something, and the convenience of that makes it worth whatever extra expense ownership is.

It just irks me that some people (not saying you necessarily) have the opinion that I shouldn't be allowed to own a truck because, "omg they're bad, haha small penis!"  Perhaps Happydude45 should have just said, "If you own a home, you are going to need the functionality of a truck sometimes."  I think that's a pretty good statement unless you hire someone else to do everything for you.  You can rent the truck and/or pay for delivery, or you can own a truck and have it be more convenient (more convenient than renting anyway).  I don't see a problem with either one.
 
2014-05-15 11:30:58 AM  

skeevy420: Cymbal: You know what would be better than an aluminum truck that gets better gas mileage? If people would stop buying and driving trucks when their job or lifestyle does not necessitate it. Plenty of IT folks I know drive them and they don't own a boat or farm. It's ridiculous.

Don't blame us truck drivers because the various auto manufactures won't release a smaller sized diesel powered 4x4 truck....you know, something the size of an old Ford Ranger with a 4 banger diesel.  A lot of us truck drivers need a truck for work reasons, not all of us need a giant ass gas sucking motor to pull heavy loads.  I just need something that can haul my tools and maybe some quickrete every once and a while.  Some of us are practical and our truck isn't a penis extension.  And I'm from the South...just mentioning that so ya'll people with the "Southerners are big, dumb rednecks that all drive big trucks and nothing else" stereotype can have your head explode.


I'd kill for a small 4wd diesel, but for the moment, my ten year old Tacoma does fine I suppose, I don't even have a gun rack on it.  Pickups can be damned useful for moving stuff around. It's the guys with lifted F-350's with chrome rims and pristine paint that make me wince.

My only concern about aluminum would be the extra expense of body repair if some uninsured idiot in a Saturn smashes into my truck.  That stuff is a biatch to weld.
 
2014-05-15 11:30:59 AM  
I would like the space of a truck, but, yeah, gas is expensive.
 
2014-05-15 11:33:07 AM  

never trust a bunny: You know some people just prefer a pick up to a car.


Yup.

I love driving a truck. Preferably a full size one. I like the power, the visibility, the driving position, you name it. I love the feel of a truck. I'd drive one as my daily driver if my wife was willing to tolerate a truck in that role.

Meatschool: But when I want to do things like haul large/heavy/dirty objects, or when I want to pull something heavy, or if the snow gets too deep that the Matrix can't handle it, it's nice to know that I can just walk into the garage and say, "I'll take the truck today."  Does it cost me more to have a truck than just renting one when I need it?  Perhaps.  I've never bothered to do the math because it's not all about numbers for me.  It's about utility and convenience.  Sure, I can rent a truck when I need to do job X.  But now I have to schedule it, pick it up, use it for the prescribed amount of time, and make sure I return it on time.  I don't have to worry about any of that when it's MY truck.  I just use it when I need a truck for something, and the convenience of that makes it worth whatever extra expense ownership is.


Ditto. My truck is a 3rd vehicle. Not only is it nice to have a 3rd vehicle if one is in the shop for whatever reason, but sometimes the functionality of a truck is just nice to have. Sure, I could easily live without one and have everything delivered or rent something. It would be cheaper. But I just don't want to and I'm willing to spend the money to have a truck. Sometimes it's nice to be the guy who can roll in with the truck and take care of business without needing somebody else's schedule to sync up to yours. This weekend I was able to move my sister back from college without sitting in the cab of a damned U-Haul for 400 miles. I used my own vehicle, set up to my preferences, and didn't worry about obtaining or returning a POS rental van.
 
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