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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    That's an overly broad statement with no supporting evidence...but if that's what you want to tell yourself in order to confirm your purchasing decisions, well then go ahead.
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    Why aren't more tacoma owners up in arms about their trucks?

    1) I've heard of oiling issues with the 3G Tacoma's 3.5l v6, but the relevant question is: How common are they? If a few, or even a few dozen people, have had issues out of the hundreds of thousands of owners, they might make a racket on the Toyota forums and facebook pages, but is it really a...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    My counterpoint to that is that the gasoline engines are left running up there as well. The gasoline fuel may not gel up the same way that diesel does, but it does in fact get more difficult to start up gasoline-fed engines the colder it gets. I've done more than a few cold starts (no heater...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    The weather in upstate is vastly different from the weather in downstate. Waking up to -20F to -30F temperatures in the morning is fairly common in the winter months. I've driven both diesel and gasoline in that kind of environment...neither engine really enjoyed the start up and first 10-15...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    Everyone sees an efficiency hit in cold-weather conditions...that issue isn't exclusive to diesels. I've seen gasoline v6's go from a summer average of 17-18mpg to a winter average of 12-13mpg. There are certain types of diesel which have lower CFPP's than others. #2 ULSD is generally used in...
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    Tundra vs F150

    I think people are misinterpreting that story. When OEM's say they're using a "shared platform" that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to use the exact same chassis for each vehicle...I see that as an indication that Toyota is looking to further streamline the type and measurements used...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    Diesel trucks are used throughout the world, including in places where the temperatures get well below freezing. Last time I was driving up the Datlon, I saw diesel's all over the place towing and hauling equipment. The operators and the OEM's have figured out a way for them to work up...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    2.8L "Duramax" is really a VM Motori engine that is widely used in European vehicles, to include the Jeep. The 2.8l Cummins crate engine is very similar in nature to the diesels the Japanese put in their midsized ute's (Hilux, Navara, Triton). So buying a diesel is a "waste" of money for any...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    I guess we have a skewed view here in North America, but pretty much everywhere else diesel engines are heavily preferred for offroading because of their torque. Here we are used to thinking of Ford Super Duties or Ram 2500's with tremendously powerful and torquey engines; and I definitely...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    Personally, I see newer diesels as the way to go because of the noise and weight issue inherent to diesels. The newer diesels are much more refined and easier to live with than the older ones, even those from 10-15 years ago (no offense to your 7.3l which has a decent reputation nonetheless)...
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    Unless you're talking about an absolute beater, it will almost always be cheaper to own/run one vehicle as opposed to two (weekend truck and commuter car).
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    Diesel for overlanding- are you happy with the choice?

    I look at the same scenario (70 mile commutes @ 90% highway, 15k-20k miles annually) and I have the exact opposite opinion that you do. I think a diesel truck is perfectly suited for that kind of driving style. Diesels, with or without emissions controls, fare better when they have longer...
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    Ram Rebel or Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    Sample size of one, as you noted. Survey results over a larger population, and you'll start to see a clear trend in terms of reliability. That isn't to say the newer Rams are crap, because they aren't. Nor is the Tundra particularly "advanced" by comparison; in fact, I see all the 1/2 ton...
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    Ram Rebel or Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    Depends on what you're looking for in a truck. The Ram has made a lot of progress in terms of interior comfort and refinement. However, the underlying platform is still a truck, not all that different from the Tundra's design. The 5.7l Hemi isn't a particularly refined or advanced engine...
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    Tundra vs F150

    The MT longterm review I was referencing was in regards to a F-150 3.5l ecoboost. The article you linked above is referencing a F-150 diesel. I don't follow your logic, and quite honestly I'm not interested in trying to at this point. The ecoboost F-150's are overrated; most owners don't...
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