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The Problem With Buying A Compact Pickup

With GM’s new Colorado and Canyon exceeding expectations, a new Tacoma right around the corner, and rumors of a new Frontier debuting in the next few months, it seems as if compact trucks are really surging in popularity. There’s even discussion of Ford bringing back the Ranger, a concept that gets Ford fans as excited as aluminum body panels and small displacement turbocharged V6’s.

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In the “old” days (1970s), compact trucks were more fuel efficient and substantially less expensive than half-ton trucks. Today? Not so much.

The problem with all of this excitement about compact trucks is that it ignores the “why.” Specifically, why would anyone buy a compact truck when there are so many great full-size trucks available?

Toyota Truck Rust Problems – What’s Going On?

Despite Toyota’s long-standing reputation for quality production, one thing the carmaker can’t seem to shake is persistent rust and corrosion problems. Over the years, Toyota continues to have a pattern of rust and corrosion problems. Why? What’s the deal with Toyota trucks and rust?

Toyota's Persistent Truck Rust Problems

Why do Toyota pickups seem to be always dealing with some sort of rust issue? Why can’t this problem simply go away?

Tacoma Moving To San Antonio

The Wall Street Journal and the Contra Costa Times are both reporting that NUMMI will close in March 2010, at which time Toyota will move production of the Corolla to Canada and the production of the Tacoma to San Antonio.

The Toyota Tacoma is moving to San Antonio

The Toyota Tacoma is moving to San Antonio

Our best to employees at NUMMI – this makes our earlier declaration that Toyota is closing NUMMI official.

So, now that Toyota has made the decision, what does this mean for the Tundra? Here’s the skinny:

A Tacoma with an LS6 V8?

Here’s a new one – Tundra Racing is building out a fast-as-hell Toyota Tacoma…with a Corvette motor.

That’s right – they’ve shoehorned a specially tuned 460 horsepower LS6 into an 05′ Tacoma Regular Cab 2wd. Does that sound like a fast truck or what?

2005 Tacoma with a V8 LS6 Corvette motor.

2005 Tacoma with a V8 LS6 Corvette motor.

How about a very fast truck.