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Old 06-24-2013, 02:18 PM
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Default How to pick a 100 series... or an 80?

Hi friends, I am officially stepping into the deep end and in the early stages of looking for a 100 or an 80... this is my first decision to make.

I am blown away by the prices of the high mileage 100's but I have a gut feeling it is a better fit for my family. We have 5 now, and we hope to pull a pop up. This rig will most likely become my do-all daily driver weekend warrior road trip machine... so I am thinking of a 100 or supercharged 80. I have a wild hair to track down a decent 55 and do a powertrain swap, but that's much more dreaming than reality.

Budget will be about $15,000 +/- a few grand and hope I can buy one already mildly built up, or build it up over the next few years as funds allow.

I can buy a mildly built 80 with the $$$ to bolt up a blower for about the price of a low mileage stockish 100... at least my initial numbers and research seem to show this. It seems that mildly built 80's are hovering around $5-10k and stock 100's are closer to $10-20k.

What say you? 100 or 80 and why?
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105 series... problem solved
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:46 PM
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Personally I can't even fathom driving an 80 with a trailer around the mountains here. Let alone loaded with a bunch of people, camping gear, and bumpers/armor/winch/etc. How much does mileage suffer due to the inherent nature of the supercharger (and not the lead foot)? My buddies similarly setup 100 series (33's, bumper, etc) goes much faster and gets better mileage than my NA 80.

You could also go early model 100 series for not quite as much money. FWIW, I think a 100 series would be the way to go for a DD and towing things.

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80s are getting old. There's no denying it. Slee has good newb info for both on his site
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had the same decision to make...found a good lower mile 100 and I am very very happy...and I drove an 80 for years.
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I have a gut feeling it is a better fit for my family. We have 5 now, and we hope to pull a pop up
This is like saying I like chocolate. I have a choice between a fun size candy bar and a full size candy bar. the fun size has peanuts and caramel but is that better than a full size chocolate bar? not if you like chocolate..

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thanks.....now I am hungry for chocolate......

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This is like saying I like chocolate. I have a choice between a fun size candy bar and a full size candy bar. the fun size has peanuts and caramel but is that better than a full size chocolate bar? not if you like chocolate..

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I know that at first blush 100 prices seem exorbitant, but there are deals out there. I almost bought a second 100 that was up in Vail - 1999 with locker and 150k on it for $8k over the winter. The girl was moving to Canada and wanted to get rid of it quick, but she ended up giving it to a family member or something rather. I have seen a few in the last several months for sub $10k with decent miles (150k or less).
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For towing a 100. I get by with my 80 and the camper but its not fast. That said personally I like the ride of an 80 better. Its more truck like which is what I prefer. I like the seats better too.

You could consider a 1st gen Sequoia too. Not as nice on the trail but for everything else good. And cheaper to buy. Most Tundra stuff will fit.
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He has/had sequoia

100 is 20x the truck of an 80
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