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Old 12-21-2011, 03:25 PM
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I've been happy with the 80 for family expeditions. Its comfortable, reliable and capable. The only reason I want to step up is for power towing.

The only thing about a tow rig (excursion, powerstroke) is she going to be happy, comfortable driving a beast around town, etc. picking up the kid, shopping etc. My mildly build 80 fit's in the garage and it's still highly functional with the 3rd row for other kids, it's not a pita to park etc, and looks relatively stock. You also have maint and up keep on a trailer and a place to store it. I'll sell you my 80
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:24 PM
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diesel excursion would be a great road tripper but around town would suck way too big for most to run around it.

A newer 4Runner would make a good choice too.
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80 series + http://www.ebay.com/itm/2004-Silvera...ht_1468wt_1196
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NO! No swaps! Good God in Heaven, I want to give her a vehicle that she can turn the key on and not need a file full of notes to consult before knowing which oil filter to buy!

Noted that the Ex might not be as functional around the town. I have always liked them, and for some reason, our little 5 year old LOVES diesels! He is always chatting up the people with diesel pickups at the gas station. Most of them get a kick out of his interest.

I am just thinking a 100 might be a little more than I want to shell out right now, but if it will be hard to find an 80/LX that isn't partied out, well, I don't know what we'll do. Maybe I need to buy Wes' 80?

Or a WRX wagon...
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:33 PM
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I'd spend some time looking at 80's that are for sale. There might be a bunch of worn out ones for sale but it only takes one good one to end the search.

The slowness of an 80 is directly related to how much heavy stuff you plan to bolt on or carry in the truck. If you want to stay mostly stock for a DD and have a great truck for family road/offroad trips, I strongly rec' an 80. If your someone who needs the power to pass people on I70, running 35's, you need a V8.
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"If your someone who needs the power to pass people on I70" enough said...
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Only ones who pass me on the passes are diesel pick ups!
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TJ, this is your typical used unmodified 80, $7k: http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/2759521242.html

This is your entry level 100 series, $11k: http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/2762334743.html

This is the better 100 series, with 5 speed transmission, $22k: http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/2764625077.html

Now I wouldn't recommend that "entry level" 100 above, mainly because it's been on CL for what seems like an eternity, so it must be trashed or something. But used decent 80's will be in the 6-9k range, used decent 100's will be in the 11-14k range.

You should consider dragging the fam down to the January RS meeting- I know it's a haul for you guys but shoot, there would be multiple 80's and 100's to peek inside, plus another opinion from each owner.
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And don't rule out the Sequoia

My has an 80 and loves it but is wanting something newer. She drove the 100 series and the LX470, the Highlander, and both '07 and down and '08 and up Sequoias.

In the end she liked the Sequoia the best...We are holding out for an '08 and up because the only offroad it will ever see is the in-laws dirt road to their house and with the 5.7L engine it will easily tow our camper and even the 40 on a trailer if I wanted to. But, for you guys if you want to take it off the beaten path on more than just a dirt road I think the '07 and down would be better. It won't wheel like an 80, or even a 100 for that matter, but it should do ok on mild stuff. Then again, doesn't or didn't Bill Burke have a Sequoia that he wheels/wheeled? The '05-'07 years are what I would look at (better engine/transmission combo). What we found is that you can get a lot newer Sequoia with a lot less miles for less than similar year/mileage 100 series.

Example - 2005, 83K miles, under $20K - http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/2745229324.html
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You should consider dragging the fam down to the January RS meeting- I know it's a haul for you guys but shoot, there would be multiple 80's and 100's to peek inside, plus another opinion from each owner.
Agreed, that would be a pretty good plan of action, thanks for all the help, including the base price points!
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