5 Used Trucks You Should Buy

5 Used Trucks You Should Buy

rev up your engines, today I’m gonna talk
about the five best pickup trucks to
buy today,
the small or mid-sized ones and the
full-size ones, I’m not gonna be talking
about the giant monstrosity like the
f250s or 250s or higher, I’m
talking about regular pickup trucks that
regular people want to buy, they have to
be reliable, they have to have a
reasonable price, they have to be easily
repairable, because there’s no point in
having a pickup truck that either costs
way too much money, or is extremely hard to
repair, or breaks down a lot, now number
five on my list is the Nissan Frontier
and I know people gonna say, Oh Scotty
you don’t like Nissan’s, well the frontier
is on the list because they’ve made
those things for a long time, now a lot
of people they poopoo the frontier
because they said, oh it needs a change
they haven’t changed it in years and
years, come on people it’s a pickup
truck, it serves a purpose,
now sure in 2017 Nissan sold 74,000
frontiers, you want to compare that to
the Toyota Tacoma, 2017 Toyota sold about
200,000 tacoma’s in the United States,
but even at the base level the Nissan
Frontier is six thousand dollars cheaper
than the Toyota Tacoma, and I’ve had
customers with the frontiers that were
totally happy with the deal, they paid
less and the truck lasted quite some
time without any serious problems, from
my experience the Nissan pickup trucks
are better built than their cars, so they
don’t have all the problems, especially
if you’re getting a standard
transmission truck, hey the weakest thing
of all the nissans are their automatic
transmissions, you get a standard
transmission frontier, hey I see those
things with three or four hundred thousand
miles on them with basic maintenance
done, and it’s a decent midsize pickup
truck, you get a four-cylinder engine or
you can get the v6 engines, Nissan has
always made fast engines and for a
pickup truck they got a decent ride,
Nissan’s always were pretty good for
cornering and riding, it’s not a bad
pickup truck to get if you want to buy
one of the cheaper ones
out there, if you’re looking for a midsize
pickup truck you’re probably thinking
economy, you know you’re not going for a
big giant one you’re going for a midsize
one, and it’s not a bad truck, I pick it as
five, now number four in pickup that
you can buy, I pick the Ford Ranger been
around a long time,
the new one you can get a 270 horsepower
4-cylinder engine, hooked up to that
great 10 speed automatic transmission
and of course being a Ford, the Ranger
can be gotten in a four-wheel drive
capability, and I’ve had customers of
those they love them it’s big enough to
haul stuff around, but with the
four-wheel drive it’s got a lot more
clearance in the factory design, so you
can legitimately take the thing off road
you can get the optional Touring package you
can tow 7,500 pounds with that little
baby, so you know it can be a serious
mid-sized work truck and I’ve got
customers with Rangers, okay some of them
have 350,000 miles or more on them and
they’re still running pretty good, and if
you like technology, hey the modern one
you can get terrain management settings
for the vehicle, it has a setting for
grass, gravel, and snow, and another
setting for mud, ruts, and sand, and let’s
face it
ford has been making pickup trucks
for a long time
they keep perfecting the pickup truck, so
the Rangers not a bad pick in a midsize
pickup truck, now number three on my
list is the Toyota Tacoma, those things can
just run forever, the terrorists
in the desert drive around in those
things with the machine gun on the back,
now many of you who are experts know that
a few years in the past
they made a problem in the frames and
the frames would rot, now toyota has
given lots of people new frames on the
vehicles because of that, but that was a
while back they don’t have that problem
now the tacoma used to be a small
pickup my son’s got one that I got for
him, their small little pickups and he
loves it, but now really there are
midsize truck they’re a lot bigger than
the old ones used to be, now you can get
a whole range of Tacomas my son recently
bought a brand new one, because the used
ones are so expensive that he thought, heck
I’m gonna drive this thing for 30 years, I’ll
just buy a new one and not have to think
about anything, the six-cylinder ones
cost a whole bunch more than a
four-cylinder one, so if you want a basic
one you can get a four-cylinder one, but
if you don’t mind spending the extra
money you get the six-cylinder ones, it’s
a bigger faster engine, can pull a little
bit more, that’s the difference
between a tacoma and let’s say the
Nissan Frontier, the frontiers cost a
whole bunch less, but if you don’t mind
paying that extra you get a lot better
truck with the Tacoma than you do in
the frontier if you’re gonna keep it
for decades, I kind of laugh at it myself
because I’ve seen places that rated to
the comas as really bad pickup trucks,
which is total nonsense, the things can
run forever if you take care of them, now
number two in my list is the Toyota
Tundra, now in 2016 Toyota bought back a
Toyota Tundra from a customer, it was the
2007 tundra and they had a million miles
on it with original engine and
transmission, the tundra has classic
Toyota reliability to it they can last a
really long time, but the reason I have
it number two on my list and number one
is this, when they do finally break down,
they have some design flaws that make
them super expensive to repair, for
example you got the v8 engine, you got
to take the intake manifold all apart
to get to the starter that’s hidden in
the back of the engine, it’s a real pain changing
a starter out on one
of those, and when their axle bearings
we’re out in the back, they have this
crazy axle bearing design that requires
all kinds of special pressing tools to
get it in and out, I’ve seen more guys
mess those up where the wheel bearing
goes out and then three or four thousand
miles later
the wheel bearing goes on again because it
wasn’t pressed incorrectly with the
correct equipment, they can be kind of a
bear to repair as they age, and of course
they’re not giving them away their very
expensive, but they are well-made pickup
trucks, if you’re looking for something that
you can drive a long time, they ride
decently you might think about getting
a Toyota Tundra, you can get the v6 in
the Tundra it still puts out decent
it’s got 278 horsepower with a v6, plus
it gets better gas mileage and doesn’t
have the maintenance headaches that the
v8 engine
have as it ages, now number one on my list
the Ford f-150, they have been making
pickup trucks for so long, they keep
perfecting them as time goes on, now I
get trucks to road tests all the time,
and a few years back and I take my wife
for a ride in some of these big pickup
trucks, and she said don’t do that again
I hate it
these things ride horribly, they bounce
all over the place, I feel like the
fillings and my teeth are coming out
well last year I thought, let’s see if
things actually have changed, I had a
brand new f-150, I told my wife let’s go
for a drive to Galveston Texas, we’ll take
a look at the ocean, so we’re riding down
on highway I said, what do you think of
this thing, she said I’m shocked this
thing actually rides quite well, over the
years of course they’ve been working on
the suspension system, they handle better,
ride better, you can get one of those
EcoBoost v6 that’s got the
turbochargers and the GDI, you can get a
traditional v8 engine, you can get a
couple other v6 engines in them, now they
even have a turbo diesel in an f-150 they
didn’t used to have that, that’s a new
thing that they recently added, but a lot
of guys like the traditional 5 liter v8
engine, and if you’re really into
technology, they even have a pro assist
backup, so when you have a trailer that
the vehicle can take over when you’re
backing up so you don’t twist everything
around backing up with a trailer, and with
the massive use of aluminum, they
shed about 700 pounds weight, so for a
big pickup truck course they’re gonna
get a little bit better gas mileage,
because their 700 pounds less that
they’re pulling around, and really one of
my big things about pickup trucks is, if
you want a pickup truck you want one
that is readily and easily repairable
and Ford’s have been around a long time there’s
parts are Ford’s everywhere and a
lot of guys know how to fix Ford pickup
trucks, you’re gonna be able to get that thing
fixed, you’re not gonna be waiting for
parts and waiting for somebody who even
knows how to work on the things, so now
you know what I think I got the five
best pickup truck cuz there’s a whole
bunch of them out there, and you really
need to narrow your focus down, you
need to understand what kind of a truck
do you want, are you gonna tow heavy
things, are you not gonna tow things, do
you want better gas mileage, or do you
want to buy a truck that cost less
initially, or do you want to pay more
and get a higher quality pickup truck, at
least now you know how to logically pick
which truck you should buy, so if you
never want to miss another one of my new
car repair videos, remember to ring that

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  2. Scotty, I know you seem to like Ford F-150's but many are junk. The mid 2000's spit spark plugs and my 2005's timing chain guides broke with about 120,000 miles only. Garbage motors!

  3. Just had my 2007 tundra transmission go out at 124,000 miles. Meanwhile my 6.0 f350 has 230 and is like brand new

  4. Had a 2000 Ranger with 250,000 on it when I sold it. I beat that truck to it's near death bed. I then went with a 16 Silverado. The first 40,000 miles were a nightmare. Knock on wood it's doing OK now. I won't buy another Chevy because of the service and company with how they worked with me on issues.
    But, with its cost I'll keep it for now. I should have found a used Ranger.

  5. My 2001 Chevy Silverado has 387,000 miles on it. Original engine and transmission. They are notoriously reliable and inexpensive.

  6. Just crossed 50,000 miles in my 2016 Colorado, just oil changes so far, and had a loose cooling hose clamp discovered at about 5k, no other issues at all, and still feel solids and purrs

  7. Does this guy drink 🍹 before he does his show. He wobbles back and fourth and he slurs his words. I hope when he finishes his show the producers have someone drive him home 🏡

  8. The Ford F150 is one of the worst used trucks you can buy. The transmissions and motors are notoriously unreliable. Once they hit 150,000 miles you can expect major power train issues. You would think someone who is a self proclaimed expert would know this. Chevy makes the best gas motors in any pickup ever. Their are more 200-300k mile Chevy Silverados with the original motor than any other gas pickup. Sure some of them have had transmission issues but I would argue that their transmission are every bit as good as just about anything Dodge or Ford have produced in a gas truck. Also they are cheaper and easier to fix then most other brands.

  9. I love my 09 Ford Ranger 2.3 with 200k miles and runs into no problems. It was the closest thing to the Lada Niva I used to drive in my home country Kazakhstan that I can attain here in the USA, bone simple and extremely reliable and solid. Only things I ever needed replaced was the tires and brakes. My only complaint is the need to move the coolant hose out the way on order to open the air filter box and its annoying, but installing the afe cold air intake made the process much easier. I still have the stock filter box with me tho.
    (Edit) the only performance gain I notice from the cold air intake was that its much faster to access and take out the cone filter and clean it than it would be to move hoses out the way and struggling to open and close the filter box

  10. What years for these models if you want as little electronics as possible.
    I need a 4 door full back seat truck for 2 kids, prefer automatic for basic town trips and such. Older style preferred like >2004

  11. People that know trucks prefer older Chevy and Ford trucks. Toyota truck owners buy into the hype on way overpriced overrated ugly trucks. Dodge buyers are mentally unstable. I laugh at the prices people pay for used Toyotas with 200k miles on them.🇺🇸🐪

  12. Scotty what's your opinion on ford 5.4 3v Triton engine? I had 2006 expedition with this engine ran nice then all of sudden timing chain issues ,had total rebuild and still same issue WTF was ford thinking?

  13. I've had 2 Toyotas and 3 Nissans and the Nissans are just as reliable as Toyotas. Toyota people just say they aren't so they don't feel so bad about paying all that extra money (Toyota Tax).

  14. Still driving my (from new) 2002 Mazda B3000 V6, Dual Sport (factory pre-runner), with 246K miles, with only regular maintenance.
    Only problem caused by ME (too many times, i ran truck near Empty – Fuel Pump needs gas to work/lubricate it)

  15. I bought a 2009 Nissan Frontier new. It was okay for about 75,000 then needed drive train repair. By 175,000 the catalytic converter blew, the radiator blew with it mixing with the transmission, then the CVT transmission was slipping. I sold it and bought a slightly used Toyota Tacoma. Noticed the transmission difference when riding down Cadillac MTN in Maine. I didn't have to ride the brakes or downshift to L like the Frontier. Looking forward to 250,000+ trouble free driving.

  16. Why not do a video on the heavy duty trucks? I have a 17 f250 with the 6.2L gasoline engine. I’d love your take on these HD series trucks!

  17. Well when you buy a truck you don’t look for gas mileage he’ll mine gets 8mpgs with a 7.5 inch lift and 37 inch mud tires 😂😂

  18. Bored of this guy. Same delusions one after another about the wonders of Toyota. Sorry but no Toyota is as great as this guy wants it to be.

  19. Great video! I agree with your choices. Like you, I don't see the age of the Frontier design as a negative, instead I see it as a good thing. The dated Frontier is still a good old fashion small truck. The base model has little to go wrong on it, and I am afraid Nissan will ruin a good little truck if they update it. There is suppose to be a new one in the works and I hope they stick close to the old design and don't muck it up making it more car like or less reliable by basing it on one of their SUV platforms.

  20. Aside from the frame rot, tacomas and the earlier pick ups are bullet proof. My latest 2011 4cyl stock cab 4×4, i beat relentlessly off road. Front and rear lockers winch arb bumpers, tractor tires even. Wheeled heavily and a daily driver. One tough little truck.



  23. I could of sworn that the starter motor on the Tundra's 5.7L V8 is near the exhaust header not inside the intake manifold.

  24. As a used auto rebuilder and dealer for the past 22 years my # 1 pick is Toyota Tundra . We sold and rebuilt hundreds of trucks and there hasn’t been anything that compares to the Tundra . Very solid and trouble free truck. Never had a Customer in the past 15 years with any mechanical issues with a Tundra . The worst truck is Titan, almost every truck had multiple issues . The second best truck is Tacoma . We had only one truck that had transmission problem out of over 120 Tacomas we sold . # 3 is the Silverado, and # 4 is RAM and F150 5.4L. These trucks are hot sellers but they require you to take more time off to fix engine lights and do frequent maintenance than Toyotas.

  25. I want a new ranger so bad they are way overpriced for a midsize. Big mistake by ford because they won’t sell leading to another discontinue. Still driving my 08 f150 xl 160k drove it from ny to ca twice still going strong with basic repair nothing major. Highly considering a Tacoma

  26. What years were the Tacoma's with the frame issue? I may be trading my 16 Silverado for a smaller truck. I do really miss my Ranger though. But a new one is too expensive.
    I just want a basic truck.

  27. What’s your opinion on GMC Sierra??? I have a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 with 250000 miles. I bought mine off a mechanic 5 years and only done minimum maintenance. Looking to upgrade soon. Should I consider the new GMC Sierra??? Or one of your top 5 list???

  28. He's the mechanic he has to recommend Ford so he has a job has to fix something. Toyota and Chevy are the best depending on make and models. And if you like toyota Zuzu truck whitch is made by GM and Pontiac vibe w the Toyota Motor. 5.3 5.7 they put in mustang darts any thing muscle because it out performs any other v 8 ford or dodge has made. Ford has some monsters I like there old straight six few v8s but honestly Chevy use to be top dog last 400000 miles original motor n trans minimum as long has you kept up on the basic down side was they last forever but after 20 years and you live by snow or ocean major rust ford usually gets rebuilt at 150+ old truck recalled head gaskets I dont know about any thing newer once they start making 4bangers in Silverado and took the 3.8 out of cars I just dont know about GM anymore but the v8 5.3 5.7 trucks are g.o.a.t. and v6 3.8 whitch they put in almost every car Pontiac Buicks monte. Impala but there 3.4 v6 trash. But in all honesty most cars if taken care of will last you awhile there is some Motors and cars and trucks that just shouldn't have been designed it should be illegal to sell to citizens but besides them few get a Ford Focus or Monte Carlo I've seen both of them going to the three hundred thousand four hundred thousand Miles when they're properly maintained I've also seen both of them cars motor and tranny problems when not properly taken care of

  29. I still drive my 2000 Nissan Crew cab with over 200,000 miles, all I replaced besides the tires was the radiator. It's a standard transmission and runs great.

  30. I wish he didn't scream into the microphone….has anyone told him that mics amplify your voice, so there is no need to scream into the camera? Other than that, Ilike his content.

  31. Why recommend that new Ranger (T6 model)? Scotty should have limited the Ranger to the old ones (before 2011). That new 4 cylinder is turbo charged; and there's known skeptics about any turbo 4 cyclinger long term reliability, especially under load. And a 10 speed tranny?!

  32. I love the S10, they are so cheap to repair and they seem to last, I prefer the 5-speed manual.

    Want tie rods and idler arm? 65 bucks
    Want new sway bar links? 20 bucks
    New driveshaft? 200 bucks
    4 new tires? 303.80 bucks

    Yeah the tires are the most expensive but you can probably find cheaper.

  33. 5 Used Trucks you should Buy:
    Tacoma Single Cab
    Tacoma Standard Cab
    Tacoma Crew Cab
    Tacoma TRD
    Any of the above

  34. I owned a 97 nissan p/u basic truck 4 cycl great little truck standard trans worked the hell out of it for about 10 years. The only thing that would help is if it had a bigger oil capacity. mine held just 3.2 quarts. while toyota tacomas held 4-5 quarts if you were sneaky and put a oil filter that fit on ford pickups, 1 qt capacity.

  35. Hey scotty.

    I once drove a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pro4x. Yes it was a great ride. It was better than expected. The only reason Nissan didnt change it much over the years is because they didnt have to. It was good enough.

  36. I'm looking at buying a Ford Ranger or frontier. I don't want a brand new truck or too old of a truck. I'm looking between 2005 and 2015. If anyone has any experience on what may be the best year model of the Ford Ranger and frontier in these years. Please leave a comment. Thanks.

  37. I hate the Frontier.On the highway the thing feels like it's gonna topple.Dmax ,Holden Ute ,Ford Ranger and Triton are really good .X class and Amarok is a rich mans truck.

  38. I agree with a lot you say and have great respect for your knowledge, except when it comes to pickup trucks. I bought a 2010 Ford F-150 brand new by the time it reached a 100k the frame was rotted, the headliner was all water stained (the cargo /third brake light had a leak which caused the damage and is apparently common, last summer was really nice and I rode my motorcycle most of the time. I went to get my truck inspected and even though I had started the truck about every 10-14 days the alternator bearing seized and the belt broke. During the inspection, a bunch of sensors were bad including two under the intake manifold(my mechanic I had used for years) could not fix the problem I had spent about $1500, just on the emission end, he also found that the emergency brake had rotted. A friend bought and 2006+- F-250, drove it to his warehouse and said the front end felt odd I looked at the frame just behind the A-frame and I could put my finger through the frame. I bought a 2014 Ram 1500 with the eco diesel about 6 months ago( it had about 100k on it) and have put over 12,000 miles on it ( I had been using Shell DEF but the last time I need DEF I could only get Peak which had good rating, but there was also mention of it throwing the check engine light on some cars and trucks, It did twice with the truck the other day, I fixed it by just cycling the ignition switch a few times, I will see what happens tomorrow when I can put the Shell Def in the truck. I do need to take it in two have a couple of issues reflashed as per recalls. I love the truck it is quite, great mileage, handles well, no frame rust at all, and the fit and finish are terrific. I have owned many American pickups other than the Ram I liked my 2-wheel S-10 2nd year it was made and a Ford F-250 about 86 ran forever and would go anywhere drove to it fell apart. I do agree that there are no reasonably priced trucks any more I miss an 8' bed. I really do not care about 20" wheels, mine was ordered with 17" ground clearance is not much different, I do not need wipers that come on when it is misty > It is a truck not a luxury ride, but used you can get them reasonable as most young people who buy them can not keep up the payments

  39. I have a 2011 Tacoma 4X4 4 cylinder Acess cab it pulled a Ram 1500 Fully loaded with brush and a fully loaded trailer with brush with no Problem!! It has 102,000 on it and I still get letters that dealers that want it for used lot inventory, I am thinking of trading or selling and buying probably getting a 2020, only reason to get a crew cab because of grand daughter's car seat!

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