Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upper Central Midwest
I and kids in family owned several brands of trucks and cars since 1976 including 4 Toyotas, several Nissans, a Subaru, an Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and 4 Chevy S-10s, a 2005, 2010, and now 2017 Colorado. I had 4 to 5 vehicles to take care of a good part of the time all at once with the kids driving also.
I can't say any were better or worse over all. Some had rust issues, quirky fuel system, expensive parts I thought (Subaru, Toyota and Nissan) unless I bought after market for things like brake rotors, etc. Our last Toyota was a 2001 Sienna my wife bought to haul kids around. It was ok, and I knew about the oil sludging that occurred in the then 3.0L V6 so changed it every 3,000 miles. We sold it at about 87,000 and still ran ok, but started seeing rust on top of the fenders and radiator area under the hood. Folded over sheet metal spot welded in places apparently caught and held salt spray from winter, even though we car washed almost every week and I annually washed the engine bay. It was only 5 years old when that started so the rest of it still looked nice and we traded it.
We tend to keep our vehicles 5 to 7 years and usually one of the kids takes one as a second vehicle to drive till it's too much maintenance.
Anyway, the bottom line for the past +20 years I've stuck mostly with GM because of styling, features and performance for the money. I feel truck and car magazines hype many foreign brands and aren't really any better. I mean, I could never figure out Volkswagen. Plain styling, costly to maintain and now the diesel debacle.
I don't see that Toyota is worth a price premium especially with the issues they've had. I guess it depends on what a person perceives is value and willing to pay for it.
Yup, I wish GM included a few things like the HomeLink, 6-way power seats like I had in my 2010 Colorado, a driver side grab handle, and correct the deplorable front door pockets, and maybe one or two other minor things. I would think by now GM hears and sees that for shorting customers those few things they would otherwise have the best of the best out there in a mid sized truck. For some, those things should either be corrected or GM will loose sales when Ford Ranger comes on board again and Toyota debuts it's new Taco.
2017 2WD Colorado LT V6 CCSB Luxury & Convenience Pkgs, Black/Ashen Gray Leather, Bullet Bedliner, ARE cap.