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Hola amigos,

I was seeking guidance and advice on my current predicament. I currently have a 2014 Tacoma Single Cab 4x4 bone stock. I got it with only 25K miles on it and it currently has 117K. I love this little truck I really do however it only has two bucket seats. I'm currently engaged with no kids however we do plan on having some in the future. That being said my little Tacoma and her little Ford Ranger aren't going to cut it.

I've been looking at Rams for a while now and I think the 3rd Gen will suit my needs perfectly. More specifically the short bed quad cab Cummins. i want something that my future family and I can grow into and be comfortable.

My questions are:

Should I sell my tacoma and use it to purchase the Ram?

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Keep the tacoma and buy the Ram?

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Purchasing a motorcycle as a commuter and purchasing the Ram as kind of a project truck?
What, in a nutshell, am I getting myself into?
I appreciate you all taking the time to read this.
 

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Need to consider that diesel maintenance costs are much higher than a comparable gasoline engine. A heavy duty truck in general will have higher maintenance costs for brakes, tires, oil changes, etc. Fuel costs are higher though that is usually mitigated by better fuel mileage. A full size truck can also be more difficult to park.

Not to discourage you, but you might be better off with a minivan or SUV/CUV. When you have young children, you will be surprised how much "stuff" you need and you'll find out quickly a quad cab has shortcomings. Yes, you can put stuff in the bed, but many times it's more convenient to have that stuff in the cab with you. Trust me, a minivan or SUV would be better in some regards. Plus, raising children is expensive. Not saying you can't make it work.

As far as trading, you probably won't get what you think it is worth. Check with KBB and NADA for values. Just realize that any dealer is going to give you the wholesale price, not the retail. CarMax will buy your car as well (you don't have to buy from them). They'll evaluate the vehicle and give you an offer that is good for 7 days.

I would think long and hard about this. Do you really need full size truck with a diesel? Do you plan on towing a lot? If only a few times a year a gasoline powered truck will suffice IMHO. Diesels shine when towing. They can tow heavy loads and still get optimal fuel mileage. A comparable gasoline engine gets about half the fuel mileage when towing. For the extra upfront cost of diesel I can purchase a lot of gasoline.

Just my thoughts.
 
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