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To down size or not that is the question!

Well I have reciently moved to Stamford Conneticut and no longer use my F250 for any type of work (did masonry and other jobs like that including haulage as required) and I have since traded the Mustang for a Jeep (I know blasphemy) and the Jeep provides a good utilitarian set up for the Stamford area, also I am 3 miles from work and my average speed does not ever exceed 25 MPH (40KMh) so there is that.

what would you guys do if you were in my shoes so to say? would you down size and if so why and to what? The other half says I should look into a smaller truck which to me still makes sense as it can be practical too, however part of me is wanting to possibly consider a van of some kind, again still practical and useable. my main concern is having a large truck that is just sitting in the driveway not being driven, and the fact that it is a big diesel it doesn't get much time to get nice and warm before i am at work....so what are your guys thoughts??



If I did down size I would want one of the following three (if possible)

Truck, van, or Excursion (or Similar SUV type vehicle) and manual transmission (preferably)
 
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If you aren't hauling heavy things, can deal with a 4'-6' bed and want a practical city truck; Get a double cab Tacoma, ditch the Jeep & call it good. You'd also wave bye-bye to fixing things because unless you are an idiot or stumble onto a lemon, Toyotas rarely, if ever, break.
 
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I just got the Jeep and been wanting one, so I plan to keep it for a good minute, it has 4x4 and fits my current needs, however the truck is paid for
 
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yep. if we down size here, it will definitely be to a crew cab tacoma.
 
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From my yard to workplace parking is about 7 miles. I proudly drive my truck daily, and have since 2001.
 
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I'm not good at suggesting what others should do because we all have different wants, needs, likes and dislikes and what works for me is rarely what would work for you. One thing that I wonder is...is this new situation permanent, or are you subject to something else in the not too distant future?
 
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Walleye that is one of the things that I am uncertain of, that is why this decision is a bit difficult, as I still have the other house (we rent it out), and Im uncertain about the other halfs job, so I hope that answers your question, if not let me know

i understand that ultimately I can only make a decision based on my needs are but also welcome the input from others too
 
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well a van would be nice...........
 
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I have a Prius, and it get stupid economy when the speed is 40 MPH and below. It's quiet, convenient, and the space in there is much larger than one expects. I'm 6' and gained a bunch of weight as I age, but I don't feel cramped. As for the back seat legroom, I keep my ice chest in the footwell. I carry a lot of tools and supplies (field tech) in the back, and the car gets it done. Of course I still have Stinky, because I tow, and go on long hauls (non-towing) in the winter. I say that just to let you know I have both worlds in the driveway, and the Prius has earned my respect.

 
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I have a Prius, and it get stupid economy when the speed is 40 MPH and below. It's quiet, convenient, and the space in there is much larger than one expects. I'm 6' and gained a bunch of weight as I age, but I don't feel cramped. As for the back seat legroom, I keep my ice chest in the footwell. I carry a lot of tools and supplies (field tech) in the back, and the car gets it done. Of course I still have Stinky, because I tow, and go on long hauls (non-towing) in the winter. I say that just to let you know I have both worlds in the driveway, and the Prius has earned my respect.


I had a Prius as a work vehicle for a while and loved it. I also know a few folks who bought them new and have had them for years, 150k+ miles with no battery issues. Those are great cars.
 
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If the truck is paid for then why would you want to get rid of it? I'm saying that to say this - if you are like me you'll need a truck more often than you think. You have a jeep to tool around in so just keep the truck to do the 'truck stuff'. Hey, it's your money/life and I'm no certified genius advise giver so do whatever you want.

Flip a coin to decide your choice. If you're upset at the results of the toss then you found your true answer.
 
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If I did down size I would want one of the following three (if possible)

Truck, van, or Excursion (or Similar SUV type vehicle) and manual transmission (preferably)
Not sure how you think replacing the truck with an Excursion is "downsizing" since they are the same chassis length as a crew cab short bed, just built with an enclosed bed and a third seat.

If you really want to downsize and keep a truck, consider an F150.

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Since you just moved there, I’d wait at least 6 months. Especially if it’s paid for, runs great and you enjoy it...see how you feel in 6 months. I use mine mostly in summer to pull my Jeep and camper so in winter, I drive it on good weather days to keep seals soft.
 
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