Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n Number 103

Now things are starting to get interesting. Pretty much all cars from here on in are going to be current models likely to be seen driving around.


2003 Nissan Titan. The Titan is of note because it represents the second--and final--Japanese attempt at a full-size truck. The Toyota T100/Tundra was first time one the "Big Three" had been challenged, bringing a Japanese offering to the table. The Titan upped the ante, offering a 5.6L V8 engine with more towing capacity than the Tundra at the time.

Unfortunately, since 2003 we haven't seen any new, larger trucks from any of the other Japanese/Korean manufacturers. The emerging competition from Toyota and Nissan brought GM/Ford/Dodge kicking and screaming to the future; with the increased options for American consumers, the American trucks had to not only improve reliability but also offer more amenities and creature comforts.

In 2007, when we were in the market for a full-size truck, we looked into the Titan along with the Tundra. While the Titan had a lot to offer, it was also priced accordingly (as was the Tundra, which had been updated for the 2007 model year). Ford and Dodge were far more affordable, and it was the better deal from Dodge that wound up getting us the Earthf**ker.

As nice as the Tundra and Titan are/were, they weren't *that* much better...

That is all.


4 comments:

Laura said...

to be fair, friends with similar-aged trucks as our Titan have had far more issues than we have.

Chris intends to keep his until it falls apart. i support this plan...it really has been a great truck.

Old NFO said...

I drove a number of different trucks when I was looking, and both the Titan and Tundra dropped off for the same reason... $$$

Nik said...

It's funny because i looked a little over a year ago, and the Tundra was cheaper in my neck of the woods than a comparably equipped Silverado. Factor in higher reliability and retained value, and it pushed me into the Tundra.....

Then again 12 years and 215,000 miles with a Tahoe, which was on it's fifth A/C compressor and rear condenser, on it's third rear differential rebuild, with unresolved electrical gremlins and a sudden need for a transmission rebuild as well as an entirely new differential had me running.....

I looked at Dodge's and Fords and had reliability concerns. So far (other than mpg) the Tundra's been fabulous; we'll see what the future holds....

Ritchie said...

A friend got a used Tundra, I think, and in the fullness of time, discovered that the starter was tucked between the cylinder banks under the intake manifold. Not everything that's possible is a good idea.