Sun Valley Workers Depend on These Workhorses
Many of us in Sun Valley (including yours truly, Jose Mier) depend on our pickups an a daily basis. I love my Ford F-150 but I also have other pickups in my fleet. It’s important to take a look at the warranty when you’re in the market for a pickup since you’ll probably be using your truck a lot if you’re like me.
Truck warranties cover four aspects of the car: Basic Warranty (which covers pretty much everything on the truck in its early life), Drivetrain (the internal parts that are often high-ticket products to change), Rust (outside of the cars and truck just), and Roadside (which implies somebody will head out to assist you if your battery dies in the middle of no place or you run out of gas). We compared 4 of the most popular pickup trucks with an eye on each of these components of the service warranty: Toyota Tacoma, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, and the Isuzu i-370.
A standard warranty usually consists of three years of coverage or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first). It’s the industry standard and covers the typical lease, making all 4 prospects reputable with the Ranger, Tacoma and Dakota being available in on par. The Isuzu i-370, however, comes out ahead in this category, with the Isuzu Basic Warranty covering 3 years or as much as 50,000 miles. If you do a significant quantity of driving or transporting and strategy to put on more than 12,000 miles a year, this is important.
Isuzu proves superiority in this category as well with 7-year, 75,000 mile powertrain coverage. The Tacoma and Ranger lag significantly with their 5-year, 60,000 mile warranties, and Dodge brings up the back with its substantially inferior 3-year, 36,000 mile coverage.
Rust. Now this might not suggest a lot unless you reside in a location of the country where the seasons can be less than friendly on your vehicle, or if you tend to do a lot of city driving on salted streets in winter. If either of those circumstances apply, rust avoidance should be a priority. In this arena, all 4 cars run neck and neck with Isuzu’s rust restricted warranty slightly more remarkable than the others. Dodge provides a 5-year, 100,000 miles warranty for the Dakota while Isuzu gives cars and truck owners an additional year with 6-years or 100,000 miles rust-free. Toyota and Ford will not cover as long as Isuzu will. They use five years just, with unrestricted mileage (which does not account for a whole lot considering that deterioration is related to time and not the number of miles the truck drives).
Roadside Assistance. The winner, again, Isuzu with a 7-year, 75,000 mile roadside help plan. A full four years longer than the Dakota’s 3-year and 36,000 mile guarantee. Ford offers help for the Ranger for five years or 60,000 miles. And we had trouble discovering the Tacoma’s roadside assistance package on Toyota’s website, so we aren’t even sure one is provided.
All in all, Isuzu appears to back up its i-370 (and i-290) by extending its service warranties beyond those of its rival– constantly an excellent sign when attempting to determine if an automobile will stand up to the extra wear and tear pickups tend to sustain. The Ford and Toyota’s service warranty bundles will probably prove to be sufficient if you’re not going to press the truck to its limit. The biggest red flag, in our viewpoint, is Dodge Dakota’s very restricted drivetrain guarantee which could extremely easily relate to big expenditures down the line.
Truck warranties cover four aspects of the automobile: Basic Warranty (which covers pretty much everything on the truck in its early life), Drivetrain (the internal components that are often high-ticket items to replace), Rust (outside of the car only), and Roadside (which indicates somebody will head out to assist you if your battery dies in the middle of no place or you run out of gas). We compared four popular trucks with regards to each of these service warranty parts: Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, Isuzu i-370, and the Ford Ranger. The Isuzu i-370, however, comes out ahead in this classification, with the Isuzu Basic Warranty covering 3 years or up to 50,000 miles. The Tacoma and Ranger lag significantly with their 5-year, 60,000 mile guarantees, and Dodge brings up the back with its considerably inferior 3-year, 36,000 mile protection.
Dodge provides a 5-year, 100,000 miles warranty for the Dakota while Isuzu gives cars and truck owners an additional year with 6-years or 100,000 miles rust-free.