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Tom A    Posted 08-26-2003 at 08:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our old Ranger extended cab is about to give up the ghost--or at least the tranny is and the rest of it is probably not worth putting a new tranny in.

So I'm reluctantly starting to think about a new truck. Any suggestions?

I need very good gas mileage, so a really big truck won't work, but I do need a full sized bed to haul stuff, and on occasion I tow something big home from an auction; I want a manual tranny, and probably could use 4WD now but will consider 2WD since that's all I"ve ever owned. Most important, though, is cost: both initial purchase price and operating costs need to be low. I usually buy a vehicle and run it til the wheels fall off. If a vehicle doesn't last at least 175K before that happens then I'm disappointed (I have 300K on my car, and believe it is just about broke in now).

What do y'all think...what models/makes should I look at?


VADAVE    Posted 08-27-2003 at 04:14:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an '88 Jeep and am in the same boat you are--looking for a truck. The best fuel economy is going to be the smaller trucks. A full size bed--7.5 or 8 foot. That limits you to just two. Chevy S-10 regular cab and Toyota Tundra (I think) A used truck Dakota before they dropped the long bed is a pretty good truck--manual transmission though. That truck is a little bigger then the Ranger but not as big as a full size truck. Good luck.

Spence    Posted 08-27-2003 at 01:56:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
A dodge dakota with a V6 would suit you I think.

My choices are long box,no extenda(weight and wheel base),4WD a must,manual trans(the tuff ones went out in the seventies and replaced buy junk Japanese).

Also stay away from a truck that has the stomper tires, dice in the windshield,thrush mufflers, spring lifts,short boxes(lowers resale value). An abused truck you don't need.

Oki-Dokie    Posted 08-26-2003 at 17:19:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I noticed that you are presently in a small size pick-up, so based on that Here is what I would recomend. I have a 1985 Nissan 720 four cyl. 4X4 that we bought new for $6000 in the fall of 1984. It has been an extreamly reliable pick-up and now is pushing half a million trouble free miles. Figure out just how much it has cost us per mile or per it's lifetime and I don't think you could get by for less money. It is still driven daily, either the 80 mi. round trip commute to Tulsa or in the mowing buisiness we have on the side. When I have to replace it you can bet it will be with another one just like it!

Redneck    Posted 08-26-2003 at 15:25:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot has to do with how big a person you are.Nothing short of a roomy full size will do for some of us.The toys are good,but their full size is midget size.All the big three have trans problems.Chevy will haul the most weight and pull best,but all three if in good shape can be good.Everyone has better luck with different kinds,but I have watched thousands of trucks pull firewood out of bad places and if pure power and load toteing,and pure old durability is what you need,I'd stick with Cheverolet.

Fawteen    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:57:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I second the vote for a Dakota. I've got two, an 88 and a 01. Love 'em both.

Having bought my 01 used in 02, I will NEVER buy new again. I saved somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000 on the purchase price, another $1,000 on the excise tax and sales tax, and several hundred dollars a year on the insurance. With vehicles routinely going 150 to 200 thousand miles these days, 30 or 50K on a used one is nothing.

Also, I see a LOT of Toyota trucks around here, and I'm VERY impressed with my BiL's Toyota car.

Just my 2, your mileage may vary...":^)

Les    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had 3 new dorF Strangers here at work...extended cab, 4WD. I don't care much for 'em. Much rather have a Dakota. But those are not the greatest on gas either. Probly a Toymoter would be better. They are good trucks.

KellyGa    Posted 08-26-2003 at 10:38:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Tom, I don't know about anything except what I got. I have a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 that Ian got me a little over a year ago. Had 46,000 miles on it when we bought it. It's a Sport model, and the guy who bought it new left the original paperwork in it. The fool paid 35,000 dollars for this truck, had every bell and whistle you could come up with. I got it for 16,000. (Grin) I am always using it for hauling anything and everything you can think of, and I haven't ever had a bit of trouble out of it. I love it. Not that you should just go on looks, but I always though the Ram coming at you looked tough, mean machine, ya know? :) Mine is solid red, no chrome. Just the way I wanted it, with running boards and everything. Guess I should take a pic of it and put it on here sometime. Think I'll do that. I do love my truck.

buck    Posted 08-26-2003 at 10:04:01       [Reply]  [No Email]

Only one Pickup fits the bill. 96 and earlier Ford F 150 with straight 6 and 4 or 5 speed manual.Find the highest GVW package you can and also the towing package.

faye    Posted 08-27-2003 at 21:39:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I love my 1996 ford f-150 extended cab, V-8 with tow package. 218,000 miles and not been in the shop once. It's been kicked by horses twice and used for drivers ed once. And hit by someone who didn't see me...the truck is bright blue for heavens sake!Only downside is I don't get as good gas mileage as I used to though.

Greg    Posted 08-26-2003 at 13:32:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would have to agree on the Ford with the in line six. I had one with a four speed and put 300,000 miles on it. Good gas mileage and plenty of power for most things.
The one I have now is a 96 chev one ton crew cab. 454 and all the toys but the gas mileage is not too good. I still really like it though.

Take a peek...    Posted 08-26-2003 at 10:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
at Chevy S-10 with vortec V-6...used models are fairly cheap. :^)

Taylor Lambert    Posted 08-26-2003 at 09:31:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad bought a 95 chevy WT short wheel base 4x4 5 speed with a new 4.3 v6 motor for 7500. It had 80 000 miles on it. We worked away from home for a company and it got 20 mpg at 70 miles perhour. we had busted the trans missin housing after we had a new clutch put in a d the mechanic didntd tighten the bolts good. Had to put a 200 used case on it. Dad kept it till he had his stroke and it hard for him to shift with a paralyzed right side.I think he put 220 000 miles on it before he sold it and got almost 4000 for it. I still see it in the next town over.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-26-2003 at 09:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mid 80's Dodge Ram Custom 100 with 2WD, a slant 6, and a 3 speed with 'overdrive' (basically a 4-speed)...

Bought one two years ago for $300...Selling it this week for $50 and I put almost 11,000 miles on it since I got it...Did not even change the oil and ran it without an air filter as an 'experiment'...Tranny and engine are still good...Box is OK...Brakes are shot, clutch is shot, has a broken rear spring and she won't idle due to so much junk in the carb (told ya it was an experiment ;-))...Still gets 17-18 MPG unladen...Guy buying it just wants it to haul maybe 10 bales of hay at a time from road to his pasture a couple times a week...

ret    Posted 08-26-2003 at 09:14:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Toyota Tundra gets pretty good gas mileage for a full sized truck. It is the top rated truck.
Wish I had one.

luv lover    Posted 08-26-2003 at 14:16:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you need a little old just to do errands and beat around with I recommend finding a Chevy LUV. These little trucks are fantastic, especially the diesel version. The Isuzu motor lasts longer than the rest of the truck. I bought my LUV last February at an auction for $200 as a temporary vehicle as my F250 was getting repaired. Now I drive the LUV more than my big truck. The mileage is fantastic too! Around 48 mpg.

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