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Re: 4 X 4's, The Whimps are taking over.

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Posted by Hal/WA on November 29, 2001 at 18:48:00 from (

In Reply to: 4 X 4's, The Whimps are taking over. posted by Spence on November 25, 2001 at 16:56:29:

It all depends on what you want to do with the machine. If you live out in the boonies up a mountain and have to go to work in town every day, it makes sense to have a 4x4 that will reliably get you there and yet not break the bank at the gas station. The only vehicles that do that are the small carlike units, mostly imports. In my area, I see many Subarus and Toyotas being used for year around car duty. On the other hand, if you need something that will haul a serious load, the full size 3/4 or 1 ton domestic pickup is the only way to go. They can even be fairly economical, if you have the money to buy the diesel engine. If you just use your 4x4 for hunting or exploring, an old jeep is hard to beat. But I would hate to put up with one for my only transportation. For my own needs, a rebuilt 84 Ford F250 SuperCab 4x4 with a strong 460 and C6 fills the bill. It hauls my 11 foot camper or anything else I have tried at highway speeds and never seems like it is woring hard. It has been dead reliable. It will go most places that I want to go and get me back out again. The mileage is not good, but I don't use it every day and only put on 5 or 6 thousand miles a year. And best of all, I don't have the price of a small house invested in it!!!

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