Small truck choices v.used

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  1. bigman7903

    bigman7903 OT Supporter

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    I'm in the market for a small truck soon, used, i cannot afford a new one. what options do i have and what would you suggest and why.

    5k-6k budget
    Manual w/ I4 or V6
    Decent gas milage (will be a DD and a work truck, nothing heavy duty, mulch and dirt would be about it)
    preferably an extended cab,2nd row of seats isn't needed, just the extra storage space
    Chevy products are not an option, bad history
    reliable
     
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    Diesel66 My standards for women is like rent-a-centers stan OT Supporter

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    too bad because the s10 is a great minitruck
     
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    bigman7903 OT Supporter

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    i would love one, zr2 is sex. but i will be splitting the price w/ my parents and paying it off throughout college and they refuse to buy GM or any of the sub-companies :wtc:
     
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    BajaDak If you have poo......fling it now

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    taco or dakota, can't got wrony with a toyota 3.0 or a dodge 3.9
     
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    how hard would it be to find a nice tacoma for 6k? thats like my dream truck, up untill the recent redesign :barf:
     
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    the 3.0 is crap. Called the 3.slow for a reason. Also head gasket and rear main seal problems.

    Dakota? :rofl: No way.

    3.4L or bust on the toyota. Stay away from a dodge v6.

    I would recommend a Nissan 3.3L if you want a more affordable minitruck that isn't a chevy.
     
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    hell no. Never gonna find a nice toyota tacoma for $6k.
     
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    how about the nissan?


    Ranger?
     
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    Ranger you could find all day long. I don't like them, but they're not horrible.

    The nissan will cost more than a ranger, but I think they're great trucks. Reliability near the toyota. Good motor. Not as much power as the s10 or tacoma, but not far behind, either.

    Crew Cab + Long Bed option == sex.
     
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    i like the frontier too, there just aren't alot around here for whatever reason, i searched autotrader and there are 5 within 200 miles of me w/ a manual under 6k

    everyone had more than 96k
     
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    well, if you're getting the manual tranny, the frontiers will see 250k+ mileage with basic maintainence
     
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    cool, exactly what i'm looking for, how easy would it be for me to crack it all open and fix it myself

    how about gas milage
     
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    gas mileage is on-par with the s10 and tacoma. 15-16mpg city with the v6. 19mpg highway with the v6. These are my experience with the auto. The manual may get 1-2mpg better... depends on driving habits.


    As for what to look for, it varies. They changed the interior styling around 2001. I like the newer style, but the older ones are cheaper. Power went up 10HP around the same time, as well. 170HP to 180HP. 3.3L is a good motor. Decent torque, and it's available down low in the revs. I like the nissan manual tranny a lot more than the toyota. I would go naturally aspirated... The supercharged models don't do well on fuel... And they require 91+ octane... The NA models run great on 87 oct. Reg/King/Crew cabs are personal preference. On the crew you have the choice of a shortest or short bed... I like the 6.5ft bed, myself.

    Suspension is torsion bars in the front, with a solid axel in the rear. Basic setup, easy to maintain.
     
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    damn, i was kind of keeping my fingers crossed thatt i would get a little more mileage out of it, sounds good other than that
     
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    Just about every truck will do that. My '91 Chevy with an auto has about 225k with poor maintainence :eek3:
     
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    How about something a little different?

    Jeep Comanche. Basically the pick up version of the XJ Cherokee.

    Get a 91 and you'll get the H.O 4.0L, but even the older 4.0's make good power.... and they last forever.

    These also go dirt cheap as demand is low for them outside the Jeep community.
     
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    There's good reasons for that... I would definitely take a Frontier over that.
     
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    Look into an older Nissan hardbody...those were awesome trucks. I drove my boss' around for a month while my car was in the shop for accident repair. If you can find one in good condition that has been maintained you would do well. I am not sure if Frontiers have falled into your price range yet. The Chevy S10 is also a good choice if you get the V6. My brother has had his for 11 years (96) and it's a tough little truck.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    from a styling perspective perhaps.

    but the MJ is a durable vehicle.
     

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