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Old 05-28-2004, 03:13 AM
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Cheap and reliable used pickup trucks and no gas guzzler

Dear friends:

I know nothing about pickup trucks, so please recommend some cheap, fuel-efficient and reliable USED pickup trucks. I only need a pickup truck to haul things here and there on an occasional basis. Thanks for your suggestions.

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Old 05-28-2004, 04:08 AM
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Do you want a full size or compact? For a compact, Nissans are cheap, reliable and fuel effcient. Full size I'd have to go with the pre-97 Ford 150 w/ 6 cyl

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Old 05-28-2004, 07:56 AM
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I have had a great time owning my '95 Ford Ranger. The truck has been nothing but reliable and cheap to maintain. It has 110,000 miles and still has the original exhaust, rear brakes, and belive-it-or-not battery! I think that you can't go wrong with a well maintained, used ranger; good luck to you!
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:00 AM
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Anything Toyota.
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Old 05-28-2004, 08:37 AM
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If you can find one thats not rusted out its a heck of a truck, its also an Isuzu.
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Old 05-28-2004, 09:54 AM
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I can second Antony's vote for the Ranger. My brother has one pushing 200,000 miles and the only real prob was an auto trannie that blew it's guts last year. And he's not easy on his vehicles. But go for the post '93 model, with the 4.0 liter V-6. The early 4-bangers liked to crack heads and blow head gaskets.
On at least an equal basis, if not better, would be a Toyota. I've not owned one myself, but have plenty of friends and relatives who have/had. Bullet proof comes to mind.
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:09 AM
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If you were into the old, odd, quirky, whatever I’d look for an old Ford Falcon Ranchero. They’re appreciating and can be built into a very cool hot rod. The old Ford 6 is bulletproof and probably gets good mileage.
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:11 AM
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I'd love one of those! Cool little cars/trucks, whatever they are. It's hard to find anything from the 60's around here that isn't a rust bucket though.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:01 AM
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the (apparently not) Lone Ranger

I'd support the Ranger idea, too. Just bought a left-over '03 off the lot with the 4.0 V6- A/C, cruise, automatic, sport seats, extra cab, sportside bed. I've had 2 Suburbans in years past.... decided to go back to such a multi-purpose vehicle, but wanted to spend less on fuel and ownership in general. There are a bazillion Rangers out there, and the development cycle is old, so no real surprises. So far it has been as boring and predictable as I would hope. Would bet a 3 year old model would serve you well...
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:15 AM
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Add me to the F-150 6cyl list. It's kind of a wash between the automatic and manual because the 5-speed they put in them wasn't that great, but you can get them converted to the old tried and true 4-speed manual. Also, the 302 isn't bad; not as torquey and a little worse on gas, but solid otherwise. The 4.2 V-6 is hardly worthy of being called a truck motor and the straight six will probably outlast it two to one. Personally I'm keeping my eyes open for a 94-96 6cyl to put in our van. After I turbocharge it. That may be a pipe dream, but if done right it would beat the pants off the 351W that's in it right now in both power and milage.
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Have you considered a utility trailer? Thats what I did. They are a lot cheeper and take up less space.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:44 AM
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you can buy mine '91 chevy S-10 5-speed... only $1600.. what a bargain.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:49 AM
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If it's just for occasional local use, you can rent one for a few hours from U-Haul, Penske, etc. It's fairly inexpensive if you're not piling on the miles, and you don't have to worry about insurance, parking, depreciation, maintenance, etc., much less the initial purchase price.
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Have you considered a utility trailer? Thats what I did. They are a lot cheeper and take up less space.
Home Depot has been selling a neat little trailer just the size of a PU truck short bed. They are convertible –stakebed/flatbed and are very inexpensive.
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Old 05-28-2004, 02:11 PM
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The pre-'97 F-150's had a 5 liter inline six that was probably the best engine that Ford ever put into a light duty pickup truck. Highly recommended......
Yes, thats the one I was referring to. I've never owned the V6, but the inline sixes have been in Ford Trucks in one way or another since the 1960s. In Texas they are prized as light duty service trucks, they will run a route all day and last for years, and give great gas mileage. The first time you pull something too heavy for the truck with it, it will however, become an immediate POS. For suburbia use they are the greatest.
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