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Ok, as my divorce goes forward i realize i need a nice little beater to get around in while my wife and i move forward from a one car family. I got it into my head to get an inexpesive small pickup truck, something in the 2-3 thousand dollar range.

What makes should i look at for reliability and ease of maintance? I really have no idea here and this is just one small step in my attempt to educate myself before i make the purschace in the middle of december.

I do plan on getting the consumer reports to check on older cars. I was looking for a small pick up, japanese or american. Something to get me to and from work, which is at worst 5 miles away. I plan on ridng as much as possible but ther ewill be days when i need a car/truck and i really like the idea of a nice small truck.

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bill
 

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Toyota or Nissan.
If you can't find any of those that you like; Ford Ranger.
 

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An older Toyota with a 4 cyl. engine. 22R-E I believe is the engine model.
Aye. Too old, and you get the 22R, which is carbureted. E = electronic fuel injection.

Just keep up on the timing chain replacement (every 80,000 - 120,000 miles) and you'll be fine (with the R-E).
 

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97 ford ranger, 4 cyl 5 speed
 

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Thanks everyone, like i said i am just getting started but this feels right. I am in wilmington de, so i will look out for the rust issue.

And i will look up those trucks and start seeing what prices will run me.

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Any toyota with the 22R-E engine should keep going for a long time but trust PlatyPius regarding the timing chain. I replaced the one in my old 85 Celica at 110k miles and the guides were broken by that point, not a good thing.
 

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ford ranger
 

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ford ranger
My dad has an old ford ranger. I think it's an 83. He put a new engine in it a few years ago and had an Earl Sheib paint job. It's still running and rattling along.
 

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Mazda b2500 - I had a year 2000 which had 115k on it when I sold it to my nephew, who has it at 145k. The mazda pickups are clones of the ford ranger (built on the same assembly line), and mechanically identical. The seating position for the driver was, IMO, better than any other small truck. the nicer toyotas probably would be out of your price range.
 

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Ford Ranger

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also look at the mazda b-series pickups - they're just rebadged ford rangers.

afaik, most all of the small japanese pickups have been fairly reliable.

if you really wanted to go out in left field, pick up a Mazda REPU.
 

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What's up with the truck thing, anyway?

I wonder if it is because they made "basic" trucks for longer than basic cars... for most people's purposes, I doubt it is for their, uh, trucking.

And, when you have a beat up old truck, you can just replace the door and fender you bashed in and primer it, and it still looks like a truck.


/ has a Dakota in his driveway, and can't really recommend one.
 

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the issues I have with pickup trucks are winter driving can be dicey, and every damn last one of your friends/relations/neighbours will suddenly be calling you to help move / tow stuff / haul stuff. I am not kidding.

Reason 2 is why BoyToy ditched his Ford Ranger in favour of his WRX wagon. Plus small station wagons are just cool. They're like, the anti-SUV.

I have nothing much else to contribute excepting the fact that my Volvo 850 sedan is primarily a lawn ornament.
 

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Moving help

You know, I inherited my grandfather's dakota about six months ago nobody has ever called me to ask to use it for anything. Heck, it has been sitting here with half a tank of gas, just waiting for someone to ask me to haul lumber, and I'd say, sure, just fill the tank up... we did use it to go camping a couple of times on places served by BIA "roads" this summer.

Small station wagons ARE cool, and the anti-SUV. When I decided to go from no-car to having one (mostly with the thought of bike racing,), I bought a 1993 Ford Escort for $1200.

Whenever I DO need a car, I pick that silly little thing. It may not be as fast as the WRX but it gets 35 mpg on regular and appears to be invisible to police, and insurance is something like $250 for six months, for an under-30 male at that.

So, now we have two cars, and most days, drive neither.


lonefrontranger said:
the issues I have with pickup trucks are winter driving can be dicey, and every damn last one of your friends/relations/neighbours will suddenly be calling you to help move / tow stuff / haul stuff. I am not kidding.

Reason 2 is why BoyToy ditched his Ford Ranger in favour of his WRX wagon. Plus small station wagons are just cool. They're like, the anti-SUV.

I have nothing much else to contribute excepting the fact that my Volvo 850 sedan is primarily a lawn ornament.
 

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Argentius said:
What's up with the truck thing, anyway?

I wonder if it is because they made "basic" trucks for longer than basic cars... for most people's purposes, I doubt it is for their, uh, trucking.
My ranger gets better fuel mileage than my wife's honda or my sister's scion. I use it as a truck 2 to 4 times a week and when lace jumps in, I don't have hair all over my seats!
 
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