Who here has a truck from preferably before 1992 or so and can suggest a good model for me.
What I'd use it for is a DD, about 50 miles, to 30 miles, 3-7 days a week. I want it to be pre 92 so I don't have to deal with inspection, also I'd only want to spend about 4k on it, just so I don't have to put the miles on my Jeep. I'm 19 now and will be driving it to college and work. So anyone out there with a truck that fits that description and has had a good experience with it please enlighten me so I can search for it!
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why are you looking for from a truck? does it need to be able to tow your jeep, or just have the ability to throw a dirt bike in the bed? does it need 4 wheel drive, or will 2 whel drive work for you? lots of things to think about when looking for a truck.
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best truck i ever had was an 89 f150 regular cab. it had 4x4 5speed and the 300ci I6. that engine is the only gas engine i could recommend that is better than the 4.0 as far as longevity and power all in one. mine had 3.73 gears which most did with the 300. i had 33s on it and got 25 mpg highway. i would've put it up against any new truck with a similar sized engine in a dependability or towing test. i paid 2400 for it and got 1500 when i traded it for my favorite modern gas truck, a 2004 silverado. unlike jeeps I6, the ford I6 has a larger aftermarket for performance upgrades.
if i were in your situation, and soon i will be when i get out of the AF, i would consider a bike to go to and from school. i have an 09 klx 250s. any bike in that class is a good choice. namely yamaha wr250 and the kawasaki klx 250 would be the best but not necessarily in that order. the yamaha imo is way to expensive. the comparable one to mine costs 1500 more. they all have models more oriented for street and one more for off road. it's called a dual sport bike. suzuki doesn't make a 250. they make a 200 which is weak and a 400 which is more powerful but costs about a grand more than the yamaha or kawi 250s. honda also makes one in the class but its a smaller engine too and costs the same as the 250 kawi. they are basically 4 stroke dirt bikes with signals an mirrors and a license plate which means, like a jeep, they have a dual purpose. hence the name. my klx gets 80 mpg but only has a 2 gallon tank and a little less than .5 gal reserve. if you do think about doing this i recommend the kawi klx 250s just like mine. i would look for a 09 and up because they made a lot of improvements that year and went from fighting not to be the worst in class to fighting yamaha for the best. yamaha's bike has made a lot of good improvements as well and is known to be faster but not as well built. i could sell my 09 right now for 3 grand as a fair price just to give you an idea what you could spend. brand new one costs 5 msrp.
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A nissan hardbody or tacoma form that era are just about bullet proof, save rust issues but all trucks from that era have the same issue. Full size hard to beat the f150 or GM offerings of that era. The dodges were still a little lacking then but you might be able to find a CTD Dodge with 60s front and rear.
I have a 1992 F150 5.8L super cab. Has a drinking problem comapred to my Jeep, but it should with a 351 CI V8. Good solid trucks, have owned Chevy, Dodge, and 3 F150's and a Bronco full size. All great rigs, cannot go wrong with none of them IMHO.