Originally Posted by JoshM
I understand, thanks for all your input nontheless.
It doesn't have to have a bed but it is prefered however 4wd is without a doubt needed.
How do you like the 22re? I've heard nothing but praise from those little motors and I've seen countless Toyota trucks with 250k+ still running like the day they were new.
I've had it in my mind to get a small truck (S10, Ranger, etc) as when coon season is in I'll go 5+ nights a week (50-75 miles both ways average) and even in the off season I'll go about once/twice a week to keep the dogs sharp and train pups so it goes without saying that I'll need all the mileage I can get!
I like the 22re...has enough power to tow a trailer with a couple of lawnmowers on it to boot. It does have it weaknesses though. I just replaced the radiator and the water pump on it....at 163k miles. Also, in about 20k miles or so, I'm going to have to replaced the timing chain and guides. Why? because they made the guides plastic
and they wear out....when they do...kaboom
Also, the Toyota's seem to have a weak spot with the head gaskets....not sure if that is people driving them when they get hot or what...but some say the v6's had more issues with the head gaskets than the 4 bangers.
I've seen a lot of rangers and s10s with highmileage on them as well. Also, the Nissan Hardbody's have good reps. If you buy a mid 90s Tacoma, just check the frame for rust issues...they had a recall on them.
The 4x4 toyos get lower mpgs...closer to 20 I believe. But that still is better than 16 mpg in a z71. If you want a good off-road toyota website check out www.ih8mud.com
. Primarily Landcruiser stuff, but they've added a lot of pickup/tacoma stuff over the past couple of years.
Not sure what kind of mileage the samurai's get, they've got a smaller 4 cyl...I think 1.9L. Also, there are a ton of aftermarket items you can get for those things...but I'm not sure how fast you'd want to drive a sammy sittin on 35s