yup jus thro maybe 150-200lb sof sand bags back there and your good to go in the winter
and their s-10's their a dime a dozen if you break somehtign or wreck it just got to any junkyard and they will haev the parts (relatively cheap cuz the places i go to want to get rid of s-10 parts cuz they have too many
I actually ran all winter with no weight in the bed. Only got stuck once, I ended up sliding into the "unplowed" part of the off-ramp, where the plows had dumped all the snow. Couldn't open my doors, as the snowpiles came almost up to my door-handles!! Climbed out a window, filled 1/2 the bed with snow, and started rocking her back and forth.....made it out in 'bout 10 minutes.
My vote would be a Toyota 4x4...and if you can do it cheap enough, dump a 4cyl diesel in it, and barring rust or a sudden stop (read collision) it will run forever.
Then again, if gas prices stay high, and you aren't going on any long trips at all, or using it for a daily driver, then get the newest full-sized truck with the largest and most piggy V-8 you can find. They are getting cheaper and cheaper as people wake-up. Drive it, and don't even calculate your FE.
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im not sure with your area but around here any old toyota truck is a total rust bucket(i saw one with a fist sized hole in the frame O_o ) yet i see alot of rust free to slight rust s-10's around. alot more than rangers
Seeing as this IS gassavers, and you are on a budget, I'm gonna try and steer you in a fuel efficient and thrifty direction.
Get a $200 trailer from menards/harbor freight/parts sitting in the back yard/wherever.
Buy a stick shift escort/saturn/diesel rabbit/whatever and put a tow hitch on it.
When you need to haul something, hook up the trailer. Meanwhile hypermile that econobox into the ground.
Get a sl2, its got much sportier gearing. I don't think 900lbs would be a problem for a saturn. You'd definately want the SL2,SW2,or SC2 simply because you'd get a rear anti roll bar, and the shorter trans gearing.
02 Saturn SL
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In Europe, on maybe 20% of the normal passenger cars, there are trailer hooks sticking out the back (even on BMWs!). When they need to haul something, they commonly use an open flatbed trailer like this :