Buying a CHEAP truck. Anything out there have MPG hope?
I'm going to be purchasing an old used pickup here in the next month after finals. Its going to be used to haul things around, and go off-roading here in Utah. It will rarely go on long trips but I might have a few here and there. Mostly town driving though.
Here are my requirements:
and hopefully ok mileage
chevy/gmc, toyota, nissan preferred.
Honestly I've thought about getting the regular old 1/2ton chevy, but wondering if you can even get ok mileage out of them.
Any suggestions for what to look for?
I'd love to find an old toyota but they are in demand like no other here and a very rare find in my price range.
1992 Civic CX with D15z1 swap.. work in progress
My buddy back in high school had these little toyota 4-cylinder trucks that got like 30mpg. They were standards but I don't know about 4 wheel drive though....
I'd go for a V6 dakota. You should be able to find one in your price range but 4x4 v6 might be tough....,
An International Scout II Truck type with a nissan deisel and a 4 speed with 4x4 would be very nice but I think they are getting hard to find. My dad had one when I was young. The diesel gets better FE than a V8.....
To bad about the the demand, 4 cyl 4x4 'yota would be perfect. Those things won't die off road and are descent in the hauling category. Not sure of the year range you are looking for, but a late 80s, with a solid front axle would be a boon.
91-95 Wranglers(YJ) makes for good off road beaters as well. You'd need a trailer to haul stuff though.
everyone else and their grandmother wants a truck like that as well, and they have more money then you, so you are either going to need alot of luck, or to compromise, if you are going to abuse it go with an amarican made truck, they are going to get worse mileage, and be harder to work on, but they are going to be cheaper because people who don't want to abuse, but insted need or want a useful truck that will last a long time and get good mileage are going to be willing to spend more on a Toyota or Nissan.