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Old 12-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best 4x4 Pickup for under $5k

I would like to get a pickup, because I need to haul things around pretty often. But, I'd also like to have something to take offroad whenever possible.

I was thinking about getting an older, used Tacoma; but I wanted to know what y'all would recommend instead (if not the Tacoma).

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Old 12-13-2009, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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full size , mid , mini , how much do you need to haul , pull a trailer , seating , tall , short , fat ?
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Clarification

I really don't care about the truck size. I'll mostly be hauling furniture and the like, and I'll be able to strap-in any overhang. I don't need something to haul tons of concrete or anything.

Full or 1.5 cab would be nice, but it's not necessary. I am fine with small cab too.

Towing ability would be nice, but nothing too heavy-duty.
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for 5k a mid 90's toyota ex cab would be your best bet , Tacoma's are a little higher , around 6k for a single cab 7k for a ex cab
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i would highly recomend a toyota pick up. i drive a 90' with the v6 and a set of 31s. used it to hual some concrete to the dump and it worked fine. no need for huge tires off road if you arnt hard core, just get your self a good winch.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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X2 on the Early 90s toyota, especially with the extra cab.
31" tires are plenty for what your intended use will be.
If it's a v/6 check to see if a head gasket recall applies.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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or you could get 2wice the chevy for the same money. you could by a decent mid 80 chev haul anything you want and still have 3000 left over to do what you like to it.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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or you could get 2wice the chevy for the same money. you could by a decent mid 80 chev haul anything you want and still have 3000 left over to do what you like to it.
better save that 3000 to pay for the 8-10mpg your gonna get with that chevy, the toy will pull 20mpg in stock form all day

my vote is for an early gen tacoma or an older toy pickup, all i drive are toyotas and they have served my needs very well, from hauling firewood and furniture to wheeling. and reliable daily driving.
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better save that 3000 to pay for the 8-10mpg your gonna get with that chevy, the toy will pull 20mpg in stock form all day

my vote is for an early gen tacoma or an older toy pickup, all i drive are toyotas and they have served my needs very well, from hauling firewood and furniture to wheeling. and reliable daily driving.

well $3000 worth of gas money sounds pretty good to me. I had a 94 4runner that maybe got 14mpg highway and around 10 in town. My 81 c30 dually gets 8 around town and about 10 on the highway. Not to much of a difference. And to fix an old chevy costs next to nothing. I would go with a mid 80s chevy too.
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You can find mid 90s chevy for that price. Mine on reg unleaded get a combined 14.5 mpg half to standard cab short bed. I tow it all the time does great.
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If you don't think you'll always need the trailer/heavy load towing capabilities, it's probably not going to be worth fueling as a daily driver. If you just want something reliable that you're gonna drive day to day, get a toyota.
There's the 84-88 body style with the 22r and it's a good motor that does good on mileage. And the 89-95 ex cabs with the v6. Both are reliable and do great off road and you have tons of resources here on pirate to do anything you want to either.
IMO if you didn't need the excab to carry any extra people I'd stick with the 22r but it just kinda boils down to what you want... Good luck!
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Or... better yet, get a tacoma or t100 with the 3rz. That motor is awesome. If I was to do my sas over again it would've been one of those. There should be one out there for around 5k too.
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No one will ever convince that a toyota is a cheaper alternative. ever. they may be nicer to drive . . fit down small trails better . . and generally more reliable. BUT they cost twice as much to buy . . parts are far more expensive.. . and will never do the work or have the sheer space and capacity of a chev.

a fuel injected or well carbed chevy motor gets close enough mpg to a toyota.
Ive always looked at toyotas and bought chevys. my trucks have to do work.

Not saying dont buy a toyota just buy one for the right reasons.
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im not sure where you live. i live in canada, it was minus 30 today and my toy fired right up. if you want dependability get a toy. or newer fuel injected vehicle for that matter. they are pretty pricy but in my experience you get what you pay for.
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Are you kidding about the mpg. My toyota gets 20mpg, and carb or early fuel injected wont get close to that. BTW I bought my 83 yoda that had detroits front and rear, 5:29's, new motor, new tranny, new transfer with 4.7 kit in it and about the cleanest you will find for 2k. Deals are out there and you cant beat a yoda


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No one will ever convince that a toyota is a cheaper alternative. ever. they may be nicer to drive . . fit down small trails better . . and generally more reliable. BUT they cost twice as much to buy . . parts are far more expensive.. . and will never do the work or have the sheer space and capacity of a chev.

a fuel injected or well carbed chevy motor gets close enough mpg to a toyota.
Ive always looked at toyotas and bought chevys. my trucks have to do work.

Not saying dont buy a toyota just buy one for the right reasons.
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just get a ford and be done with it.
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just get a ford and be done with it.
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done with what? Driving?

He's looking for a truck to haul, not push.....
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yeah he'll be hauling with a chevy a lot, but it will be the one on the trailer!
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Get a Scout, Scout II or a Terra....They will out wheel any yota, ford, chevy, or j**p any day of the week.
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Get a Scout, Scout II or a Terra....They will out wheel any yota, ford, chevy, or j**p any day of the week.
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I love my Terra, but getting one that is in good enough shape to dd, and keeping it that way, will be way more work than just about anything else.

No love for a dodge? Late 90's fullsize might fit your budget. They seem to lose value really fast...
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F150 would fit the bill - parts are cheap and plentiful. It has been the #1 selling truck since the dawn of time for a reason...
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Ex cab yota with a 22RE. I've got a 4Runner with 290k on it, running strong. Can't kill em. It gets over 20 mpg if I drive it like a white person and they wheel pretty decent with a rear locker, and some 32's Not extreme but will get you where you need to go.
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I love my Terra, but getting one that is in good enough shape to dd, and keeping it that way, will be way more work than just about anything else.
I've got my scout II as a DD right now, total cost including what I paid for the sucker is under 5k and that is with a new dash, re-wiring, new gauges, new rear end.
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