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Best used truck?

GarySGaryS Posts: 1
edited February 28 in General
I want to solicit opinions on the best used truck
for the money. My needs are:
- costs less than $5,000
- little to no maintenance required (I am not a
skilled auto mechanic)
- large enough flatbed to carry windsurfing gear
(up to 8'8" long) without sticking out the back
- 4 wheel drive preferred (needs to do ok in
inclement weather)
- weekend usage only (this will be my second
vehicle)
- rides nice (is this even a criteria for owning a
truck?)

Any help would be appreciated!
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Comments

  • Toyota 4X4 Trucks with Xtra cab for my money
    years 86-88 for $5000 or below, very reliable , easy to work on. Problem areas: Rusty beds in those years, Transmission bearings in 5sp., timing chains in 100k mile area,
  • BlongBlong Posts: 1
    I am under the impression Ford PUs from '90 to '94 had many mechanical problems. My problem is these are the years my budget falls in. Any specific recommendations on what to purchase or should these years be avoided at all costs? My budget is under $10,000.
  • You can research this yourself right here on Edmunds.com.

    Just click on the link for "Used Vehicles" at the top left side of this page. Then, from the list, choose your manufacturer (hint: "FORD"). Then choose the model from the next page, then year. The site will return any information to you that it has pertaining to that model. It will include hot links to recall notices etc. Good luck!
  • duckduck Posts: 1
    I am buying my first automobile and I was considering an F-250 4*4 diesel. Does anyone have any suggestions. I would like to keep the cost under $5000. An older one around 86 or 87 would be fine
  • I own a 93 Chevy K1500 Silverado xcab 4x4. While it doesn't fall into the categories suggested above, i.e. under $5000, it certainly performs when called upon. For years I was an absolute Ford fan. Until, however, I bought a 1983 F-100. It was an absolute lemon. Now, though, my Chevy has been virtually trouble-free. The only problem I've had is the alternator. Namely, I've gone through 3 of them in the last year. The power it produces is good, but the main alternator bearing goes bad and it starts to whine and hum loudly when going bad. So far #3 has been good. So, Chevy is my choice for best used pickup, at least if you want a full-sized one. Any other comments?
  • ClayClay Posts: 2
    I will be in the market for buying a used truck 1Q98. Will be looking @ 95-97 Dodge/GMC 2500 4X4 Ext Cab (LB or SB). I have not done much research on either. I am leaning toward the RAM, but am concerned about mechanical complaints I have heard. Also, would be interested in feedback re auto vs. manual transmission (for both). Any comments?
  • DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO PULL UP CONSUMER REPORTS ON THE INTERNET?
  • I'M LOOKING AT BUYING A FORD RANGER 89-92 4X4 X-CAB. WHAT PROBLEMS HAVE ANY OF YOU HAD WITH THIS VEHICLE ETC...
  • Darkwing,

    Please Fill out Profile

    I may a little bit baised when it comes to trucks
    But Ford Rangers are GARBAGE

    Suggest you check out the Dodge Dakota

    with 3.9 v/6 or 5.2 v/8
  • PSYCORAM,
    THANKS. I FILLED OUT A PROFILE. I CHANGED MY DISCRIPTION FROM DARKWING(DDARTON) TO DARKWING(DARKWING)
  • I'm looking for a '91-'94 4X4 pickup, and am looking at a full size Dodge, Chevy or Ford. Anybody know where I can get a list of the features (options) on these vehicles so I can get a start on picking the right one?
  • Babalu,

    Try clicking on the "Used Vehicles" icon, enter the pertinent data and it will take you to the section that includes info on the year/make of the truck you're looking for.
  • Motormouth-
    It appears you have your hands full directing people to the right topic areas and the appropriate chapters in the Edmund's New and Used Truck Books for answers to their questions; anyway, I certainly appreciate the hard work you obviously do; and I'll bet I could have placed this note in some other "topic area" discussion.

    Michael from Tampa
  • I'm(was?) looking for a '91-'94 Ford Ranger...
    ...mechanical problems???
    ...psycoram sez GARBAGE???
    Should I go the Dakota way???
    I'm not fond of recent Chevy S-10's, but I could
    be convinced with some +feedback...
    ...no imports(but I heard Toyota was pretty good)
    Help...I need vehicle in next 2-3 weeks...
    Thanx.
  • JOEINCINCI,
    I JUST BOUGHT A "92" FORD RANGER SUPER CAB 4X4 W/THE 4.0 LT ENGINE. IT HAS 81K (MILEAGE) ON IT AND (KNOCK ON WOOD) IT STILL PURSSS LIKE A KITTEN AND RUNS STRONG. I HAVE A CODE DIAGNOSTIC MACHINE AND THERE ARE NO CODE PROBLEMS WITH IT EITHER, MEANING ALL MECHANICAL ITEMS THAT ARE RAN BY THE COMPUTER ARE WORKING FINE AT THIS TIME. JUST MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT WHATEVER VEHICLE YOU BUY VERY GOOD, BECAUSE ALL MAKES AND MODELS HAVE THEIR GOOD VEH'S AND THEIR LEMONS.
  • Hi!
    My name is Leonard. I am looking for suggestions on what kind of truck would be good for towing a 5th Wheel. Probably 8,000 to 10,000 lbs. Ford, Chevy, Dodge? What size engine would be best? 2WD or 4WD? I am looking for a used truck for under $7,000. Any one have any suggestions? Thanks!
  • pabpab Posts: 2
    I'm interested in buying a well-kept stock 69-72 chevy C-10 2WD auto. Any comments/cautions/recommendations on these vehicles?
  • kddkdd Posts: 1
    I'm seriously looking at a 1989 F-150 Ford ext-cab 4X4, AT, odometer says 77,000. The used car dealership is asking $10,900. Any input on this year and model, price, things to be aware of, etc?

    Thanks for any help
  • Looking at 1959 Chevy P/U needs sheetmetal work around bottom of door and has a hole in running board. Origional 235 engine runs good. I would like to know what it is worth. Just a ballpark.
  • Tim77Tim77 Posts: 3
    I have owned a 92 ford ranger STX ext cab 4x4 with the 4.0 liter engine since it was new. It now has 73k on it and is as good as when it was new. It had a rear seal leak at 7k that ford fixed and the valve cover gaskets are leaking just a bit but that should be an easy fix. I still have the origional spark plugs in it and think it has been a very good rig. I live in snow country so use it in 4 wheel drive a lot. It has lots of get up and go and the engine is very smooth.
  • damcardamcar Posts: 2
    I purchased a 1992 F-150 4x4 new and now have 68,000 trouble free miles on it. I have to "HIGHLY" recommend Ford even though prior to this I only owned Chevy's. I know of no problems with this model and year.
    PLEASE! BUYERS BEWARE!
    Check out all vehicles thoroughly before you buy whether they are new or used. I see everyone advising buyers to have the vehicle checked by a mechanic, well don't forget a good frame shop too! My first "Special Order Truck" came in with hidden damages that were not disclosed. It took my noticing "something doesn't look right" and then investigating it before a replacement was reordered. CHECK IT! CHECK IT! CHECK IT! Good luck shoppers.
  • I own a 1991 Ford F-150 5.0 litre Automatic. It has 151,000 miles on it and aside from a waterpump at 101,000 and exhaust system at 87,000 and routine maint. items, everthing is original. It runs excellent and is still has a very tight ride.
    The only area of concern should be the E4OD trans.
    if it was serviced and not abused it is relatively bulletproof, (I know people who tow over 7,000 lbs with the same combo as mine and have experienced trans. problems and then they blame the E4OD trans., when you try to explain that this combo is not rated for that type of service they just scratch their head and say I figured that it was a big truck and it could tow that kind of weight, DUH!!!) A word to the wise ADD A TRANS. COOLER if it dosen't have one. There is no reason why my truck should not go another 100,000 miles I'm that confident and would buy another one in a minute. Good Luck bcre8iv@yahoo.com
  • dcassdcass Posts: 1
    I'm looking at a '95 Dodge Dakota and would like to know if anyone has any information (good/bad/indifferent) on them.
  • I'm looking for a late model (96 - 98)pickup with LOW miles (<30K). The LOW miles because I really want a new one but don't want to pay the price. The one thing that bothers me is - if is it a really great truck with all the features I want and it is in great condition with those really LOW miles, why did the previous owner get rid of it? If it was on a lease the previous "owner" probably didn't spent a nickel or an hour on maintenance (I wouldn't, would you?). If it wasn't on a lease, the previous owner already took the hit on depreciation, so why did they get rid of it? I think the reason they got rid of it should be a major consideration when I buy it. Would someone tell me why one would get rid of a late model LOW mile truck?
  • Insurance points: If you've got a 4X4 and get points you may want to ditch the truck to drop the insurance points.

    Increase in income: You can afford a nicer vehicle. why not step up?

    Change in lifestyle: Don't need a truck bed. You pay someone to deliver stuff or move your stuff.

    You want extreme handling and speed: Car or bike only alternative unless you lower the truck and hop it up.


    I on the other hand love my 4X4 pickup, chicks love it and my dog loves it.
    Think I'll keep it :-)

    Later,
    greyhnd@geocities.com
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    I'm getting rid of my regular cab 1992 F-250 4x4 because I want to move up to the new 1999 Superduty. My current truck has 81,000 miles on it, and I'm confident it will run another 80,000 or so. I've maintained it well mechanically. The lack of an extended cab provided me what little persuasion I needed to make a new purchase now, rather than a few years down the road. My truck still has some good trade-in value now. The value will likely decrease significantly in the eyes of a potential purchaser after it passes the 100,000 mile mark.

    Another reason someone might be selling a good vehicle is if their needs change. I bought my truck in Alaska. A little over a year later, my job transferred me to Southern CA. I had a lot more truck than I needed when I was in CA. I held on to it because I liked the truck, but a lot of people likely would have sold it in favor of a more economical vehicle.
  • I am planning on buying a new (used) truck in the near future and I think I have narrowed down my choices. They are 90-94 Toyota Ex Cab 4X4 auto V6 and 90-94 Nissan King Cab 4X4 auto V6. If anybody has any comments on either of these please let me know. I am currently swaying toward the Toyota because of the amount of aftermarket companies that are out there compared to Nissan parts. Besides that, how are the trucks themselves...anyone??
  • I've heard the toyota trucks generally have more power and get better gas mileage. I own a 97 4x4 kingcab Nissan only because the price was extremely low and the toyotas are extremely high. I don't know about the costs after they're a few years old. If cash isn't a problem I'd take the toyota. When things break It's gonna be more expensive to fix on the Toyota I believe.

    goodluck,

    greyhnd@geocities.com
  • Thanks for the advice greyhnd. Have you had any problems with your Nissan? Any trouble finding parts like air filters or oil filters? How long have you had your Nissan? Thanks again for the help.

    Joel
  • Montyjim,

    The only way I buy any vehicle is as slightly used as possible but not new. I have run into many reasons that people sell an almost new vehicle. Usually it is because they cant afford it or a divorce or a new kid on the way. The bottom line is just have it checked out. It will have the original warranty and sometimes a transferrable 100,000 mile warranty so the mechanicals don't scare me at all. What I look for is repaired body/ frame damage. I have run into a few that look great, seem to drive fine and I take them to my body shop and find that it should have been totaled from an accident but was fixed because it was so new. What ever the seller tells you is the reason for selling DON'T BELIEVE IT!! Have it checked out!!!
    Buying almost new, even a leased one has always saved me thousands from new and I have never been burned. I'm looking for a 96 Range Rover 4.0 SE right now and own a 96 Tacoma 4x4 and an older Rover that I bought slightly used and they have been great! When I see a new model of something I want (like the 96 Rover) I always think how I can't wait for a year or two so I can buy one. Let the guy that always has to buy a new one take the hit (there is no shortage of them).
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