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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.
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