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Old 07-31-2000, 03:04 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get a cheap pickup that I could use for hauling stuff around. Now that I'm a homeowner, I'm gonna be doing all kinds of work around the house and don't want to be carrying lumber or anything on/in my Subie.

I was thinking about like a mid-late 80s Nissan Pickup. I found an 89 for $800, not sure of milage.

What do you guys think? Anyone have any other recommendations?
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Old 07-31-2000, 03:14 PM   #2
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maybe an old Ford f150....hauls more and just as reliable IMO
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Old 07-31-2000, 03:34 PM   #3
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From what I understand, the old Toyota pickups that had the 4cyl. motors ran forever. You might also want to consider (no joke) an old Volvo station wagon. Their 4cyl. engines ran FOREVER.
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Old 07-31-2000, 03:42 PM   #4
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Speaking as someone who lives in the pickup truck capital of the world...Wake Forest NC...

In terms of old and cheap, I'd go with the Toyotas. They tend to have far less problems than the Nissans and they were a little bigger. A few of my friends get the Toyotas to haul ATVs and what not, and the trucks do a good job.

If you want to spend a little more, the old Dodges last a while. Stay away from the old GMs, especially the S10s, and the really old Jeeps.

Just my opinion.
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Old 07-31-2000, 03:47 PM   #5
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Subaru STX or old Subaru Brat
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Old 07-31-2000, 03:58 PM   #6
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ScoobySouth is actually correct. If you want something that can actually tow / haul a significant amount, go with an older F150 with the 300ci inline six.
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Old 07-31-2000, 04:01 PM   #7
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mmmm.... STX.... drool...

I found a 1986 Toyota Pickup, Extended Cab, Longbed, 74,000 original miles. "runs excellent" for $1800.

Sounds like a decent deal to me as KellyBlueBook.com says around $2800.

Might just have to call about this one.
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Old 07-31-2000, 04:25 PM   #8
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Sounds good. I've got an '86 Toyota Longbed 1ton that I use for work. It has 185k miles and still runs great and hauls a lot of stuff. It has a 2200lb payload capacity (including driver/gas) and is rated to tow 5000lb. It's got a 22RE motor, 5 spd with 4.30 gears. I have to say if you can find a 1 ton get it but even the standard longbed is cool. IMHO you can't beat a Toyota for a reliable truck. Just watch out for frame rot especially on the 4x4's.



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Old 07-31-2000, 04:47 PM   #9
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Frey,
ive got a 1986 Nissan Hardbody that i use just for the things that you mentioned. It has 178,000 miles on it. It runs very, very good does not leak any oil, burn any either. Interestingly enough the only place it rusted was the drivers side door, the rest of the vehicle is mint. I payed $400 for it, and its the best 400 i ever spent. I would recommend the Nissan over the Ford, as the Ford 300 inline 6 has some reliability issues like headgaskets and such. The Ford has a higher towing capacity but if your only talking light duty i dont think you can go wrong with the Nissan.
Just my opinion.

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Old 07-31-2000, 05:51 PM   #10
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The Toyotas are awesome trucks. I had an FJ40 Land Cruiser myself and knew a few other 'Cruiser folk who had the Pickups and they were great.
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Old 07-31-2000, 06:46 PM   #11
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Toyota's will outlast anything on the road. Hell, I own a Chevy, but I know the Toyota will last longer. If you can find a late 80's pickup, and the body is in realitivly good condition, grab it. Make sure its a 4x4 model, they did have uprated suspension parts...
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Old 07-31-2000, 07:01 PM   #12
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I just sold a '94 Ranger and am starting to regret it! The are very reliable and parts are dirt cheap. You should be able to get a good deal on a 4 cyl, reg cab since there are about 5 Kazillion of them around. I sold mine for $2750.00 to a friend. It had some body damage,75000 miles and no air cond.
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Old 07-31-2000, 07:19 PM   #13
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Mid 90s Rangers take some beatings. Lots of guys have em...they're great trucks and relatively cheap.

But for 80s...go with the Dodge or Toyotas.
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Old 08-01-2000, 05:53 AM   #14
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personally I'd go with an old Ford.

The engine's in the Toyota's will last forever, but they rust like a champ if you get one older than...um...I think in 91 is when they changed the bed style.

They will rust on the outside of the bed, about 8" from the top of the bed, all the way down the side of the truck. It was a problem with the design of the bed.
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Old 08-01-2000, 06:28 AM   #15
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DO NOT GET THAT NISSAN. 87-91 Nissan pick-ups are total junk! I had a 90 that I had a ton of problems with, to make a long story short I got my money back because of the lemon law. My aunt had an 89 with allmost the same problems. She warned me but I didn't listen.
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Old 08-01-2000, 08:50 AM   #16
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A lot is going to depending on what you are planning on doing with the truck. You mentioned hauling and towing, but what kind of hauling and towing are you talking about?

Too often I have seen people go out and buy a vehicle for the wrong application. Are you going to be hauling a lot of stuff in your bed? How much weight are you going to tow? Do you need a 4x4 or can you get by with a 4x2?

You might want to think about some of these questions before you buy your truck and find you have to buy another one because you did not buy the correct truck to begin with.
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Old 08-01-2000, 10:49 AM   #17
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Frey, I've got a "95 F-150 4x4 with the 4.9l (300cu) engine that Scooby South referred to and it has helped me completely renovate my house. (it can probably find it's own way to the nearest Home Depot)
It just so happens that I've been trying to sell it (cheap) to buy an RS for several months now. Lets see if we can each "help a brother out"
If you're interested, drop me a line at cbickell@gwstudio.com I'm located right outside Detroit, so logistics shouldn't be too horrible.

Good Luck

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Old 08-01-2000, 11:44 AM   #18
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Well, I would really just be using the truck to haul lumber and materials. Also, for when I buy larger items like TVs, beds, etc.

Meaty, I would imagine that you need more for your truck than I can spend. Considering the light use this truck would get, I don't want to spend any more than $2000. Let me know what you wanted.

I'm going to go ahead and take a look at the 86 Toyota tonight.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 08-01-2000, 11:59 AM   #19
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I have a new home that I did alot of work in the past 5 years. Basement, Deck, Landscaping... the works!

I rented a pickup from either Home Despot or Enterprise Rentacar each time for less than $30 per day, unlimited miles. In five years, we did that about 10 times. That's less than $300 bucks, which will get you an incredibly unreliable/undrivable old POS truck. It didn't make sense to buy used or new and then deal with insurance and gas, etc.!
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Old 08-01-2000, 01:54 PM   #20
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uncleho,
Hmmm... that's food for thought. I didn't realize they did that. I still think I want to go ahead and buy one. I'm sure I'll be using it quite a bit, and I would just prefer to have it when I need it. And actually, if I just get liability insurance, my rates will go down. Gotta love Multi-Car discounts.

Thanks for the info though!
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Old 08-02-2000, 06:11 PM   #21
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Actually, the guy called back and told me that someone bought the truck. He beat me to it by about 30 minutes.

He said that it did have some rust, but it was all on the bed.

Back to searching the classifieds.
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Old 08-02-2000, 06:55 PM   #22
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Truck, get a truck not a Volvo wagon! Trucks are cool....God I miss my little Ranger.
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Old 08-02-2000, 11:26 PM   #23
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Yeah, definately getting a truck and not a wagon.

I found an ad for a 1985 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder, 5 speed, very good condition, with cap. 102K miles for $1500. Gonna call the guy tomorrow.

Edit: Forgot mileage

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Old 08-03-2000, 12:19 AM   #24
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How did the Toyota look to you? Do you think it will suit your needs?

Pretty much any pickup will do for the type of hauling you will be doing. A 4x2 is easier to load/unload if you don't need the 4x4. The Volvo ,as well as most any other wagon, is good idea also and they are cheap, but will be not be able to haul tall objects.

Let us know how you made out.
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Old 08-03-2000, 04:19 AM   #25
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Cheap trucks, a subject I know well!

Ford Ranger: I presently own one, it's for sale ($2500). Do NOT get a V6, they have lots of problems with cylinder heads and aren't all that more powerful than a 4cyl. The Mazda trans in the 4cyl 5 speeds has some quirks; make sure it doesn't have ANY noise and shifts nice and tight. If you see fluid (ATF) leaking from the trans it is an easy fix and not the rear case like you will suspect.

S-10: Total, absolute junk.

Mazda: my dad has a B2000 1986. There are lots of people who don't like these but we've got good service from them. They drive really nice (like cars) and usually don't rust. Only real problem I've found is head gaskets.

Toyota: great product if you can find one that doesn't have the bed falling off it.

Nissan: rust, rust, rust. I had an '86 4x4, it was a dog, slow and felt very fragile. I wasn't impressed.

Isuzu: junk

Mitsubishi: not impressed. Too many different engines make junkyard parts purchases difficult. I've seen catastrophic engine failures on these. Dodge D-50 same thing, rusts like a bastard.

Jeep: four cyl okay but slow, 2.8 V6 is GM garbage guaranteed to explode. 4.0 litre is awesome; you can't believe the torque. Bed is goofy size; many truck caps won't fit it.

Dakota: be very, very careful. Multiple engine/trans combinations available. Some are good, others horrible. I would stay away.

Full size: funny thing, you can buy a beater full-size truck for what a mini costs! I would recommend the 300 cid six in a Ford, I've never heard of a head gasket issue with them. I was never a fan of Chevys, and hated the way the Dodge I borrowed drove.

My credentials: 76 Ford Courier $750, 66 Chevy C-20 $300, 65 F-100 Ford $250, 86 Nissan 4x4 (rebuilt wreck) $300, 90 Ranger 2.3 $2100 (expensive 'cause it's all one color and the paint shines).
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