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Old 10-18-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default Small, midsize, other truck recommendation

I am a huge fan of the Saturn S Series and its ease of and reasonable maintenance characteristics. Is there a truck out there that is similar in this regard? Need very little heavy lifting and just small light trailer tow capability. Just always need a truck for something.

I know the Yotas are famous for longevity and the S10 is also a favorite but no clue on ease of maintenance etc.

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Old 12-14-2015, 07:12 AM   #2
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I've had a 1997 Tacoma, and a 1990 Toyota pickup, both have/had over 300k kms on them, were pretty simple to work on, parts readily available and cheap. Both were 4x4, extra cab manual 5spd. I've done brakes, fans, rads, lights, body work, winches, driveshaft work, and changed almost every fluid on them. Recommended trucks, but no experience with non-toyota.

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Old 12-16-2015, 01:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Small, midsize, other truck recommendation

In general, most pick up trucks will be relatively easy to work on since they're rear wheel drive. The engine compartment will have more space available to get your hands on things. It seems to me that you should get a look under the hood of a truck which was considered for purchase. It will reveal most of what you'll need to know about the ease of service or repair.

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Old 12-16-2015, 01:59 PM   #4
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I have a 98 Ranger 2.5 4Cyl, 5speed manual, RWD, absolute base model. Only option is PS/AC.. manual windows/locks, etc.

Thing is super reliable.. though I don't drive it often.. I just use it as a work hauling type thing when I need it.

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Old 12-16-2015, 02:57 PM   #5
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After a '78 F250, '83 F150, '92 F150, '96 Ram 1500, '98 Chevy 1500 and a '04 Chevy 1500 I've come to the conclusion that trucks are NOT designed to be worked on, ever (exception possibly the '78 F250). So much "why the F___ is this crap here", especially on the Chevy's...

Dunno about Toyota/Nissan trucks and IMO 2WD trucks aren't worth buying.

Since I've bought a '00 Forester the only time I've wanted/needed a truck has been when I've wanted to haul another parts car home, everything else either fits in the back or on top...through a 4x8 sheet of plywood is far too large for it but the local hardware store delivers for free.

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Old 12-16-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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My actual want to have is a 63-66 Chevy. Don't care step side, fleet, or van. Used to have one and it is a beast! 250 Torque Horse and 3 on tree. Could not be easier to work on.

Too bad they are like collector now.

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