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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:13 pm 
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Hey y'all.

I moved to the US not too long ago, so I am looking for some advice what used truck to buy here in the US. Main purpose of the truck would be to haul a dirt bike and/or the DR650 to the trails for campouts, and to run errands in Seattle.
Ideally, the truck should be just like the DR: cheap to buy/own, reliable/bulletproof, easy maintenance

Advice that I heard so far is "Don't buy an American made truck" and "buy a Japanese vehicle". Is that true or are there any other models I should be looking for?
Right now I am looking for an old Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.

Are there specific model years I should check out and what's the max mileage I should go for when buying used?

Appreciate any advice and info.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:36 pm 
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Um... Used F250 with a diesel - those last forever. A used f-150 with less than 100,000 miles.

Tacomas are good too.

Avoid Nissan.

Avoid Dodge (transmission issues)

Never eVER buy a chevy.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:45 pm 
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Tacomas hold their value for a reason.

F150's can go a long time and the simple, longbed versions, tend to be less expensive. I have a few ridin' buddies who use the F150 for your stated mission and one just sold his with 300K on the odo - no major problems.

As with any machine, treatment and maintenance - and research.

I have an '05 Tundra but also had a company car during it's life, so just went over 75K on a recent 3000 mile loop.

Happy hunting!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:53 pm 
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1990's model F150's, F250's are very reliable. And easy to work on up to 1996 for the f150 and 1997 for the f250. THey switched to a new body style in 97 for the f150 and a little more complex to work on..I recently bought a 96 longbed with a 351 Windsor. Auto, cruise, tilt, AC.. 100,000 miles for 3 grand. Check your local craigslist as there are some nice ones in Washington state for sale and well taken care of from the looks of them.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:14 pm 
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First thing we need to know is budget. Cheap to one guy might mean staying under $30K on a new truck. Cheap to another guy might mean a $1,200 budget.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:17 pm 
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Mattbowdeen wrote:
1990's model F150's, F250's are very reliable. And easy to work on up to 1996 for the f150 and 1997 for the f250. THey switched to a new body style in 97 for the f150 and a little more complex to work on..I recently bought a 96 longbed with a 351 Windsor. Auto, cruise, tilt, AC.. 100,000 miles for 3 grand. Check your local craigslist as there are some nice ones in Washington state for sale and well taken care of from the looks of them.



I'll 2nd this.
Bang for the buck, the '90s F-150's are hard to beat.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:23 pm 
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Find a one owner old guy owned truck and cross your fingers. I have had just about everything and they all have issues. I couldn't pick a truck that I would absolutely buy next.

My wife had a brand new Tacoma that was the biggest POS I've seen. One recall or problem after the other. Tailgate was made of old Coke cans and the rear suspension bottomed out if you looked at it wrong. She loved it but I kept it running.

I have a 27 year old Chevy that looks like hell but it gets me where I'm going and back. Regular old 350 that you can gets parts for anywhere.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:35 pm 
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adam728 wrote:
First thing we need to know is budget. Cheap to one guy might mean staying under $30K on a new truck. Cheap to another guy might mean a $1,200 budget.



Thanks for the info so far everybody!
Budget is around $5,000. Would be great if I could stay below including tax, title, license.
Sounds like the 90s F-150's would be a great option.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:54 am 
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Another vote for the OBS Fords.
If you're not looking for towing or pulling power, the old 200 straight-6 is an engine that just won't quit. Carbureted and might even still have points and a condensor, depending on what year you get.
Personally, I've owned mostly Ford trucks, from an 400ci '80 to a 460 97 and ALL of them have been as reliable as a Swiss watch. The only GM truck I owned had a catastrophic transmission failure when towing...........................................a TENT TRAILER!!! :bang:

Now, I have a 97 Powerstroke and love it. It doesn't pull the hills like the Duramax or the Cummins, but it will outlast either of them!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:46 am 
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I have a 2000 Toyota Tacoma SR5 extended cab 4x4, manual transmission the I have owned for the last 14 years. It has 90,000 and I am getting ready to sell to fund a vehicle for my daughter. It has been in 2 driveway collisions over the years that were professionally repaired but now the paint is bright and shiny at the repairs and stock paint is faded. Just passed PA inspection yesterday. $7,000 obo.

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