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Chris
03-17-2008, 06:37 PM
Since the Z died, I've given up on my dreams of owning another sports car except for the Celica for awhile. The Celica's doing great, hums like a new motor, wraps out up to 5.5k like we just drove her off the lot. But it'd still be nice to have a back up. Better yet, in this crappy KS weather, it might be nice to have a four wheel drive.

I've looked and looked for a cheap Toyota pickup in the area with a 22re. But apparently word has caught on as to their indestructibility, and I haven't seen one for under 1500.

So what are some other ones I can search for? And aside from Craigslist, where to look?

I'm not looking for anything big, something the size of an early 90s, late 80s Toyota pickup. Like a Mazda B3000, or a Ford Ranger. Four banger preferred, a V6 at the largest. Most of all, it needs to be extremely easy to work on. I'm talking JB weld easy here. Okay, maybe that was sarcasm, but you get my point. I'm by no means a mechanic, I don't even enjoy working on cars very much, just driving them.

So let me know what to look for guys. I'm up for anything, domestic, import, Martian, whatever. As long as it has a history of being relatively reliable and easy to work on. If anyone knows where to find a cheap Toyota in the midwest, let me know. But my price range is pretty small here, sub-$1000. I'd like to find something for around 500. Obviously I'm not looking for pristine condition, but something that'll last a couple winters and again, easy to work on.


tl;dr - Cheap pickups that can usually be found for under 1000 in decent condition, 4 banger or V6 powered. 4wd would be awesome.

Chris
03-17-2008, 07:02 PM
btw, I guess this should be moved to general. My bad.

Schmleff
03-17-2008, 10:23 PM
I really like Seymour Duncan pickups. The seem to have a warmer tone than the Dimarzio. They are not cheap however, but you can get into one for about $125 new.

That should rock ya

Chris
03-17-2008, 10:38 PM
Maybe I should of put a dash in between pick and up, smartass. :lolhittin


On a side note, my Seymour Duncan SH-1 jazz has always provided a beautiful clean tone. My Dimarzio distortion just isn't clean though.

Blackcloud
03-17-2008, 10:43 PM
mine was like $23k or something like that

Chris
03-17-2008, 11:27 PM
mine was like $23k or something like that


If I manage to get my rolling chasis Z out the door for $23k, then I'll give you a call. Or I'll just buy an MR2 and dump money into that.

Chris
03-18-2008, 12:35 AM
Also Nissan pickups: Are they anything like the Z series in regards to maintenance?

VikingJZ
03-18-2008, 01:20 AM
Ford Rangers

85gtsblackman
03-18-2008, 01:45 AM
my truck cost me 35 dollars and its got a 22r :wiggle:

mitsubishi mighty max trucks and old dodge ram 50 trucks are pretty good too

Chris
03-18-2008, 06:18 AM
35. Nice.

Yeah, those old American 1980s trucks are pretty cheap, but most of them are just too damn big for me to even being to enjoy driving. I'd like some decent gas mileage out of the things too.

I'll look into the mistubishis/ram 50s. How reliable are the smaller Ford rangers? Like the early 90s models?

hobbie2k
03-18-2008, 04:53 PM
Also Nissan pickups: Are they anything like the Z series in regards to maintenance?

No. they are closer to a 240SX since they share drivetrains (at least the 4-cyl ones). Lots of room in the bay, too.

extremeskillz
03-18-2008, 06:49 PM
The Isuzu Hombre (the s10 knock off :hehe:)?

Chris
03-18-2008, 07:04 PM
No. they are closer to a 240SX since they share drivetrains (at least the 4-cyl ones). Lots of room in the bay, too.

Meh, I've heard 240sx engines can be a bitch to work on. It's not just the space, but the actual design of the motor. It doesn't make any sense in the Z series.



The Isuzu Hombre (the s10 knock off )?

The S10 series isn't too bad. Hmm.

85gtsblackman
03-18-2008, 07:19 PM
just buy a 82-95 toyota 4cyl truck

ciento44
03-18-2008, 07:43 PM
No. they are closer to a 240SX since they share drivetrains (at least the 4-cyl ones). Lots of room in the bay, too.

MMmmmmmm.... delicious KA-T in a hardbody...

Do want!

Chris
03-19-2008, 01:07 PM
just buy a 82-95 toyota 4cyl truck

I've not had too much luck finding a good one cheap. But, if I can, that'd be my first choice. I'd love me some 22re.

19celica90
03-19-2008, 01:41 PM
i found a 1985 toyota tacoma pickup at a local used car dealership for 1800, thats way too high but im'a see if i can walk out with for >1000

Chris
03-19-2008, 05:13 PM
i found a 1985 toyota tacoma pickup at a local used car dealership for 1800, thats way too high but im'a see if i can walk out with for >1000

If you can, that'd be a nice deal. I doubt my Z would work as a trade in. Probably wouldn't even be worth it.

celicaGT90_05
03-19-2008, 07:25 PM
a little bit late in to this, but to be quite honest, and no not on a biast opinion, but you can get a ranger of my gen cheap and they can take quite a bit of crap. Thats just one option of many.

Chris
03-19-2008, 07:47 PM
Nah, not too late. I won't be getting this truck for a couple months at best.

Chris
03-20-2008, 03:16 AM
I think these are some good examples of what I'm looking for.

http://wichita.craigslist.org/car/610686901.html

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/car/576977338.html - Would be nice, except for the tranny issue.

http://wichita.craigslist.org/car/608486516.html

Mr Celica
03-20-2008, 03:26 AM
i have a 1990 toyota pickup with the 3.0L V6 thats been running on 5 cylinders for the past 6 years... got it for like $400 bucks. the rust is getting the best of it though...

celicaGT90_05
03-20-2008, 03:46 AM
rust tends to be a huge thing for older toyota pickups. My use to be uncle had a red one and it was rusted all to hell, and most I see are like that. The first one looks real raggety, I'd try to get within $500 if I were gonna go for that one. 2nd one looks like its in good shape from what I can see, too bad it has a bad tranny. One thing I've noticed about the rangers like mine is the interiors hold up real well, the one you listed doesnt look like its in too bad of shape

Chris
03-20-2008, 04:31 AM
Are the rangers pretty reliable? Say, as compared to celicas or even the toyota trucks?