I bought this truck new in 1991. It now has 233K miles, and until this year, was all original. Other than standard wear (tires, brakes, etc), nothing had been repaired or replaced. It drives great, has been super reliable, and even with 2WD, has been great in off-road type conditions. The manual transmission has been awesome. She's slowing down a bit but still, by far, the best vehicle I've ever owned in the past 30 years. I seriously doubt the Ford Mazdas will even come close.
This is the only vehicle I've ever seen, ANYWHERE, that allows you to have outside air coming in the side vents while running the AC or heat out of the central vents. Best feature that I can't find anywhere else in any make vehicle.
I can't think of a single thing, other than I wish they still made them (in Japan that is, not the Ford Mazda) and maybe it had a tad more horsepower out of the gate. But for 20 years and 233K miles, very satisfied owner.
People I know used to call this
truck "The Tank." It started up every
time without fail. It could maintain
higher than highway speeds for
extended periods of time, even after
100K miles on it. I am certain that I
could have driven it another 200K
without any major problems. It was
extremely fun to drive, and highly
reliable. Despite being a truck, it
handled very well. Most amazing was
its demise. I was doing something I
shouldn't have been doing, and ended
up rolling the thing down a ravine and
then into a tree. Despite all the
damage, the thing could still start up
in the salvage yard a few days later!
Even in death, it lived up to it's
Reliability, amazing quality, cool-
looking and fun to drive! Well worth
More power, has a very hot-running
engine (although mine had a rebuilt
radiator) gas mileage could use a bit
of improvement. Perhaps these have
already been addressed.
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