This is the only vehicle I have ever
purchased brand new. I've had
literally dozens of "fix-'em-up-and-
sell-'em cars and trucks in the last 10
years. At 100k I put in a new front
1/2 shaft axle. I think I replace a
turn signal bulb and one headlight,
too. Other than regular maintenance,
that's it. What a great truck! Very
heavy duty, check out the frame and
front suspension components. Huge.
Combined city/hwy since new is about
23.8 mpg, with a shell on. It starts
everytime, hauls a ton of stuff and
still looks great in bright red. If
you are looking at this truck, I LOVE
mine and plan to drive it until it or I
Reliablity, heavy duty for it's size,
A bit more pop in the motor would help
on these Colorado hills, but it out
pulls my brother-in-laws '95 toyota
truck with it's v-6 everytime!
Outstanding truck. It tows a lot more
than the specs say(up 4000lbs) without
any difficulty. Currently at 183000
miles and haven't had to do anything
major or unusual with regards to
maintenance. Very easy to work on most
things. Mileage has been a steady 22mpg
unless towing high volume or high weight
loads(detailed mileage records kept).
Good solid well built truck. The only
complaint is its traction, which is so
bad, I've gotten stuck in things I
didn't know a vehicle could get stuck.
I even got stuck on a grassy hill that
was dry and hard packed. This is an
reliability and longgevity. I expect it
to clear 200,000 miles without any trouble.
add 200lbs or more to the rear axle and
larger fuel compacity.
When I bought this truck in 1992, it had 6,000 miles on it. I told my wife I'd still be driving it in 2000 and she laughed at me. Now it's almost 2006 and it has 133,000 miles. I had the transmission (automatic) rebuilt at 124,000, and a tie-rod. That's it. Otherwise, I just drive it and have the oil changed. I've been saying since 2000 that I'll buy a new truck when it stops running. It's still going. The driver's seat has ripped on the corner where you get in but the rest of the interior is still perfect.
It's just so simple. It has everything you need to have but none of the frills. I wish you could still buy a new truck like it.
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