Bought new in 97. Used to tow metro from town to town and for door to door delivery. Put almost 25,000 miles a year first 3 years. Only 2 issues, valve covers started leaking at 12,500, 500 miles out of warranty, and power steering hose runs over alternator. Hose is poorly designed and has been a recurring problem, starts to leak about every 3 years and is quite expensive. If not replaced immediately will leak into alternator and burn it out. Even as a 2wd with about 400# in back gets around good even in moderate snow, ice and mud.
Reliability. This truck was used hard for its first three years and took it great. It has enjoyed the last 10 years as a daily driver with minimal issues.
An after market kit to reroute the power steering house, and a better design so that this $200 does not wear out after a few years.