GREAT: I bought truck new and has never burned oil. I have never had engine work done. dependable. looks great. 4x4 works great. after 21 years strangers still ask me if I want to sell. GOOD: plenty of power for climbing hills and towing for a small truck. blue paint looks new except over the cab top. Interior in good shape. NOT SO GOOD: transmission had to be rebuilt at 198,000 miles. CV joints needed to be replaced at 165,000 miles ( cost $500 to professionally replace). Summary: I have never babied this truck. I've been stuck in sand bars buried up to the axles on streams 50 miles from paved roads. I've pulled 40' RV's out of snow banks. I've gone places a coyote wouldn't go. bottom line: this is the best vehicle I have ever owned ! since 1/18 I've replaced clutch and throw out bearing.
This little truck is the best ever made in terms of reliability...beats the famed Toyotas. I bought mine new and have had is ever since. I have 152K on it with no repairs as of yet except brakes, battery etc... I get offers weekly for it as I feel it's true value is about 5K now even thought KBB says about $1,500. You can not buy one for less than 3-5K. I will probably keep it forever as it is a rare item--something made well at a good price. They should make vehicles like this again....simple and basic.
This truck is pretty much unkillable.... It was and still is my first truck and I ran it hard. I'm talking airborne, redlining, hauling, towing, drifting, crashing, commuting, ect. It did it all. At around 280,000 miles it was stolen, taken on a weeklong off-road joyride, and abandoned in the snow for another week. Once recovered, I still drove it home. It's not fast or super flashy, but I and anyone who has seen her in action will testify to its sheer capability.
Outstanding reliability; only 2 repairs in 20 years: starter at about 12 years and alternator at about 15 years. Otherwise, only routine maintenance. Tows and hauls way more than you would have thought for a 4 cylinder engine. Still runs like a top at 163,000 and 20 yrs.
Minor issue with blower fan at 170,000; seems to run better with mid grade gas. Otherwise, still used almost daily around farm; but wouldn’t be afraid to set out across the country in it.
Just invested about $700 in new tires and a few minor repairs, so I expect to use it for several more years. My daily driver now is a new Frontier.