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  • DubbL Tap
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    "a 454 'gas hawg' under the hood"=POW-UR!

    OTOH, I no longer believe in 2WD. Its against my religion. The only things that should work on two wheels are bikes. 4WD only for me.

    However, its whatever floats your boat. $4000? It sounds real good but check the VIN# on www.carfax.com anyway. You can't ever be too careful.

    BTW, FYI, I'm no expert on vehicle pricing and depreciation. So if anyone can lend some insight... www.kbb.com

    [ 05-30-2002: Message edited by: DubbL Tap ]

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  • shooter1201
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    Not a mid-sized 4x4, but yesterday, I came across a 1990 Chevy Suburban, 2WD, 88K miles for $4000. Nice...but it is plagued(?) with a 454 'gas hawg' under the hood....

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  • DubbL Tap
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    1)I love Hummvees.
    a. Hummers/Hummvees are way out of my budget.
    2)I love Jeeps.
    a. I'll vote for a Jeep any day.
    http://jay.franklins.net/JeepMovies.html

    www.BIGGRANDCHEROKEE.com

    www.NAGCA.com

    www.JeepsUnlimited.com

    I would suggest a V8[318ci] (ZJ)'95,97 or 98 Grand Cherokee. In '98 the 5.9L Limited[360ci] was available. At least give the Grands a look.

    [ 05-30-2002: Message edited by: DubbL Tap ]

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  • TheMdntRdr
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    Crazy!! I'm dissappointed in you!!! Everyone knows a TJ Wrangler with about 10 grand in aftermarket stuff will go ANYWHERE a Hummer will and ALOT of places a Hummer won't.
    When I was in the Army, I had HMMWVs in places a Jeep couldn't go. Yes, Jeeps are smaller and can get into tighter spaces, but look at your statement, "put 10 grand into it". With a Hummer, it's great off the shelf.

    Futhermore, you want great off the shelf, stick with Toyota. Now from what I've read on here, most everyone is fickled with this new crap that is coming out, but if you want something that will survive at get you places and is cheap to fix if it breaks, get a 73-87 fullsize Chevy.

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  • jeeper
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    Stay AWAY from the Dodge!

    The Chevy's aren't bad.

    The Ranger's are pretty good too.

    Nissan...ugh

    Toyota, now THAT is the way to go!!! The Tacoma's are bulletproof!!! They are quite
    expensive though, for one less than 4 yrs old or so.

    I forgot to put in this part so I had to edit....

    UNIMOG!!!!! Those things are the epitome of "Go Anywhere, Do Anything!"

    Crazy!! I'm dissappointed in you!!! Everyone knows a TJ Wrangler with about 10 grand in aftermarket stuff will go ANYWHERE a Hummer will and ALOT of places a Hummer won't. And you can have enough left over to buy yourself a Suburban to tow the Wrangler with. Or maybe a Mustang GT to cruise around in when the 4x4 isn't needed.

    [ 05-28-2002: Message edited by: jeeper ]

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  • CinaC
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    I had a Dodge Ram as a rental when my Jeep was in the shop for deer-repair ... (was supposed to have a Cavalier ... but they were unavailable, and I was offered either a Metro or a Ram for the same price ... what a difficult choice ...)

    It was nice. I had a lot of visibility. I also made sure to beat the HELL out of it!

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  • Owen McPhillips
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    I've got a 93 Dakota 4X4 with a 5.2L V8.

    Never had any suspension or drivetrain problems with it. Power for days with the V8.

    I HAVE had the fuel hose pop off the tank (held in place with a cheesy little plastic clip that breaks easily).

    And the paint job is close to the world's worst -- it's peeling and flaking all over.

    Still, I think if I could have any truck I wanted, I'd get a 4X2 Dakota somewhere from 91-96 and customize it. Paint job and new fuel system at least.

    I think it's just a good-looking truck.

    I've driven an S-10 with a little 4-banger under the hood. Trust me, you don't want that. No guts at all. 0-60 in 5 minutes.

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  • jellybean40
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    Originally posted by THE BRONZE:
    While the Dodge products look nice, from my experience, they don't hold up over time. If the powertrain doesn't fail, the interior parts and suspension will.
    Thanks, i didnt know that.

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  • Royce
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    Get the Chevy. Can't go wrong with that.

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  • THE BRONZE
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    While the Dodge products look nice, from my experience, they don't hold up over time. If the powertrain doesn't fail, the interior parts and suspension will.

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  • jellybean40
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    I will also have to buy a new truck by late summer/early fall. i dont wannnnna

    I LOVE my Toyota 4-Runner, i bought it new in '91...it has over 250K miles, and on it's second engine. it doesnt even look like schidt yet Too many other things are going wrong for me to keep it...just old age i guess. i need something really dependable as i drive on back roads in the middle of the nite after work.

    I am trying to decide on a Dakota or a Ram. i guess the difference in amount of payment will help me decide! Also not sure if i need 4WD as we get maybe 3 snowstorms a year, and it doenst help on ice. The process of buying this truck is making me nervous already...

    [ 05-28-2002: Message edited by: jellybean40 ]

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  • runolfsonkl
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    Just got a new dodge dakota myself. I really like it. Are you planning on sleeping in the bed? If you are, the dakota has a 6.5 foot bed, the Tacoma 6 ft, and the ranger and s10 either 5 or 6ft. That is part of why I chose the dakota, not quite a full size, but bigger then the others.

    DO NOT get a V4. That would be worthless in a truck, might as well get a car. You wouldn't be able to go where you wanted to go with that little power, especially if you are looking at something several years old. Stick with V6 or even V8.

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  • Don
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    Well Shooter, I'm going to have to break with my tradition of Ford here. It'll probably **** off Mike too, but what the hell does HE know, he just works on trannys!

    From the list you posted, I would have to choose the Toyota P/U or one of their SUVs. They ARE expensive to buy, and to fix IF they break, but they don't break often. I can't tell you how many old Toy 4X4s I saw, in the few months that I was selling used trucks, that had close to, or over 300,000 miles on them. They all looked like schidt, but they all ran like tops!

    But why don't ya get real and by a Wrangler instead?

    I have had one Ranger and a couple of S-10s. I'll leave those for other folks to buy.

    [ 05-27-2002: Message edited by: Don ]

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  • 207
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    Originally posted by shooter1201:

    I want something to bum around in the woods with.
    Then get a REAL 4 wheel drive, a Unimog, they'll just about climb trees. As you can see by the air intake they love water too for those fishing trips.
    Most even have roof hatches for late night hunting expeditions. LOL. http://www.unimogusa.com/sales.pic23.htm

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  • CinaC
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    How about a Humvee?

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