Originally Posted by dontbuypotteryfromme
We are trading reliable for emp resistance?
Buy the car that everyone else buys. (within reason) for me that would be a Toyota.
Then there are more parts. And more people who can fix the thing.
And you get to blend in with everyone else.
Originally Posted by tedlovesjeeps71
As in Camry? Number 1 most often stollen vehicles in the us? Pass. Lol
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Originally Posted by KyrieEleison
I'll agree with you here, Ted. I suppose what I'm ultimately looking for is simplicity. Something we can do a patch job on if necessary. Doesn't have to look pretty or stylish. Just has to work and be able to be fixed by a couple amateurs.
I somewhat agree with DBPFM (there's a first for everything, I guess
). There is nothing more inherently harder to fix on a Toyota than a Chev. They are both fuel injected, and the old throttle body GM, are fairly old.
A 1st gen Tundra is very reliable, has better clearance than most new trucks, and is good on fuel. You can easily put another "fill up" in the back of the truck via Jerry cans, and haul quite a bit. A fair bit of cab room if you get a 4 door also. I wouldn't worry too much about EMP. The lunatics don't have the tech, and the chances that they will anytime soon, not be stopped and hit close enough to your truck are slim.
The Suzuki XL-7 are good tough vehicles too. Frame on body construction, nimble and reliable. Not as fun to work on as the old ones, though. But if you don't fix the basics now, I doubt you will be fixing a carbureted truck either.
The older ones with the 2.7 are short on torque though, and the 4x4 low only has a 2:1 reduction. 2.5, or 3 would be better. Not a great choice if you want to run bigger tires, as it's a little low to the ground too.
Nissan X-terra built on the Frontier chassis are capable, and have good power.
The Yukons wouldn't be a bad choice either. They are a bit low, but have good power with the 5.3 l and good off road "truck tires" are a little easier to find and run.
I would probably keep the better Volvo, as you don't really get to pick when you bug out. If one vehicle is in the shop, even for something minor, it's unavailable.
Whatever you pick should be a little bit bigger than you think. By the time you get all your stuff in there, recovery gear, tools, and spare gas, fluids, etc. you'll be full.