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Old 05-06-2020, 04:44 PM
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The dimmer switch on the floor lived on in commercial trucks for quite some time after passenger cars. My work truck is a '95 International 4700, that and the vent windows are probably my favorite things about the 'ole jalopy lol
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The dimmer switch on the floor lived on in commercial trucks for quite some time after passenger cars. My work truck is a '95 International 4700, that and the vent windows are probably my favorite things about the 'ole jalopy lol
My '87 Ranger STX is V6, 5sp, 4x4 with manual hubs and t-case. Might've been the last year with wind wings. Hand cranked windows are fine with me, also. Just about everything works on the old thing except the FTP function for the stalk in the steering column.
Does have FI and electronic ignition but still pretty close to what your basic, everyday pick-em-up truck should be. I would almost buy a spare just to have parts. Of course, YMMV.
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Old 05-08-2020, 05:24 PM
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After talking to a mail man, get the Subaru
He buys them used at about 80k mileage and runs them til
they die (usually about 240 k)
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After talking to a mail man, get the Subaru
He buys them used at about 80k mileage and runs them til
they die (usually about 240 k)
The Last Subaru i had was the Brat It was Black and i got it when it had 200k and it ended its life with 500k after it threw a rod.
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Toyotas are recommended by 10 out of 10 middle eastern terrorists, for their reliability. (They aren't wrong)

GMC pickup 4WD V-8s before 2007 might be a close second.

If you want something smaller, Honda's are pretty reliable.

I'm not a fan of Jeeps, fords, Land rover, Nissans. You might get lucky with a Dodge Diesel, but I can think of better ways to gamble.

Some companies make horrible automatic transmissions (Nissan for example).

Some make pretty reliable ones, especially if you change the trans fluid every 30,000 miles or so with Castrol synthetic trans fluid for the vehicle.

Whatever you look at, google the recalls, the reviews, repair videos, etc.
A lot of stuff isn't obvious.
Jeep Wranglers look nicer than 4Runners, at least to my eyes. But looks are deceiving, so I bought a 4Runner and have no regrets. Drove a Jeep Cherokee for 15-20 years and it was nothing but trouble. Like I say, they look fine but I want long-term reliability.
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It's inevitable that on a thread like this several people will try to justify buying an overpriced, expensive to insure and drive, and very expensive to repair V8 4x4 by claiming that you might need that extra power someday. Meanwhile in seventy five percent of the US, you can drive year round without four wheel drive unless you live where you have to drive through a swamp every day or through a flooded cow pasture, but if you drive through the average subdivision you'll see dozens of shiny new 4x4s that have never been driven off the asphalt.
Check out the local construction companies and you'll probably see that the only big 4x4 is a vanity buy owned by the company's owner, who hasn't driven a nail or pulled wire in thirty years. Even the company that delivers the roof trusses uses a two wheel drive.
It's like when you go camping or hunting and you see some guy driving a huge 4x4 down a dirt road, and when he gets to the end he sees a Ford Escort parked at the trail head.
I've got nothing against them, but most of they guys I've known bought them out of vanity much more than utility, but to each his own.
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I've got nothing against them, but most of they guys I've known bought them out of vanity much more than utility, but to each his own.
This is all true.

But this is a prepper forum. We have many things, many skills, entire lifestyles....designed to function outside what most people normally need.
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It's inevitable that on a thread like this several people will try to justify buying an overpriced, expensive to insure and drive, and very expensive to repair V8 4x4 by claiming that you might need that extra power someday. Meanwhile in seventy five percent of the US, you can drive year round without four wheel drive unless you live where you have to drive through a swamp every day or through a flooded cow pasture, but if you drive through the average subdivision you'll see dozens of shiny new 4x4s that have never been driven off the asphalt.
Check out the local construction companies and you'll probably see that the only big 4x4 is a vanity buy owned by the company's owner, who hasn't driven a nail or pulled wire in thirty years. Even the company that delivers the roof trusses uses a two wheel drive.
It's like when you go camping or hunting and you see some guy driving a huge 4x4 down a dirt road, and when he gets to the end he sees a Ford Escort parked at the trail head.
I've got nothing against them, but most of they guys I've known bought them out of vanity much more than utility, but to each his own.
Here's my shiny new expensive 4x4. Rather drive this than some POS Ford Escort.

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Automatic all the way. Sticks suck in traffic and are undriveable if you injure your leg badly. Definitely something to keep in mind as you age too with a sore left knee...speaking from experience.
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I watch that Youtube mechanic named Scotty. I like him. He is a goof, and sometimes gives contradictory info. But overall he's generally very helpful and informative and straight forward.

I've owned or own a lot of vehicles. I'm not a mechanic but I can fix basic things, or figure out how with guides and videos.

In my estimation, totally avoid anything German (Mercedes, BMW, Audi/VW, etc.). The are either extremely expensive up front and depreciate 50% in a few years and 90% in 10 years, and when they require maintenance they are monstrously expensive. Next, eliminate anything Nissan, Jeep, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge from the last ~30 years. Very poor quality and durability. And don't even consider anything Korean like Kia or Hundai.

That essentially leaves you with Toyota, Honda, Ford, and GM. Of these there just aren't many options. I'd go with Toyota. But a good low mileage Explorer or Suburban, etc. may work well and be relatively easy and affordable to maintain.

And be honest with your needs. A 4x4 is nice to have but more expensive to buy and maintain. A 2WD may suit your needs just fine.
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I practice regularly driving a stick without using all my limbs. It is possible to drive one with only one working arm and one working leg. A hand throttle or manual choke makes it much easier.
The only difficult part is starting off.
Depress the clutch with the working leg.
Put the vehicle in gear with the working arm.
Ease the clutch out. It is possible but requires a great deal of riding the clutch to get moving at idle. Much easier if the revs can be increased with a hand throttle or choke. Or push the throttle with a stick using the working arm.
Once the clutch is fully released and you are moving you can either use the working leg on the clutch or shift up through the gears without using the clutch.
It really sucks, is hard on the machinery and would be very painful. But it beats the heck out being stranded miles from anywhere while badly injured.

Plus I feel manual transmissions are much more reliable and capable. If an auto box starts playing up you basically have to stop right there before it disintegrates. I had a couple of teeth break off a cog in a manual box once and was able to drive several miles and get home using the other gears.
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I like manual transmissions. I didn't even own an automatic until five years ago.

But objectively, autos are a stronger transmission and give you more control in low speed, high torque situations, like off roading, vehicle recovery, etc.

But the real reason I now only own auto's is that its just getting dang hard to even find manuals.
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It's inevitable that on a thread like this several people will try to justify buying an overpriced, expensive to insure and drive, and very expensive to repair V8 4x4 by claiming that you might need that extra power someday. Meanwhile in seventy five percent of the US, you can drive year round without four wheel drive unless you live where you have to drive through a swamp every day or through a flooded cow pasture, but if you drive through the average subdivision you'll see dozens of shiny new 4x4s that have never been driven off the asphalt.
Check out the local construction companies and you'll probably see that the only big 4x4 is a vanity buy owned by the company's owner, who hasn't driven a nail or pulled wire in thirty years. Even the company that delivers the roof trusses uses a two wheel drive.
It's like when you go camping or hunting and you see some guy driving a huge 4x4 down a dirt road, and when he gets to the end he sees a Ford Escort parked at the trail head.
I've got nothing against them, but most of they guys I've known bought them out of vanity much more than utility, but to each his own.
Perhaps where YOU live!
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