Tom Davis wrote:Dodge with a Cummins non-intercooled engine.
Getrag tranny if you can find one, since they are lubed with regular motor oil, no special fluid.
Manufacture service schedule for engine starts at 200K.
Can't really beat that.
Zach Baker wrote:It's good to read your experience, I appreciate it. Not to be contrary, but I've read a lot of reports of the frames rusting.
Brian Knight wrote:Reliability is everything for mechanical idiots like myself. Anything toyota but would also consider Nissan. LOVE my 4wd v6 '96 tacoma and will drive it into the ground. If regularly hauling heavy loads or trailers, one would need more power.
Why the heck cant we get diesel Toyotas in the states!? Been hearing rumor they are coming for years but with the way fuel prices have gone, maybe not the best idea.
Steve Farmer wrote:
You can import a 25 yr old diesel from Europe. A 90's Toyota Hilux or Landcruiser will likely outlast new gas powered trucks being sold today plus you'll make a profit when you sell it. I'd avoid the Japanese models as they tend to be abused and often have auto gearbox and AC which seriously impacts engine cooling, some of the Jap imports to USA have cracked heads but the European ones tend to be solid.
Where I live is inundated with decades old Toyotas. It's hot and hilly but these trucks last forever.