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While my dated '88 Ranger is technologically far behind the current available crop, it taught me early on to never buy a pickup truck with anything less than an 8 foot bed. Trust me when I tell you that if you can't fit a 4x8 sheet of drywall flat on the floor BETWEEN the wheel wells AND close the tailgate, you will regret your choice.

As to V6 vs V8, I have been looking for a V8 for a long time but a 2005ish V6 probably makes more HP and Torque than a 1995ish V8 so if you only need occasional use as a heavy hauler, I think the V6 (sorry Shaner) makes the more economical choice that will still handle your day to day needs.

The problem with V8s is that it's almost impossible to find a standard cab/8 ft bed/V8 truck that isn't wildly overpriced. Remember, an 'extra' cab with an 8 ft bed means finding parking just got a lot more difficult. The truck is just too damned long.

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Agreed,but be aware of the automatic transmissions on the old VG30E's.
My new toy/work truck with a fresh lift kit,wheels and misc. SOB on the pavement though.




They are nearly indestructible. The original rear bumper is one of the first things to go, and I remember the very same aftermarket bumper.
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I forgot to mention that with the minimal snowfall in the Baltimore Washington corridor where we both are that there is little need for 4 wheel drive in a truck, especially if you already have an M class. A family member with a '95 Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 has probably used the feature less than 10 hours in the time that he's owned it. The additional cost of maintaining that system and the wear and tear on other parts is just not worth the little use you'll get if the truck will be 'Light duty'.

I nearly bought a clean '94 F150 4x4 with 180k last month but the steering was sloppier than my well thrashed 107. I guess all those years of running big tires on the front was more than the steering gear could take.

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In the past 20years, I have owned only 2 pickup trucks that I use for business and drive everyday. I do 18-20,000mi. a year. I maintain them myself and the biggest problem with both have been fuel pumps and intake gaskets (Dexcool antifreeze?)
They were a 1988 and 1998 C1500 Chevrolet with 350 cu. in. The 98 which I currently still have is in such good shape I'm going to continue to drive it for who knows how long.
When I "need" a new truck I will get another Chevy, although I am not real fond of the "boxy style ford" appearance that chevy currently has.
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Steve, any problems with the U-joints at higher mileage?

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Never had any issues at all with U-joints.
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I've had two Rangers and two F-150's including the one I have now. If it's truly light household duty I'd get the Ranger. It easier to drive, park, and load/unload. I have to jump up into the back of my F-150 to get stuff out and it's a pain.

They were all great trucks, by the way.
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My reasoning matches Digmenow's, I need a light duty truck with descent gas mileage, and that can be attained with a V6, yet I know some horsepower will be compromised, but it's fine. The more I think about it, a 4x4 is not necessary for the few flurries we get over hear in the beltway. And Shane, isn't the Lightning a RWD? Cascade, I agree that an F150 or Ranger forum would be more appropriate for the questions I have. And Teutone, owning an 02 Accord with 100k+ miles makes me not doubt the well known reliability of Japanese cars, yet in the $9000 price area, I can't find a descent non- high mileage Nissan or Toyota truck which is year 2000+. Thanks for all your input guys, I'll continue to do some searching and get back to you guys with my decision.

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My reasoning matches Digmenow's, I need a light duty truck with descent gas mileage, and that can be attained with a V6, yet I know some horsepower will be compromised, but it's fine. The more I think about it, a 4x4 is not necessary for the few flurries we get over hear in the beltway. And Shane, isn't the Lightning a RWD? Cascade, I agree that an F150 or Ranger forum would be more appropriate for the questions I have. And Teutone, owning an 02 Accord with 100k+ miles makes me not doubt the well known reliability of Japanese cars, yet in the $9000 price area, I can't find a descent non- high mileage Nissan or Toyota truck which is year 2000+. Thanks for all your input guys, I'll continue to do some searching and get back to you guys with my decision.
I had a Toyota Pickup Truck in my younger years and it was an awesome machine. I lived in DC and Potomac so I know how it can handle in the snow/ice. It was a two wheel drive, 4 cylinders 2.2R engine. Great overall for hauling and driving. It sucked on ice and snow; I remember one night I got stuck on a hill on Muddy Branch Road (next NIST) and I must have used every curse word I ever used in my entire life that evening. One thing though, you can't beat the reliability and the ease of maintenance on those babies. I wish I had kept mine but I gave it to a friend of mine when I started my business in the early nineties which required that I am stuck on a plane somewhere in bumfuk Arabia or Siberia.
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Sounds like someone is destined to drive a me too puss truck.
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