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Old 06-10-2006, 08:42 PM
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What To get for college vehicle, economy truck

What would you get (if you could for college).

-I would really love an older f250 to pull my trailers and such, but fuel prices arelittle expensive

- I guess my choices would be a ranger, tacoma, or maybe f-150. throw in whatever you think would be a good choice

- 4x4 is a must (work and huntin etc.)
-preforably extended cab
-v6 if in small truck def. 5.4 in a f-250

enough about what i want though, what would you get based on some of the stuff above?
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Old 06-10-2006, 09:27 PM
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If you can swing the newer style with the 5.4 I say go for it. Get the best thing you can afford.
I made it through 4 years of college with mine... well 3 I guess... Got it beginning of soph year. Never looked back.

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Old 06-11-2006, 01:18 AM
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You're in the same market as I am. I have seen a '91 Toyota 4x4 ext. cab V6 5-speed, lifted and with "big tires" in my area for under $3000, and I also saw a '93 Bronco (no word on specs or shape) for $3000. Both of those are on my hit list.

I've also been thinking about the Bronco II's since they can be had for a song, as well as early Explorers with 5-speeds. But I haven't had much luck finding them. I might also consider a Ranger or an S-Dime with 4x4, but they are both hard to find and, based on my experience with just a 2wd S-Dime, will probably ride way too rough.

I myself avoid anything newer with OBD-II technology in it since it's more complicated, less friendly, and records your driving data.

Now if I had money, metalworking skills, and time galore, I would tell these fuel injected things to go blow me and get a '25 T-bucket, a Hudson Twin-H Power Straight Six and have me some fun It's about time I slid behind the wheel of something carb'd again anyway.
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for college, I has an ext cab s10, I'd get a ranger, taco, or s10
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I would reccomend a 1966 Ford F-100. Great combination of power, mileage, looks, and towing capacity.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:01 PM
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If it were me I go for a Bronco II (built on ranger chasis) if you want a nice small suv, that can fit into compact spaces, and good good gas mileage, or ford ranger if you want a pickup. My old 88 Bronco II 2WD with the 2.9L V6 automatic was great for a compact suv, could turn on a dime, it also got good gas mileage 19-21 city 24-26 highway. If you get the 5 speed and 4WD, it will still get good gas mileage. (There were two or three people with 4WD, and 5 speed getting 27-30mpgs on the highway) Or if you want more power get a ranger with the 4.0L.
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:02 PM
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If it were me I go for a Bronco II (built on ranger chasis) if you want a nice small suv, that can fit into compact spaces, and good good gas mileage, or ford ranger if you want a pickup. My old 88 Bronco II 2WD with the 2.9L V6 automatic was great for a compact suv, could turn on a dime, it also got good gas mileage 19-21 city 24-26 highway. If you get the 5 speed and 4WD, it will still get good gas mileage. (There were two or three people on one of the Bronco II forums with 4WD, and 5 speed getting 27-30mpgs on the highway) Or if you want more power get a ranger with the 4.0L.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:22 PM
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I just bought a 2000 F-150 ext. cab off road package with a 5.4L. I love the looks and it does decent on gas. The 97-2003 are some of the best lookin trucks on the road and they can be picked up in great condition with lower miles for not much money.
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:30 PM
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I'd go with an older ranger or f150 with the striaght 6. The bronco II get good mileage but they are kinda hard to find (at least here) and I have heard some not so good things about them. I love my FSB but I only get 10 mpg so that wouldn't be my choice for economy. Our '77 f150 with a 351M gets good mileage about 15-18 mpg so that may be a option. The '97-2003 f150's get good mileage but I can't stand the way they look. So if it were me i'd get a '96 or older f150 or ranger with the 300 staight six.
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ok, I hate to be the downer, but here goes...

Dude, you do NOT need a truck. Unless your hauling alot of crap, a pickup is accually a hinderance. Less people space, and you've got a 6x4 plot of steel behind you, that accomplishes nothing 90% of the time. And bad milage... Get a car, or van

A minivan with the seats out can haul most anything you could fit in an economy truck. Yeah, they dont look so good... but you can haul 5-7 ppl in it (legaly, hehehe)

Next vehicle for me will be a minivan... ****ty, but o well... My Uncles neibor's a cop, and is selling his old van for $500 to him (96 transport, KBB@2k)
The van will be used for my cousin, her kid, and her boyfriend.........
I doubt they'll stay in town long, but who knows? Anyways, I'll buy it from my uncle when they leave...

Sorry, but somebody had to play downer...
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Don't bother with S-10's. Their mileage sucks just as bad as a full sized truck. My dad's boss has an 01 S-10 with the 4 banger in it, and he got it for gas mileage. He drives about 130 miles round-trip to work and back every day. It's 90% highway @ 65mph, and he gets 18mpg in the stupid thing. It doesn't even have any power. I can tell you right now that I can get 17mpg in my 94 F-150 with the 351W. I've tested it over about 5-6 tanks, and I range from 16-18 mpg. Keep your foot out of it and you'll be very surprised.

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Dude, you do NOT need a truck
you obviously never went to the booze store and bought 5 kegs....

I'd get 18 All day long with my 4x4 s10 v6
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Get a 95-97 towncar. The 22.5 cubic foot trunk is big enough, and keeps your stuff out of the weather and locked up.
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you obviously never went to the booze store and bought 5 kegs....

I'd get 18 All day long with my 4x4 s10 v6
You're telling me you cant get 5 kegs in the back of a van, with the seats folded down???

And if your underaged, the little cover a van offers could be just enough...

As much as I hate it, my cousins caravan gets about 25 unloaded, 18ish towing his boat, 3 people, and 3 days worth of fishing gear

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