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BAnNC

12-06-2014 12:16:15




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You all know more about this than I can ever learn by research. Help me with input on sending an 18 yr old down the road to school, maybe 200 miles away, with safe and efficient way to get him and his stuff to school. He thinks it should be full size, 4x4, 5 speed and diesel, preferably general motors. Or he'll take a Toyota. You all know what I could expect in fuel use, reliability, etc. I need help.

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rbhuntn

03-08-2015 03:08:55




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to BAnNC, 12-06-2014 12:16:15  
Just my 2 cents here but about as common sense as you can get is an early to mid 90's Jeep Cherokee (Not the Grand Cherokee) with the 4.0 straight 6 cyl.

4x4, decent mileage and outstanding parts availability and if you look around a bit these can be found needing a bit if work for $800 to a $1,000. I got mine for $800 and put about $1,100 into it after it sat for 2.5 years.

Only has 92K on the odometer. Runs great, uses no oil and the not rusted out. Inside still smells kind of bad from sitting all closed up for that time.

Overall cheap 4x4 and easy to work on.

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jaydee

12-08-2014 10:35:25




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to BAnNC, 12-06-2014 12:16:15  
A common sense vehicle hasn"t been made in many, many, many years. Wouldn"t we all love to go back to the days of standard transmissions, rubber floor mats, roll up windows, head room, bench seats. etc. Unless you buy something built before the mid 60"s their is no such thing as a common sense vehicle.



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OH Boy

12-31-2014 17:14:33




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to jaydee, 12-08-2014 10:35:25  
I just bought a 1988 Ford Ranger that has all of those features! 2.3L engine, 4X4, 5 speed tranny. Now, it does need some paint and interior work. But still, I think I will only have about $2500 into it when I get it fixed up.



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Bishop64

02-05-2015 20:11:02




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to OH Boy, 12-31-2014 17:14:33  
My common sense for my daughter (same age/situation - different gender)dictates something reliable that won't leave her stranded (like a Toyota), not as big an issue for guys maybe?

She started out in a '96 Subaru with 280,000 miles but for the college commute we needed something newer and with airbags for my peace of mind...

With my experience with Toyotas I'd have to say a Toyota pickup. But my experience with the 1st gen Dodge Cummins is equally loyal. If he wants a diesel that will do but they are getting rare and pricey.

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cole in mo.

12-08-2014 16:55:16




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to jaydee, 12-08-2014 10:35:25  
I also like the 50's-60's cars and trucks, but for a common sense vehicle, to drive everday, I wouldn't trade my 93 ranger for a dozen of the old ones.



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jaydee

12-10-2014 04:55:26




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to cole in mo., 12-08-2014 16:55:16  
You'r right! pretty hard to keep up to the repairs and rust on an old one for everyday use. My most common sense vehicle was a 66 GMC with a 250 six and 4 speed. Rust finally ended it's life, there is nothing on the market today that compares to it.



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ShadetreeRet

12-06-2014 22:40:06




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to BAnNC, 12-06-2014 12:16:15  
Cole has a good point. And I am not saying that just because I like Fords. The last dealership where I worked had a 97 or 98 (IIRC) Ranger 2.3 w/5spd. for a parts chaser. But the engine was not like the 2.3 that powered so many Ford products for years, I am not sure if they re-designed the 2.3 or if it was a Mazda built engine.I never had time to check it out. All I know is that some days I would make the 20 mile round trip to the nearest Ford dealer or Car Quest in the next town as many as four times, and that little truck would haul axx! I did not baby the thing either and it generally got 25+ mpg. However, it was just a two wheel drive.
One thing to think about, also, if you do decide to go with a four wheel drive of any make, you may want to consider coming to the "flatlands" such as Greensboro, or even somewhere in S.C. as I understand everyone in your area seems to be of the impression that their 4WDs are gold plated. LOL

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BAnNC

12-12-2014 03:42:39




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to ShadetreeRet, 12-06-2014 22:40:06  
You got that right! If it runs and has a bed or sorts, its $2,000. 4wd and its $4,000 even with a body that looks like swiss cheese. But if its newer than early 90's, they seem to think its still NEW.



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cole in mo.

12-06-2014 17:57:50




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 Re: Looking for common sense vehicle in reply to BAnNC, 12-06-2014 12:16:15  
Get him a late 90"s- early 2000 ford ranger with the 2.3, and a 5spd, good mileage and dependable, after school he can get what he wants.



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