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Old 06-15-2012, 08:27 AM   #1
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Still working on toad options, suggestions needed

No toad yet, the cheap s10 pickup was not as nice as advertised so I am back on the hunt.

I want a small pickup if possible. Something that could be towed 4 wheels down without having to add a drive shaft diconnect or a trans lube kit.

Are there any 1995-2002 small pickups that meet that criteria? I do not care if it is stick or automatic and 4WD is not required but might be nice to have.

Anyone have personal experience and suggestions?


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Old 06-15-2012, 09:37 AM   #2
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Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevy and GMC all made small pickups that would do the job. Also the Mazda that was a rebadged Ford Ranger. Ignore the automatics and find a stick shift and you'll be good to go. Realize that almost all with have an automatic tranny, but keep looking until you find a stick shifter. 4x2 would be best, but those are are rare too, and 4x4 will do the job. I would look for a Toyota Tacoma, but they will cost you more than the other brands.

Realize you're looking for a pickup that's at least 10 years old, so finding one in good shape will be a challenge. Your best bet would be to go to the Southwest desert country of west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, or even SoCal, to find what you're looking for that's not a rust bucket. I would NOT any 10+ year old vehicle, even a Toyota, that had lived for over 10 years in Pennsylvania or nearby states.

None available right now in the Midland/Odessa Craig's List. El Paso has one possibility (if you can read Spanish):

Here's one in Phoenix that sounds perfect:
1999 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 XtraCab

And one in SoCal listed today, so it's probably still available:
99 Tacoma truck 5 speed m/t great truck
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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