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Old 09-21-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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I'm entertaining the possibility of getting a compact truck because I might like to be able to move things more easily, for football tailgates, and because trucks are awesome, but I also value fuel economy and the environment. I'm hoping to go relatively inexpensive, used but within the past 3-4 years or so, and relatively stylish and comfortable. I'd prefer to buy from an American brand, but it's not a deal breaker. So what suggestions would everyone have?
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Ford Ranger with the small V-6 and manual trans. Should turn in the mid-20's for fuel mileage.

If you don't need 4x4 capability, then the RWD extended cab truck offers a great deal of utility, space, cargo ability, and comfort.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I'm entertaining the possibility of getting a compact truck because I might like to be able to move things more easily, for football tailgates, and because trucks are awesome, but I also value fuel economy and the environment. I'm hoping to go relatively inexpensive, used but within the past 3-4 years or so, and relatively stylish and comfortable. I'd prefer to buy from an American brand, but it's not a deal breaker. So what suggestions would everyone have?
nothing beats a ford ranger they are great trucks that are built to last and are great buy in the compact pick-up market. just make sure to go for one of the V6's offered over the 4cyl just because the 4 banger is very underpowered to be used in a truck.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Ford is considering dropping the Ford Ranger. The brand new Ranger released in other parts of the world is only 10% smaller than the Ford F150
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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As an S-10 owner ... a Ford Ranger.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you are in non-rusting country there are plenty of older Japanese mini-pickups around. These are simple, reliable, good on gas, easy to work on.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Earth
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As another S-10 owner, an S-10. Get the 4.3 liter model though as all the other engines used in the S-10 were too underpowered. Good little trucks that can take many lickings but keep on ticking.

The late 80's Toyotas are good too, that is if you can find one that didn't turn to rust by now.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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If you're buying new a cheap half ton doesn't cost much more than a Ranger/Colorado/Canyon.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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How is the Nissan Frontier? I have read good reviews, but don't see many on the road?
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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How is the Nissan Frontier? I have read good reviews, but don't see many on the road?
I guess pretty good seen a few but might as well pick up a suzuki Equator because it is the same truck as the nissian frontier and sells for a couple of grand less kinda like the ford ranger/mazda B series.
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