U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-18-2011, 01:51 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
654 posts, read 3,032,939 times
Reputation: 567

Advertisements

This question will bring various answers (I value opinions), but wanting to do more research.

I'm currently working to save up for a decent used car perhaps in the $5,000 range and would like to see if anyone has bought a decent car for that price. I am no stranger to doing car work as I have worked on my '84 Olds for a long time and knew that car inside out (until it finally drew its last breath last week) so I don't have a problem doing work on a car if needed.

What I really need though is a small pickup truck as I am getting increasingly frustrated at having to call and ask people to use their truck/SUV to haul things that I cannot fit in my car, and though I could rent a truck if needed, I'd rather have my own so that if I needed to haul/tow anything I can do it myself without any issues.

Now the question is, has anyone been able to buy a reliable small truck for about $5K? I know with me living up here in Michigan, rust may be an issue depending on how well the body was maintained. And then there's the high mileage issue. Do you think its best to avoid the high mileage vehicles? Usually the only way to truly test the engine mechanically is to have it dynamically tested for compression and such.

I would like to look into something that is reliable and that can do long distance driving from time to time as I go to Ohio to visit my dad on occasion.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-18-2011, 05:53 AM
 
10,139 posts, read 22,414,398 times
Reputation: 8239
Stick to 2WD and you won't have a problem getting a nice truck in that price range. I'd be looking for a 6 cylinder Ford and lower the price target to $3000.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2011, 06:01 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
28,398 posts, read 50,602,810 times
Reputation: 28626
Look at 1998-2002 Ford Rangers, the 4 cylinder will get you close to 30 mpg.
With something in that price range it will have some miles on it, I'd suggest a manual trans to avoid a big repair bill if over 100k miles. Automatics may go at about 120k miles.

A quick search came up with this:

Cars for Sale: 2002 Ford Ranger 2WD Regular Cab in Bellevue, WA 98005: Truck Details - 293146263 - AutoTrader.com
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
24,718 posts, read 59,596,711 times
Reputation: 26823
Rangers are really cheap and ours has been very reliable (2003, 120,000, $4,000). If you get the one that has only two doors and no back storage area or seats, it should be well under $4000
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-18-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Pomona
1,955 posts, read 9,201,186 times
Reputation: 1531
Shouldn't be an issue. As a S10 owner, I too suggest looking at a Ranger.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top