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Re: Vehicle help/recommendations for northern Maine?
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2008, 07:16:43 AM »

Subaru.  For a pickup, just get an older 4wd V8 chevy or ford.  Something from the 70s.

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Re: Vehicle help/recommendations for northern Maine?
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2008, 08:25:01 AM »

If you own a .50 BMG, do NOT get a Ford F-150.   grin grin
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Re: Vehicle help/recommendations for northern Maine?
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2008, 09:43:48 AM »

For pickup trucks, I would recommend Nissan as a Toyota-replacement.  The paint & interiors are not as nice, but they hold up well, mechanically.

Also, the last body style (not current) was one of the last truly compact pickups...with compact pickup mileage (22-27MPG 4cyl/5sp).

The Ford Ranger is still a compact, too, though the oldest pickup design out there.
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Re: Vehicle help/recommendations for northern Maine?
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2008, 10:59:27 AM »

I Second the notion of the ford 300 six.  As a west-coaster, I often forget the misfortune that falls upon your vehicles due to road salt, but if you could find a mid to late 70s ford with the 300 and a manual transmission, you'd have a vehicle that would run for a great many years (300's often go over 300000 miles without any repair).  The mileage in these rigs isn't half bad, either (14-17, depending on how you drive)  And the price difference between that and a Tacoma would buy far more gas (even at $4.00) than the difference in price would be.

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Re: Vehicle help/recommendations for northern Maine?
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2008, 02:50:07 AM »

Ah, did someone mention Datsun? Some of the old Datsuns were overall very tough and fairly economical. If I could wave the magic wand though I'd like something almost like a CJ5 or a little pickup with a 225 slant six, a manual trans with two-speed transfer case and manually locking front hubs.

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