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Old 01-26-2015, 04:34 PM
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A good friend of mine has a 16 yo boy that's looking for a clean truck. Like all 16 yo's, he is cash poor. He has saved up $3k and he asked me to help find him something. I understand $3k is not a lot these days, but this kid is looking to do this all by himself and worked hard for the money and I don't want to see him in a money pit.

I've been looking on Craigslist, as most other sites seem to be out of his price range. I look under the "owner only" section and I am amazed at how many dealers try sneaking their crap into this area. I personally find used car dealers to be a degenerate bunch. I appologize to all the honest ones, but I have yet to come across one of you in 51 years. The way I look at it, if you can't be honest about who you are, what are you lying about the vehicle? Rant over, I feel better.
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My first truck was a 1994 ford ranger with a 4.0 loved that thing drove the wheels off of it sucks they don't make them anymore.
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Look for an old Toyota in the mid to late 90's.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:46 PM
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I guess things never change. I was in that situation in high school thirty five years ago. All the stuff in my $1500 cash price range was pretty beat. Ended up looking at very basic new - my parents cosigned, and I bought a little Isuzu truck that I drove through high school, college, and had for many years out in the world. Still remember the payment was $157.70. Had it paid off part way through college. Not surprised most 3k trucks are junk, but maybe late model used (or some very basic new) would get the kid a good long term vehicle, and start him on his way to good credit too.
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I bought my 15 year old a small truck 3 years ago. It was tough to find something that wasn't ragged out that was affordable. The small truck market sucks. I ultimately found a 1999 Chevy S10 with 47,000 miles with a 4.3L v-6. I've put new shocks on because the seals dry-rotted and leaked and new front brake pads. It has been a good little truck . My son is now off at school and his truck is here so I drive it rather than my Tundra most of the time.

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I'm sure the kid will have to switch gears in his search. My complaint was about Craigslist and the way things are run on there. Whatever happen to words like, "honor", "integrity" and "trust worthiness"?
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I'm sure the kid will have to switch gears in his search. My complaint was about Craigslist and the way things are run on there. Whatever happen to words like, "honor", "integrity" and "trust worthiness"?
Speaking of switching gears.......can he drive a stick?

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Trying to wrap my head around this:
Next door neighbor kid just turned 16, grandpa gave him his semi-custom 86 Chevy stepside P/.U. Truck is has a 305 with a 4 speed stick. Sounds great with Flowmaster and looks great with Mag wheels.

Kid doesn't want to learn how to drive a stick so the parents are selling the truck and the kid wants to get a Civic or something!! I keep telling him he is going to be sorry when he is 30 years old wishing he had grandpas' truck! Plus he will be the only kid in school with this cool truck.

Effin world of pussies nowadays!
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I guess things never change. I was in that situation in high school thirty five years ago. All the stuff in my $1500 cash price range was pretty beat. Ended up looking at very basic new - my parents cosigned, and I bought a little Isuzu truck that I drove through high school, college, and had for many years out in the world. Still remember the payment was $157.70. Had it paid off part way through college. Not surprised most 3k trucks are junk, but maybe late model used (or some very basic new) would get the kid a good long term vehicle, and start him on his way to good credit too.
I see your point but have you checked the prices on used trucks lately? You won' t find much for under 10k. Don't even think about Toyota for under 15-20k. I would say the kid needs to save more money or get a car.
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Resale prices on used pickups are insane. Always have been. Back in 1981, I paid $1700 for a '75 C-10 with a 250 straight 6, no air, no ps, no pb, 3-on-the-tree tranny, regular cab p/u with 50k miles. Heck, that truck didn't even have a dome light! I drove that truck for 11 years, sold it with 200k miles. Parked it with a sign in the front yard and it was sold in about 12 hours...... for $1800!

My current truck is a diesel crew that is 14 years old and has 323,000 miles. It still blue Books for north of $11k.

With 3k to spend, he'd be a heck of a lot better off finding an older toyota car. Any p/u he finds in that range is going to be a real turd.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:05 PM
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My first truck was a 1994 Toyota "Tacoma" 4x4 with the 22re and a 5 speed.
Paid $3,500 for it and got 50,000 HARD abusive miles out of it before it got sold to a friend.
He needs to look for something that might be rough body wise but in good mechanical condition. He can find an early 90's Toyota for $3k. I wouldn't be afraid to buy a 22re that has 200k miles at all.
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Jeep Cherokee or tacoma I'd say
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Have to be patient and persistent. I found a extended cab Toyota with 76,000 miles not being used. Paid $1,000 (94 model) and like driving it around town a lot more than my Duramax
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2 years ago I sold a 1989 GMC 2500 2WD with just a little over 100K on it, in excellent condition, always been garaged, for a little over $3K.

There are deals out there. Have to be patient and work at it. It may take months.
Look for a 2WD. Everyone, and it's not only thehulltruth gang, know that you need a 3/4 ton, 4WD to trailer a 13' Boston Whaler or to run to the store, so the deals are with 2WD trucks.
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Harley, I'll keep my eyes open, but we got boy1 an '03 Dodge Durango with 124K miles for $3500 last year from a C-list ad. I had to fix a few small issues but surely no deal breaker. (Knock wood) That vehicle is doing great for him, other than the fuel mileage, it's great!
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He should be able to find a Ford Ranger for ~$2500. It will then need work: brake lines and e-brake cable are typical; but those trucks are pretty simple.
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All I can say is spread the word you're looking - hunting camps, fishing buddies, etc. My brother just sold his '98, 4 door Z71 for 3K. Clear coat was coming off, but it was a clean, good running 1/2 ton truck
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I'm another upvote for a Ranger. I had one through highschool and college and loved it. I sold my 1998 with 90k miles for $2800, so within the budget.

I loved the vinyl seats and vinyl floor that mine had, no upholstery or carpet in the truck, impossible to get dirty.

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Make sure he understands the cost of Buying and owning a truck. IE that he will need to pay sales taxes, registration, inspection, and Insurance.
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Unless he is dead set on a truck a 98-02 chevy blazer is a great option. They are built like tanks, my 98 had 250k on the clock when I sold it and is still to this day running(I know the owner). I sold it for 2k 5 yrs ago, it was fully loaded leather in the back had never really been sat in, and 4x4. You can pick up one in those years 4x4 with lower miles for 3k or below all day long. And if he is handy he will be able to do all the work and parts are super cheap.

If I needed a bed in that thing I just pulled a trailer, had a hitch rack or used the roof rack.
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...unner-sr5.html
This is what I'd buy. Hard pressed to find a more reliable vehicle for any amount of money.
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