Originally Posted by BudgetMC
First advice: Buy a Toyota... hard to beat as a reliable used-car bet.
I second that advise. Not only reliable but easy to work on too, at least the older models are. I've owned 5 so far. My first one I got WELL over 1 million miles on the first engine... rebuilt the engine and then ran it until it fell apart at the seams, but it was still running when I sold it. (you couldn't STOP it but it was ran just fine!)... That truck never left me stranded. Died a horrible death, but it never left me stranded! I used that truck to repeatably pull a friends bronco out of the ditch cause he didn't know how to off road very well... 2 wheel front drive, did better off road than said friends bronco...