Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Dave asks: The fake virus. designed to lock us down forever like Soviet Russia or maybe Fascist Germany. I don’t know which is worse. I was not there, but have read lots. I have expected this since I read George Orwell way back in 1960 .
Anyway, asking for advice again. My 23 year old son needs a pickup truck He has a 2002 Explorer with the 4.6 V8. Which now has developed the typical timing chain-phaser-tensioner problems.
I have always preferred Chev-GMC trucks, and stayed away from Ford. Had good luck with Ford cars, though.He has about maximum $5,000 to spend. Including 12 percent usual tax grab. Looked at a 2008 150 with a Triton 5.4. Same timing chain setup as Explorer. also breaking spark plug problems. Avoid? It took 6 bloody years for Ford to fix that breaking spark plug problem What the Hell?
Do you have any recommend on the general truck to buy if available in his price range? Or what to avoid? I have looked on line and will do more.I am not so fussy about foreign made.
My suggestion would be Chevy. I know this is a tough go for you. Writing you because of so much respect.
My reply: Does he have to have a half-ton truck? If not, I hugely recommend the ‘2004- and old Nissan Frontier (I have owned two of these). Especially models (like mine) with the four cylinder engine, which is bulletproof and practically maintenance free, other than fluid and filter changes. These are 250k engines; I have 134k on my original clutch (in the ’02, which I still have).
The Toyota Tacoma is a good smaller truck, too.
If he needs a half-ton, my picks would be the Chevy and the Ram, not necessarily in that order – depending on the year. The older you go with Chevy, the better the truck. I think Chevy built some of the best half-tons, ever, from the mid-late ’80s through the mid-’90s into the early 2000s.
With Ram, the newer the better. The recent “Classic” Ram 1500 is a fantastic truck, though it’s out of your $5k range.
I’d strongly consider going back to the late ’80s/early ’90s and finding a solid Chevy 1500. The mechanicals are stout and reasonably DIY fixable. The ideal candidate would be one with a TBI 350 and a five-speed manual. I’d like to have one myself!
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