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[–] sumguy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Used on the budget, it's NOT about brand or model (all of them will have great and shit examples out there), but about the Specific vehicle and how well it was maintained. So, look at your local market, look for vehicles that have had the same owner for a long time ~ I'm talking more than 5 years ~ and Original owner vehicles will be the most ideal. Look for vehicles that have comprehensive service records showing that they were maintained, even if it was the owner doing the servicing.

Obviously you'll want to consider your use ~ to me, a good hunting truck is a SMALL truck to get in and out of tight places. To others it's a BIG truck that hauls an RV and ATV/UTV that's used for getting in and out of tight places. And everyone has a preference, I've had nothing but negative experiences with the big 3 domestics, so my vehicles are all imports (one asian, two euro currently), others won't touch "Jap Crap" with a ten foot pole.

Let your local market decide.... and don't skip the pre-purchase inspection by a GOOD mechanic (probably not a dealer mechanic ~ speaking as an ex-dealer, current independent mechanic). It's about $100 and can save you a Ton of money.

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[–] Iblis1 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

im not opposed to japanese, eventhough everyone will make fun of me (im in texas). i was thinking nissan frontier or something like it. ive had ATV's off/on so i might again. i dont fish much, so boat is not likely

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[–] sumguy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, just what works for you.

Sounds like you could get away with a Toyota 4-cylinder on the low end. I have a Toyota T100 from 1997 and have owned it since 2003, love this damn thing and it's easily my "forever" truck. I know Nissan had really bad rust issues with their Hardbody trucks (earlier 1990's), but haven't heard much bad out of the later models and I know their V6 engines are also well respected.

One other thing to consider, if you're not a DIYer the japanese brands can be harder to find a good mechanic. If you're in any kind of urban area that shouldn't be a problem. But you're not going to find Bobby-Joe out in BFE who'll fix a grenaded tranny with bailing wire and bubble gum (even if it can be done, they simply won't try).