help buying a 4x4

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by roja, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. roja

    roja LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    if you can help with your opinions, i would be gratefull
    with mileage being perhaps the most important criteria, i'm looking for a pre 87 full size 4x4. i intend to do some traveling south of the border and want to keep it somewhat simple...whats your opinion of the ideal rig/setup
    thanks, roj
  2. MTCK

    MTCK LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 254

    I had a 1982 Diesel 4x2 with a 3sp + OD manual transmission in it that got great mileage (like 20-22) on the highway, was always reliable (155,000+ miles on it) and had no problem pulling a load. If you can find diesel down there, I'd say that's the way to go. I wish I hadn't gotten rid of it. I don't know of they put that transmission on the 4x4's though. It's also not the best for towing, because it's a little weak. Let us know what you go with.
  3. roja

    roja LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    i appreciate your input and hope i can get other help as well...we owned a diesel auto once, probably the only time in history (mid 90's) when diesel was more expensive than gas. between the noise and the smell i'm just not sure i want to go that route...unless my alternative was 10-13 mpg. my dad owned a gmc pickup that was diesel and it didn't last very long, so that's also in my thinking. i would really like to find out what the "ideal rig" is
  4. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,937

    Any gas powered pre 87 Chevy 4x4 will have a tough time getting out of the 10-14mpg range. I would actually consider one of the 6.2 diesels. By this time, the previous owner has had to preform any repairs that plauge the 6.2. They are capable of 20+ mpg highway and are relatively cheap. Texas should be full of diesels with all those ranches and all. Your going to be lucky to break 12 in a semi computer controlled carb 305 or 350.

    Good Luck

  5. mike reeh

    mike reeh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    if you're considering putting a truck together, go gasoline, and EFI if you're really concerned about mileage..

    diesel in my area is more expensive than gasoline ( right now, anyway. and those old diesels arent like the duramaxx! unfortunately. they stink and are noisey. while they might run for a long time, if you take care of a 350 or 454 or whatever, it'll treat you just as well. I like the t350 for trannys but if you're going to abuse it, might as well get a t400. 3/4 ton is the only way to go, too.


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