Originally Posted by repinS
I would be saying Toyota Tacoma (3RZ-FE, 2.7L I4, 150hp/177tq) , but it might be a little hard to find a decent model that fits your budget. Pay to play for these trucks..
I just got rid of my 97 with the 3rz and it was the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Never ever had a single problem other than a powersteering rack, which was caused by hitting a bowling ball size rock that rolled out infront of me at 55mph. I had the truck for 7 years (bought with 18k on the clock and sold at 164k) and seriously never had Any failures besides that.Then I bought a bonnie and been broke ever since
look for an Lx (lowest trim) buying an sr5 packaged vehicle will add almost 2k.You should beable to find a 95-2k 4x4 Lx (Lx is extend cab Sx is standard cab) in your price range. And the 2.7 in the 4x4'* is actualy rated at more like 175hp and 190ftlb and is rated to tow 3700lb. I lived in the mountanis the entire time I owned that truck and it was used like truck every single day.
Gutted air box, K&N drop in, MAF screen put back in , NGK tr-55 @ .55, 180* drilled t-stat, INTENSE 3.4mps, Aeroforce, High-flow cat, and one BIG F-ing smile.