Hi All Car Talkers,
Can you give me some buying advise on a manual tranny pickup truck?
I would like to purchase a manual tranny “Pick Up” because they are fun to drive. I know that modern automatics are more efficient regarding repairs, longevity, and fuel efficiency…but they are so very boring to drive. What Id like to hear is peoples opinions on what is a good, reliable, etc. As I do not have a lot of $$$ I will have to buy used and am most curious about age, availability of parts, how old is too old? I would like to get a V6 4x4 with extra cab or crew cab. I need a good low to the ground work truck that is a V6 4x4 to haul stuff, and my dirt bike. I don’t need a crazy suspension and would prefer a low to ground truck so I can easily put stuff in/out of the bed (TV, couch, refridgerator, stoves, heavy bricks etc.etc) . I live in the mountains and regularly travel from 4000 to 9000 feet so I think fuel injection is a must. I will also use the truck for car camping and dirt trails (not racing or jumping) I have a dirt bike for off roading…but need an all purpose truck to get the dog, tent, and toys to the trails, and a of course a “work truck” Mon-Fri.
My major questions"
- What brands a (I am thinking Ford, Nissan, Toyota)
- How old is too old for manual tranny replacement parts?
- If older style then advantages of manually engaged transmission (4x tranny stick shift High/low) vs shift on the fly electronic button thingy, vs old fashioned wheel locks & lever to engage? (sorry I don’t know all the terms)
Thanks for your thoughts and advise…if this topic makes it to the show please email me so i can listen.