If you want a great small truck that's bombproof and cheap search out a pre tacoma yota truck. Back in the days when they were simply the yota pickup. Anything from 84-94, and even earlier if you can find em, are all built in japan and are the old school can't kill em toyota trucks. Of course the older ones are gonna be a little busted but there are plenty of 88-94 trucks still out there that have life left in em if they aren't completely rusted out.
Two of my good friends still drive 88 yotas with over 300,000 miles on them, and they daily drive both of them. Yeah the four cylinders wont haul 4 horses and a four wheeler but they'll easily get you to the mountain or your favorite hunting spot with some capable tires.
The tacomas are all nice, but don't rule out the older generations as these trucks never die. You might need a part or two here and there but hey it'll teach ya how to work on your truck. Also they are a huge market so stock parts are still pretty easy to find and there are lots of aftermarket options as well.
Happy hunting though cause guys still gobble these things up as soon as they go up for sale.
This guy is even rocking the stars and bars on the front, just goes to show ya yota kicks so much ass even the rednecks down south recognize japanese durability. They won't fly through 2 feet of mud like a giant dodge but good luck finding any truck guy that won't say old yotas are damn near impossible to kill.
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