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Re: OT Looking at a S10 for a daily driver?
The vortech engine has a good rep. However, you couldn't give me an S-10 (this from a guy who drives a Ranger!). I don't have any experience with the "new" bodystyle, but in the late 80s, early 90s when I was doing fleet maintanence, they were a major pain. Both to work on and for how often they had problems. The Rangers in the fleet fared far better. On the other hand, I know of several guys that have put over 200,000 on older S-10s and still going strong. Either way, that is far more than I'd pay for a 3 year old truck of that size. You can get brand spanking new Rangers with 4wd, extended cab and 3.0 v-6 for about $15k here in Alaska, though only during dealer specials (one of the Ford dealers ALWAYS seems to be running that one!). I'm sure you can get even better deals down south. Heck, V-6 Dakotas were going for under $18k in fairbanks for a while. Anyhow, look around, I think you can find a better deal.
Let us know what you decide!