Looking for a new vehicle. Since last spring here's been my choices and why I can't own/get them.
1: Chevy Blazer/GMC Jimmy K5. I live in Michigan, the road salt in the winter would mean it'd have to be in a barn or something from mid October through April if I wanted to keep it relatively rust free. Damn road salt. Not to menion around here, people think they can sell their trucks for double or more what it's worth because it's rust free. Just not practical for me until I move somewhere without snow/winter/road salt/ice/frozen hell/etc.
2: Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with a Cummins Turbo Diesel and a stick, preferably 94-98.5 with the 12 valve CTD. I can't insure it. I'd be paying at least $200 a month for full coverage along with trying to make payments on it. Not happening. Not to mention I can't find one without an auto. Damn lazy asses up here never buy sticks. Gotta be the old fart population who drive down to Arizona with their travel trailer every winter. What, you hit 65 and you don't wanna shift anymore? [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
3: Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD, V6, 5 speed stick, extended cab. Damn lazy asses again, I can't find a TRD with a stick, only autos. The rest were owned by cheap skates who didn't get the TRD package, most are 4 cylinder 5 speeds. Grrrrr........
I went to a dealer only auto auction today. 100 acres of cars for sale. Saw zilch for Tacomas. Only 2 Toyota 4x4's actually. I live in Michigan, I should stop expecting to see them.
Plenty of 98-02 Dodge Ram 1500's though. Has me thinking. There were a few Ram 1500 Sports that were pretty good looking, decent mileage, and very good shape. I like that bright ass blue, bright ass red, and bright ass yellow they have on them. Only down side was none of the over 15 Dodges I looked at were a stick. Again, this is Michigan, what should I expect..........[img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] Funny part is the insurance on a Ram 1500 of that vintage is cheaper than the insurance on a Tacoma by $10. The purchase price is several thousand less........maybe I can live with a few mpg less and an auto tranny.[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]