Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Well, considering what you're plans are, the Sidekick or Tracker would be best for you. Those are IFS while Samurais are solid axle, making the Sidekick more road complaint. Since Samurai's are getting rarer every year, any you don't plan on doing any hard off-roading, its best to leave them to potential off-roader whos are looking for just that 4x4.
Any 1.6L 16v motor'd truck is great. 1.6L 8v motors have less power, and AVOID any 1989 1.3L. FYI, if you ditch the manual tranny, and get a 3spd auto, you can swap the differentials from axles in a manual to the axles in the 3spd and gain lower gearing (4.62:1 to 5.12:1) to correct for larger tires, which are essential even for minor off-roading.