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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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So I currently have an XJ on tons that I don't really expect to ever make street legal again. I also have a 2000 Dodge Cummins and a car hauler to tow the Jeep. The truck has also served as my daily driver for years. For the past couple years though I've had a company vehicle so I don't really need 2 vehicles anymore. Besides, having 1 ton locked axles makes me miss the old days of driving through town to the trails, and a time when things were more challenging.

That being said, I'm at a point where I'd really like to simplify my life and meet all my vehicle needs with one vehicle, and figured I'd ask everyone here for their opinions. I've listed my criteria below, which are currently met with my 2 vehicles and a trailer. I'd like to accomplish these things with 1 vehicle. Any suggestions?

I need:
-4 wheel drive. I live in the woods in New Hampshire.
-Ability to haul stuff (my current truck is great, I'm never worried about overloading it) I also now own a house, so a truck would be great
-Definitely the ability to go off roading with something nimble, preferably an XJ-sized vehicle.
-Get 20 mpg (my truck gets 19-22 depending on use, usually 20-ish)
-Cost less than 10k
-Ability to plow the driveway
-Preferably not a foreign make (guess I'm just old school), but I may consider it
-Something not too cramped
-MUST BE FUN TO DRIVE. A straight-pipe 24 valve with a turbo whistle is fun, as is a Jeep that I can spontaneously turn off the road and rip up some trail

The Jeep is loads of fun to drive, but the extra costs of wheeling something like that could be better spent elsewhere. Besides, most trails around here are pretty easy. I'm in my mid 20s and must be getting an old mindset, because I'm starting to think about boring stuff like: long-term savings, fixing up the house, etc. I'd like to build something that can do everything in my list (or at least most).

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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Other than the "not foreign made" part I was going to say a 4 door Tacoma 4X4. It's taken these last 10 or 12 years, but I've lost all faith in American full sized pickups.

I love my 2012 JKU Sport. Maybe that would do ya.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Other than the "not foreign made" part I was going to say a 4 door Tacoma 4X4. It's taken these last 10 or 12 years, but I've lost all faith in American full sized pickups. I love my 2012 JKU Sport. Maybe that would do ya.
Tacomas and tundras are made in the USA
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Unread 11-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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Tacomas and tundras are made in the USA
Tacoma or older toyota P/U or 4Runner (they may not be made in the USA)
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Unread 11-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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Subaru. It's not a truck/SUV but it wont stop it from taking on mild off roading with ease.

Very easy to work on and very fun to drive.
You would be shocked how much you can fit in the back of a wagon.
The bumper can plow the driveway hehehe. Seriously though it can push through snow over it's headlights.
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this ^
Yup yup. I confirm this.

Though you might have fun trying to find a Taco for a reasonable price. The re-sale value is outrageous...
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Subaru. It's not a truck/SUV but it wont stop it from taking on mild off roading with ease. Very easy to work on and very fun to drive. You would be shocked how much you can fit in the back of a wagon. The bumper can plow the driveway hehehe. Seriously though it can push through snow over it's headlights.

We used to "wheel" my parents 1985 Subaru GL wagon when I was younger.... Nothing could stop that thing. That is until we buried it up to the frame in mud and somehow ripped a fuel line out.


Our base model had sunroof, power locks, power windows, and a digital dash.


I think we traded it at close to 300k
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I need:
-4 wheel drive. I live in the woods in New Hampshire.
-Ability to haul stuff (my current truck is great, I'm never worried about overloading it) I also now own a house, so a truck would be great
-Definitely the ability to go off roading with something nimble, preferably an XJ-sized vehicle.
-Get 20 mpg (my truck gets 19-22 depending on use, usually 20-ish)
-Cost less than 10k
-Ability to plow the driveway
-Preferably not a foreign make (guess I'm just old school), but I may consider it
-Something not too cramped
-MUST BE FUN TO DRIVE. A straight-pipe 24 valve with a turbo whistle is fun, as is a Jeep that I can spontaneously turn off the road and rip up some trail
You have some criteria in there that is a bit contradicting.
My suggestion is to find an 80's diesel Blazer.
This would give you the fuel economy you want, would be small enough for your needs, and have a real frame under it for plowing. The 6.2/6.5 are upgradable and since you have diesel experience, the engine wouldn't be new to you.
Given the standard Blazer frame, the drivetrain can be upgraded as well.
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You have some criteria in there that is a bit contradicting.
My suggestion is to find an 80's diesel Blazer.
This would give you the fuel economy you want, would be small enough for your needs, and have a real frame under it for plowing. The 6.2/6.5 are upgradable and since you have diesel experience, the engine wouldn't be new to you.
Given the standard Blazer frame, the drivetrain can be upgraded as well.
My dads 84 6.2 gets maybe 10 mpg.. IDK how one could get even close to 20.
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My dads 84 6.2 gets maybe 10 mpg.. IDK how one could get even close to 20.
Something is wrong with his blazer then my brother had a 6.2l suburban getting 22mpg hiway and 17 city
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Sounds like the best option is most likely a Toyota (if I want some thing newer than the 80s).
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I'd keep the tow rig and toy. Its nice to be able to go out wheeling and not worry about having to drive to work the next day. If the jeep is still tagged, take them off and cancel the insurance. You are now down to "one" vehicle.
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