Hi 1st time post here ,I am in the market for a new truck as my current truck a ranger , has a bad frame and won't pass provincial safety with out a couple grand in welding work , the truck runs good but this is the 2nd ranger i have thrown away because of a rotted frame , with 285k kms on the truck it is not worth investing that kind of money in an old truck . I was thinking that if the truck was a Toyota with 285k kms on it i would probably spend the money and fix it figuring I could still get another 200k kms out of the truck . This started me looking at toyotas , they are hard to find used around my area for less than $10k , so before I spend that kind of cash i want to find out what kind of a truck they are and if they will suit my needs . With that in mind , I have a couple questions for those of you that own the 2wd 4cyl tacomas .
1 : are they a good truck ? I lug stuff around in my ranger all the time , it gets used as a truck , every couple weeks i pick up a load of hay (16 bails ) for a friends horses , and it gets lugged up a pretty steep hill to get to their place . I am a book dealer , and i routinely lug collections of books around which can be heavy . the v6 ranger seems to make out ok with this but i have broken both leaf springs in the last few years . ( a know problem with the rangers )
2 : how easy/hard are they to work on ? I like to do as much work on the truck as i can but some vehicles are harder to work on than others .
3: spare parts , how is the availability and the cost ? you always hear the comment that parts are hard to come by and expensive for the import vehicles , is this the case ? on the parts theme , are they available at napa and other after marked suppliers , or do you need to go to Toyota ( which is a 45 min drive away ) .
4 : how are they in the snow ( assuming it is not a 4x4 ) , I find the ranger to be useless in the snow , and dangerous on ice .
5 : do the 4cyl engine and trans live up to the legendary long life of a Toyota ,will they do 450k to 500k kms with regular servicing and oil changes? I am the kind of person that will buy it and run it forever , which is why I am looking at the Toyotas even though they are up to double the price of an equivalent used ranger , I am looking for that legendary Toyota reliability .
I don't personally want a truck ,at $1.44L for gas I would love to own anything but a truck , however as a small business person , I need a truck for the business, and it will get used as a truck . How do they stack up against the rangers as a truck for doing and hauling stuff with ?