My dad lost his job a few months ago (no more company truck), seeing that i'm at college he is driving my truck for the time being. However, this summer i desperately need to work and i need the truck back since i'm a carpenter. So, his plan is to pick up a cheap truck under 3,500. I will be the one finding the truck, since i am much more technologically/mechanically inclined and have more experience working on cars.
He loves my truck (aside from driving stick), however i think a yota would be to expensive/hard to find. I havn't had the time to do much research, since i'm trying to salvage my gpa this semester. So any advice/experience is greatly appreciated.
Here's what i'm looking for:
Good automatic transmission
Decent Gas milleage
Easy for me to work on
Can cary a decent amount of lumber/tools
Doesn't really need to be 4x4, since we have my truck for that
not a complete dog powerwise
I know for that amount of money, it will likely have well over 100k miles and not be in the best condition. His work truck's over the years were all base model F-150, which gave him nothing but problems. He has been making out fine in my much smaller truck, so i would think a ranger/s10/dakota... might do the job. There isn't going to be a whole lot of time for me to find this so i would really appreciate any insight. Such as reliable years/engines/tranny's..etc.