This truck can accelerate quite quickly.
Shifts like a dream.
Gets decent gas mileage when using Lucas Fuel Additive.
This thing is a tank, and all metal, like cars should be made.
This truck is an excellent machine. I bought this from my grandpa in October 2010, and drove it to Norfolk VA from northern PA. I loved having a V8, going from two smaller engines beforehand in previous cars. 4 on the floor with a granny low, and this thing can really haul if you want it to... figuratively, I haven't tried literally hauling anything yet, but I'm sure it can handle it.
I had terrible gas mileage, but this was due to the fact later on that I found out I had 1-1/2" vertical cracks on the connections to the fuel filter. Replaced the fuel filter after I used fuel additive (made the truck jerk and hesitate, must've clogged the fuel filter). It looked like it was the first time that the fuel filter was replaced on the truck.
After that, and cutting off the cracked parts of the lines and reclamping the new fuel filter (a whole 3 dollar fix), this truck has had no issues what-so-ever since.
I had driven a Mazda B2000 before I had gotten this (before I had gone to boot camp), and before this a Dodge Neon. I was used to having incredible gas mileage, and when I first drove this, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. Turns out with a few tweaks (the filter, and Lucas Fuel Additive) I was getting a lot better gas mileage.
The transmission shifts without a hitch, and has not ground once.
I bought a cheap set of lights at Wal-Mart ($7) to use as dash lights, and they work just fine to illuminate my speedometer and my gas gauge. Looking for a 3 light set, so I can keep an eye on my temp too.
Replaced the factory radio with an aftermarket stereo, and have speakers behind the seat.
The truck is in incredible condition for being 25 years old; I've seen cars made in 2000 that look 10 times worse than this truck. I love this tank! LOL.