I don't recommend for winter driving
It was the most cold-blooded truck I've ever seen. I hated sitting in it every winter morning for 10 minutes with my foot on the gas for it to warm up. And it would STILL die out at stop signs. This was after being tuned up with a new module and everything. The carburetor was rebuilt before I bought it and still wasn't worth anything. It had an extremely rough ride and a lot of play in the wheel. The gas mileage EVEN WITH THE 302 was only 12-14 in 2wd and 8-11 in 4wd. Loud whining noise during acceleration. No weight in the back so very bad handling in 2wd, but with some added sandbags it's OK.
Regretted wasting money on it. It would be 10 times better if it was fuel injected, like my old '86 F150. I have to give it the compliment of ALWAYS starting even if I had to hold the gas for it to run. Gas mileage is ridiculous even for a 4X4 truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2008