Best thing I ever bought.
Got her for $1500 with 112 on the clock, not in bad shape, save for a bad dent in the bed from a collision. I subsequently put my own matching dent on the opposite side.
Previous owner (who was 2nd, I'm 3rd) had to have the brake master cylinder replaced @ 60,000 miles, and for myself this is all I've had to do:
Basic tune up.
Oil changes every 3K miles.
New radiator (oversized, 2" now instead of 1")/water pump; I mean she's pushing 20 years!
Tie rod ends and U-joints (again, just needed doing when I got her).
I love her. I overloaded her, and drove her 3,000 miles from Philadelphia to LA, sleeping in her, and she didn't leave me stranded.
Same month I drove back to Philadelphia with a massive coolant leak all the way, and she never over heated.
Replaced radiator, only to find there was a leak in the transmission cooler line -- so I threw epoxy on it and prayed, and she made it all the way back to LA leaking tranny fluid, basically empty tranny, through a horrible blizzard without a complaint. As soon as I got back, she started slipping, but a quick trip over to a mechanic and a new fitting, and she was right as rain.
Reasonable gas mileage for a 1995 truck; about 12 city and 15-19 on the highway, depending how much film gear I have in her.
All the power options work, sans the cigarette lighter, but I just installed a second one.
All in all, I got her for 1500, put some work into her, and I see no signs of her quitting. And I came to realize, one night, freezing in the snow, leaking transmission, praying to make it to the next rest stop, that I'd rather rebuild her on and on until the body rusts away if needed, than get any other truck.
Now, the 302 V-8 with the 4r70w transmission isn't the best of them (the I-6 is much better), but I can't complain too much. She may not have all the torque of the others, but she gets her job done, and has never complained -- even with a full loaded u-haul 12' trailer, and fully loaded bed all through the Appalachia, and the Southern Rockies on I-40 with two adults and a bunch of fish (I had to move my fish too).
Granted, living in LA kills me for gas, but I can't think of any other truck I could trust to load to the brim with equipment, which would get any better mileage.
Best truck I've ever had the joy of owning. And I trust her to drive 9000 miles in a month -- I'd trust her to drive 20,000 miles a month.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2013