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What's a good cheap truck for carrying sports bikes?

Hey guys,
Looking to buy a cheap reliable truck. It doesn't have to be pretty at all. I just want it to be able to carry a sports bike. What kinda truck would you guys suggest? I keep hearing people talking about Rangers. How's the F150? What about Toyota trucks? I want it to be reliable. The last thing I want is to be stuck on the side of the road.

My price range is pretty cheap: ~$3000/$4000 or cheaper for that matter. lemmie know...

or, i was thinking of getting a car and a trailor... right now i have a prius which wouldn't be able to haul/tow anything...
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what about a used cargo van?
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you mean the rapist looking vans?
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Mid to late 80's toyota 2wd longbed p'up..... those things never die.
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Mid to late 80's toyota 2wd longbed p'up..... those things never die.
AMEN! I have an '86 4x4 SWB but it still hauls great with the tailgate down.


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Your buddy's truck?? Depending on how many days you do renting a truck is also a possibility
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get a jeep and a towing trailor... should be perfect!

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you mean the rapist looking vans?
yeah, the ones with no windows except the front. hahahah.

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Get a trailer it's cheaper, like 500 bucks and you could use what ever car you have.....
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Get a trailer it's cheaper, like 500 bucks and you could use what ever car you have.....
problem is that i have a toyota prius. the manual explicitly states not to haul. :( i thought about it tho
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AMEN! I have an '86 4x4 SWB but it still hauls great with the tailgate down.
dang... that sounds like a plan... i'mma look for something like that... sounds cheap :)
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+1 on the older Toyota truck....F150's are decent too, but better reliability, gas mileage etc from the Toyota, if you can find one that isn't more rust than it is paint..
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http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/car/378929748.html

what do you guys think of this truck?
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http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/car/378929748.html

what do you guys think of this truck?

perfect.... make sure you take it to a shop to get checked out BEFORE you buy it though.
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I just bought a base model 07 Tacoma and was surprised how far they have evolved. Way better than my 01 Toyota and still gets decent gas mileage, oh yeah with the Japanese reliability. If you steer toward a Ranger watch out for the automatics, heard many times about how FU they are. Man uses a clutch anyway.
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Ford Rangers are tuff trucks and they are cheap too. I had a 95 Ranger Splash 2.3 four banger w/ 248,000 miles on her before I finally sold it. Still ran great too

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Bet that 2.3 had a clutch. What I should of said clearer is that Rangers are having a lot of slushbox problems of late. Ford motors are bullet proof.
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Bet that 2.3 had a clutch. What I should of said clearer is that Rangers are having a lot of slushbox problems of late. Ford motors are bullet proof.
so you're saying... the ranger's motor is good.. it's the automatic transmission that has the problem... so go with a stick shift?


what do you guys think is better... ford ranger? or old toyota truck? lemmie know..

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+1 on the older Toyota truck....F150's are decent too, but better reliability, gas mileage etc from the Toyota, if you can find one that isn't more rust than it is paint..
thanks joe... in my defense, my plan was this... if i get a prius, i'll get the bike... if i don't get a bike, i'd get an STI. hahaha
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I like the A-team van
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i had a 99 tacoma v6 4x4. i loved it though now i drive a 00 4runner. when i need to haul bikes i just use my pop's 06 f-350 diesel. though im gonna get a new tundra when i get some more money. im definitely a toyota fan. :beer:
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thanks joe... in my defense, my plan was this... if i get a prius, i'll get the bike... if i don't get a bike, i'd get an STI. hahaha
don't appolgize for your Prius! why burn dinosaurs just to go to work and back? expecialy when you have a bike and a tow waiting at home. we should all be so smart! :beer:



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I need something to tow an enclosed trailer. I'm going with some type of Toyota pickup.

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thanks joe... in my defense, my plan was this... if i get a prius, i'll get the bike... if i don't get a bike, i'd get an STI. hahaha
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haha funny i should see this... i just traded my car for a S-10 today just so i can haul my bike!
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Consider looking into a used cargo van. I was about to buy a two rail motorcycle trailer, but found a deal on a dodge cargo van in my area for $700. I did have to replace the windshield ( $150), a cracked turn signal ( $40), and do some maintenance ( oil filter, oil, plugs, cap, wires, brake pads, turn rotors, flush radiator, total parts about $125) and BAM this thing is solid. I dont think all the maintenance I dad was necessary but I figure I might as well get used to working on the van, and want it to be in tip-top shape. So for a little over $1,000 I have a bike hauler. Figure another $200 for eye bolts, wheel chocks, ramp, plywood, etc and I got myself a very convenient track hauler that can take 2 bikes plus extra crap with ease.

Also too, I got some eye bolts that have a removable base, so I can take the eye bolts out and have a really large, perfectly flat area to haul other stuff in. For example I just helped my buddy move into a new apartment, and we took just one trip, we shoved a TON of his furniture, tv, etc into the van. Convenient!
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+1 to a white cargo van. Go for the ultimate creepstar look and get a window AC put in one of the back doors and put an edy's ice cream sticker on it somewhere.
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Toyota wins, don't get me wrong fords are good cars just not as good as toyota.

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so you're saying... the ranger's motor is good.. it's the automatic transmission that has the problem... so go with a stick shift?


what do you guys think is better... ford ranger? or old toyota truck? lemmie know..

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Toyota wins, don't get me wrong fords are good cars just not as good as toyota.
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