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Just Won't Quit by Cajun on 03/24/2011. Trim: 1996 Nissan Pickup XE Reg. Cab 4WD, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: Takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Been through Louisiana mud, Donner Pass blizzard with chains, I-5 Siskiyou Summit ice, Nevada pogonip, sure-footed with no handling or safety problems. No major repairs, ever, just by-the-book scheduled maintenance. Replaced stereo. Have not towed but have hauled beaucoups loads of rock, topsoil, and other bulk landscaping materials. 153,000 miles in 15 years and just getting "broke in good." Cost of ownership has been less $750/year or $2/day. Operating costs are low as well since it was a cash purchase so no comprehensive insurance, only liability, and maintenance costs are minimal.
Cons: The usual for the 4X4 version of this particular truck. Mileage could be better. Power could be better. Gas cap cover won't stay closed, but the gas tank doesn't hold enough to worry about somebody siphoning off your gas. Headliner sagging. Headlights are dim after 15 years; have to spend $20 on new bulbs. Bed is starting to show a few little exterior rust spots at welds after 15 years, but otherwise cleans up real pretty with only occasional Turtle wash/wax. Not luxurious by any means but that's not what it was bought for.
Overall review: Sure glad I didn't trade this beast in during the cash for clunkers program. Have not calculated lifetime costs per mile but has to be ultra low.
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