they're great trucks. the 2nd gen v6 is prone to headgasket issues. but this was the stock headgasket from the factory. they've since updated the gasket from the dealer, so if it blows, you'll do it once and then never again likely. The design of the actual gasket was the problem.
1st gen runners generally have no issues other than the normal starter, alternater stuff. They don't run hot or have electrical issues, and though parts can be expensive, they are readily found everywhere. the best of the first gens is thought to be the 85 because its the last year of the solid axle and the first year of efi. I had an '86 and later an 87 with ifs, and they really aren't a problem as far as strength goes up to about a 32-33in tire.
All-pro offroad, Trailgear, Marlin-Crawler, ARB, etc all will help empty your wallet and build the truck to be the best it can. Lots of options.
It's going to suck getting people in and out of the back, but once they're in there, its a very comfy ride. Fit and finish inside is very Asian:tight, strong, drab looking, but lots of up-grades are available both in the custom sense and aftermarket.
the 22re is going to return 20's as far as MPG and get ready to go 55 up hills unless you re-gear. I was fine trading the utmost in reliability and offroadability for a rig that wheezed up the grapevine. neither truck ever left me stranded in my years and years of ownership.
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