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Old 12-16-2011, 01:29 PM
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Default Daily driver: What would you do?

40 is my current daily, but I don't want to do that to it anymore.
I was thinking I would take my wife's LX450 as a daily, but it def needs some PM, and I'm not sure if I should pony up to have the HG done or not.
If I take the 450, then I need to get the wife something else. I was thinking a 100 series, but I can't really afford "new". A 2003 would be nice, but it's a bit of a stretch with her jobless at the moment. If I did 2003, I really don't have money to do the HG on the 450. If I buy older, then I don't have time to keep up maint on 4 trucks. I used to have a cardinal rule of an old truck...only as a secondary play toy, never a daily you have to depend on. So, my current situation is not sustainable...too much maint and I can't afford to pay someone else to do it all. I pretty much need something I won't have to touch other than oil/brakes for the next 3 years. So, 100 in good shape, or something else entirely? I actually considered a fairly new subaru for her, but she really doesn't like low slung cars.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:52 PM
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datsun b-210..

FWIW i don't think a HG replacement is necessary preventive main on 80's. Sure there are a few that blow at 150k but there are probably 100x more that seem to go to 250k +

get her a TDI wagon
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:53 PM
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Well, you and I have talked a bunch about this but my two cents would be get a low mileage 100 series of the year you can afford.

I know ours is 01 and does not have the 5 speed, etc..but we love it and with the low miles, I am not anticipating any major stuff to deal with for some time.

knock on wood..

If you get a 100, then Mary can drive for a while until it is time to retire the 80 LX and you could then wheel the 100...Kind of like a built in upgrade plan.

Mary gets a new ride and you get her left overs! That is a win/win!
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:57 PM
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I agree it's a win win on upgrade path, and she does like the 100's.
What I can't stomach is any more major projects for a while. I have been completely swamped by the house lately, and I really need to be spending time studying for my lic exams.
With all 4 trucks needing some heavy hours right now, I'm feeling very overwhelmed.

Wes, I was thinking the same thing...that the Mud forum has everyone super nervous about doing HG's. I think it's nuts to take an engine apart that isn't showing signs of that now. I would much rather spend a few hours cleaning EGR parts and putting a new valve cover gasket on, than spending 2 grand and being w/o a truck for a week on an HG that may not be needed for another 30k. (I have 168k on it now). My question on HG is always this: How do you know it was failing by looking at a gasket that just got ripped apart as you took the head off? If it didn't actually fail, you can't necessarily say it was about to. Hell, we all know if mine fails it will be replaced with a diesel anyway, and that 2 grand goes a long way towards that.
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:09 PM
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1HD-T in the LX Barry?

Tough choice. A well-cared for 100 might not need much maintenance. You can take your time baselining.

I'll tell you what though: my wife's '09 Corolla S is a neat little car, and is very economical. Maybe your wife doesn't like low-riders, but what about you (this all started because you wanted a different DD right?)? Let her keep the LX, buy yourself a commuter (personally for my DD I would probably lean toward a Honda Civic rather than a Corolla, or since you like diesel maybe go Jetta like Wes). You have enough 4x4s to make it to work when it snows. Then maybe you can buy yourself some time/money to get caught up on PM, then spring for a 2003+ 100 in a couple years when they drop a little bit more.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:08 PM
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Newer Outback. Not really "low slung", minimal maintenance required (depending on how you define "newer"), goes anywhere.

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Buy a Honda car/SUV/minivan for a DD with less than 100k miles. Maintenance is infrequently needed and usually inexpensive. Plus it will get decent MPG.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:10 PM
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I agree with the Subaru or Honda options. Both will require a timing belt service at around 100-120k miles though (as will a 100 I guess), and many Honda's have transmission issues when you get between 100-200k miles.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:17 PM
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That's the nutty part there. Through USAA, I could buy a brand new WRX for the same $$$ as a nice 2003 cruiser/lx
That's years of no maintenance but timing belt on the 03 would hit in a year or two and used cars are higher interest than new. Crazy. I also looked at civic Si but nobody has one and the wife axed it anyway.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:30 PM
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Barry you'll likely hate my opinion but here goes: sell the 40- put it on Ebay where you can get top dollar, then pay cash for whatever your wife wants to drive. Sell the 80 too, then buy the platform for whatever you want to wheel & daily drive. For some reason I don't see you as an 80 guy, especially an LX. I dunno... maybe more of a Troopie guy? How about buy one of Treeroot's 45LV's and put a diesel in it. Then drive the 45 around until you get it up and running for your new DD, so you can park that 45 again.

Your 40 is drop dead gorgeous, but not a practical DD, and like we talked about in the Maze it's kinda small for how you like to use it. And I think the pickup is way cooler, if you can only have one beautiful collector-worthy truck to hold onto as a collector. If you disagree then swap 40 for 45 but the argument's the same. But I think your 40 is in its prime, and would give you a lot to work with today if you could bear to part with it.
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