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Old 11-12-2012, 09:31 AM
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So Olivia will be 16 in April...I sent her to the Master Drive school, and got to see her put the 2003 LX470 in a skid they did a great job, and so did she! So I am starting to look for a truck for her...and kind of stuck between a 4Runner and an 80. I really liked the idea of a 62 but I like the safety features (antilock brakes, airbags, etc) on the newer trucks. Romer, I would love to hear from you, I know you had one of each with your girls. Amber feels the 80 is too "big", and I definitely see the potential for issues with the high center of gravity, even on stock rigs. I guess since I like the 80 more I am trying to talk myself into it when the 4Runner probably makes more sense. I would love to hear all your thoughts...

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:36 AM
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How about a Rav4?
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:50 AM
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Crash's TLCA bud Lee, N5MUD, down in Texas put his son Ross in a 1984 regular cab 4wd mini truck. In stock trim they aren't all the tall or big and definitely slow, things good for a new driver. Still they're built well enough to survive a crash and would be cheap. If I was in your boat I'd go with a 1989-1995 standard cab, they'll be in better shape than 2nd gens and won't break the bank purchasing and keeping up.
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fj60. slow, lots of iron. IMHO the abs in the 80 is worse than no abs. Or something like a 99-05 jetta or a car (camry,accord) of some sort. Airbags all the way around, cheap, etc.
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I just fixed up a '99 Camry XLE with front/side air bags for my daughter (turning 16 next year). I worry about children flipping any truck (high COG) and side-impacts are nasty in older vehicles. I paid $700 for the car and $1000 to make it right.

If she's driving few miles, an 80 series would be great, but gasoline isn't likely to get cheaper if she's going to rack up the miles. I can't wait to spring my F350 crewcab on my daughter after she's driven for a few months - she'll know what a school bus feels like after that.
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Got my son a 1992 Honda 5 speed. $1500. Cheap when he wrecks it someday. And he likes shifting gears. 25-35 miles a gallon.
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thanks for all the advice! I think I am sticking with a truck of some sort...she wants to learn to wheel with her old man...and Wes I agree about the ABS but I do prefer airbags...
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I'd lean, and we are, toward a 4Runner.

I was impressed with driving the in-laws 2004 V8 4Runner...150K miles on the clock and still seemed to be running strong. AWD, V8, comfy that I averaged 17-19 mpg in. I can't speak to how it does in the snow and I know Dave had some not so found memories of his 4Runner...I wasn't real impressed with it's inability to back a popup up a dirt hill until after a couple jack-knifes I figured out that I didn't lock the center diff

An 80 is a solid rig for sure and I've never had issues with the ABS really but IMO the gas mileage rules it out, even in stock form. A car would be great for mpg reasons but I'm thinking I'd prefer something more substantial around my girls...Of course, a lot of it will come down to what they can afford because I'm not just going to be buying them a car - my folks required me to buy my first vehicle and knowing I was paying for it and on the hook for fixing it, I tended to be a lot less "experimental" in MY car than my friends were in their parent's car. Downside...driving around in a blue 1977 Subaru 4WD wagon wasn't exactly a chick magnet
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driving around in a blue 1977 Subaru 4WD wagon wasn't exactly a chick magnet
damn. i would've killed to have a subi over what was my first car. pontiac 6000 sedan.
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I think an early 100 series or a later model (03+) 4runner would be great choices. I saw an 03 runner on craigslist with a front ARB bumper in good shape for around $10k here in Denver recently. I'm also a fan of Yukons and Tahoes made after 2000 as well. Cheap and reliable but poor mpgs.
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