A couple of comments below about Asian minitrucks ties in with some chatter I have heard here in central IL. It seems a few farmers are opting to scoot around in one of these rather than climb into the old Ram and burn a few gallons of $5 diesel.
Each Japanese Mini Truck may have some slight variation (with respect to mileage or features) however here are the most common characteristics of a vehicle:I had heard of a guy around here driving one after he ...umm, lost his license to drive. But then I saw one on Route 41 in Indiana last Friday. I'm pretty sure these vehicles are not sanctioned for road use, but debate continues about that.
* Dimensions: 10 feet long, 5 feet high, 4 feet wide
* Weight: 1800 lbs
* Truck Bed: 4’ x 6’ with fold down sides.
* Bed capacity: 880 lbs
* Engine: 550-660cc, Liquid Cooled, 2, 3, or 4-Cylinder, Gasoline-powered, with approximately 40 Miles per Gallon
* Transmission: 4 or 5-Speed manual transmission, Low/High range
* 4x4, 12” All Terrain Vehicle tires, some trucks with differential lock or axle lock
* Standard heat, defroster, windshield wipers, headlights. Some units have A/C.
Oddly, for $5K, it might be an answer for me. I gave Aaron my Colorado pickup to drive when he came back, and rather than plunk down for a Gator-type ATV, one of these babies would suffice to zip around our farm. It would also keep my commuting car - a studly Pontiac Vibe - clean and uncluttered with tools, parts, etc.
Sooner or later fuel costs make all kinds of formerly silly choices reasonable. When all you want to do is travel 3 miles to see if a field is dry (which after last night could be a week or so...) a minitruck could be ideal. I like the dump feature too.
How about it? Any experience/recommendations?