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#4516609 - 09/14/17 10:14 PM Found myself a 4x4 for the winter!
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Registered: 08/03/17
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Loc: MN
I had a customer come in this week with a rather beaten up 2000 GMC Sonoma. 150ish thousand miles. It's puking power steering fluid from the pump, the oil cooler lines are ready to burst, the idler arm is wasted, and it needs front sway bar links. The outside has several rust holes, but the underside is surprisingly clean. Oh, and the drivers door panel is missing. Aside from that, it has a newer water pump and belt from what I can see, maybe newer tune up parts. Electric 4x4 seems to work as it should.

$150 for the truck, needs tabs next month. I figure with parts call is $400. If it gets me through a MN winter without having to buy snow tires for my Marauder, I consider it a wash. I should be able to get $750-$1000 out of it come spring time.

Oh how I hate S10's...
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#4516619 - 09/14/17 10:30 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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They are not bad little truck and with only 150,000 miles it has lots of life left.
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#4516621 - 09/14/17 10:32 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Hopefully you will not need it.
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#4516660 - 09/14/17 11:44 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 02/23/09
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Loc: Michigan
Miss those little trucks....
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#4516675 - 09/15/17 12:32 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
Good Score!!

I hate the darn things, too - but working 4WD means it's worth an easy $1000.
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#4516727 - 09/15/17 04:54 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 09/30/13
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Loc: Indiana
This is another reason I bought my truck although I must confess, I actually like them.

I put nearly 10k on mine already. Just did tune up repairs and new tires.

Oh and check your spring shackles!
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#4516737 - 09/15/17 05:33 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Did the owner realize a salvage yard would probably have payed more than $150 for it? I wouldn't feel comfortable steeling
it from someone. A local salvage yard near me is paying $200 a ton regardless of the condition as long as the cat(s) are present.
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#4516790 - 09/15/17 07:09 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1577
Loc: wv
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Did the owner realize a salvage yard would probably have payed more than $150 for it? I wouldn't feel comfortable steeling
it from someone. A local salvage yard near me is paying $200 a ton regardless of the condition as long as the cat(s) are present.


He said it was a customer..so maybe the OP has treated him well in the past..or will in the future for such a nice gesture.

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#4516838 - 09/15/17 08:31 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 1300
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Neighbor picked up a Sonoma for his daughter for $300 for a first car. Lots of corrosion but runs well and doesn't need a lot of work.
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#4516935 - 09/15/17 10:29 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 08/03/17
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Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Did the owner realize a salvage yard would probably have payed more than $150 for it? I wouldn't feel comfortable steeling
it from someone. A local salvage yard near me is paying $200 a ton regardless of the condition as long as the cat(s) are present.


You have generous salvage yards! Around here $150-$200 is all you'll get. I think the owner would rather see it continue to be used. It really did seem to run nice.
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#4517983 - 09/16/17 04:45 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 09/25/09
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You do realize that being well prepared pretty well ensures a mild winter?
LOL!
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#4518023 - 09/16/17 05:40 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Yep, that's exactly what'll happen. smile

Nice score. I bet you'll get more than one winter out of it. Probably worth using to keep the Maruader clean.
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#4518044 - 09/16/17 06:18 PM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: HoosierJeeper]
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Registered: 08/03/17
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Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
Yep, that's exactly what'll happen. smile

Nice score. I bet you'll get more than one winter out of it. Probably worth using to keep the Maruader clean.


Ha! I'm not keeping the Marauder clean. It's beat. Rust is taking a toll and it's banged up all over. It's going to be hard to get rid of, I absolutely love the car. Other than being ugly it's been absolutely fantastic. 212k miles on the original 4.6 and it uses less than 1/4 quart between changes, which I do with Amsoil 5w30 OE. It has NO startup smoke, timing chain rattle, or any other issues. It will still chirp the rear tires at WOT going in to second!
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#4518329 - 09/17/17 06:02 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: 14Accent]
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Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
I had a 1996 blazer 4x4 4.3 V-6 Back in 2006. Just owned it for 6 months or so. I don't know if it had tall gears or what but I got 24-25mpg.

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#4518490 - 09/17/17 11:03 AM Re: Found myself a 4x4 for the winter! [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 08/03/17
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Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Ammofirst
I had a 1996 blazer 4x4 4.3 V-6 Back in 2006. Just owned it for 6 months or so. I don't know if it had tall gears or what but I got 24-25mpg.


That's [censored] impressive. I expect to get no better mileage out of the 4.3 than I do out of my 4.6. I figure 16 in town and 19 highway.
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