I wouldn’t care if there was no air conditioning. I wish it had a 5 speed manual transmission. Don’t take it personally, I’m not that keen on a car because I view it the same way I would with a hammer or a wrench. It’s a tool, that’s all. Does my ideal vehicle exist? — Mark
RAY: Yes it does, Mark. This is a 1986 Toyota HiLux pickup truck.
You ask for the impossible these days. While it’s possible to get a stripped-down Ford Ranger (or soon, the even smaller Ford Maverick), I’m not sure if you can even get one without power windows these days. And I doubt there is a car for sale without a radio. In fact, most come standard with touch screens and Bluetooth. Oh humanity!
The other stuff you can avoid. GPS, power seats, power mirrors, heated seats … these are all options on cheaper vehicles. But even the most basic car or truck you buy these days will still have 30, 40, or 50 CPUs to handle everything from lights and security systems to engine and transmission management.
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This has led to great improvements. Cars are more reliable than ever. And advances in computer security alone have been almost miraculous. And this is probably the best reason we can give you for “going out on a blast” and buying a new car: so you won’t “go out on a blast!” “
You’ll be exponentially safer in a 2022 Ford Maverick, 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, or even a 2-year-old Honda Fit than in a ’86 Toyota HiLux.
If you really want a very simple truck, something from the pre-computer era, with everything manually operated, you’ll have to look for a vintage compact truck from the 1980s or earlier that has lived its life in a place where they don’t get dirty. the roads.
But if you can afford it, I encourage you to at least consider a new car for safety. Power windows might even push on you.
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