'90s pickup trucks are the way to go, IMHO. Chev, GM, Dodge, or the old body style early '90s Fords. Auto, A/C, and you can carry home parts or pull a flatbed trailer. Tough as nails, not too much plastic. Case in point, my '99 Dodge shorty, bought with 100k miles a couple of years ago out of CL, cherry, $3,800. 360 and the SLT package. The downsides are mileage (12 to 15) and you get to learn how to diagnose electronics. OBD and noid tools. Multimeters. Shop manuals. The old "change out the plugs, and set the points and the timing" doesn't work any more. So far, so good, but the electronics is a whole new game. OTOH, a comfortable Dodge pickup that starts and runs every time is a nice thing. I've got plans for it when it's no longer a DD. Either the back comes down or the front goes up. Right now, the factory rake looks pretty good.