Re: looking for suv/truck for $5500ish
I've got a 1997 Ranger as my beater truck and its been pretty solid. Things break occasionally, but its so damn cheap to fix sometimes it makes me laugh (at least compared to repair costs on the MINI!). New shocks? $200, New clutch? $200, new tires? $300. Its slow, sure, but its reliable, and it gets 24-25 mpg still.
2004 Velocity Red Mica Mazda3 S
Leather, Sport package, Xenons, Nav., Speedline grille,Koni Yellows, and 17x7 Bronze Racing Sparco NT-R's (15.3 lbs) wrapped in 225/45-17 Dunlop Direzza Z1*/Mazda Millenia 16x6.5's wrapped in 225/50-16 Hankook Z214 C71's