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What made you purchase a mini truck in the first place?

Discussion in 'General Truck Info' started by downhere, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. BC_MMC

    BC_MMC Member

    I got my White Elephant because I wanted to spend months while it was in the shop waiting for incredibly expensive parts that no one knows how to install just to drive it for a couple days until something else broke.
  2. downhere

    downhere Member

    I wanted to laugh but.... Sorry to hear about your problems with the truck!
  3. Jakester

    Jakester Member

    I was gonna buy a UTV for the farm and to trap out of. Some one suggested a mini truck and I found an ACTY close by. It has a dump and is VERY handy. I registered it as an ATV and most of the roads in my town are ATV accessable.
    People with UTV's are always wet and dusty while I am dry and warm and get close to 30 MPG while the F150 gets 14. Getting parts are PITA but I find readily available Honda parts will sometimes interchange.
  4. blakkmoon

    blakkmoon Member

    I became concerned about my carbon footprint and living a more eco friendly life.

    Each of us can make a difference in our daily lives by reducing our carbon footprint and its easier than you think to get started.

    How was that for some tree hugger sell ????

    Well it's kinda true.

    I drive 100 or more KM per day for work just in the mini.

    Always by myself. ( I feel so alone!!)

    Used to have the big Dodge Ram with the hemi
    It was great, but a little overkill.
    And the 9 or 10 mpg kinda sucked.

    Then there's the quirk factor.
    It's odd, it's diferent, it's me.

    Not so worried if I get a ding or a scratch.

    Insunance is $600/ yr VS $2200
    And it hauls everything I need it to.

    For me its not just a little run around town truck

    This is my daily work truck

    There really is nothing MORE "tree hugger" than recycling and getting a previuosly owned truck...
    Plus getting 4 times the fuel economy
  5. Jessf

    Jessf Member

    I had the same car since college, then it died and I had a while to think about what I wanted. I'd seen a mini truck several months before but didn't know it was Japanese, figured it was some euro model. I don't want to be in someone's back pocket, so I stay away from financing or leasing and look for things I can buy out of pocket. The mini was half of what I wanted to spend, I've always wanted a truck, it had 4x4 and just plain cool. Since then, the engine died so the economics of the purchase have been blown away.

    One thing I wasn't expecting is people's reactions. This truck totally lowers people inhibitions, they come up and start up a conversation, women love it and I've had several "20 somethings" scream "I love your truck" as I wiz around a corner. Just saying, the best set of wheels for a single man, which I am not, blast.

    Then there's the whole minimalistic approach, which I've come to realize after buying the truck. The truck is smaller, consumes less fuel, less space and less resources to make and maintain, plus, it would lay rotting in a landfill in Japan if their market for exports didn't exist. How small would our roads be if we all had kei sized vehicles and transport? How much less tax dollars would be used each year to fix our ever widening highways? Think about it, the only truly "green product" out there is one that was never created in the first place. The next best thing is to reuse something as many times as you can before it goes to a landfill. Finding new uses for old things is far better, in many instances, than throwing it out and buying some new "environmentally conscious, hemp upholstered, bio fuel consuming" modern thingy that's filled to the gills with plastic and "modern conveniences" I didn't even know I....Oooo so shiny I want, is that real leather, where can I plug in my fireplace? So when people come up and ask where I got it I tell them because I think this is more than just a truck, it's a philosophy.

    anyways, I bought because I like it, reason enough.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  6. blakkmoon

    blakkmoon Member

    :D that's DEEP Dude!!
  7. Jessf

    Jessf Member

    lol maybe a bumper sticker.
  8. TRAX and HORNS

    TRAX and HORNS Well-Known Member

    Not as deep as the carbon foot print. :rolleyes:
  9. TRAX and HORNS

    TRAX and HORNS Well-Known Member

    Bout 6 yrs. ago I was running to Dallas to pick up a tractor. Look over on the side of the road and said "What the hell is that". Did a Ueey, got out and took a looksee. Pretty cool looking little truck. Got back in my truck heading towards Dallas again. On the way I called my cousin which travels to Japan and China about every three months looking for the new robot gizmo and asked if he ever sees these little trks. over there. Oh, yea all the time. 4x4? yea most of them. Got me to thinking now. These things got to beat the Rhino, Kobota, Mule ect hands down. Nice and warm in the winter, hauls more than the other UTV's ect. Overall this is a No Brainer. Called cousin again asked him to find me a buyer in Japan and ask how do I get them here. He told me to call his sweet little import broker and tell her what I wanted to do. Two months later, a import bond and a bunch of money my first container was sitting in Austin,Tx. Thats was almost six yrs. ago.
    These trucks are a passion for me and I believe in them.
    85 % of my buyers are in the Texas Hill country and West Texas. The only time I here from them is about ordering a air filter or something small like that. They always tell me what a neat little truck they are and it keeps on ticking. A lot of the guys in west Texas are on 1000's to 10,000 of acre ranches and use these as work trucks everyday. Hauling welding machines around the place, fence equipment, checking cows ect. In six years I have never had anyone say they were sorry with their purchase.
    I am a believer and will continue to be a believer in them.
  10. fupabox

    fupabox Well-Known Member

    Another reason I like the mini trucks is the "blank canvas" aspect...most other cars/trucks come equipped with some-one else's idea of what it should be. Mini trucks on the other hand are whatever you want them to be...full out off-roader,farm truck,hunting rig,delivery vehicle...etc. so easy to re make them into anything you want...I also like the fact that anything you want also means anything you can do yourself...there's no right or wrong way to do it...I guess the original Beetle was similar..in that regard:)
  11. SpikeFiend

    SpikeFiend Member

    Yea, they're pretty much the bare minumum, a "pure truck" if you will.

    I find it somewhat odd, on several occasions I've had people with trucks (or even in trucks) ask me what I use it for... I'm never sure what to say "uh trucking stuff around?" I mean the bed is literally the same size as 80% of the full size trucks on the road, plus it has the huge advantage of 3 foldable sides.
  12. werase643

    werase643 Member

    I was looking for a cheap SAMURI.... bought my Carry on CL for less than a fair condition SAMI. I want to go in the woods and get firewood and dead deer.

    I like the carry except for the 4x4 is actually 2x4 (yeah i know go buy the locker difs)
    If you get the truck in a bind....LF/RR or RF/LR twist the two wheels that have no weight in them just spin and the ones with weight on them just sit there and look sad. kinds pathetic getting stuck on a berm on the dirt road going to the creek that my POS hardbody has no problem on, as long as it is dry.
  13. dpsrmag

    dpsrmag Member

    I owned 3 whipped out farm golf carts

    I knew a dealer and replaced the carts. MUCH better... :D
  14. Shrimp Daddy

    Shrimp Daddy Member

    I started out looking for side-by-sides as a more functional alternative to a new 4wheeler. Then my search travels led me to converted golf carts with lawnmower engines, lifts and larger tires. Then I saw a picture of a mini. Wow. Enclosed cab, heat, 4wheel hi-low, good gas mileage, light weight for stompin around doing yard work. Utilitarian garbage/scrap hauler, reasonably priced, what more could you ask for? Filling up once a month has been nice too.

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