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they bring these trucks into Canada. What exactly do you mean by "strong"? A deisel engine is nearly bullet proof IF well maintained. They have great torque but they are NOT drag racing engines! If you want longevity and reliability with "go anywhere" brute strength go deisel, if you want to "smoke the tires" getting there forget going deisel.
What are they selling for or what did you guys pay. The reason im asking is I am looking into buying one and would like to know what they are worth and if people are happy with them. The one im looking at has 121,000 km and has the full load, lockers, pto and such.
Damn, that auto has such a GOOD over drive that you could have put 5.29 gears in that and some 35" tires and she would have PURRED on the highway. Anybody that has wheeled hard stuff will tell you that an AUTO rocks off road!
Infact, when I get a BJ-74 I'm going to insist on an auto!
The Rubicon, Moab, all over Washington state, I've wheeled enough places to know that an auto is the way to go.