I have this 98 Dodge Ram 1500, V8, 5spd, 2" lift, 33's blah, blah, blah. The gas is starting to get to me a little. It is very reliable. However, I have always loved the yotas. Now I am thinking about getting something yota and 4x4. I test drove two yesterday that I liked. One was a 96 taco and the other a 97 taco. The 96 started knocking while I test drove it and locked up!!! I had to walk back to the dealer. It was a 3.4. The 97 was a plane jane 4cyl. 5spd., good air and ran out pretty nicely. I liked it. It had 116k on it but the check engine light was on. the 3.4 had 165k. Is the 97 4cyl a 2.7 and how do they last as far as reliability? I will be hauling a honda rancher 350 2wd in the winter hunting and a 16' lowe bass boat in the summer. Would I be asking to much out of this truck? It would also get the "upgrades" as I am a 4x4 NUT! The check engine light doesn't freak me out, just conserned a little as I will likely have to put $3,000 with my truck if I descide to go this route. I just rebuilt the rear end and had new trac lok installed in my dodge. Now the dodge has 179k, but I know it's good for another 100k easy. The 318 is the best small block v8 they ever made. "OR" If someone out there has a nice 4runner or pickupo with air that might need a bigger truck, let me know and maybe we could do a little swapping around. BY the way, I am a fresh here, so be gentle. It's the first time I have ever been here!