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Top 10 Best Trucks Under 10K

Top 10 Best Truck Under 10K

Welcome to Best Car Guy. In this blog, we have listed Best Truck Cars Under 10KSo you wanna buy yourself a truck. But not just any truck, you want a good truck and you've got $10,000 in your budget. What do you buy? I mean, it's not an easy decision to make, I'm gonna be honest. There are tons of different trucks out there and their names are pretty confusing, so that doesn't even make it any easier. But I promise by the end of this article, you'll be able to find yourself a truck of your own that fits all your needs. We've got everything from crawlers to haulers, Off-roaders to heavy loaders, even a drift truck. Here is The List -

Lexus GX 470

The Lexus GX 470 is a luxury version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Legendary truck, legendary. In other words, this thing got the off-road tech from the Cruiser, but all the luxury features you'd expect from Lexus. And most importantly, she's got a 4.7 liter V8 putting out 235 HRSPRS, and 320-pound feet at the torque, dude. Now, these Bama jammers were super expensive when they were new, which meant rich people bought them and rich people take their cars to dealerships to have them maintained. And finally, this truck has depreciated to the point where broke carboys can get their hands on them. Luxury and off-road are two things that you don't normally associate with each other, so I don't blame you if you've overlooked the fact that this car has permanent four-wheel drive and a center-locking Torsen differential. Let me ask you a question. Let me ask you guys a question, all right? Do you like spinning your wheels in the air? Do ya? No, you don't. Nobody does unless you're a bozo. Zach Jobe bought his GX for 6,500 bucks and it's nice. It is the comfiest car that anyone has at Donut. Now if you had 10K, you could buy one of these and still have a couple grand to dump into a good set of tires or some sweet, sweet, overlanding gear. I'm talking tent roof rack, maybe a lift kit, one of those really complicated stoves that fold out of the back. You could get yourself some of them jugs they put on the back of trucks in movies. What's in there? Water, gas, milk, nobody knows. Or maybe one of those racks that people put on their hoods. What is that rack for? I don't know. There's a shovel on there. Definitely need a shovel if you're gonna be overlanding 'cause, you know, what if you have to go poop in the middle of the desert, you gotta bury it. Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but a hole filled with your poop.

Chevrolet C10

I love this truck. It's the Silverado's grandpa. It was Chevy's rear wheel drive, 1/2 ton pickup from the legendary C/K platform. C/K, why? Because we love you. C/K line offered a ton of different truck variations. But for me, nothing beats the classic look of a short bed squared up C10. C10s are literally cool as ice and you can find them all day for well under $10,000. In fact, last night Nolan and I were sending each other C10 back and forth through text 'cause we're not allowed to hang out but we like the same kind of cars. And as soon as this whole thing's over, maybe you might see me and Nolan at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank doing a classic cruise. C10s make really, really, really great project cars because the parts are super available. It's got big old engine bay, lots of room for activities and you can make a C10 into pretty much any kind of truck that you want. You can slam it on the ground, some bags, throw an LS in it, you've got yourself certified Cruiser Muscle Truck. They also look really good with a lift kit parked in the middle of the desert with a couple holes in the side, probably from a drug deal gone South. Gone South, literally and figuratively. Talking about El Chapo, talking about the cartels don't mess with them. Turns out that's why they call him El Chapo 'cause he chops your finger off. And if somehow you are still unconvinced about the C10, my fantasy best friend and bro Post Malone owns a bagged LS-Swapped one and it looks frickin' hot.

Jeep Cherokee (XJ)

You wanna build a rock crawler for the cheap, the Cherokee also known as the XJ is probably your best bet. Now we've sung the XJ's praises before 'cause basically there wouldn't be a Jeep anymore if it weren't for the success of the XJ pulling its parent company out of a financial slump. It's the baby that saved the relationship except it actually worked. Instead of adding stress to an already failing marriage, that will end in years. Oh, child custody battle and the only way you can get your son back is to turn him into a YouTube automotive Star. Sorry, I got lost there for a second. The styling is straight-up iconic. A lot of people throw that word around a lot. I mean it about this thing. Jeep got it right the first time. And a testament to that is the fact that they barely changed it from 1984 all the way to 2000. Hold on, Max, switch 'em up. I can't tell the difference anymore. How many things can you think of that start awesome, remain awesome and then when you least expect it, bam! Still awesome. One of the main reasons that people love the XJ is that it's famously reliable and easy to fix. That's probably why you can still find so many of them on the road with a ton of them going for well under $10,000. And yes, many of them are automatic or rear-wheel-drive or equipped with a weaker four-cylinder engine. But if you look hard enough, there are really great deals on the really, really good ones out there. I found one, this one with four-wheel drive. It's got a manual transmission and the mighty four-liter engine. And it's only 3,500 bucks. And even if you find one that needs some minor repairs, you can take the entire car apart with basic tools and the repairs are super affordable.

Dodge Ram

The second-generation Ram by the Dodge brothers, in my opinion, is one of the most timeless-looking pickup trucks ever made. The Dodge Ram's body is the basic shape and look that has influenced almost every modern truck that came after it and it should because it was expertly designed by computers. Now, another reason that I absolutely love this truck is that it was originally named the Louisville Slugger. You guys know that I'm from Louisville, right? Kentucky Cobra. And this truck couldn't get better PR when it was shown holding its own against the forces of nature in the film Twister. My dad came into town when I was a kid and he came, picked me up at school at lunchtime. We went and saw Twister. It's a great memory. And you might be thinking that tornadoes are just spinning wind, but they're not. There's also dust and lightning and cows. You ever think of that? Twisters are like the turbochargers for the sky. There are a few listings on that fall well below $10,000 including one with 371,591 miles on it. That still looks like it's ready to haul your crew to a roofing job in Mordor if that's where you're doing a roof. Speaking of timeless designs.

Ford Ranger

The ranger is one of the last honest to goodness pickup trucks, right? It's compact, it's good on gas. It gets you and your stuff from point A to point B. Pretty much all old Rangers are super cheap, but my pick for this list goes to the first generation sold between 1982 and 1992. Second gens are equally fantastic trucks, but for me, I liked them boxy boys, just what I prefer. Newer models might have a little bit more power and some modern comforts, but these old boxy boys were built to last and they do. The early 2000s Rangers suffered from a little issue that involves the frames rusting out, but first gens were literally bulletproof. And by literally, I mean figuratively. Now, these humble little guys are obviously not as showy as a GX 470 but they could be optioned with similar practical features like an LSD. Get one with four-wheel drive and you won't have to do the talk of shame with the AAA guy when you find yourself busting through some swamps on your way to work. You don't drive through swamps on your way to work? Hmm, weird. Ranger came with plenty of engine cab and bed configurations, but if you're looking for a deal, you won't have to look long because these are some of the most affordable trucks on this list. Here's one for sale for only $4,000 and it already has a lift kit, fender flares and big old tires. And I already know that's what you were planning to do. You're sitting on the toilet and you're thinking, how did he know that? That is what I was planning to do. Then you're like, did he just say I was on the toilet? How did he know that? I got little birds everywhere. I got eyes in the back of my head. I got a secret network of people telling me what you're thinking. But in case the Ranger is too sensible for your tastes.

Ford Super Duty

If you're looking for an absolutely buff workhorse, look no further than the first-gen Super Duty. These big bad boys have big, bad beds, big cabs, and are great for tone, big ass payloads, brother. One thing you won't have to tow is a boatload of cash 'cause you can find one for well under $10,000. Here's an F-350 on my friend Gregslist for 4,000 bucks. Now while the Super Duty's baby, little bitty brother Ranger was only available with four or six-cylinder motors, Super Duties only came with Triton V8, power stroke diesel and the massive awesome Triton V10. Which honestly should have come with a neck brace for the kick you'll get from that 6.8-liter beast with 362 HRSPRS and 457-foot pounds of torques. You may have even experienced this engine without knowing it because Ford has used it in motor homes and fricking school buses. Remember just going to school, seeing your friends? That used to be fun. The super Duty is a ridiculous amount of truck for the price. The F-350 Dually, the thickest truck on the list can tow 13,600 pounds. That's like 11 horses. That's enough for a chariot race.

Nissan Hardbody

The Nissan Hardbody is of the OG mini trucks 'cause they're cheap and they're durable. And that alone makes them great trucks. You could still see 'em on the road all over the place, even 30 years after they were sold. But that's not why they're on the list. The reason that the Nissan Hardbody is on the list is because you can build 'em into sick ass drift trucks. Ooh! I teased it a few episodes, but these trucks share the same engine as the 240SX and 240SX has the same engine mounting points as the freaking Nissan Celia and 180SX. The wheelbase is also pretty close to that of the 240 and it's got a pretty low ground clearance for a truck. So it drives kind of like a car, more like a car than most trucks. You swap a fricking SR20DET, put some cowls on the front, some drop plates in the rear, and you basically have a Silvia that you can fill with treehouse building supplies. I do love a good treehouse.

Chevrolet Silverado

You cannot have a list about trucks without including the Chevy Silverado. It's a law. It's the heartbeat of America. It was first introduced in 1998 and has remained a staple on American roads ever since. From BroDozers to work trucks. It's probably one of the most versatile pickup trucks available ever. There are quite a few generations of Silverado and there's a ton of different kinds of Silverados. There's single cabs, crew cabs, V6s, Duramax, turbo diesel. It's overwhelming, but if I had $10,000 to spend on a Silverado today, I know which one that I would get. A first-gen Silverado SS. If you know anything about Chevys, you know if it says SS on it, it means fricking business. It means it came to eat. This limited edition Super Sport Rato came with a high output V8 called the Vortec Max. It puts out 345 HRSPRS and also came equipped with performance suspension and some of the sickest wheels ever thrown on a stock truck. In fact, there was even a special Intimidator SS made to honor Dale Earnhardt. His birthday would have been a couple of weeks ago. Happy 69th birthday to the Intimidator. Also 69, nice. Now nice SSs can be expensive, but spend enough time on my friend Gregslist and you won't have to plunk down nearly that much silver a dough, huh? To get you one for under 10,000 bucks.

Toyota Tacoma

Number two on this list is the Tacoma, which is basically Japan's F-150, an ultra-capable pickup truck with bulletproof Toyota reliability. You can't go wrong with a used Taco and it's our top pick for pre-runner builds, which is honestly one of the sickest kinds of trucks. The first-gen Taco was produced from 95 to 2004 and while they do hold their value very shockingly well, you can still find plenty of 'em online any day of the week for under 10K. In fact, Toyota Tacomas might be the hero cars in a certain Donut series for the next season, which we're gonna film when we're all allowed to hang out again. Toyota pickup trucks are such trucks that before it was called the Tacoma in America, it was literally called the Toyota pickup. But Tacoma, now that, that is a name. I assume that it's named after a mountain or some town in the Northwest. If you get a 95 to 2000 Toyota Tacoma, make sure that it was taken to the dealership for a recall to fix a rust poofing problem that the trucks had causing them to taco. They literally broke in 1/2 and I'm sure a few of you Chuck nuts are crying that I chose the taco over the Tundra. Don't get me wrong, Tundra is a great truck, but it shares the same 4.7 liter V8 with the GX 470 and honestly, I would rather have the Lexus. Finally number one. There are many great trucks out there for many different purposes, but this List can only be crowned by the one true King. In my opinion, the coolest freaking truck that you can buy for under $10,000.

Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

You might be skeptical about finding an SVT Lightning for under $10,000 but let me tell you, they're out there if you look hard enough. It might not be the cleanest one out there, but it's still a lightning. Based on an F-150, which is one of the best trucks ever, but it's also got a freaking supercharger on it. It is one of the most memorable and coolest vehicles in the entire Fast and Furious franchise. And it was bone stock and it was named after one of the most badass natural occurrences on earth. Now the second-gen Lightning that Brian drove in the Fast and the Furious is easily the most iconic and recognizable. But the first-gen is almost just as sick and a lot of times twice as cheap. Fricking Lady Gaga has one. Lady Gaga has a lot of really cool cars. Actually Google Lady Gaga's cars. And if you're having a hard time finding a Lightning for under 10K also type in Harley Davidson edition F-150. It came with basically the same supercharged engine as Lightning but it also had four doors and it was way more luxurious. The host of Bumper to Bumper, Jeremiah, has one. The SVT Lightning might not be able to haul more than two and a 1/2 people. It might not be able to tow a bunch of weight. It definitely cannot climb a mountain unless it's a mountain pass, but what it lacks in practicality, it more than makes up for in sweet, sweet burnouts and for that reason, it is crowned the King of The List.


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