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Depends how much you are thinking of paying on what may be the best to go for.
Nissan Navara D22's (up to 2005) are fine but you must make sure it has had the bottom end of the engine sorted out. They have a habit of throwing conrods through the engine block. Make sure you see the bills for the work, and don't just take their word for it.
Nissan D40 (2005 - present). Early ones (up to late 2007)were prone to having soft halfshafts which meant the seals wore the shafts and leaked oil onto the break pads. As with many other types of pickups, Nissan were using a 'dual mass' flywheel and these have also caused problems. Many owners (of all types) have changed them for 'solid flywheels' (me included).
Up to late 2007 the engines were to 'euro3' emissions and returned around mid 30's MPG for a manual. From 2007 to 2010 they were 'euro4' and returned around mid 20's MPG.
Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoy mine.
Toyota Hilux have a very good reputation. Unfortunately they hold their price a lot more than the Nissan. Also, they can be considered a bit 'basic' when considering accessories and 'tiedown' systems. Good trucks though.
I have only looked at trucks to pull my 5th wheeler, where GTW is important, so did not look at the Ford Ranger or Mitsubishi L200, aqs they would not pull the weight. May be fine for a demountable though. All depend on gross rear axle weight.
The 'new' ford Ranger however, is a dream of a pickup.
Also, don't forget that Mazda B2500 is basically the same as the Ford Ranger under the skin.
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