Nissan trucks are reliable and will almost pull a freight train, but they are a bear to work on, and repair and parts prices are ghastly.
Old Toyota trucks are excellent if you can find someone willing to part with one.
Old pre-2000 Ranger 6 cyls or AT's are good and cheap, but their manual transmissions are citrus quality. We are having constant sensor replacements with our Windstar van and resale prices for Windstars in this area are rock bottom...
My mechanic and his wife love Corollas but not Camrys. But--you can't drive either out of half the parking lots in town, for fear of losing your oil pan and muffler.
All Ford 8 cyls and F150 or above made after a certain date in the late 90's have, not a timing belt or chain, but a gearwheel--and it, so help me God/dess, is made of PARTICLE BOARD! I've been a helper on replacing one of these and am not, repeat not, lying about this.
Christine lives on this block. She's an Infiniti, not a Plymouth.