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Deciding on 80's/90's 4x4 pickup..

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Deciding on 80's/90's 4x4 pickup..

Hi all, looking for general advice regarding efficiency and reliability of 22r and 22re engines in 80's and early 90's trucks. Just sold my 3.0 4Runner, and although the engine ran fine, I'm happy to get rid of the sluggishness and low mileage. I'm now on the hunt for a small truck that will get me mpg's in the 20's and also be reliable and good for all-around use. Basically, I do a lot of highway miles but also get on a lot of nasty Forest roads and climb big hills to high elevation (I live in Flagstaff and go to the desert a lot). Will probably run 31" BFG tires on whatever I get, not interested in rock crawling at all though. Mid to late 80's pickups, early 90's pickups, and 1st gen tacos, 1st gen 4runners, all with 4 cylinders, seem to be what I want. Which engine/model combos are most fuel efficient? I hear bad things about 22r's dealing with altitude? Seems most of these models get turned into crawlers, how reliable are these as daily drivers? Any other advice is appreciated...
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