What 4 cylinder diesel Pickups have been in the American Market?

so I’m looking for a 4 cylinder diesel pickup truck to convert to vegetable oil. I’m not sure what makes, models, and years to keep an eye out for. Any suggestions for trucks that have been in the American market? Are these trucks more common on the Mexican or Canadian market?
Also a question on terminology: are these 4 cylinder pickups known as compact, light duty, or what? what is the difference between these terms? Are there any other terms that would help me to find these smaller pickups?
well thats more questions than i meant to ask, but I’m very confused. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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4 Responses to What 4 cylinder diesel Pickups have been in the American Market?

  1. mac150 August 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Toyota, Isuzu, Chevy Luv, VW, and also the Ford Ranger. These are considered compact. Compact is a smaller truck than the light duty. light duty is considered a half ton.

    The VW is a great runner and can be found up to the early 80’s as well as the Luv. The Ford was around 86-89 and the Isuzu and Toyota were until early 90’s.

  2. xxted_strykerxx August 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Early 80’s and late 70’s Chevrolet LUV pickups and Volkswagon trucks from the same same era.

  3. Bob Fleming August 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Toyota do a great virtually indistructable pick-up known as the Hi-lux in just about every country except the USA, But I do know they do exist in the US. It’s available in 2 & 4 wheel drive and usually has a 2.4litre Deisel engine in Euro spec they’ve made them from approx 1986 to 1997 and after that year they were available with a turbo on the same engine. They still make them today but they tend to be less of a work vehicle and more a supermarket/school run.RV vehicle. Some models are available as double cab but the rear load area is reduced on these models.

    I have a 97 2WD single cab model I’ve had it 10 years its done around 110,000 miles and never missed a beat. The best small pick-up I’ve ever owned (and I’ve had 4 others)

    Highly recommended.

  4. jim April 24, 2014 at 2:22 am #

    If you want to use Bio-fuel…keep in mind,
    You mix only 15% Bio to Regular Diesel not 100% Bio. That has to do with lubricating factors in Diesel that your car needs.

    LSU school of Bio-Fuel

    It’s not a save all…
    Thanks