What is a good 4×4 truck or SUV in a high schools Budget?

Right now i am 15 and i will be turning 16 in a month so i am starting drivers ed next week by the end of the summer i plan to have 3000$ saved up towards my first car. Through the research i have done a have found a dealership selling older model dodges/fords ex 1999-2001 with high miles 100k roughly but i know trucks last a long time and can run for many more miles if taken care of, i will only need to get 10-15k miles and 3 years of use out of this truck.
UPDATE after reading some of the answers i dont really mind how much mpg i get due to i will be in school 10 months out of the year a round trip to school and back home is about 1 and half round trip yes gas is expensive but i not traveling high way or anything and I live in new england and my street is horrible between large pot holes and poor irrigation leaving puddles and mud not very good for small cars and in the winter its almost inpossible getting out of my drive way with snow on the ground without 4wheel drive

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4 Responses to What is a good 4×4 truck or SUV in a high schools Budget?

  1. Kurtis D October 28, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    the 1997 dodge ram

  2. Michael G October 28, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    Why do you need a 4×4? Get a normal fuel efficient car & save yourself some fuel costs!

  3. Mustanger October 28, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    In any model truck you name a 4×4 will get much worse gas mileage than a 4×2, which doesn’t get that great a gas mileage. Why do you think the dealers have all those old trucks for sale? No one wants them, because they’re basically gas hogs, that’s why.

  4. lolkid_98 October 28, 2010 at 5:28 am #

    You stated that you don’t care about fuel cost but every thing cost more in an suv or truck.