I know, it’s small; smaller than small, if not even smaller than that. But, if these trucks are tough enough for Texans and Coloradans, they’re tough enough for me. This 1998 Daihatsu HiJet 4×4 mini truck is for sale at Star Truck Enterprises in Paonia, CO. This seller of mini trucks is asking $5,695 for this tough l’il truck, and they’ll even deliver it for free within 150 miles of their shop.
If you haven’t driven one of these mini trucks yet you will never believe how fun and tough they are, not to mention maneuverable and versatile. This eighth generation HiJet – yes, they’ve been around for decades – is in great shape and has 42,800 miles on it. It has a short, 12.5 foot turning radius and this 1,600 pound l’il wonder will make a believer out of you.
They’re only a little over 10′ long so you should be able to squeeze one into your garage. You should also be able to squeeze one down that rugged trail that you’ve been wanting to check out. Not to mention, if you’re deer hunter, here’s your rig. You can probably tell from the photos that the sides of the bed fold down so hauling your snowmobile or dirt bikes should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Coincidentally, that’s the number of cylinders that this truck has; exactly 3. The seller says that this is a 660cc model, which would be an EF-series (659cc) 3-cylinder with around 40 hp. I know; but really, they’re fun to drive! Who was it that said that it’s more fun to drive a slow vehicle fast than to drive a fast vehicle slow? This one qualifies for the former. This engine has a new timing belt so you won’t have to worry about that for another few years. You can see the hi-lo selector here, this is where you decide if you want to go the speed limit on 55 mph highways or pull a stump out of your backyard.
Yes, this HiJet is right-hand-drive; it’s like deja vu all over again. Believe it or not you should fit in there, yes even behind the wheel! These are tough trucks and with a 5-speed manual it should be entertaining to drive if you aren’t expecting to smoke all four wheels at every stoplight. Or, at any stoplight. This is a tough little 4×4 that’s made a name for itself for decades in other countries and now they’re available in the US due to the 25-year import rule. This would be a handy, fun vehicle if a person had a farm, ranch, or just wanted something for goofing around with; maybe hauling your vintage motorcycle to shows. I want one one of these 4×4 mini trucks, do you?