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Video: Is a Kei Truck Worth the Investment? Here's What Folks Have to Say About Them

Posted April 07, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: suzuki

Even if you don't live and breathe JDM and even if you haven't paid ultra close attention to the four-wheel-drive/off-roading scene the last several years, you've surely seen a good number of kei trucks make their way to the States and to your local classifieds. Though small overall, the cabover configuration allows for a bed larger than modern mid-size pickups; the tiny three- and four-cylinder engines provide adequate power without swilling too much dino juice; they come with four-wheel drive; and they can readily be had for less than $10,000. This all makes them a great antidote to the elephantine (in size and in price) lane-hoggers coming out of dealerships these days, especially for the growing contingent of Americans who just want a sensibly sized utility vehicle.

But they're no silver bullet. U.S. import restrictions mean they can't be legally imported for street use in the States until they're 25 years old, and that's plenty of time for them to suffer abuse and the creep of rust in Japan. They all come with right-hand drive. Single cab only. Potentially unscrupulous importers or resellers. And that's not even the half of it, as we can see from the many videos breaking down the pros and cons of importing used kei trucks into the States for personal/adventure/collector vehicles. We'll start with Mike Festiva, a fabricator who took the plunge on a Suzuki Carry last year and has been frank about what it's needed.

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