I'm a big fan of the 93/94 GM GMT-400 platform (truck/SUV). Being rural plus almost a mile from the nearest road, 4WD and ground clearance is an absolute must.
I had a '93 Blazer that was a beast of burden for years until the rust and transmission finally went out, closing in on 300k. Oh, the places it went and the things it hauled. I picked up a '93 Silverado long box-std cab to replace it that's hauled fire wood, scrap metal, car engines, appliances, building materials, trash, you name it (plus all the miles of heavy towing). And for 6 months out of the year, serves as winter transportation on our heavily salted roads. This one is just about 'used up'; replaced a brake line and did a bleed yesterday in the driveway but the frame is almost gone. It's replacement will be another 93/94, but I might have to ship one in from outside the rust belt.
These vehicles hit the sweet spot for me- EFI but pre-Vortec. ABS but straightforward disc/drums. A real tilt column, mechanical transfer case and HEI style ignition but lots of niceties, like digital climate control, full instrumentation and DTR without ANY multiplexed wiring. All systems are independent. That all changed in '95, along with the cheapening of the interior and a more trouble-prone drivetrain.
Insurance is dirt cheap, registration is $50/yr and parts, if needed, are cheap and plentiful and can be replaced with basic tools.