Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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Andy, I went through this a year ago in September. I can tell you patience is your best friend. I looked at 10 year old trucks that were "nice" but I couldn't bring myself to buy a truck with 150,000 miles on it for 16,000.00 with little to no guarantees. All of them were upside down in loan value and I wasn't trading anything in. I looked for months and even ordered my trailer which I knew my old chevy wasn't up to pulling and continued to look. About 2 weeks before the trailer was done I was called by a local Ford dealer whom I had told exactly what I was looking for and what I wanted to pay. He had a crew cab 4x4 F250 with more extras than I wanted but the best part was I bought it with 7000.00 equity in the truck and thousands less than models 5-7 years older. The excuse they gave me for the good deal was: Diesel prices were high, Dollar cheaper than now, the truck had 105000 miles on it and banks wouldn't loan money on it. We went to the bank and came back with a check the next day. Payment is kinda steep but that is due to the short loan term and the interest rate wasn't all that good at that time.
As for model,,, I like Ford and Dodge. I DO NOT LIKE CHEVROLET DIESELS. Almost everyone I know that has one has had trouble with them. I put 45,000 miles on my Ford, I am talking 80% towing miles pulling daily. The only Issues I have had was brakes which it needed when it was bought and ball joints that were suspect at the same time.
There are alot of good Dodges out there and it is really hard to beat their reliability. Besides I have a soft spot in my heart for a cummins.
If you get a powerstroke be carefull about the 6.0l The 73 went out in 99 but was a proven erformer for years.
Ya only go around once, best to enjoy it the first trip.