Thanks guys. I'm looking into an '05 with 78K miles, and an 06 with 89K miles. Both are crews, 4x4, Lariats, short boxes, ect. The same equipment, different color, year and mileage. The 05 can be bought in the high teens, the 06 in the mid 20's. The dealer will give me more for my trade with the 05, so I'm leaning hard in that direction IF I pull the trigger. It took me a long time to bite the bullet and pony up the cash when I bought my first diesel (the 02 D-Max). Every diesel since has been brand new, so I get a little antsy with buying ANYTHING used, but I just can't plop 50K for a new truck which I don't think I want anyway. 2 kids heading to college in a few years, so I need to make sure I'm as ready for that as I can be......not sure you're ever really ready unless you're Trump, a Hollywood star, or a politician, and I'm not any of those....just a regular guy who doesn't like pi$$ing away my money.
Any thoughts on those 2 particular trucks? I see what you meant about one with 100K+ miles and getting the bugs worked out. Without knowing for sure on a specific truck, do you think the same logic would apply for high 70's or 80's mileage? I realize we're only talking about @20K miles.......
What kind of ballpark expense are we talking about to change the coolers, add a coolant filter ect.? I know maintenance is what it is......but are these "fixes" to the design going to be big dollar expenses? I've heard several folks comment on deleting the EGR cooler completely, and some saying replace them. For what it's worth, I've never done anything other than add K&N air filters to any of my D-Max's......so i'm real nervous.... Sorry to be a pain, just trying to make sure I don't regret this.
The dealer with the 05 almost sounds like he is trying to talk me OUT of trading....., but telling me what a great truck the 05 it is at the same time. That's a first, I've never had a car dealer try to talk me out of buying from him!!!
Oh, and one other tidbit to add as far as why I'm considering changing brand flavors anyway. Ontop of all the issues with GM as a whole, the local Chevy dealer is refusing to honor some things he put IN WRITING when I bought the truck, claiming the Bailout, change of ownership, ect. has caused them to discontinue that service. He has offered to "help" a little, but it's NOT what I have a contract guaranteeing, which means more money out of my pocket. See why I'm just a "little" bitter? The local Ford house has treated me VERY good with my F-150 Company work truck......btw they have the 06 I'm looking at.