I posted on The Diesel Stop too ...hope it's not in bad form to post at both sites.
I recently found this forum and suddenly am scared sh!tless that I may have struck a deal on a truck that I shouldn't buy!
a bit of an introduction:
...I am without a SUV or truck for a couple years now and it's now driving me crazy. I set out looking for a decent crew cab that could pull anything I wanted but would pretty much be limited to the pulling the track car on it's trailer, the ski boat and occasionally some random stuff. I would also use it for road trips with the family etc but it is just an extra vehicle for the most part.
I found a Fine Looking '05 King Ranch Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4 diesel. It's sharp as hell looking and is 1000 miles short of 100K ...so the warranty is about to be done. I figured that this would fit the bill and it was available for 20K through a friend's leasing company - bingo! or so I thought. After reading this site I'm not sure even at 20K it's a good deal????
At 84K it had new heads, water pump, EGR and oil coolers replaced. This was done b/c the water pump was found to be leaking after the cooling system was pressure tested.
It's had a handful of other things done too it as well like the replacing the high pressure oil pump some injectors etc.
The dealer I took it to for the buyers inspection told me that by the time they replace the heads these trucks usually don't com back... This was after I expressed concern over what I've read about the 6.0 diesel.
I planned on buying this thing so I wouldn't be left wanting for more truck. I figured a 4x4 diesel coudl do anything I wanted it to.
Should I bail on this thing and buy a Dodge or Chevy or maybe just a gas engine... I'm don't mind wrenching once in a while but don't want another high maintenance object in my life
so, to quote The Clash; "Should I stay or should I go?"