Yes, I know it's my first post. I have been searching but I did not really see the exact answer I was looking for, so I would like your unbiased opinion...
I'm about to get a diesel truck in the $20-22k range. I have looked at all 3 (ford, chevy, dodge) and I can't really decide, so I was hoping some of you might be able to provide a response and reason as to your response.
I've read through a lot of threads, like these:
What to look for when buying a USED 99-03 PSD
switching from cummins to powerstroke maybe.....help!!!
PSD vs D-MAX vs Cummins
I'm looking for conversation with my particular situation: I drive about 2500-3000 miles a month. I will pull my 20' trailer about once a month but it doesn't weigh that much (maybe 4k lbs). The only mods I would do would be exhaust, chip/programmer, air intake, anything else around $250.
My thoughts are pretty much in line with a lot of others:
Dodge - best motor, bad tranny, cost more to buy (vs. others of same year, mileage, etc)
Chevy - good motor, good tranny
Ford - best looks, good tranny, some motor issues, more truck for $$
I know I'm looking at getting something that is 2-4 years old with 80-120k miles on it. I feel like I can get a better deal with a Ford or Chevy, but the Dodge will probably last longer. I will not have the $$ to spend on repairs, so I need something very reliable. (yes, I understand I'm taking a risk because it's a used truck and does not have a warranty most likely.)
If you read through all of that, Thanks!