Originally Posted by waresbear
If you are going to be towing a horse trailer, locally or otherwise, I highly advise having a mechanic check it out, you want to be on the safe side. If you're just going to use it to haul hay & feed, you can get away with a beater, but beware, older fords & their stupid trannies are expensive break downs.
My '03 6 liter (the Ford that everybody hates) is still going strong with just over 200k miles and the original tranny. My boyfriend's 98 dodge had to have the tranny rebuild right before 300k miles.
OP, no matter what truck you buy, you're going to have to put money into it. Just budget an extra $2,000 or so for repairs, tires, inspection, registration, or whatever. And if you get a diesel, just remember to change your oil at least every 5,000 miles and your fuel filter every 3rd oil change. That and Lucas or diesel kleen in the tank every other time you fill up will keep your truck happy and healthy.
Originally Posted by Darrin
Also be aware, all older vehicles will nickle and dime you repairs.
I beg to differ. Older diesels are pretty much indestructible if they're taken care of. They're also really easy to work on and do general maintenance on even if you're not a mechanic. The newer ones have too many computers and sensors that make them impossible for anyone but a mechanic to work on.