Originally Posted by XXXJ
find a low mileage 2nd gen Ram with a cummins.
Million mile motor. with good street manners.
Solid front axle for strength.
Straight six for simplicity.
Or find a nice 1st gen Cummins. My '90 4x4 got 23 mpg empty on my trip up north last weekend. At $.50 to $.70 more a gallon, you would have to get at least 20 mpg in a gasser to make diesel more expensive to run. Many 1st gens and 2nd gens, and a few 3rd gen Cummins are capable of over 20 mpg. You will be hard pressed to find a cheaper truck that get comparable mileage. Also people like to bring up the oil changes, $60 will get you 8-10k miles. Compare that.