Figured I'd toss this out and see what folks thought. If you were looking for a 350/ 3500+ sized truck that was 5-10 years old, what would it be? Gas or diesel? Manual or auto?
The backstory: I'm kicking around the idea of a 'new to us' truck. We currently have a 2001 F-350 with the 7.3 and 227,900 miles on it. While the 7.3 is a great engine, this particular truck was used and abused before we got it. We've owned three 7.3 Powerstroke trucks since 1996, and I've put more time and money into repairs on this one than I have the other two combined. It's left me on the side of the road waiting for a tow three times, been patched up and limped in a few more times, numerous non-breakdown repairs and while it's running well after the latest round of repairs my patience is just about exhausted.
I have a work vehicle and the better half has a Subaru. The truck is only driven if I need to go somewhere on a weekend or move our trailers. The trailers are both goosenecks and the load we need need to haul varies between 6,000 and 20-22,000 lbs. Our current truck is a 2 door which is too small, I'd like to find an extended cab instead of a full four door. Four wheel drive is a must, and I want another dually. Beyond that, I'm pretty open. We're looking for something roughly 5 years old, but that's not a solid requirement. I could go older or newer depending on condition and price.
What would you buy?