I'm kicking around getting a rig to last me the next 20 years (fingers crossed on that last one). I really dislike spending money on cars and trucks, so I prefer to make them last as long as possible. Now, if only I could practice that. The kids are getting older and the Ranger just isn't going to cut it much longer. I don't drive my truck a lot as I commute 80 miles/day and do it on my BMW bike. The only time I drive to work is when it's icy which is probably about 20-30 days a year. I don't tow a lot now but eventually that may change with a boat, toyhauler, etc. I also want to be able to tow a bobcat or excavator if I choose to rent one. Mileage isn't a huge factor for me so I don't think a diesel is really necessary. At first I was leaning towards letting the EcoBoosts prove themselves and see what they were starting to go for next year, but the difference between $15k and $35k buys a lot of fuel. Now I'm thinking about just looking for a nice used rig with low miles and what I need. Must have: 1) crew cab 2) 4x4 3) long bed 4) fullsize (I'm 6-6) 5) prefer stick but not dealbreaker I'm looking at 3/4 and 1-ton rigs from about 2004. I've never been a big GM fan due to the IFS, but when I consider that 95% of my driving is on the road it really doesn't seem to be a big deal. I seem to be leaning towards finding a Chevy/GMC 2500/3500 with an 8.1/allison combo. I don't really know if the 8.1 is that much of an advantage over the 6.0, but I know it has the Allison. The ideal rig would have a Whipple Charger on it as well. I really like Ford diesels but for some reason I've never been a huge V10 fan for the obnoxious MPG, but I suppose the 8.1 is exactly the same. The 5.4 is probably comparable to the 6.0 for the most part. I don't know much about the Dodges so I haven't really considered them, but maybe I'm missing something good there. Any big factors I should be considering? My price range will probably be $15-20k when the time comes. Thanks.