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Unread 09-11-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Hey everybody.
Within the next few months I am going to be needing a truck as I just got a house to live in for college and its a total beater, needs a ton of work. To even start work on any of it the first thing I am gonna need is a truck.
I am kind of a pre-runner guy but everybody in Colorado seems to drive turbo diesels so I am also considering those. Not exactly sure what my price range is going to be but probably somewhere between 5 and 8k.

I was looking at the 7.3 Superduty and also the 6.0 but I am hearing a ton of mixed things about the 6.0, mostly negative. I am not too knowledgeable about diesels from other companies around that time period (late 90s / early 00s) but I mostly like to stick to Ford for larger trucks, my family's Fords have always lasted many years beyond our Chevys.
And my other options would be smaller trucks like a Silverado 1500 or F150. For smaller trucks like these I am not as biased towards Ford. Chevy, Ford, Toyota...Just no Dodge.

So basically what I want to hear is if you were to go the diesel route, what would you be buying? And if you were to go the small truck route, what you being buying? And why, of course.
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Unless you need to be hauling around an enormous amount of weight, a S10 will probably be one of the top recommendations here for a small truck.
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I wouldn't dd an older turbo diesel in a cold weather climate personally. Too much opportunity for the fuel to gel up, and unless you plan on towing stuff its a bad investment. I'm a Chevy guy but there a lot of great options out there for gassers from all manufacters at many price points. A long bed regular cab s10 with a 4.3l will get you just about anywhere you want to go and a haul a bunch of crap along with, plus they are super inexpensive and parts are a dime a dozen.
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I wouldn't dd an older turbo diesel in a cold weather climate personally. Too much opportunity for the fuel to gel up, and unless you plan on towing stuff its a bad investment. I'm a Chevy guy but there a lot of great options out there for gassers from all manufacters at many price points. A long bed regular cab s10 with a 4.3l will get you just about anywhere you want to go and a haul a bunch of crap along with, plus they are super inexpensive and parts are a dime a dozen.
Is there a good amount of bolt-ons and mods for that engine?
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There's a reasonable amount can be done to them. Bottom line is they're a 350 minus two cylinders, and they're freaking bulletproof.
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There's a reasonable amount can be done to them. Bottom line is they're a 350 minus two cylinders, and they're freaking bulletproof.
Interesting, bulletproof is kind of what I was shooting for with this truck, as well as 'upgradeability'. The S-10 was always one of those trucks that I heard about but never really looked at because it didn't have a V8. But that 4.3 looks pretty gutsy actually for a small truck.
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