My '04 Ram 1500 gave it up a few weeks ago, blew the bearings apart in the engine (Hemi should get more than 160k miles, right?) but it was on the way out anyway. Needed new tires (35's), complete exhaust, only body panel that wasn't rusted through was the hood, interior was pretty trashed, I pretty much worked it to death. So even before the $3k needed to put a used engine back in it, I would have needed to put $6500 into it just to get it inspected in December. No thanks. So I have a $30k budget, cash in the bank, need a truck that will get me through another 10-12 years. I live on a gravel road, and the towns here in Vermont use a lot of salt, and whatever I get will take a beating. I am NOT nice to vehicles. Not financing, so used is the only way to go. I volunteer as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts so I need a crew cab and the occasion to tow a single-axle 3500# trailer about six times a year. I haul lumber, trash, various stuff around in it almost every weekend. I have only ever owned Ford or Dodge half-ton trucks. I am not hearing good things about the reliability and quality of the GMC/Chevy trucks. I hate the Ford F250 interior (we have one at work) but I really like the F150's. I'm concerned that a new Ram is going to have the same problems that the old one had. And the Toyotas and Nissans are way out of my price range unless I get lucky. I'd also like to find something that hasn't already been blasted with salt for several winters. Wonder if anybody has some good advice about their experiences?