Haha, yeah prettymuch. I've been looking at f-150's, but i only like the 04's and newer. heres a F150 im looking at, but its got quite a few miles.I remember being you age, and I remember not always using the best judgement on what I bought, but back then gas was a LOT cheaper LOL.
You seem bent on having a big "cool" truck to drive around, and there's nothing wrong with that, but fuel isn't ever going to get much cheaper, and both of those trucks are much more than need for anything short of heavy duty trailering and/or snow plowing. Both have fairly high milage, and both are expensive to maintain, and repair.
I really think you'd be much better off with a 1/2 ton truck. They resale better in this economy, and won't take everything you can make to fill up each week. On top of that, they'll pull any reasonable sized trailer with ease, especially for a one or two man operation.
I agree. A 3/4 ton can be nice. The extra payload and towing capacity is a big help if you do large landscape jobs. My GMC 2500 get the same milage that my F150 5.4 used to so I didn't sacrifice much.First Truck: That is going to have the LB7 Duramax engine which has the very well known injector problems. Unless you can do the work yourself (which is quite a bit of work) you will be spending thousands should the injectors need replacing (not saying they are bad, but chances are if they haven't been replaced before, you will need to have them replaced shortly after purchasing). While 200,000 miles is really not a whole lot for a diesel engine or even the Allison transmission in that truck, but think about all the other components (brakes, rotors, tie rods, ect). Things can add up quickly and make for expensive repair bills. If you knew the person who owned that truck since it was new, that would be a whole different story since you would know how it was driven, taken care of, etc. But you really have no idea if this truck has been driven hard. And being young and buying your first truck, I would hate for you to get burned on this purchase.
Second Truck: While it is a very nice truck (judging by the pictures) and has fewer miles on it, that V10 is going to suck fuel like their is no tomorrow. That truck will get pretty much the same fuel mileage no matter if its towing or just tooling around town. It will tow lots but you will be paying for that at the pump. Probably not the most economical truck in the world, but it wouldn't be a bd truck.
Third Truck: F150's aren't bad trucks. I would stay with a 04 (new body style) as opposed to the heritage models, mainly for the safety ratings between them. If you look into the crash test results of the hertiage models and the 04+ models, you will see a significant difference between the two and will realize how much safer you would be in the 04+ models. That looks like a nice truck!
No matter what truck you get or want, make sure to look at it thoroughly and go through it with a "fine toothed comb". If you don't know much about trucks, take someone with you who does and do your research on the model you are looking at prior to looking at it. Make sure you can drive the truck before purchasing it and don't let dealers pressure you into a purchase.
A 1/2 ton truck should do you just fine. A 3/4 ton truck is just as good (That's all I've ever owned, even my first truck was a 3/4 ton). If you can find a good deal on a 3/4 ton, it may be worth it. Be careful with diesels, there is a little bit more to them and when something breaks, it's expensive, so you really have to know your stuff when looking at diesels (at least higher mileage ones). If I were you, I'd look for a gas 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton. My Chevy 2500 doesn't get much worse fuel economy than a 1/2 ton...so it isn't that bad when paying for gas.