Originally Posted by ChiefGeek
Best Mileage, Least Price, Tow 7000 lbs., and produced in the last 10 years for pulling a 27' TT
You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
MPG? Any vehicle that can safely tow a 7,000 pound TT is going to get lousy MPG. So ignore that requirement.
Least price? For used pickups several years old, the least popular will be the cheapest to buy. So that boils down to a Dodge 2500 gasser. Most half-tons will struggle to tow a 7,000 pound TT, so move up to a three-quarter ton.
The older the cheaper. So it sounds like you need to look for a 2003 Dodge 2500 gasser. Regular cab is the cheapest, and ST trim is the basic, and 2WD is all you need. The 5.7L Hemi engine is std. If you find a clean one with less than 150,000 miles (average 15,000 miles per year), you'll probably pay between $5,000 and $7,500 for it. 4x4 and quad cab will add thousands to the cost. Yeah, it's a POS, but you can brag that "it's a Hemi!"
A much better truck, but a lot more expensive, would be a 2003 Ford F-250 with the 7.3L diesel engine, crewcab body, and less than 200,000 miles on the clock. But expect to pay well over $10,000 for one of those rare finds.
Or even better would be the last of the 2003 Excursions (Huge SUV) with the 7.3L diesel engine. But expect to pay well over $12,000 if you can find a clean one with less than 200,000 miles on it. Don't consider the later Excursions with 6.0L engine.