+1 "Will this be a reliable and low maintenance truck?" That depends on you. IMO owning an IDI is approaching a status symbol... "yes I am able to keep a 30 year old truck viable (and hopefully goodlooking).." Same difference if you want to run a damn British car or a Harley. If you want the best value for your buck, then maybe a newer model 1/2 ton that can easily handle a dump trailer is a better investment. I put a lot of pride (read "maintenance") in my truck, not because it is a lemon but a little TLC, very regularly, goes a long way. I am well known for being 'particular' about maintenance and there is a reason why. The best investment for me is love... for an IDI. Can't put a price on that!