most reliable/simple diesel pickup?

I’ve got a 96 civic LX and I was looking to trade (or trade+cash) for a diesel pickup. The most important thing I’m looking for in the truck would be simplicity and reliability. I’ve been quoted that the 1987 Ford F250 6.9 is like working on an old John Deere which would be great.

I won’t be loading concrete slabs or hauling the titanic so power really isn’t the issue. MPG is the 3rd greatest priority and I’m moving cross country to a place where it snows..

Thoughts, ideas, experiences? It can’t be too much more than 3k (let’s make it 00 max).

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3 Responses to most reliable/simple diesel pickup?

  1. Ben July 7, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I agree dodge builds a great diesel i hate there transmissions though they do have issues

  2. clncarplz July 7, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    A Dodge with the Cummins is the best. This is a TRUCK motor in a pickup with millions of miles experience. They will get about 22 mpg.

  3. avomatic July 7, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Dodge with cummins, as well as older fords with cummins, its the same inline 6 with mechanical fuel injection on both, extremely reliable. Stay away from later model Fords, they have Navistar v8 that are electronic injection, loads of problems, and dont even stand close to Chevy’s with the old detroit diesel engines, unless you want to oil your town’s roads for free. Which ever you get, get a manual transmission, it is the best way to transfer the low RPM band of a Diesel, Automatic diesels waste too much power and can be problematic.