Originally Posted by smokedawg
It's a 3.0 liter, automatic, air conditioning and shortbed. I was looking at an older 4 cyl which is what I wanted because of the gas mileage and understood that the 2.3's, although less powerful, are quite bulletproof.
I would say avoid the 3.0 if at all possible. Fuel mileage of a v6, power of a 4 banger. If you want the power get the 4.0, they are rated for the same exact MPG as the 3.0 by the EPA.
With that said though, I think you should wait it out and get the 2.3 for the following reasons:
1) You said you would rather have the 2.3
2) The 2.3 truck should be cheaper (4 bangers are ultimately a cheaper buy)
3) The 2.3 gets better gas mileage, and will save you money in the long run.