Hey all. I want to start by saying that I don't want this to turn into a Ford vs Dodge vs Chrysler vs everyone else discussion. I'm just looking for some personal experiences. My current truck is a 2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 3.7 V6 2WD. I like the truck but it has some trouble towing my new sled and I don't like putting the excess wear on the vehicle but it does get the job done. Well...I took my truck in to a Jiffy Lube type place that I get my oil changes done at around the corner from my house and they raised some issues for me. They noticed a pretty severe leak from my transmission (4 speed auto) and an oil leak from an unknown source. They topped off my transmission fluid (which was decently low, apparently) free of charge and suggested I get the issues check out. Last Thursday I took my truck over to Dodge (I have an extended warranty through a third party company) and had them diagnose the issues. It turns out my transmission has a bad and leaky solenoid, my rear main seal on the motor is leaking, and my motor is leaking oil into the cylinders (possibly the valve seals). The truck has <75,000 miles on it... The warranty company has approved the transmission fix but is demanding a tear down of the motor to diagnose the other issues. They also asked for my maintenance records which, luckily, I do a decent job keeping track of. So, I'm stuck with signing for a $600+ "diagnostic" that may or may not be covered pending a second inspection by the insurance company's "independent" inspector. So...I'm looking into getting myself a bigger used truck that has a good reputation. I've been doing some research and, per appraisal, I'll get ~$6,500 for my truck after the repairs. I'm looking to get into something for around $200/month for 36 months since I start my real job in a little over a year and will be able to pay of the loan much faster and buy something new. Any ideas on what to look at?