Well, technically I haven't bought it yet, that's tomorrow. See the F-350 thread for more info on what happened there, but I decided to throw in the towel. My wife and I talked about it and decided that a new truck actually made sense for us. Yes, financially it would be a lot cheaper to put a new engine in the F-350, but that's not its only problem - it still has other things that I want to fix to make it "right". And by "right", I mean reliable enough that I can hop in it to go anywhere and not worry about it breaking down. We decided to buy a "forever truck" - the way @Bill Jennings said he buys his cars. Buy it the way we want it, get the next one in a decade or two. Or more, however long this one lasts. I bought a new Ram in 2004 and while I had some buyer's remorse early on, really what I should have done differently is buy it with 4x4, and then I'd still have it today. After my test drive of a manual transmission truck at the local Ram dealer (which was a whole 'nother fiasco, and mostly told me which dealer I didn't want to work with) I ended up finding the exact truck I wanted at a dealer that is very high volume. Right price, they're paying for my airline ticket to fly out and for the car service to come pick me up, and really easy to deal with. I fly out tomorrow morning to drive home and get it. Probably drive the first half of the trip Saturday, and then the second half Sunday. I'll just drive until I get tired and then get a hotel. This will be the second time in my life I've bought a new vehicle, and both times it's effectively the same vehicle, and effectively the same purchase experience. When I test drove Rams in 2004, I had a dealer that was a real PITA to deal with, and refused to order a truck for me. This dealer told me that Ram didn't build the truck with the options I wanted (I didn't tell him that I'd already found one with those exact options already...). So in 2004, I was living in Indiana and went to Texas to buy my new truck, drove it home in a weekend. The dealer had exactly what I wanted in stock and was easy to deal with. This time, I'm going to North Carolina. This one has a lot more options and luxury features than my '04 did, which I'm sure @denverpilot will make fun of me for. But I'm looking forward to the heated and air conditioned seats (especially the air conditioned part), and all the bluetooth stuff to my phone. Plus my wife likes it, which is always important. I'm also looking forward to the "Jake brake" (uses the variable geometry turbo as an exhaust brake). Anyone want to get lunch/dinner/breakfast on my drive back? Not sure which route I'm taking yet. I expect @jesse will be at the Ford dealer buying an F-450 Platinum dually before I sign the papers tomorrow.