If you’ve got lots of stuff to haul, things to build or big equipment to tow, chances are you’re in need of a heavy-duty truck. But these workhorses have gotten pretty expensive in recent years, leaving many buyers priced out of newer, or even gently used examples. Here we’ll take a look at the four used heavy-duty trucks buyers should look for when working with a much smaller budget of around $10,000. As these vehicles are meant for work and therefore tend to take a beating, it’s important to get a pre-purchase inspection before committing to buy, to make sure there aren’t any unforeseen gremlins lurking under the hood.
2005-2007 Ford F-Series Super Duty
As it’s the best-selling vehicle in America, there are more pre-owned F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty pickups for sale than any other used heavy-duty truck, and buyers can pick one up from the 2005-2007 model years for around $10,000 relatively easily. The Super Duty trucks from these offered buyers the option of two gas engines along with one diesel. The entry-level engine was a gas-powered 5.4-liter V8 putting out 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 6.8-liter gas V10, known as the Triton, was available as well, and made 362 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. The diesel option offered in the Super Duty from 2005-2007 was a 6.0-liter Powerstroke V8 making 325 hp and 570 lb-ft. Both automatic and manual transmissions were available. While the V10 could tow up to 15,000 pounds, the diesel was capable of pulling up to 16,000 pounds with the right equipment. All iterations of the F-Series Super Duty from these years feature a Dana 60 solid front axle, which is strong and durable, but along with the Ram’s solid axle, results in compromised ride quality when compared to the independent front suspension offered on General Motors’ trucks.
Currently on Autotrader, there are around 300 2005-2007 F-Series Super Duties listed for around $10,000, almost 200 of which come with 4-wheel drive. Around 180 come with the diesel engine, and around 130 come with both the diesel and 4WD.
If it’s a basic work truck you’re after and you can tolerate higher mileage, updated 2008-2010 Super Duty models are viable options as well, with around 130 listed for $10,000 or less. Find a Ford F-250 for sale or Find a Ford F-350 for sale or Find a Ford F-450 for sale
2000-2007 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The GMT800 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty came out for 2000 and was sold through 2007, and there are a lot of used examples out there available for around $10,000. As with the F-Series Super Duty, two gas engines and one diesel were offered in the Silverado HD over these years. The entry level powerplant was a 6.0-liter V8 making 300 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 8.1-liter V8 made 340 hp and 455 lb-ft from 2001-2003 and was apparently downgraded slightly after that to 330 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque for the 2004-2006 model years. The Silverado’s diesel option over these years was a 6.6-liter Duramax V8 making between 300 and 310 hp and between 520 and 605 lb-ft of torque. The engine was updated for 2007, and put out 360 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Manual and automatic transmissions were offered. The Silverado HD uses an independent front suspension.
Currently on Autotrader, there are around 450 2000-2007 Chevrolet Silverado HDs listed for about $10,000. Roughly 270 come with 4WD, although only about 80 are the desirable diesel model. Sixty offer the diesel paired with 4WD. Find a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 for sale or Find a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 for sale
2003-2009 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty
The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty came out in its third-generation for the 2003 model year and was sold through 2009, with an update taking place for 2006. Powering the Ram Heavy Duty over these years was either a 5.7-liter gas-V8 making 390 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, or a Cummins diesel inline 6-cylinder making between 250 and 350 hp and between 460 and 650 lb-ft of torque. This is unique considering that the other diesel-powered used heavy-duty trucks on our list use V8s. An 8.0-liter gas V10 was also offered from 2002 to 2003. As with the other trucks on this list, both automatic and manual transmissions were available. Every Dodge Ram Heavy Duty from this era employs a solid front axle.
There are currently only 170 Dodge Ram Heavy Duties listed on Autotrader for under $10,000. Just over 100 come with 4WD, while only 60 come with a diesel engine. Find a Dodge Ram 2500 for sale or Find a Dodge Ram 3500 for sale
2000-2007 GMC Sierra HD
Mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra really only differentiates itself from its corporate twin by offering slightly different trim levels. The same configurations and engines offered on the Silverado are available on the Sierra. The Sierra is slightly more difficult to come by than a comparable Silverado, though, given that the Silverado was the more mainstream offering and therefore more examples were sold. Right now on Autotrader, there are only around 150 2000-2007 Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD models listed for $10,000 or less. Two-thirds of these come with 4WD, while 40 come with the diesel engine. Only 25 offer both the diesel and 4WD.
The Sierras and Silverados offered at this price point are so similar that rather than searching for one or the other, we recommend filtering your search to include both, and deciding between the two based solely on which one offers a better deal. Find a GMC Sierra 2500 for sale or Find a GMC Sierra 3500 for sale