3. 2003-04 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty
In the early 2000’s Ram Heavy Duty pickups with diesel options were high on the list of desirably used diesel trucks. The classic styling, massive front end and lots of space inside, along with a powerful and dependable engine make this truck a good choice for anybody who needs a workhorse. The power comes from 5.9-liter straight six Cummins diesel engine with 305 HP and 555 lb-ft of torque.
The power and torque figures may not be as good as modern trucks, but this model is 15 years old. The towing capacity is decent at 12,000 pounds, which should be enough for most uses. The engine has proved itself as a tough power plant without any major issues and problems.
In fact, even those older models with a lot of miles on them still perform perfectly. The other upside of the 2003 to 2004 Ram Heavy Duty includes big and well-isolated cabins, which provide comfort for passengers. Some modern features like infotainment systems are not available, but you will get decent climate control, safety and seats.