Get one with under 200k miles, and you'll have a truck for another 200k miles for under 10 grand.
You can buy an 03, just be sure it has the 7.3 liter diesel, not the 6.0. I've got 200k on mine, and it has had no problems in the 36k miles I've driven it.
They get about 19 mpg, more if you get the 2wd.
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