This has been a great truck now for 12 years. Never a big repair beyond brakes,battery,etc. Great CD, Great A/C, Great in snow and even trails. Only two complaints; It's a longbed and hard to park at the Mall. It's also very poor on gas- about 12 mpg in town and 18 on the highway.
You won't get 50 mpg with this truck. It is, after all, a truck. I got 14-15 mpg combined gas mile p/gallon with a fully loaded bed (1000 lbs.)!!! (a homemade camper lives on the bed). Otherwise, about 18-20 mpg. I bought this truck used about 4 years ago. It is 12-years-old now. I put in a new battery, and a set of great tires. I do the scheduled maintenance. That's it! It always starts, always runs. No issues. Reliable. Solid.
Never thought I'd keep one vehicle for more than four years. Still driving it after almost eight years and still loving it. Just added k&n air filter and upgraded to a magnaflow exhaust which made a significant difference on the daily driving experience (wish I've done that sooner). Getting 17mpg right now with mixed hwy/city driving. No major engine repairs and still runs pretty smooth. Power conveniences (windows, locks, side mirrors) are all still working. The original CD player system did jam and won't eject at year six so i replaced the whole thing.
Reliability. Kept up with the scheduled maintenace.
Engine still smooth and strong.
Longer lasting brake pads.
Have replaced it twice since I've owned it.