I had to take my '05 Ford Escape to the service shop last night, due to some engine troubles. They called this morning with an update, basically telling me the engine is shot because they found metal shavings in the engine oil. Still waiting for some pricing on a replacement engine, but it's doubtful I'm going to do that.
In the interim, I'm borrowing a friend's '02 Tundra Extended Cab. I thought he had the V8 in it, but I popped the hood this morning and saw the 3400 label on it. I'm actually happy about this, because in my early searches for an '05-06 replacement, the 4.0L V6 option has come up with a few of the trucks I've found for sale. Having my friend's V6 to tool around in for a few days will give me a good idea of what to expect from a 4 liter. I don't do any towing, and wouldn't have any really heavy loads for the bed, so practically speaking, the 4-liter engine should be plenty for me.
There's a dealer near Daytona that has an '06 with the 4-liter with only 38k miles for just shy of $16k. Then, there's another dealer local to me with the same truck for $14k, but has 79k miles on it. For the extra 2K, I wonder if it's worth driving the ~100 miles away to get the lower mileage ride. Thoughts?