I will take you at your word that you 'will never get it'. I have a very good friend who comes from a fairly small country (in physical size) in europe. When he took a trip across the US he was flabbergasted over the vastness and expanse of the country. In the western US, we tend to drive great distances on a regular basis and lots of our stuff is really big. Do I think that my son's desire is a great idea? heck no! Hence the thread.... and from the reading and research on these vehicles tells me that some diesel engines have better reliability than others. My diesel mechanic friend tells me the 7.3 could easily run 500K miles. So, finding one with 200K and cleaning it up... well, it might be a reliable truck. I have been to Europe. It is amazing and full of wonderful people and cities that have been there a really long time.... cities that were not designed for cars at all and so, by necessity, the narrow streets support small cars. Where I live everything is BIG. There is space. and folks like to haul big stuff and move cattle and carry large loads and usually over a huge range of terrain (there is an average of a 10 degree fahrenheit difference between where i work and where I live!) For the most part, people aren't dumb and trends begin for a reason and things play out for a reason... I have sent jeep parts to a guy in England who desires a big dumb old jeep and has spent a bunch of money to build it... and I dig it... people should have some fun in this life and enjoy some things... When the bills get high enough for the boy, he'll decide a regular old F150 with the eco stuff makes sense... and he'll pretty easily find a buyer for his big truck.