The electrical system started to tweak out almost immediately after I bought it. Turn indicators were blowing constantly, interior dash lights dimmed and faded. All this was due to a few shorts in the wiring harness.
Very high idle speed due to a stuck automatic choke, which is virtually immpossible to fix. This resulted in a burnt out fan clutch, as well as slightly worse MPG, not to mention perpetual over heating if left idling for more than 5 min.
At 150,000 the right caliper seized on me. At this point I reground both discs and replaced the right caliper. One of the ignition coils also blew around this time.
The truck is rotting severely from the inside out. This includes the bed and all four wheel hubs. The frame is also starting to sponge out like wet cardboard. This, I believe, is partly due to the severe New England climate, as well as the crappy recycled steel its made out of.
At 160,000 the starter gave out.
The master cylinder blew at 170,000. An ignition coil also burnt out again. The rear drums also need a regrind, and new pads, but they're so rusted on that I'll have to drill out the studs. Battery cannot hold a charge, even though its new. This was a problem all along, that I tried to have fixed by professionals on a number of occasions.
I'll admit that I pushed this truck, I hauled many heavy loads of blue stone from quarry to job site, but I didn't neglect her. I was faithful and routine with maintanence, and fixed the plethora of problems as they arose. Overall, she was a real lemon, and not unique in that respect. I was dissappointed with my first truck, and now I'm switching to Toyota.