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Well that's the problem. You'll have to pick the engine carefully. I don't think I'd buy one that didn't have a warranty of at least 30 days, and some compression readings and oil pressure readings.
How's the rest of the truck---- tires, brakes, front end suspension. Remember a $1500 truck that needs tires is a $2500 truck, and a $1500 that needs tires and brakes is a $3250 truck, and...blah blah....
That's a common perception but actually for property taxes it's not true. CA ranks 32nd in property taxes as a percentage of home value---Florida is higher, at 22nd. CA has one of the higher sales tax rates, but really only .5% (1/2 percent) higher than Tennessee or Indiana.
Where we "gotcha" is in state income tax. We are #1 in that category with 7.75%---although a dozen or so states have 5 & 6% rates. FLA and TX are zero.
So a person living in rural CA who owns a modest home and has a modest income isn't burdened too much--a married couple living on around $37K to $58K a year only pays 4%. on taxable income + $575 or so.
Sure, Nevada is cheaper, but then, you're living in Nevada.
Lots of folks don't realize that California is a massive agricultural state, and also has vast tracts of rural/wilderness areas where many people live a very determined country life. Parts of CA are indistinguishable from Nebraska, Kansas or Appalachia for that matter. The claim is that CA has "all 50 states rolled into one".
Actually, in this case, Riverside County is very different than most counties in California. West of the mountain pass from Banning to the Los Angeles County Line is the opposite of the eastern part of the county - i.e. The Coachella Valley. California is a strange environment when compared to the average State, whatever that means!
. . . the Coachella Valley's western cities (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and Bermuda Dunes) are staunchly the opposite of what the rest of California is. . .Good point. That's why the county-by-county red/blue maps are more revealing than the state-by-state.
I ran the ALCAN Winter Rally back in 2000; the lowest I saw was only -20F at Prudhoe Bay AK. I did learn that 75 mph on snow covered roads was doable with studded winter tires...I remember stepping outside in AK one lovely day in February and it was -45F. That actually *hurt* to breathe.
Build quality becomes somewhat irrelevant if reliability isn't on a par with it.