My nephew is 16 and is looking for a truck so I've been casually browsing market place and craigslist..he's looking for a first truck around 3,000 which generally gets you a beater might be a decent running beater but don't expect it to be pretty or perfect. That being said I've noticed A LOT of high mileage trucks from all 3. Around 200,000 miles ect. But then I see chevys with 300-400,000 miles on them still getting a few grand for them. Which led me to wonder what is it about the chevy trucks from the early to late 90s and even early 2000's that make them capable of such high miles. We looked at a ram it had the 5.9 with 220,000 miles and it felt worn out. The engine ran but just was down on power and just felt worn out. That is just one example. But I do notice a trend of the chevys having a ton of miles and some of them still run well. What gives? Is there something better about chevys that allow for them to rack up more miles? Are they generally less abused and worked? I know that they all can build a decent truck but it's been a common occurrence and I am curious to know your thoughts. From a longevity stand point will the 350/5.3 just outlast a 302 or a 4.6 or a 5 .2 or 5.9? Something superior it maybe just superior conditions and treatment? Definitely a trend I've noticed at least around here.