Calling all Truck Opponauts

I’ve been thinking about selling my Mazda3 and getting a mid-sized truck from sometime in the ‘00s. I am tired of monthly payments and have been wanting a truck for awhile now. Unfortunately I know little about the domestic brands and even less about pick ups.

I’ve mostly been browsing CL looking at Tacos and Rangers but I have no brand loyalty so my options are wide open. What opinions does Oppo have on used mid-sized trucks? Reliability is my number one priority, I understand older cars will come with needed maintenance, but I don’t want something I’ll have to dump money into to keep it on the road. I won’t be doing any off roading or towing so I don’t need the biggest or most capable model out there.

So what trucks does Oppo recommend? Any model years or engine/trans combos to stay away from? Any insight is appreciated. Syclone for your time.