Having been unsuccessful at finding a gen 2.5 to replace my built 80 series I am thinking about settling on a gen3 as there are several for sale within in a couple hours of me. I was originally going to purchase a 100 series but since I just moved from Colorado to Michigan it seems my needs have changed as I foresee more overland type journeys with midwest style four wheeling unless I head back west. My question comes from choosing a gen 3, is the 2003+ model worth the premium price over the 01-02 models? There is a couple thousand to be saved by going with a 01-02 and it has me on the fence. I have read that the early XLS models came with better gear ratio which might be nice for towing and offroad, but then the 3.8 models came with traction control. Can anyone provide some first hand experience with these trucks?