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Pull a CARFAX or Autochek report on it to look for accidents and work done on the truck. Others have covered the main stuff (front end, bad injectors, blowby, etc.)
To check for codes, turn key on and of three times (don't start) codes will appear in odometer.
To check for blow-by, take the oil cap off and look for smoke pumping out of the crankcase under pressure. If you put tho oil cap over the hole upside down, it will dance around from the pressure.
Front end problems show up as wandering, bump steer, darting, uneven tire way and excessive slack in the steering wheel. Worst case scenario, some of these trucks have "death wobble" which is a violent side to side oscillation triggered by hitting bumps at speed.
For pricing in your market, go to the online sites (Kelly Blue Book, NADA, True Car), enter your zip code and truck info to get a value report. Check local Craigslist ads and you should get close.
05 Ram 3500, SLT Bighorn, SB QC, Dynamic Stage 3 48RE, triple disc, billet input, S&B CAI, FASS Titanium, Smarty Jr., New stock Bosch injectors, Edge CTS, Hushpower/Magnaflow 4 inch, FTE Resonator, Bilstein 5100's, Redhead Steering, Truxedo, Linex