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Old 07-11-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Thoughts on high mileage 2500 style tow rigs

What are everyones thoughts on high mileage 2500 style tow rigs?

Worth it, or not worth the potential problems?
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:59 PM   #2
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It's a point of preference. I think most of us that own older high mileage vehicles generally do all of our own maintenance. Personally we have a 2006 TV that has 230,000 on it. No plans of getting rid of it any time soon.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:57 PM   #3
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Hi,


I have 140,000 miles on my 2009 K-2500 Duramax. And while I debate getting a new one occasionally, this one is giving me few real reasons to do so.


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Old 07-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #4
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I looking at 1 of each brand, the dodge has the fewest miles, but I like the Silverado better. It's almost 100 grand more miles than the dodge. The Sierra is my favorite right now.
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I guess some high mileage tow rigs resulted from business use. Could some of them be retired Goshen and Elkhart transporters?
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:26 PM   #6
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"High mileage" is relative, without actual numbers who knows...
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:34 PM   #7
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If it's high mileage from you, and you know the history, I'd say it's a non-issue.

If purchasing used, I'd check it out very well, and if you're not mechanically inclined, or want another opinion, take her to a reputable shop for a look see.

I never hesitated pulling my 30' pontoon around the midwest with my old Silverado, which had almost 250k miles on it. It had the 5.3L gas engine. I know the pontoon isn't a camper, but it pulls hard when going 70mph like my current camper does.
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I know I will get flack, but if it's a high mileage diesel, sure. Gas engine, not so much.
My 2007 Duramax has 160k and I plan to keep it until 250k to 300k range. Then I figure I might be ready for a newer one.
But I am the original owner. It's a gamble to buy one you don't know the history of. My son bought an 08 Duramax with 120k on it. After we put in about $2500 extra, it has become a very reliable truck (fuel tank problems, lift pump, tuning, tires). It now has 170k on it.
Personally I wouldn't keep a gas engine over 150k, but perhaps my thinking is old fashioned
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If it's high mileage from you, and you know the history, I'd say it's a non-issue.

If purchasing used, I'd check it out very well, and if you're not mechanically inclined, or want another opinion, take her to a reputable shop for a look see.

I never hesitated pulling my 30' pontoon around the midwest with my old Silverado, which had almost 250k miles on it. It had the 5.3L gas engine. I know the pontoon isn't a camper, but it pulls hard when going 70mph like my current camper does.
Until very recently I towed my 32' Rockwood with an 03 Silverada 1500 with 230,000 miles on it, has a bad oil leak, but still running strong
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I sold my 2003 2500HD 8.1L when it had 117,000 miles on it. I was the original owner and did all the maintenance. I would have been comfortable taking it to 200,000 miles. It was starting to rust but the drive train was solid.

My wife insisted we get a new Duramax truck. It was a no brainer to to avoid that argument.
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