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Old 08-17-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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Current mileage on your diesel TV

I am considering updating my gas f250 to a diesel, to tow my Windjammer 3065W. My gasser has 155,000 miles still runs strong and is reliable. I want to take some longer trips next year and I feel a Diesel would be a better choice . It would be a ford F250 , don't really want to get into debates about makes of vehicles. New is out of the question with price tags around 60K, looking used, my question is if you were looking to purchase a used one what would be your limit on mileage ? I probably drive 10k a year.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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My 2010 is at 33,600 right now, had 12 the day I drove it off the lot.
If I was going used today, nothing over 40,000 would bring me home.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:37 PM   #3
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My 06 has 103k but if I were looking it would have to be under 65k, non tuned, and not a 01-04.5 Chevy or a Ford 6.0,6.4 and the book is still out on a 6.7, for a dodge any year with the 5.9
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:41 PM   #4
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Thanks, that is good info. It is hard to find one that doesn't have a lift or tuner. Finding one bare bones stock will be hard in the used category.

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Old 08-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #5
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I have driven 7.3 diesels that had over 600,000 miles on them, going strong and not looking back. Diesels are for power and mileage when pulling. If you are only planning on using it for around 10,000 miles per year... I would suggest staying with your gasser. It sounds like you have a good truck. You will have to get a heck of a deal (someone giving it away) and I don't see that happening. The truck would rust out from under you or the seals would wear out before you get a partial of your moneys worth back out of it. I own a diesel and it would be very hard for me to come back from the dark side. Trucks are not cheap and diesels.... way more 'bucks' going poof....

I use my truck for 'pulling'.... and I have no second thoughts about using for my daily driver. If you are not worried about the money and value that you are tossing out the window as you drive down the road or by the lack of usage... go for it. If you are on any type of budget or may be down the 'road'.... keep ol'Faithful.

(I have over 165,000 and no plans of giving her up.)

In my humble opinion...
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:53 PM   #6
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138k on my 6.0L Ford. Tow tuned and runs like a raped ape.
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As stated above stay away from the 6.0 and the 6.4 Fords. After the issues I had with my 6.4 I refused to go used again. I went with a new chevy instead. Oh and my troublesome '09 6.4 had 32000 miles on it when I bought it in 2012. Traded it this year with 64000 miles on it. Good riddance. When shopping used diesels my cutoff was 100,000 miles. I would go higher for something you only put 10k a year on if it was a 7.3 ford or an LBZ chevy as these are two of the best work horses out there. Whatever you set, get a good independent diesel mechanic to check it out.
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Keep your eyes open I lived in Tidewater for 10+ years 20 years ago. The military personal brought plenty of great vehicles to the area & left them behind when transferred. But also I bought numerous great pickups from shipyard retirees.......

I look for good diesels from those getting out of camping....

Takes awhile to find a good one but keep looking & drive your current truck in the mean time. I got lucky found a 5.9 Dodge with 54K for less than 1/2 the price of a new one. Our friends found a great low mileage 7.3 at a great price also.

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