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Old 06-30-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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Buy or Run?

Okay, I am looking for opinions on this truck. I would like to get into a diesel for pulling power. I have a 8,000 non-FR trailer that maxs out my current truck. Trips would be less than 250 miles. How much life can I get out of a truck like this? Will it go another 25-50K?

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I have for sale a 1995 6.5 L turbo diesel GMC Sierra, long box, extended cab, 4X4, this truck has a 5 speed manual transmission, runs great, 5th wheel plate, and tow package, power windows, power locks, a/c does not work, heat is great, this truck has had 3 owners all from the same family, 308,000 miles, regular maintenance recently replaced front brake pads and calipers, front brake lines, transfer case was replaced last spring, there is a tailgate but it does not work, I have used this truck every weekend for the past 7 years to tow my 18ft steel gooseneck horse trailer to shows, rodeos, and trail rides all over the WI, MN, and IA it has never left me stranded. You wont find a more reliable diesel pickup for this price. Only selling due to needing a larger pickup as we are buying a much larger trailer and have more people riding with us.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:20 PM   #2
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Strictly because of where it's been, I'd run away due to frame/body rust. If it had served it's sentence in the south away from road salt, I'd go for it, but I'd expect to put money into it, even at that.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:34 PM   #3
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While the 300,000 plus miles is not that bad for a diesel pickup truck. It is still a pickup truck and with that many miles there will be issues. In 2011 I was looking for a used diesel pickup and I could not find one that I would buy because of the high mileage and what they wanted for them. I bought a new F250. Good Luck
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:02 PM   #4
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The 6.5 does not have any where the power and durability of a Duramax. Have owned both and there is no comparision.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:19 PM   #5
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Gotta agree with Kevin and Judy.

I owned a '95 GMC 6.5 with a five speed. It was a great truck, and there were a lot of things I could repair on it that I can't on a Duramax. But they simply are not in the same league power-wise, and the Allison transmission is likewise outstanding.

Having said all that, it might be OK for the limited mileage range you are talking about. Might. So if you are bound and determined to continue considering this one, there are some other things you should know. Is it a mechanical or electronic pump, and if electronic, has the PMD been relocated to deal with a known heating issue for that component? How many miles are on the glow plugs? How many miles are on the injectors? .Has is been "chipped" or modified in any way?

Even so, I would be pretty reluctant though...

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-30-2015, 04:45 PM   #6
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10 year old truck 300,000 plus miles if nothing else it's wore out and may cost you a lot in the long run. Besides if your only traveling 250 miles at the most You could not even justify a new diesel TV. Sounds like getting rid of because he can not get anything for it trading up to new truck.

Why not look for a newer use 3/4 ton TV Gas maybe. Later RJD
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