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gandk06
03-22-2007, 12:53 PM
Just wondering what most you expect to get from your trucks before you pass them on?

I am looking at a 2000 dodge with 140,000 miles. It is in very good condition but don't know if it is a smart move or not. I just don't want to spend a ton on a truck. I put about 15,000 miles per year on.

Thanks for any input.

Richard Martin
03-22-2007, 01:06 PM
The engine will go further, the tranny I don't know about. It all depends on how well it was maintained and whether it was abused by someone with a lead foot. My '95 F-150 has 120,000 miles on it now and it's still in great shape. I am currently researching new trucks and plan to find someone like you to buy my old truck while it's still in good shape.

Sir mowsalot
03-22-2007, 01:27 PM
Yes, the tranny is something to consider, because most of the time you will be pulling a fully loaded trailer. Iwas thinking about buying something used and getting rid of my new truck, to trim some costs, but i just cant bring myself to do it. I like the peace of mind of every morning not having to worrry about vehicle problems. Though, i might trade in for another new one, beccause i just dont need a four wheel drive anymore, since i quit snow removal.

I think 140,000 miles is getting up there, but it all depends on how well it was taken care of.

RedWingsDet
03-22-2007, 01:28 PM
I plan on replacing mine every 10 years or 100,000 miles with my trucks. One is an 2000 f350 with 56k miles the other is an 06 2500hd with 8k miles.

I stay away from vechicles over 100k miles, some may run for ever, others may not. Even if it is a diesel, their are still wore parts that are EXPENSIVE (ball joints, tranny, hubs, t-case, brakes, rusty fuel lines, water pump, etc. etc.).

Its all about maintenance, but sometimes you never know how the previous owner treated the truck, so I would stay away, or save up about 5 extra grand to replace parts in the near future.

txgrassguy
03-22-2007, 02:42 PM
My '97 dually powerstroke just turned 200,000 miles. I have encountered very reasonable repairs and plan on keeping this vehicle for at least 100,000 more miles.
My '05 V-10 F350 dually dump just hit 32,000 miles. From my conversations with
ford and ford mechanics, this truck should run well into 200,000 miles.
Pretty much my thresh hold for vehicle replacement is when cost of repairs exceeds value.
Fortunately all three of my trucks and my "shop rat" chevy wagon are all in good shape.

GreenN'Clean
03-22-2007, 03:19 PM
A lot of times it depends on who's driving and how well they keep up with maintenance on the vehicle. If you have someone driving crazy with a lead foot all the time and beating the hell out of the truck then it won't last to long. I know a few guys who have 200k-250k on there trucks and haven't had any problems with them and thats because they drove them and took care of them and did regular maintenance on them. I change the oil on my vehicles every 2k and plan to keep them for many years to come

tacoma200
03-22-2007, 03:24 PM
200,000 is not unusual these days on any brand. I have a 92 GMC with about 80,000 on it now. I replaced the air conditioner compressor and other minor repairs so far. No dents, no rust, I'm going to run her till she drops because she only list for about $3,000 but is a great truck that has been in the family for 15 yrs now.

J&R Landscaping
03-22-2007, 03:33 PM
It depends. I had an 89 dodge dakota that I ran till 206k. 3.9 fi v-6 under the hood.
It had the tranny replaced @ 160k. When I sold it, it did have some blow-by if it idled for a while but I would not hesitate to drive it to Texas or CA and back. It was a good truck and for being 2wd, did great in the snow.

If I got a diesel, I would run it for 12-15 years or 250-300k. The truck I have now only has 93k and I'm hoping I can run it till at least 125 or so. That will take 2 years or so to do.

AbsoluteH&L
03-22-2007, 03:44 PM
I had a 93 F250 with 140000 on it when I bought years ago. It had near 170000 years later when I sold it and I never had any major problems. Try to stay away from high milage plow trucks though. No matter how easy someone is on there truck, plowing still taks it toll.

Tim Wright
03-22-2007, 08:29 PM
My Duramax is just breaking 2k miles. I think I will keep it a bit longer.

Honestly though, a well kept diesel should last forever.
compared to a gas.

We have 140K on our 99 Expedition and the motor is going strong.

Tim

cantoo
03-22-2007, 09:33 PM
All three of our rigs have over 350,000kms on them. Our Lumina is just under 400,000 kms. We just got back from taking it to Florida.

mike lane lawn care
03-22-2007, 10:22 PM
i just reached 170k on my 2000 astro, tows well for a V6, she is soon to be replaced, and i will miss her, i tow every day durring the mowing season, and tow about once a week with 5k lbs behind her durring the winter. and she can still get the wheels burning, and get going sideways on any surface.

Lawnworks
03-22-2007, 10:41 PM
305k on one of my cummins... my theory right now is to run them till the wheels fall off. I am going to buy a back-up this season for my three crews. I just can't see paying 40k for a truck to get beat-up. I would rather put that money in the bank.

green acres lawns
03-23-2007, 12:49 AM
I put 300k plus on a 1970 chevy 1/2 ton, 350 gas, with one overhaul. I have 245k on a 1989 chevy 3/4 ton, 350 gas, and now have 124k on my 2002 chevy 2500hd, 6.0L gas. Looks like I'm not the only one getting high milage from a work truck. I believe the credit goes to the truck makers for producing quality vehicles.

SILVERSTREAK INC
03-23-2007, 12:07 PM
i bought a new 2001 superduty f-250 xl back in 2001, towed the 10k pound trailer (only 3 mowers though) every day, then towed bobcat or tractor on most weekend. i ended up putting 145000 on it in 4 years, never had a problem with anything other than a slightly leaky exhaust manifold and prolly 4 sets of tires. i ended up rolling it in 2004 on the highway trying to get out of the way of a tractor trailer tire bouncing up the road.

now ive got a 1994 f-250 exx-cab 7.3 idi turbo and with 365000 miles on her, towing that same trailer is sort of a chore.......but the truck never towed a trailer before i bought it

it seems when you buy a truck and run it hard from day one it lasts, but when you take one that had an easy life and then try to make it a work truck it winds up with problems

ATL Lawn
03-24-2007, 11:14 AM
ii ended up rolling it in 2004 on the highway trying to get out of the way of a tractor trailer tire bouncing up the road.

wow you kept the news article? :)

tthomass
03-24-2007, 12:11 PM
'02 Chevy 2500hd 6.0L.......59,000 miles.........I don't know, I should see a good 120,000 without issue. I take care of my truck, its clean, not beat up and not beat on.

'02 International 4300 DT466.......130,000 miles.......my kids will probably be driving the truck......and I'm 23, single, and no kids anytime soon!

'99 Civic SI.......115,000 miles.......not a "work" vehicle but we had 268,000 on my buddy's '92 Civic and beat the heck out of it before swapping it.....I think I've got a way to go with the Civic.

RedWingsDet
03-25-2007, 05:16 AM
i just reached 170k on my 2000 astro, tows well for a V6, she is soon to be replaced, and i will miss her, i tow every day durring the mowing season, and tow about once a week with 5k lbs behind her durring the winter. and she can still get the wheels burning, and get going sideways on any surface.

I have no problem with towing with a van. But.....

Thats really safe! Not that towing with a van isnt, but the words Van, Towing, Wheels burning and sideways all in two sentences just doesnt sound safe!!!

I guess now I have a reason to understand why insurance is so expensive.

Lawn Enforcer
03-25-2007, 08:57 PM
I've got a '05 Dodge Ram 1500 with 270,961 miles. Oops, sorry, threw in an extra zero, only 27,961 miles:) I've got a ways to go!

ALarsh
03-25-2007, 09:42 PM
I have no problem with towing with a van. But.....

Thats really safe! Not that towing with a van isnt, but the words Van, Towing, Wheels burning and sideways all in two sentences just doesnt sound safe!!!

I guess now I have a reason to understand why insurance is so expensive.

RedWings, don't believe everything you read on the internet. Remember, some people say stuff to look cool.

I have 30K on my '04 2500HD. I'll either end up selling it at 90K miles or keep it for the rest of its life and turn it into a work truck only.

mrusk
03-25-2007, 11:26 PM
I have 35k on my 05 dodge cummins 3/4 ton. I plan on keeping it forever. Honestly, a vehicle that just gets used to go to the job site and back, should only put on 7k miles or less per a year. Once i get it done driving it all over the place myself, it should last 20 more years. As it gets higher mileage, i'll use it less and less. But it gets to the point, where the truck is better to keep as a spare and use for 3k miles a year than to sell.