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stevenf
06-15-2008, 03:23 PM
I was driving around an 89 Bronco II with 310k miles on it. I really needed something realiable, yet efficient enough for the growth of my business, and I wanted something really cheap.
Well, I found this for $2,900.00. Its a 97 GMC Jimmy, 4x4 with 52k miles on it. Barely even broken in! I have the back loaded with rubber matting which allowas me to have a 3x5ft bed. Its the 4.3L vortec V6. I cant even feel my trailer fully loaded.
With some touch up paint, a buffer, 3.5" of lift, and 31x10.5 mud tires. Here you have it!
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p175/brherper/trucks001.jpg

DoetschOutdoor
06-15-2008, 04:37 PM
That was pretty much a steal for 3k if it is clean and wasnt abused. For 3k, you will not find very many vehicles with that amount of mileage. Gas sucks on the 4.3 but they are good engines. Congrats on the good find.

brianhanson37
06-15-2008, 05:16 PM
Wow great find! I know the Blazer (Chevy's model of the Jimmy) usually holds their value really well. I've seen some 95's around here with 100K+ miles that go for around 4-5K. The color and everything fit the lawn care "picture" I guess you can call it. And thank you, like me, you've proved that not everyone needs a truck for the job. I drive a 95 Ford Explorer that I got for 600 bucks!

Petr51488
06-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Wouldn't a used pick up be better for this business?

stevenf
06-15-2008, 06:58 PM
Yes it would have. But would you give me the money for a 50k mile, 1997, 4x4 truck??? I dont think so. Theres nothing this thing cant do that a truck could. And I get 190hp and 250ftlbs of torque with 17mpg gas milage on a light weight vehicle. Works out better in every category. Now Ill focus on getting a better mower.

stevenf
06-15-2008, 07:36 PM
Not to mention its power seats, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, and the a/c is ice cold unlike my a/c in the Bronco(no a/c)

TimsLawnCareVA
06-15-2008, 08:41 PM
It will never see 17 mpg pulling a trailer.

stevenf
06-15-2008, 08:43 PM
Your right, It sees 15mpg with a trailer....????

lifetree
06-15-2008, 10:08 PM
Nice deal ... congratulations !!

Petr51488
06-15-2008, 10:12 PM
Yes it would have. But would you give me the money for a 50k mile, 1997, 4x4 truck??? I dont think so. Theres nothing this thing cant do that a truck could. And I get 190hp and 250ftlbs of torque with 17mpg gas milage on a light weight vehicle. Works out better in every category. Now Ill focus on getting a better mower.

Just wait until you see the problems you'll get using that "truck" for work. Can your car haul 2 yards of mulch dirt or grass? Just trying to help you out. a nice 1/2 ton pickup would have been a better idea, but its too late now.

stevenf
06-15-2008, 10:25 PM
Yes this thing can carry 2 yards of mulch with the trailer.

Lawnworks
06-15-2008, 10:33 PM
Why didn't you finance a 50k truck that depreciate like a rock in a pond???

Sounds like a good purchase for now. I would have not put any money into it though as far as tires and lift. Use it for now, save some more money, and then sell it in 50k miles and get back what you paid for it.

fool32696
06-15-2008, 10:41 PM
Thought this thread was quite a coincidence. I just paid $2900 for a truck ($3300 after tax, title, and tag). 2001 Ford F150 reg cab, 8ft bed, towing package, 4.6 V8, body in good shape, 105k miles, everything works, and as a little bonus came a working tommy lift. Now I have something to do a vehicle wrap and beat up on so I can retire the lifted Duramax.

Turf Commando
06-15-2008, 11:43 PM
It's nice looking.... I have to agree with Pete a truck is the way to go....

Groh's Mows
06-16-2008, 01:24 AM
That is a very sharp rig. If you plan to pull with it all the time have a mechanic install a good aftermarket transmission cooler and you will extend the like of the vehicle and save a tranny replacement. If you stay in this line of work I think you will end up with a truck to work out of though.

stevenf
06-16-2008, 02:17 AM
Thought this thread was quite a coincidence. I just paid $2900 for a truck ($3300 after tax, title, and tag). 2001 Ford F150 reg cab, 8ft bed, towing package, 4.6 V8, body in good shape, 105k miles, everything works, and as a little bonus came a working tommy lift. Now I have something to do a vehicle wrap and beat up on so I can retire the lifted Duramax.


Now that is an amazing deal! Something had to be wrong with it?!?!?!?! :dizzy:

fool32696
06-16-2008, 11:57 AM
see if this works: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&viewitem=&item=150254638070
with the economy down, people are dumping great trucks cheap. Cruising this truck home from Ft Myers I got 20.2 mpg! When I picked it up I found out they had repainted the front bumper and buffed out the whole truck.

stevenf
06-16-2008, 03:54 PM
It says reserve not met...?? My plans were to add another 40k miles on this and sell it for what I have in it not including gas. I really havent had use for a pickup just yet. Ive only had one mulch job but it wasnt anything my trailer didnt handle.

k911lowe
06-16-2008, 03:57 PM
That was pretty much a steal for 3k if it is clean and wasnt abused. For 3k, you will not find very many vehicles with that amount of mileage. Gas sucks on the 4.3 but they are good engines. Congrats on the good find.

i think it looks good but 1 have an 89 bronco with a 300 cu engine and has over 300000 and still gets 15 mpg.i will only buy chevies as a second choice.never dodges or rice grinders.

stevenf
06-16-2008, 08:06 PM
i think it looks good but 1 have an 89 bronco with a 300 cu engine and has over 300000 and still gets 15 mpg.i will only buy chevies as a second choice.never dodges or rice grinders.

You have a full size Bronco, I have the Ranger based Bronco II with a 2.9L v6. HUGE power loss from yours to mine. Mine struggled keeping up with itself and got 11-12mpg. I still have it though and Im working on a 1.6L turbo diesel 4cyl VW swap to run on veggie oil. Ill make a thread when the time is right :)

Petr51488
06-16-2008, 08:24 PM
Why didn't you finance a 50k truck that depreciate like a rock in a pond???


Was that aimed at me?

Lawnworks
06-16-2008, 09:06 PM
Was that aimed at me?

Just anyone that blew 50k on a new truck.

farmboy52787
06-16-2008, 09:30 PM
There's nothing wrong with buying a new truck, as long as you can easily make the payments and its got a good warranty, then your set. Ive got 2 new trucks that I havent had to put a dime into because i treat them right and they're under warranty. I would never buy something used again. Some people think paying interest is so awful and wrong to do but thats how banks make there money just like how we make money mowing lawns. I have no problem paying interest because i get to use top of the line equipment and I have fun doing it.

fool32696
06-16-2008, 11:32 PM
When the auction was over I called and asked what the reserve was set at and they said $2900, I tried to lowball them a little and they were firm on the price so I paid up.

stevenf
06-17-2008, 01:10 AM
I will never buy a new truck as long as I live. The value goes to crap as soon as you drive it off the lot, and you lose way to much in interest and full coverage vehicle insurance.
Even If I pay $10k in repairs, Im still ahead by tens of thousands.