1997 Gmc W4 14' Box

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mad_wrestler, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey everybody, once again, your expertise is requested. I found this truck and need your opinion. Here are the specs.

    1997 GMC W4 4500 14' box medium duty truck
    3.9L 4 cyl diesel
    109 in wheel base
    Brand new engine
    new turbo
    new transmission 5000 miles ago
    new (4) rear tires
    New brakes
    No A/C
    Exterior cosmetics are good. No major repairs needed.
    Interior, Dash board clips and passenger windor handle needed.

    Well, there are all of the specs. The guy was asking $7500. What do you all think. What is this truck worth? Is that a good deal? Please let me know. Also, what would it cost to put A/C in it?
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep in mind these trucks have problems with cab rust also the rear suspension the bushings wear out pretty quickly. Also the wheels get problems with cracks. They are good trucks not very fast on the road get used to climbing any hill dead slow. Good on fuel the exhaust brake works pretty good on the 4 bangers. If the engine needed a rebuild already the truck has seen a hard life or the truck has millions of miles on it the 4 bangers get a easy 400,000kms out of them before needing work.

    I have a feeling the truck has been run hard if its got a rebuilt engine and transmission.
     
  3. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    The engine wasn't rebuilt. It is a brand new engine. The odometer has 142,000 miles (228527 km) on it. So at 137000 miles (220480 km) on it the transmission was rebuilt. The truck was used by a flooring company. The mechanic said something about an oil leak for the turbo. He told the guy to stop running it until he got the part in to fix it. A couple of days later the guy had to tow it in. Ran it out of oil. The mechanic bought it for
    $2500 (3228.50 CAD). He thought he was gonna make some money by fixing it and reselling it. Then he reallized that the engine was gone. So he bought a new one at $5000 ($6457) and installed it along with the other stuff listed. I have reviewed all of the paperwork and warranty info on the engine. All is legit. So with that info. Does $7000 ($9039.80) sound like a good deal?
     
  4. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    And the cab has no sign of rust from what I inspected. Also, fortunately where I am at in GA I will not have to contend with crazy hills and inclines too much. Thanks
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats about the most I would pay for one of those trucks but search around and see what your local prices on similar trucks are going for.
     
  6. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anybody else willing to lend an opinion?
     
  7. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    if u bought a truck with a 100k on it and paid 5k for it and the engine blew u would need to fix it so 7 dont sound to bad i would want it to have fresh inspection on it and a full tank for 7500 lol
     
  8. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any pics of it, Mad? There is a guy in Alabama that deals alot with these trucks. The website is www.awbtrucksales.com. This guy is very helpful and does't mind answering questions about these trucks. I sent you a pm about my dovetail.
     
  9. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks T I'll give him a holla. Got your PM and that was some great info too.
     
  10. mad_wrestler

    mad_wrestler LawnSite Senior Member
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    bump to the top
     

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