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24,000 miles

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnsRUsInc., Mar 22, 2005.

  1. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    I was wondering if you guys had anything to say that would lead me in one direction or another. I looked at a 4x4 99 Ford f250 super duty with a 7.3 diesel good condition its a XLT. But 240,000 highway miles. asking $8,000. Any suggestions would help.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    Maybe its just me.... But I wouldnt touch a vehicle with that many miles. Kind of like a ticking time bomb to me. Id rather spend the 8,000 on a vehicle a few years older but with lower mileage.
  3. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,154

    I would probably consider it.
  4. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 916

    Here is the truck. There just isn't really anything for sale that is decent. What do you think?
    Here is the Truck
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I would be scared of a powerstroke w/ that many miles. I think they are more prone to problems after 100k than the cummins. Looks like a fair deal though. Here is one that would last forever, just sounds like it needs a paint job.

  6. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,223

    More hearsay. A Power Stroke will run 400,000+ miles when given proper preventive maintenance. I would request to see all maintenance records, and by all means check the SCA level in the coolant. The only thing that that era PSD really had a problem with was Cam Position Sensors, my advice would be to keep an extra on hand in the truck, its a quick and easy swap out when one goes bad (less than 20 minutes to change one).

    Saw an ad in the local paper a few weeks back for a 1997 Ram 2500 170,000 miles, rebuilt Cummins diesel, $5000. The Cummins is not the end all of diesels. I can think of injector pumps, lift pumps, transfer pumps, push pins on the front that the timing cover must be removed to mushroom the end of it to keep from losing your timing set and many more things that must be watched on them.
  7. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    We have a 95 F250 powerstroke with 334k miles and basically on trouble.
    It has been used hard and always overloaded in a rental business.
    We also have 95 and a 97 F450 with portapot tanks, they always have a
    heavy load, with mulitple drivers, and minimal maintenance they each have 350k and 260k respectively.
    These are not from the generation as the one you are looking at but the engine is nearly the same.
    400k is not uncommon in the PSD.
    But as with any piece of equipment with that kind of use, you do run in
    to the chance of parts all over the chassis wearing out, drivetrain and
  8. Madstriper

    Madstriper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    Ok, what i MEANT to say was we had basically NO trouble.
  9. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    I have bought 10, 1996 - 1999 Ford F250 and F350 Powerstroke pickups. All had over 220,000 highway miles, but all were very well maintained. Have run these trucks in lawn service for 3 years, and most are now around 250,000 miles or more. These trucks will go 500,000 miles easily without engine problems in my opinion. Transmissions are another story. All of mine had trans. rebuilds before I got them. All trans. done between 125,000 and 175,000. I have not yet had to rebuild any trans., but I am holding my breath. I would say buy the truck if you can get good maintenance records for it.
  10. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,223

    If you have to replace the E40D/4R100 transmission--DO NOT get a Ford Reman unit--some parts are directly reused from the cores that are sent in. Get a BTS (Brian's Truck Shop) built E40D/4R100 unit, they are tough as nails and will last forever, and are about the same price as a Ford Reman, from what I've read over on The Diesel Stop.

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