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2500HD Frame Rust

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by FryDaddy, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Let me start by saying that a few weeks ago I totalled my little truck. I have always said that my next was going to be a 2500 diesel. I'm looking at 02-04 models. Well, I find an 02 in good shape, $19k with about 93k miles, leather & crew cab (what i've been looking for). But the only problem is that the whole frame is rusting :confused: . I don't know if this truck came from up north where road salt & other chemical stuff have started the frame to rust. Is this something that can be sandblasted and fixed or would the frame just rust through & the cab be left laying on the road in the next few yrs.

    If its something simple that can be fixed, how much should the seller wiggle off the price if any?
     
  2. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    RUN AWAY.

    rust frame isn't worth work. It could be sit in flood of salt water from South. wiring harness on frame could be rot too.


    You can find another one with no rust or less.
     
  3. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    is it just surface rust or is it more severe? if it's just surface rust then, a good coat of rust inhibitor will solve that problem.
     
  4. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    im not sure if just surface or completely thru, but it is from the front to rear of truck
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  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,325

    find a better deal man!! 93k miles?? huh. i paid 23 for mine with less then 20k miles and its a 2008 with the new body style!
     
  6. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    you got a great deal if you found a crew cab loaded.
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  7. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    Way too much money for that old of a truck. Do a nationwide search on autotrader and travel to buy the rigth one. Even with the D-max, that should not sell for much over 13k.

    Some rust isn't bad - but it's not going to get better either. check out anything good.

    Sure you really need a 3/4 ton truck? They are much more expensive to maintain as parts, etc simply cost much more.
     
  8. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    (I say this after owning a 2500 HD for 8.5 years, with records to prove costs of things such as ball joints, brake rotors, etc.) Plus with something older, you can count on it needing quite a bit of maintnace over the next few years too. Sometimes smaller IS better.
     
  9. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    Okay, that was odd. Hit the quote instead of "edit." Oops.
     
  10. BJWLAWNCARE

    BJWLAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 422

    Way too much. I paid for a reg cab off road F-250 with the tow and snow plow package in 03 brand new, 23,100. 1 mile on it. I know you get the back seat and all but that is way high. Find something that is newer or less money. 20,000 for something with 100,000 is way way high.
     

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