How many miles on your truck? When to trade?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Calvin, Jul 9, 2001.

  1. Calvin

    Calvin Banned
    from Ontario
    Posts: 73

    Just wondering when most of you start worrying about the high mileage on your trucks & consider getting a new one? My main truck is up over 75 000 miles & my backup is a Toyota compact pick-up that I don't like to use for more than a couple days. The main truck 97 F150 (no plowing), has been well maintained & not having any serious problems yet but I want to trade before they start. I get the truck fully checked out twice a year but still would rather be not caught without it for longer than a week.
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    My '95 F-150 has 85k miles on it and it is not scheduled for replacement until 2007.
     
  3. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    My 94' Dodge Dakota 4x4 is still running very strong at 180,000. It just truned over today actually! I'm looking into getting a new one, but until this beauty starts to die, I see NO reason!:D
     
  4. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 536

    My truck is a 1993 K-10 with 109,000 miles and running strong, uses no oil and has a very good TH400 beefed up transmission. I don't expect to trade until it starts giving me problems. This is the same philosophy I have for my mowers. I have 3 dixie choppers that I(we) use daily, and 3 backup machines that get occasional use, plus a 52" Lesco walkbehind that is used almost daily. The nice thing about the whole scenario is that everything is paid for and I don't purchase anything that I can't afford. Debt Sucks!...............Lynn
     
  5. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    :D I have 90,000 miles on my 94 gmc serria 4x4, and wanted to do a lease plan last year and the dealers would not give me enough money for the truck. It looks like new, purrs like a mean tiger. I believe that I will run this truck until it starts looking bad, ( I got a reputation).:D
     
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    1998 F150 has 50,000. I plan to keep it as long as possible.
     
  7. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 293

    I have a 1985 Chevrolet K-10. It uses oil, leaks oil but not on the ground, the rear end leaks that I just got rebuilt, it has 212,500 miles on it. Everything works great, the interior is o.k. the paint job is still shiny, and I drive it to Orlando three times a week that is 60 miles round trip but is a 2 hour ride round trip. Only left me stranded once when the rear end went out. I think when it rolls over again I will retire it, rebuild it and start over again.:blob3:
     
  8. CLARKE

    CLARKE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Got her in March of 1998,, the trailer with the mower is about
    1 ton behind me got a 4.6 under the hood just turned 82.000
    ]after 5 to 6 years is a good time to trade but maybe this time
    i'll keep her longer 82.000 and still goinging strong.
     
  9. MATTHEW

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    You are smart to have a backup. A downed truck may cost you
    more than a months payment (and serious headaches) If the
    truck in question is paid for, my opinion is that you get rid of the
    "backup" truck-keep the one you have, then get a newer one.
    But, you should sell it outright. If you trade it, you will get a few
    thousand dollars less. Get on a few years old with 30-40,000
    miles- you will save a lot of dollars. I would also suggest getting
    a 4x4 3/4 ton. Why not give yourself an opportunity to make $$$
    plowing snow?
     
  10. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    I purchased a 2000 ford f-250 last october, since I have put 45,000 miles (mostly highway and most with a trailer) on her, I would expect no less than 250,000 before i hand it down to another employee or trade it in.

    Pj

    P.S. truck is a auto 4X4 with powerstroke and 3.93 gears
     

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