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how many miles do you expect to get from a work truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gandk06, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    Just wondering what most you expect to get from your trucks before you pass them on?

    I am looking at a 2000 dodge with 140,000 miles. It is in very good condition but don't know if it is a smart move or not. I just don't want to spend a ton on a truck. I put about 15,000 miles per year on.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The engine will go further, the tranny I don't know about. It all depends on how well it was maintained and whether it was abused by someone with a lead foot. My '95 F-150 has 120,000 miles on it now and it's still in great shape. I am currently researching new trucks and plan to find someone like you to buy my old truck while it's still in good shape.
  3. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 310

    Yes, the tranny is something to consider, because most of the time you will be pulling a fully loaded trailer. Iwas thinking about buying something used and getting rid of my new truck, to trim some costs, but i just cant bring myself to do it. I like the peace of mind of every morning not having to worrry about vehicle problems. Though, i might trade in for another new one, beccause i just dont need a four wheel drive anymore, since i quit snow removal.

    I think 140,000 miles is getting up there, but it all depends on how well it was taken care of.
  4. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I plan on replacing mine every 10 years or 100,000 miles with my trucks. One is an 2000 f350 with 56k miles the other is an 06 2500hd with 8k miles.

    I stay away from vechicles over 100k miles, some may run for ever, others may not. Even if it is a diesel, their are still wore parts that are EXPENSIVE (ball joints, tranny, hubs, t-case, brakes, rusty fuel lines, water pump, etc. etc.).

    Its all about maintenance, but sometimes you never know how the previous owner treated the truck, so I would stay away, or save up about 5 extra grand to replace parts in the near future.
  5. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    My '97 dually powerstroke just turned 200,000 miles. I have encountered very reasonable repairs and plan on keeping this vehicle for at least 100,000 more miles.
    My '05 V-10 F350 dually dump just hit 32,000 miles. From my conversations with
    ford and ford mechanics, this truck should run well into 200,000 miles.
    Pretty much my thresh hold for vehicle replacement is when cost of repairs exceeds value.
    Fortunately all three of my trucks and my "shop rat" chevy wagon are all in good shape.
  6. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    A lot of times it depends on who's driving and how well they keep up with maintenance on the vehicle. If you have someone driving crazy with a lead foot all the time and beating the hell out of the truck then it won't last to long. I know a few guys who have 200k-250k on there trucks and haven't had any problems with them and thats because they drove them and took care of them and did regular maintenance on them. I change the oil on my vehicles every 2k and plan to keep them for many years to come
  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    200,000 is not unusual these days on any brand. I have a 92 GMC with about 80,000 on it now. I replaced the air conditioner compressor and other minor repairs so far. No dents, no rust, I'm going to run her till she drops because she only list for about $3,000 but is a great truck that has been in the family for 15 yrs now.
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    It depends. I had an 89 dodge dakota that I ran till 206k. 3.9 fi v-6 under the hood.
    It had the tranny replaced @ 160k. When I sold it, it did have some blow-by if it idled for a while but I would not hesitate to drive it to Texas or CA and back. It was a good truck and for being 2wd, did great in the snow.

    If I got a diesel, I would run it for 12-15 years or 250-300k. The truck I have now only has 93k and I'm hoping I can run it till at least 125 or so. That will take 2 years or so to do.
  9. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I had a 93 F250 with 140000 on it when I bought years ago. It had near 170000 years later when I sold it and I never had any major problems. Try to stay away from high milage plow trucks though. No matter how easy someone is on there truck, plowing still taks it toll.
  10. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    My Duramax is just breaking 2k miles. I think I will keep it a bit longer.

    Honestly though, a well kept diesel should last forever.
    compared to a gas.

    We have 140K on our 99 Expedition and the motor is going strong.


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