Originally Posted by HAM_RADIO_MAN
Can you pull any codes?
A rag soaked in diesel isn't going to start anything. A diesel engine doesn't burn the vapor from diesel. Now maybe he is using starting fluid (No NO NO NO) WD40 can be used to start a diesel safely in a pinch. I would suspect FICM problems.
Still thats a pig in a poke. It's very common on Craigs List to have someone list a car that has a huge problem. The way the scam goes is like this. Car has a terminal problem like bent valves, head gaskets, bearings etc etc. They disable the car so it wonít turn over or some other problem that is simple to fix, but in any case you canít start it up to check it out before you buy it. They then tell you itís a simple fix and the know it will run ,BUT they donít have the time to mess with it and will make you a great deal on it. You take it home and fix the obvious problem then you find out you got screwed for a terminal problem. GOOD LUCK.
I bought a truck from a dealer for $6-7K under blue book.... started with "deathwobble"(new tires fixed it) then "no start when hot"- replaced both dummy plugs and standpipes and STC fitting, literally as soon as I started after the dummy plugs and standpipes, I had a vacuum leak in the hubs, maybe coincidence but I washed the back of the wheels and its gone, still think I got a good deal, all labor on my behalf and cheap parts, if I had to have someone do it..... not so good a deal