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Thinking of buying an 05 6.0 w/1,200,000 km's or 750,000 miles (Advice please)

I can't decide whether or not this is a good deal. The seller told me the following:
- truck is currently used to tranport large campers long distances.
- truck is on it's 3rd motor(app. 175000Km/110K miles on current)
- original tranny(fluid's never been changed)
- injectors have been replaced more than once(6 done last month)
- oil cooler and lines have been replaced
- turbo has been replaced
- truck was not winter driven(he goes to florida for the winter)
- he has no service records!!!
- odometer reads 999,999 (if plugged in to a computer, real mileage shows)
- price is 3500 firm




Turns out the truck's an 04
It's an F-250 SD supercab xlt w/4x4(push-button but hublocks seized in auto position) The seller is an older guy near retirement. He seems truthful but the 'no receipts' really makes me weary. The truck runs great! Tranny doesn't slip. I drove it hard. It has a bit of a vibration above 55mph. The body has a spot above the driverside wheelwell that's bubbling from a previous rust spot, and a couple chips here and there. Underneath looks really good.
The truck will be for personal use...no heavy hauling/floating. The problems seem minor to me.
The truck doesn't have a pyrometer or any extra gauges which concerns me.
I don't have an 'edge' instrument to check the coolant vs oil temp but isn't that problem fixed permanently with the new oil cooler?
Is there any way to test the wear of the motor?
I'm not worried about the tranny because I can get one rebuilt and installed for $1600. So figure about 6000 tops(factoring in 900 for parts/repairs if I can't do them myself and I have a decent truck with a new tranny.
What do you guys think? I'm torn cuz with that high of mileage anything could go.....am I right?
I really appreciate any thought/opinions.

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Personally I would walk. That's an AWEFUL lot of miles man. I would move along to something with a little less miles (like 150,000 on the clock) they aren't that expensive and I'd be scared to see what kind of chassis problems you would run into with a million mile truck.

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Thanks bryan. Ya my guts tellin me its risky but my wallet likes it. At what price would you consider this truck a fair buy from my description?
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Personally if it was only going to be a play toy then get it but if you plan on using it all the time I'd move along.

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I don't buy the story, must have been commercial hauling, has to have receipts for tax's.
Three engines original tranny with no oil change?

I have 600,000km on mine original engine(gaskets done stock at 200) blew the tranny at around 400, not a lot of hauling and drain and fill service at 30,000 intervals.

To me it doesn't add up.
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I have seen trucks with milage like that. Pulling engines in and out multiple times, harness gets brittle and cracks. Wierd things start to break, etc.
That being said if you can live with quirky issues, and don't mind wrenching on it, maybe its the right price. If the seller seems to take good care of all his stuff, you might make out.
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I have seen trucks with milage like that. Pulling engines in and out multiple times, harness gets brittle and cracks. Wierd things start to break, etc.
That being said if you can live with quirky issues, and don't mind wrenching on it, maybe its the right price. If the seller seems to take good care of all his stuff, you might make out.
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To be clear, it's the tranny fluid that's never been changed. When I called around to tranny shops, they didn't seem surprised at the fact. When I went to see the truck, he had a new camper sitting there that he was going to be delivering that night 8 hours away.

Does anyone know if the oil cooler getting clogged problem is PERMANENTLY fixed by replacing the oil cooler?

I think I'm going to book an appointment with a mechanic in the area that the truck's in and take it in for a professional opinion.
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It is only permanently fixed with a BPD remote oil cooler kit.

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My truck has 160k and is nothing but problems... I would walk or look for one with 100k, owned by a retired dude and uses it for dump runs... But hey jack, maybe i picked a bad apple?


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