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Here is my opinion on these trucks. Blue book is just a suggestion. These trucks will only remain about the same or go up in value. A rebuilt motor is esssentially a brand new $30k diesel truck (especially with the mods you mentioned).
My opinion, it is hard to go wrong buying one of these, outside of it having several major issues. That is if you have a good mech or can do it yourself. My mech has been doing work for my family and I for about 4 years now. I do most of my own maintenance outside of something like a motor rebuild, that is outside of my abilities and tools. I asked him about it and he said that he could do it for $1,500 "depending if I wanted a new cam, crank etc.) Now if you look for a FOMOCO engine master overhaul kit it is right at about $1k, so $500 for labor is not all that bad. Now that includes me helping in any way I can as I want to learn not just pay to have it done. Hell I saw a motor the other day with 41k miles that a dude picked up back in 00 or so, and was gonna keep the low mileager around for his tow truck. Never needed it and upgraded tow truck so he was selling the motor for 1k, injectors, turbo, hpop etc.
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