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Hate to but, what's it worth?
I got the go ahead to purchase a truck within a reasonable budget and am curious what you guys think of a higher miler I found. It's a 97 5-speed 4x4 extended cab with no rust (California truck) that ended up on the east coast. It's got 275K on the clock and seems to be in really good shape. No dents or rips, tears, etc.
This truck is a bit below my budget and I wanted to see if you guys thought it was better to purchase a lower mileage truck that may be less meticulously cared for or a higher mileage truck that has obviously been someone's pride and joy.
This probably seems like a dumb question but I've always looked at the 99-01 6-speed trucks and even though I work around heavy equipment and trucks all day I wanted to see what the more educated among us had to say.
I have access to a great diesel mechanic who works on the over the road trucks owned by my family business. He loves the 7.3 and I'm wondering if the good solid foundation offered by a rust free truck could possibly be a wise long term addition. At what point would I want to overhaul the thing and what might that cost?