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post #1 of 4 Old 05-28-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-28-2013, 08:56 PM
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I paid $2900 for a 97 with 275k. Did front springs and pivot bushings, body mounts, tires, resealed most of the top end o-rings, turbo wheel, up-pipes, u-joints, 6.0 converter and Tugger shift kit. Probably $5500 total, now I know these things inside and out. A lot of work, but I enjoy learning and wrenching on my own stuff. I still need to do injectors and the rear R&P, going to add $1500 more.

If you don't like working on your rig much, get a lower mileage truck.

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I paid $1400 for the dually in my sig, and $3000 for the f250 in my sig, both Cali trucks, the 250 I bought at 274k miles, I drive them both a lot

2000 excursion V10 2wd 230k
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i think a higher mileage truck meticulously cared for is the better way to go


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