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Looking to buy, what to look for?
I'm looking to replace my 2000 Windstar with something bigger, as I have 4 kids- the oldest is 15 and as big as me at 6'05". I need something that can haul 6 people (including driver) around comfortably on vacation. Minivans are just too small for my family.
I have a relative who works at a dealership and I found a truck there that I like. It's a 2002 F-250 XLT Diesel. Auto trans and some other options. 129,000 miles. It looks very clean and well maintained, even the engine from what I can see in pictures, and of course because it's family that will be my salesperson, I'm not worried about getting a piece of junk.
I did notice that some A-pillar gauges had been added, but I don't know what they are yet. The beginning price is $16,000. KBB says excellent condition fair market value with the options the truck has is $19000.
My question is, what should I be looking for as potential problems with a truck with this many miles on it?
Also, with the switch to ULS fuels, the removal of sulphur will lower the lubricating properties of diesel fuel- how does that affect the longevity of the engine and fuel pump? Are diesels still going to have the same reputation of going many hundreds of thousands of miles without requiring a rebuild? I need something reliable and don't want to be forking over thousands in repair bills down the road.
Sorry for these questions, I'm new to trucks and diesels especially.