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Old 09-06-2007, 01:57 PM
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Mileage: How high is high?

I am looking at purchasing my first PSD. The one I have my eye on is a 99 F520 Lariat 4X4 Auto. Very clean truck. The potential problem is that it used to be a fleet vehicle and it has 295k miles on it. How big of a deal is this? The truck looks like it has 75k on it. Very clean. If it matters, I will be picking it up well below $10k.

What should I look for as potential problem areas? I am going to look at it an d possibly buy it tomorrow so let me know!!!!!

PS. I have tried to use the search function but I keep coming up with gas mileage posts!
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:05 PM
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Miles is not near as important as maintenance and what it was used for and maybe a little luck, good or bad. We got a guy at work with over 600k on his, I had to rebuild the engine at 200k because of dusting before I bought it at 130k from the crappy factory air filter. A new engine can cost from $4000-$12000 so be careful and make sure it hasn't been dusted. Look into the intake to check for dust and to check the turbo impellar to make sure it has good square corners, also note how much smoke comes out of the oil fill cap. You can look at my pics and see what my bad impeller looked like that should have been a sign of my dusted engine. A new stock tranny is around $2000 so ask about maintenance. Also there is a list on here somewhere about what all to look for.
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:12 PM
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The truck is about 1.5 hours away. What tools will I need to bring with me so I can inspect all of this? I am mechanically inclined and have previous turbo experience, so it shouldn't be too difficult. I have just never been under the hood of one of these.

Thanks for your speedy response! Anyone else have any tips? Or a link to a page containing any other info?
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:27 PM
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Flathead screw driver or 5/16 nut driver
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:31 PM
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Oh I already read this page before posting this. Is there any more?

What to look for when buying a USED 99-03 PSD
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:32 PM
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10k?!

10K for a truck with 250k miles on it is way to much 8k is all i would give it it where me.

as far as checking it out i would take it to a dealer and have it run on there comp to see whats up and get a read out it costs $75 where i live but its well worth it.
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:09 PM
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Take a floor jack and check the hubs and front end for play
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:14 PM
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Great ideas guys! Keep them coming! What could a dealership computer tell me that Autozone ect. couldnt?

And I have it locked in at $8200.
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I got mine with 426K on it for $7800 and it is as decked out as a 99 came. But yeah the main thing is check that turbo impeller cause if it is bad the truck would be sluggish and motor probably toast.
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