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ambulance lots of idle time = bad?

Picking up a 2000 e350 ambulance, 7.3 PSD van today with 172k miles. Seems to run good but my buddy who is an EMT says they idle for hours / days on end and driven hard on trauma calls. I wonder how bad this is for the motor and if I should be concerned of future/premature problems? -Thanks in advance, AL from MA
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Welcome to the site! High idle time is just like having high miles. And ya I bet the ambulance will have very high idle time. Its not like the can wait for them to warm up when they get a call or shut em off once they get their.
But Id also say being its a emergency vehicle that maintenance (oil changes etc,) was done correctly. And plus the 7.3 were/are hard workin bad azz motors.
If your getting a smoking deal,I might over look them.....maybe.
Does the rig have a hour meter on the motor?

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hour meter

don't know if theres an hour meter. I wonder if I can connect a scan tool to check hours? 172k miles... body in great shape - paying $2500 for it.
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Take it for 2500. Does it have an idle controller on it? The thing I would be worried about in an ambulance is wet stacking but you can't beat 2500 for an e350

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Heck ya 2500! What do you plan to do with it if I can ask?

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at an estimated 25
miles per idle hour (from above; one hour of
idle time is equal to approximately 25 miles of
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Even if you parted this thing out, it's worth more than 2500

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ynpmoose can you read hrs with your scanguage?

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ynpmoose can you read hrs with your scanguage?
I checked the guide and online, and I don't think that's an option.

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Scratch that, I just found this:

Engine Run Time (Minutes)

TXD: 07DF011F

RXF: 0441051F

RXD: 2810

MTH: 0001003C0000

NAM: ERT

Not sure if that is total runtime or only current trip. I'll try it and find out.

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