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post #1 of 12 Old 06-27-2012, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at two comparably priced trucks, option 1: 2008 F250 supercab XL white, 104,000 miles was a government truck, pretty basic work truck, 4x4, no tow mirror or integrated controller

Option2: 2008 F350 supercab 4x4 xlt, power tow mirrors, integrated controller, premium sound, better seats of course, nicer wheels/tires, two tone blue/beige, high chassis miles 264k, but newer documented engine with 75k.... just had h&S tuner, dpf delete, new serp belt and tensioner, airbox mod, and exhaust installed

I won't put a ton of miles on maybe 10-15k/year, most will be racing weekends pulling a flatbed with Z06 or loaded with 4wheelers or snowmobiles.... have a 2005 f150 crew right now, but want a bigger bed n more power

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First off....welcome. My first question would have to be...Is there a limiting factor causing you to only have these choices? Seems like plenty of guys are finding great deals on some really nice trucks. Why are you looking at this government beater and this high mileage chassis?

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I'm guessing you have very limited funds as the gov't truck I've seen are priced from 13k-18k, but some of them do look like really good clean trucks, even low mileage on some of them.
I will say don't rush into buying the first or second 1 in your price range, and be open to driving a little farther to find the right 1. Otherwise you'll end up spending more money to "make" it the way you want instead of paying it up front.
I looked for almost a year and just last week found my 350, hauled the wife and 2 kids (both under 3) over 320 miles 1 way to get it.

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the thing to realize about the border patrol trucks is that they likely have a zillion engine hours on them
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The government truck seems more appealing to me. Government = unlimited money and fleet services/maintenance. A lot of government/fleet trucks are meticulously maintained. I'd see if you can find out the engine hours on that government truck as well as what the VIN is to pull an Oasis report. Option two is very high mileage. If it had an engine replaced, what else needs to be replaced/is well worn based on the original mileage. Could get into some very costly repairs. I'd see if you can get service records of these trucks as well as the Oasis reports and that should help narrow the decision down.

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DO NOT BUY THE GOVERNMENT TRUCK! I drive GOV's all the time, they are either beat to crap or they have never seen over 30mphs in their life(ie clogged everything). I have driven GOV's with 30k on them and they barely run. The vehicle maintenance is a joke! They don't even change the oil in most cases, they take it to a local shop to get it done. Spend they extra money for a little piece of mind.



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The government truck seems more appealing to me. Government = unlimited money and fleet services/maintenance. A lot of government/fleet trucks are meticulously maintained. I'd see if you can find out the engine hours on that government truck as well as what the VIN is to pull an Oasis report. Option two is very high mileage. If it had an engine replaced, what else needs to be replaced/is well worn based on the original mileage. Could get into some very costly repairs. I'd see if you can get service records of these trucks as well as the Oasis reports and that should help narrow the decision down.
Maybe in Canada. Here Government employees are getting laid off more than anyone due to HUGE budget cuts.



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Main reason I am looking at these trucks is the fact that I don't want a truck payment. These trucks are under 15k. I did look at the hours on some of the govt trucks at or above 5000 hours, so quite a bit of slow speed or idling. Will have to get more info on the other truck.
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If 15k is aorund your price range I'd go with an older truck that's still got the nice options and much lower mileage. You can buy a pretty sweet OBS or 99-03 7.3 for 15K and its likely to give you much less problems than a retired hot shot truck or former gov. truck. The newer trucks are nice but not if its going to be a money pit.

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Sorry for my lack of knowledge but what is OBS?

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