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About to take trip noticed issue would you go?

2005 power stroke e350 van with almost 400k all stock, just bought it and about to leave on a trip from chicago to huston texas and back, not towing just passengers.
I just noticed its loosing some coolant and there is oil in the degas bottle. Weird thing is oil/coolant temp difference is only 6 to 10deg but it is cold here and the truck doesn't get to full operating temp. Also no smoke and runs good. Would you take it on this trip?
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Not a chance...

Degas could just need a new cap but at 400k miles I highly doubt that as much as I would like to be positive.

Oil in the coolant is BAD JUJU....

You could almost rent a van for cheaper then what it could cost for a tow, hotels, and repair if that thing goes on the trip. Then you still need to cross your fingers the shop closest to you is qualified.
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rent a van and save yours

if it is truly oil in the coolant i would not risk it
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I definitely agree with the above. Also, with passengers, if its family, and the first trip is awful, than they will hate that vehicle forever. Some of our significant others are not as excited as we are about the vehicles, one break down and, wow. If those passengers are for fare or business, than you could be responsible for their lodging.

Best case this fails catastrophically on the road, the truck will be down 36 hours; worst case where its the heads, could be two weeks while the heads are decked and fixed.

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Agree with the above statements. Not a chance that thing would leave my driveway...

I like the idea that @ZMANN said - rent one! If yours breaks down on the trip, it could end up costing you more than renting one just to get it to a shop to be fixed.


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Negative, Ghostrider.

400K is a significant amount. How many hours are on the engine? If you just bought it you may need to do some serious thinking and researching before making a move. I don't want to throw a shadow over your new wagon, but these engines can get expensive very quickly. Consider what you have in it and trouble shoot it so you'll have an idea how much it's going to cost to fix. Then decide if you need to cut your losses.

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