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Looking for a 2015-16 F-350 and confused as hell

I'm looking for an F-350 SRW which will mainly be used for pulling our travel trailer so this is not a truck I'm going to spend a fortune on. It will be a 100000 mile plus truck. I want a 2015-16 model due to all of the problems with the earlier ones. Most of the trucks I'm finding are white XL's and XLT's and commercial and fleet trucks, a lot of them from Texas. I'm assuming I should stay away from those but most of the true one owner trucks I'm finding in my price range are in the 175000 to 225000 mile range. Finding one with records is damned near impossible. Is a late model truck with that mileage and no maintenance records a stupid buy? How do you tell good from bad?
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You are searching for a very specific truck. That just makes it much more difficult.



The best thing you can try is to take the VIN to a service department and ask for an OASIS. This should show any dealer work done on the vehicle. It will not show any work done outside the Ford network.



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I would think a fleet vehicle would be the one to buy. They are typically on a mandatory service schedule and have those records you seek. It should be easy enough to tell the abused units from the others.
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I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy a newer truck. I found a 2016 crew cab 4x2 CPO with only 50k miles.
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I have a 2012 F250 lariat crew cab 8'bed . With 256k. Bought 5 months ago (absolutely no history except a texas plate)for 19k. Truck is immaculate. Towed a 15k lb fifth wheel from NY to Key west this summer. Had some injector balance codes and back pressure on intake. Brought it to a amish diesel shop and they ended up finding a cracked Intake valve.(pulled 15k 1200 miles with cracked injector!!) No other damage to engine. New head, some new thermostats, put on new exhaust manifolds and disaster prevention kit along with full fluid changes as I did not know the history of the truck. Cost under $4500. Total invested in truck 23.5k well under the 31k NADA. Thought it was stock but found out it had been fully deleted and programmed for towing/fuel econ. All equip is still there (there are cut and weld marks on top of cadallac converter where they removed the guts. The tec. Says it is one of the cleanest engines he has seen and thinks it was deleted immediately with owner not caring about engine warranty. Also has a full ranch hand bumper system. Looking forward to 800k on this as long as I can keep it in the garage during upstate ny salt season!!
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I decided to sell my car and the F350 I have and bought a CPO 2015 F-350 4X2 DRW with 39000 miles from a Ford dealer in South Carolina.
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(there are cut and weld marks on top of cadallac converter where they removed the guts
Didn't know diesel trucks had catalytic converters...
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Didn't know diesel trucks had catalytic converters...
They do, for a long time now.


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