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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-09-2007, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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should i buy 200,000 mile duramax

There is a 2001 duramax chevy comeing into a dealer. It is a 2500HD and is a ex-cab with 200,000 miles and the allison. I just want to know what problems it may give me with those miles on it. also what should i look for to see if it will give me problems. they are going to sell it for $13,000. i just don't want to buy it and then have lots of repair bills. it needs to last me a while until my project truck is finished. i appreciated any advice and thanks in advace for any info.


i really do need even the smallest bit of info, the more information i can get the better so give all that you know of. thanks alot
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That will depend on how it was maintained. The mileage dont scare me any, but in order to put them on ,it took use. If the overall truck is in decent shape, I wouldnt worry to much, thats a sign that it was taken care off, if not....?

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Have the dealer run the VIN and see what the service history was like.
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Yeah If you can find out it was well maintained it shouldn't be a bad buy
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so is there anything other than how it was maintained that i should look for and the shape. i just want to know what problems others have run into with there trucks with more than 200,000 or if anyone knows of any of the main problems.


does anyone know of where you can get a rebuild kit for the engine and tranny, and how much does it cost.

any info on that is great just want to be prepared. i want to program this truck.
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Its more then just a 'kit' at 200k due to normal wear. If you get in a situation with that, I'll give you a hand.

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so what is it that you have to get to rebuild the motor, also if i drive the truck and its ok i will run the vin to see if they didn't just get rid of it because of injectors, but if they have been changed it should be fine.


so any info that you have on the engine rebuild would be helpful, since if its a good truck i will drive it tell the motor go's and then rebuild it if that isn't too much work. Is the rebuild alot like a 350 as far as boring it out decking it and replacing pistons cam and also replacing the crank if it nees to be done, rod and what ever else.

thanks for all the info and keep it comeing everyone.
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Guy had a 330k mile truck at the dealership the other day, was still running strong an in great shape.

All depends in the shape it is.
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Diesels are a whole nother cup of tea compared to a gasser. That one is just good and broken in now. If she was maintained good, its got a good 100k+ in the motor. You really do have to look at the whole package, how does it drive, does the tranny shift good, nothing funky feeling or sound wise. Is the intertior or body badly worn? My 1997 6.5td Suburban was a paramedic responce truck before I got it, you would never know she has 191k on a 6.5td. But she got whatever was needed being a emergency vehicle, new inj pump and injectors at 170k, tranny rebuilt just before that ect. She still drives nice and runs excellent with many more years life in her. If she drives good and runs the same, go for it. Mike and Michele T
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