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2004 Chevy 4500 w/ Duramax

I am looking at this truck. It has 168,000 on it anything to look for?
I had a friend look at it and he said the truck is clean and looks good.
There where closed so he could not drive it.
Maybe later this week.



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Gooseneck Utility Hauler Bed, Duramax Diesel Engine, Allison Automatic Transmission, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Tilt Steering, Power Windows, Power Mirrors, Power Locks, AM/FM/CD stereo and Vinyl Interior
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What do they want for it?
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Check the oil for fuel in it, if it's lb7 they had injector issues, also 4500's had some power door lock issues, but not really widespread. Last the exhaust brakes on these were prone to sticking, but they are'nt a real expensive fix. I think the replacements were in the $400 range a few years ago but don't remember for sure so don't quote me on that. Other than that we didn't see a lot of issues with them.
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What are you looking to do w/it? Not saying it woudlnt be a good truck, but from my experience, the 6.6 can be a bit underpowered depending on terrain, dealer support can be lacking. The dt466 and intl dealer network are better for medium duty. Like aid above lb7's can have injector problems. depending on how many miles you are running, terrain, weight etc I dont know , if youc an get a steal take it otehr wise pass.

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What are you looking to do w/it? Not saying it woudlnt be a good truck, but from my experience, the 6.6 can be a bit underpowered depending on terrain, dealer support can be lacking.
Lots of aftermarket parts can help that situation! Just a tuner and a pyro gauge and that thing will fly. :smoke
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Lots of aftermarket parts can help that situation! Just a tuner and a pyro gauge and that thing will fly. :smoke
I was under the impression that the 4500 series trucks were not like the 2500 series trucks and the ECM's could not be tuned like the pickup version.

atleast that was my understanding I might be wrong.
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Lots of aftermarket parts can help that situation! Just a tuner and a pyro gauge and that thing will fly. :smoke
I agree duke, I really do. But that v08 depending on the load and terrain, spped rear end ratio etc(if the motors in the sweet spot or not etc), what would make the duramax struggle, the dt466 would just chug along. And if its a very high milage application hes putting it in, the dt can be wet sleeved. The duramax is a great motor esp in the pickup, jsut not real convinced in the medium duty application. The 7.8 on the other hand is a great medium duty motort.

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I agree duke, I really do. But that v08 depending on the load and terrain, spped rear end ratio etc(if the motors in the sweet spot or not etc), what would make the duramax struggle, the dt466 would just chug along. And if its a very high milage application hes putting it in, the dt can be wet sleeved. The duramax is a great motor esp in the pickup, jsut not real convinced in the medium duty application. The 7.8 on the other hand is a great medium duty motort.
You'll get no arguement from me there. After all, I own/run both of those diesels right now. I never intended to say a DMAX would do what a DT466 would do. I was just saying the DMAX has dozens of aftermarket mods to add more power should the original poster find the engine not powerful enough.

I think the DMAX is fine in light and light to medium apps, like the 2500-5500 series GM trucks. Anything over that and it just doesn't have the rotating mass and longevity for bigger trucks.
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Actually, Looking to replace the daily driver.
And some local towing to the drag strip and dyno.

168K on the truck and maybe 25k or less for the price.
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