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Heres the problem my dad is buying me a truck but he thinks high mileage diesels are bad. I found a 1999 24v Quad Cab 4x4 with 243k on it for $9995. I told him they will last a long time and I will be doing a new transmission and other stuff to it anyways down the line. How long do these motors last without any mods and with mods? Any information will be helpful.
 

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That is a loaded question. Really it depends on who is driving the truck and how they take care of the truck. Some will get 500K+ others will have lots of problems getting to 200K.
Ask lots of questions, see if they have service records, and look at the persons other trucks or cars. How they take care of their other vehicles could tell you how they took care of the one they are selling.
Expect to replace other things on the truck. Make sure you change the oil in the axles, transfercase, and trans. They are ignored too often.

These engines are supposed to last a long time but it is still a used vehicle and it is always a risk when you buy used. Good luck.
 
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That is a loaded question. Really it depends on who is driving the truck and how they take care of the truck. Some will get 500K+ others will have lots of problems getting to 200K.
Ask lots of questions, see if they have service records, and look at the persons other trucks or cars. How they take care of their other vehicles could tell you how they took care of the one they are selling.
Expect to replace other things on the truck. Make sure you change the oil in the axles, transfercase, and trans. They are ignored too often.

These engines are supposed to last a long time but it is still a used vehicle and it is always a risk when you buy used. Good luck.
:iagree :iagree :iagree

I bought my current truck 2 1/2 years ago with 242k on the clock. It was bone stock though and the motor was weel cared for. If the rest of the truck or the owners other vehicles look beat all to heck, then chances are the motor was treated the same way.
 

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I will be asking lots of questions before I even go to NJ to look at it. The body looks excellent, same with the interior. I know all about changing the oil every in the truck regulary ( becuase I am a mechanic ). Thanks for the info!
 

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Check out the link of a truck in woodbury, CT. Looks like a real good deal and it's alot closer than NJ. Take your time when looking for a cummins, It took me 3 months before I found my truck. Alot of people want way too much for the truck because of the diesel. I looked at trucks beat to hell with 150k for the same price I paid for mine with a brand new tranny and plow.

http://www.bargainnews.com/viewad.cfm?Show_Notepad=No&bnAd_ID=6339626&TheDealer=0
 

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I know what you mean, Ive been looking for a few months... I have $1000 right now for a down payment and will have another $500 by the time my dad can get me the money he is giving me so I will only have around 9-9.5k. That truck is wicked nice, also I like the sport package on the dodges, but I cant afford the 12k right now, Im only 16.
 

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I would also have them run a carfax and get a print out from the dealer to see what the truck has been in for, like warrenty work and such.
 

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You can usually talk people down on price so look a little higher price than you have to spend. I was looking in the 20k range and found my truck listed at 18 and only paid 15k for it, with 80k on the clock, clean inside and out and 4x4. So if somebody's asking 12,000 you could probably get it for a bit less, especially at one of those second hand dealers.

With that said, I'm leary of second hand dealers because it is hard to get history on the truck, and they are put through the ringer for cleaning, so it is hard to tell how the truck was cared for. 242K is not uncommon for these engines, but that is a lot of miles if the drive train wasn't properly cared for, and also on accessories and what have you. You might want to try having them through in a free extended warranty instead of dropping the price.

They are in the business of selling cars, and won't be offened and not sell you the truck because you started with a low offer. I'd say low ball the heck out of them, and you could probably get that truck for a bit less than they are asking.
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Thanks for the information! Ill try to talk that guy down for the black dodge in the first ad not the one I posted. Im a little scared of high miles because Im keeping the truck till I get out of college which is around 7 years so I want something that I can put an easy 200k plus on and not be worried. Ill try with the black sport one first and see where he goes and maybe I can get some extra money or I can find a better deal!
 

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yeah, I think thats your best bet. That black truck looks sweet, I always liked those sport packages.
 

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Ya they do and its a short bed, I dont really like having the long truck. Plus is always good to have lower miles!
 

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Less than a mile away from me there is a 2001 with 785,000 Miles on it!!!
It is modded with Edge EZ Tow, intake, exhaust, injectors. BD Power Trany. and other goodies. But ya 785,000 Miles. On the orginal engine. It's going for $10,000.
 

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Wow thats a lot of miles, I found another one with only 174k on it but its a 1998 which Im not worried about and its going for the same price. This saturday my dad is finally passing in the papers for me to get my loan so hopefully it goes through and if it does well I will prolly be on my way down to PA to get my truck!
 

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Also to check if its a "53" block where do I look for it? Is it in the 12v and/or 24v?
 
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It is stamped on the left "driver side" of the block in various places. They are 24v blocks and were used as late in production as early 00' models. Just because it has a 53 block, doesn't mean it is automatically bad. I know many heavily modified 53 block trucks running on the road everyday.
 

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Alright thanks, I wouldnt want to take any chances since a lot of people I hear have had problems with them. I dont want to have to replace the engine.
 
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The "53 Block" was cast in Mexico and is somewhat more prone to cracking between cylinders than some of the other blocks cast elsewhere.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Brazil cast blocks which are believed to be the strongest.
 
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