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Old 11-29-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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How long

Thinking about purchasing a 2003 revolution with 75000 miles.
Does anyone know how long or how many miles the drive train should last, pending proper care?

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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If it's the typical Cummins Diesel & Allison Transmission, it should make 250K miles with no trouble.

In addition to oil and fluid changes, air filiters are critical for the health of diesels because the air flow is much, much higher than with a gasoline engine.

It is possible to have the engine oil & coolant and transmission fluid analyzed for potential problems. The cost is reasonable.

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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If properly maintained, a life time.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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500k with proper maintenance before a major overhaul...that's the Cummins rule of thumb
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give it a little tender love and care and I can tell you, the house will fall off around you before the drive train craters.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:24 AM   #6
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Obviously I'm a newbly, Thank for your help!!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jon Mopar View Post
500k with proper maintenance before a major overhaul...that's the Cummins rule of thumb
What Jon said is absolutely correct. Treat it right, give it regularly scheduled maintenance it should make it to 500K miles with ease. I have personal experience with two Cummins engines that have more than exceeded this benchmark. One was an L10 that was well beyond 800K miles and was still running the last I heard. The other was an NHC 220 that exceeded 1 million miles before we ever even took the heads off. While these two engines might be an exception, they do demonstrate what is possible when a solid maintenance program is paired with a good operator/driver.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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The core parts of the drive train will last far longer than you will ever drive it - at least a half million miles and probably double that with care. But that doesn't mean it will be trouble-free. Things like lift & injector pumps, alternators, hydraulics for fans and aux power, water pumps, radiators, etc. are all subject to failures much sooner than that. Most people would consider these to be "engine problems", i.e. their rig needed expensive repairs to the "engine" before they could use it again. Shocks and air bags and steering are potential repair items as well.

That said, I would not be concerned about buying a diesel chassis with 75k miles on it if I was confident it had good maintenance all along. If I was not so sure it had good maintenance, I would probably still buy it but would want to bank an extra $3500 or so as reserve for possible drive train repairs.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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Thank You all,
We purchased the Revolution and LUV it. Unfortunatly we have only used it 3 times. The last time at the ocean I poured down rain. We discover that the rear bedroom slider leaks at both bottom corners. I contacted Fleetwood and I'm going to replace the seals. Not to bad but I discovered that the slide out is actually 1" off center in the opening. This has causes 1 seal and sweep to be pinched and the other to barlly touch. Has anyone adjusted their slide or moved it over to center in the opening?
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