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Old 05-14-2014, 10:36 PM   #15
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:45 AM   #16
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Thanks all for the input...retirement is 1.5 yrs away so excuse the replies that come after work. Was really looking for the 7.3 diesel monster that gets that 500k with little maintenance. If I bought one that had 150k on it or so.... could I live long enough to hit 500k? Guess the real question I have about the Excursion is comfort and practicality. Do you guys all drive your own trucks and hook up in a town for dinner that may be 30 miles or so? Jump in the 9 passenger Excursion...we just need a designated driver. Also..how convenient is it to have an open bed truck vs a SUV?
Just because the basic engine will last for 500k doesn't mean that you will not have significant expenses associated with a diesel engine. Price out what it costs to replace all of your injectors, various pumps, repair to the fuel system etc. Before I jumped on a used diesel I would talk to 1 or 2 reputable repair shops and ask what types of repairs they see on a regular basis and what the costs are for the particular unit you are looking at. I like diesels but the service will kill you when it is out of warranty.
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Thanks all for the input...retirement is 1.5 yrs away so excuse the replies that come after work. Was really looking for the 7.3 diesel monster that gets that 500k with little maintenance. If I bought one that had 150k on it or so.... could I live long enough to hit 500k? Guess the real question I have about the Excursion is comfort and practicality. Do you guys all drive your own trucks and hook up in a town for dinner that may be 30 miles or so? Jump in the 9 passenger Excursion...we just need a designated driver. Also..how convenient is it to have an open bed truck vs a SUV?
500k with little maintance? GOOOOOOOD LUUUCK! Even over the road semi trucks designed to make a million miles do not make 500k with "little maintance."
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Thanks all for the input...retirement is 1.5 yrs away so excuse the replies that come after work. Was really looking for the 7.3 diesel monster that gets that 500k with little maintenance. If I bought one that had 150k on it or so.... could I live long enough to hit 500k? Guess the real question I have about the Excursion is comfort and practicality. Do you guys all drive your own trucks and hook up in a town for dinner that may be 30 miles or so? Jump in the 9 passenger Excursion...we just need a designated driver. Also..how convenient is it to have an open bed truck vs a SUV?
You would live long enough to hit 500k but I don't think your wallet would last from all the opening and closing to pay for maintenance. You really should start out with a new tow vehicle. Not convenient to have open bed. Either add nice water tight canopy or water tight folding cover. Good luck on your adventure!
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