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Old 12-29-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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Need Advice Regarding Mileage

I'm looking at purchasing a pre-owned 1 ton pickup to tow a 5th wheel. What is considered high mileage on a diesel engine? One of the trucks I'm considering is a 2015 F-350 6.7l with 97,000 miles on it. Is that considered high mileage?
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:54 PM   #2
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Thats a 2 year old truck with almost 100000 miles? Diesel, gas or whatever, that's a high mileage truck!! Shoot for a 2-3 year old truck with more like 30k miles. Whew!
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:26 PM   #3
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Thats a 2 year old truck with almost 100000 miles? Diesel, gas or whatever, that's a high mileage truck!! Shoot for a 2-3 year old truck with more like 30k miles. Whew!
I disagree. A 2-3 year old vehicle with 30,000 miles is not the whole story. Take a 8 yo motorhome with 15,000 miles for instance. It still had the original oil in it. It had been hidden from the repo man for most of it's life. My point is that with good maintenance, 100,000 miles is nothing. My 95 Suburban 454 has nearly 300,000 and so does my 2000 Blazer. I'd take high milage with good maintenance over low milage and no maintenance. Most salvage titled vehicles sat in the wrecking yard for most of their life and got no miles at all on them.

Crawl underneath and look for signs of maintenance
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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You pays your money and you take your chances. My guess is that he drove it like he stole it........
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Use Carfax or other website to check out the VIN to find out when the truck was placed in service. It could be 3 yrs old already. 97K is not that big deal for a diesel. And the rest of the truck isn't dying from old age. So, I wouldn't discard it. With that many miles in 2 or 3 years, it certainly didn't spend lots of time in dealer service bays. All depends on the price. Also, Carfax should show where and when it was serviced, might have been used for lots of long distance hauling around the country. The truck computer should also show total running hours. Finally, a careful check is needed on any used vehicle to insure it wasn't flooded, especially in Florida.
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:33 PM   #6
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Look at the condition. It should look new for that year. The price should reflect the 97,000 miles. Agree, check the vin with carfax and maybe use a few other sources.

The Ford 6.7 litre diesel seems to be a solid engine.

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Old 12-29-2017, 06:08 PM   #7
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I'm looking at 2 2015 F-350's here are the carfax reports to both.

This one has 44k miles and they are asking $45k

Carfax: http://bit.ly/2pU1Okp

This one has 97K miles and they are asking $40k but it has a few more bells & whistles than the first.

Carfax: http://bit.ly/2Cmk4Ie
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Be careful of Carfax, they only report what they know. Look at the vehicle, crawl under it. Brand new tires could mean the suspension is shot and the tires that he took off were worn on the outside and he knew you can't sell it like that. Carfax won't track that. No door dings on one side because he sideswiped a cement barrier and his brother fixed it for a case of beer, and didn't tell Carfax. The fender support on the left side is shiny new because he parked 6 inches too close to a brick outhouse. The radio presets are on headbanger stations because his idiot highschool dropout kid drove it until he went to rehab. The vehicle will tell you alot more than Carfax, it's free and it's just waiting for you.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:03 PM   #9
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Take the Vin number to a Ford dealer and have them run an Oasis report on it. This will tell any work that Ford has done to it.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:04 PM   #10
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My daughter has a 2015 Ford pickup provided by her company, which is agriculture related, and she covers central California. She got it new in 2015 and it just turned 200,000 miles last week. It's been almost trouble free.

So I'd say you'll be ok under 100,000 miles.
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I've got a 2015 ram 3500 just rolled 100k. I bought used in March 2017 with 79k. Guy before me drove from Central Texas to northern Arkansas regularly and we drove all 50 states. Just depends on how the truck was used as to why there are so many miles. I'd trust a higher mileage new vehicle than a silly low older vehicle. Diesel was meant to be worked.
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Thats a 2 year old truck with almost 100000 miles? Diesel, gas or whatever, that's a high mileage truck!! Shoot for a 2-3 year old truck with more like 30k miles. Whew!
I disagree as well. I'd look at the over all condition more than the miles.
Cold starts are when most of the wear occurs on diesels.
This is why many OTR trucks in rest ares and truck stops are idling
A 2 year old truck with 100K likely had many fewer cold starts.

The 2003 school bus I drive runs great with no visible smoke. It has 144K and it has 10K Hours on the Tach (10K X 55MPH = 550K!!!) yes imagine that. It has 4 cold starts a day, 178 days a year. I will admit when it is below 40 F it is plugged in.
It has a 3126B Cat engine.
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I'd want to know the history and get as many maintenance records as possible.

A lot of other things to maintain other than the engine.

Like others have said, mileage is high for the year of the vehicle, but not for a diesel maintained properly.
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In my experience sometime after 150,000 miles the rest of the truck starts showing it's age. Seats are dished and stitching is coming loose, suspension is worn out, rear ends need rebuilt etc.

If it were me I would look at what a gas truck with the same options and mileage would go for and add $5000 for the diesel and see if it is close to the same price.

Just because a diesel will run 300,000 miles does not mean the rest of the truck will last. If you are OK chasing the parts that need replaced then go for it but I have never felt a truck was reliable after 150,000
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