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    I've been kinda-sorta in the market for a new(er) pickup truck and I think I might have found one that's in my price range...

    I've only ever really had the truck I drive now (a 77 F-150) and would like to replace it kind of soon. I found a Dodge 2500 with a 5.9L Cummins in it, great shape, no scratches, dents etc. for approx. $13,000. The only thing that's holding me back is that it has over 230,000 miles and is only a 2003. If I were to buy it, should I be concerned about the number of miles?

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    So the guy drove a bunch of miles in 8 years... see if he has the maintenance records.

    The Dodge Transmissions usually go before the engine gives up. I had several Dodge Trucks over the years; 1997 (V10), 2000 (Diesel), 2002 (V8), 2005 (Diesel). I replaced transmissions on all of them; Engines lasted over 350,000 miles, (before I pushed it into the ocean...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFSKPII View Post
    I've been kinda-sorta in the market for a new(er) pickup truck and I think I might have found one that's in my price range...

    I've only ever really had the truck I drive now (a 77 F-150) and would like to replace it kind of soon. I found a Dodge 2500 with a 5.9L Cummins in it, great shape, no scratches, dents etc. for approx. $13,000. The only thing that's holding me back is that it has over 230,000 miles and is only a 2003. If I were to buy it, should I be concerned about the number of miles?


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    If he's taken good care of it (maintenance and handling), you might be OK, but stuff does wear out, and I doubt that everything on the truck has been replaced.

    If you're going to use it as a utility vehicle (ie, not your primary ride), I'd say go for it.

    Otherwise, there are lots of vehicles with less miles and years on them.

    On the other hand, I buy new anymore. That way I'm only inheriting the flaws the manufacturer built in, and they'll be under warranty (for the most part).
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    Your Motor Will be Fine for roughly another 20,000 before it needs to be pulled down and inspected, For that Price, Keep looking. I Love my Dodge's All of them have been 5.9L Cummins and they have all been Awesome. My 98 is a 525hp Truck with 215,000 miles on the Ticker, but I am flirting with Disaster with that set-up.
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    Thanks for all the help guys. I agree that it's too many miles so I decided against the thing. Unfortunately I don't think I can be too picky because $15,000 is about my limit so I don't know if I can get what I want for that money but I guess I'll keep looking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFSKPII View Post
    Thanks for all the help guys. I agree that it's too many miles so I decided against the thing. Unfortunately I don't think I can be too picky because $15,000 is about my limit so I don't know if I can get what I want for that money but I guess I'll keep looking!
    Check out Cumminsforum.com They have a really good for sale section, If your looking for a Cummins.
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    I just bought a 2007 Dodge 2500 Heavy Duty with the 5.7 Hemi gas engine. Like every pickup that I've had since 1972, it's a 4X4 and my 3rd Super Crew Cab. The Dodge replaces a 2004 F150 that we bought in 2006, and has racked up 112,500 miles. I needed something heavier than what I had so that I can pull a 30 Ft. Camper or a 14 ft. Box Trailer. This is our 9th pickup, and the 4th Dodge. I have never had any real problems with Dodge, and don't expect to see any............ Two points: 1. I haven't bought a new vehicle since 1985, and I don't think I ever will again. I look for something several years old with reasonable mileage for the age, and in excellent condition. I can buy something like that for half of the new Price, so why not??. 2. I looked hard for, and found and bought a 5.7 Hemi GAS engine, which seemed to suprise some folks. I am adamant that I do not want a Diesel in anything smaller than 10,000 lbs. I've found that the advantage of a Diesel diminishes as the size of the vehicle declines. Here, right now Diesel ($3.60/Gal) is running around $0.40 Cents per gallon more than regular Gas ($3.20/Gal.)......
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    I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, but I do know that diesel gets better milage than a gas engine would (or at least so I've been told)... but right now anything is better than 6 mpg

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