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Old September 7th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Shy away from a 99 PSD 4x4 with a pile of miles on it? (200k) And looked like it needed lower ball joints. Assuming everything else checked out good, including the price tag?
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Old September 7th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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If I didn't care about the miles and everything else was in good condition I think I'd take the truck. Ball joints aren't really that big of a replacement.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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id do it ive heard storys of the 7.3s goin 500,000 plus miles if yuo take care of them
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Old September 8th, 2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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id do it ive heard storys of the 7.3s goin 500,000 plus miles if yuo take care of them
what about the entire rest of the truck?
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Old September 8th, 2008, 02:19 PM   #5
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i just bought a 99 with 194K miles on it. I considered that to be low miles

The trans would worry me (if it is an auto). Find out if it has been rebuilt yet. If it hasn't, I givie it 20K miles tops.
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I have been looking at PSDs and Duramaxs for the last 4-5 months all with over 200k. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money on one so I haven't been to picky. The only thing that has been turning me away from buying any of the ones I have looked at, is the condition of the bodies and interiors. Most of the owners have misrepresented their conditions and I have driven up to 1 1/2 hours to look at them just to find out that they are trashed inside and out. But as for mechanical issues on most of them, they ran tip-top! If the truck runs good, looks good, drives good, and you can get it cheap.... I say buy it I wouldn't be afraid to.
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good info. thanks folks!
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99 wouldn't be a 7.3L would it? Maybe a 6.0? Whatever the case, become good friends with somebody who works in a body shop if the body's rusting out, you'd be surprised how quick they get side jobs done. Fenders and box wheel wells are pretty quick. My co-worker had a 88 ford and it had 300k on the engine before he sold it.
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99 wouldn't be a 7.3L would it? Maybe a 6.0? Whatever the case, become good friends with somebody who works in a body shop if the body's rusting out, you'd be surprised how quick they get side jobs done. Fenders and box wheel wells are pretty quick. My co-worker had a 88 ford and it had 300k on the engine before he sold it.
6.0s didnt start until 03 so up until 03 you can get a 7.3
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what about the entire rest of the truck?
it all depends on how you take care of it. i would say a trans wont last that long and a rearend prolly wouldnt be still goin strong but i dont see why with maintnence and care the truck wouldnt.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #11
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The 99 is a 7.3 which is a great engine. The front axle is known for the ball joints as well as the hub bearing going out regularly. I personally put 4 sets of bearing, 2 sets of locking (Warn) hubs plus the OEM, as well as 2 sets of ball joints in about 50K. Oh I was running 315/70/R17 tires. I also had the transmission done twice. The first job was lame but the second time I had it made bullet proof. All in all in't a great truck, like everything it has some weak points that tend to fail until they are fixed. I would have upgraded the front axle bearing to the old style bearing that can be serviced if I would have kept the truck. Good luck
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