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Old 06-11-2012, 01:54 PM
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I'm purchasing my first real truck. It's a 1994 Dodge Ram 3500 2x4 with a 12v Cummins engine, and a 5-spd (nv4500?) tranny. I know the guy, and he's pretty straight forward. Truck has 300,000 miles on it, oil changed every 4,000 miles since he has had it. He uses it to pull heavy loads, (car trailers, etc.) It has a 5th wheel, 4" straight piped MBRP exhaust, holset turbo, new front suspension parts and airbagged rear suspension. This truck is a bad bitch, and the reason I want it is to haul quads/bikes, and to pull my little camper around to parties and stuff. There's a little rust on the front left quarter, the left door front and bottom, and the bottom of the right door. The rear bumper is pretty rusted. The interior is pretty rough, the headliner is starting to sag a little in the corners, the seat is a little torn, the steering wheel leather is ripped on top, and the right a-pillar plastic is missing. He wants $1700 for it. It uses a little oil, like a quart every 3,000 miles. Anything I should look for before I buy it? It runs like a champ. Thanks, any input appreciated.
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As long as she still pulls hard, an doesnt smoke blue etc..Maybe check to see if it has any blow by...To me that sounds like a good deal, I prefer the single rears tho
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My bigger concern would be the tranny, over the motor. I doubt the motor will have any issues till 500,000 as it sounds like its been well taken care of. I see trannys go out more on the 12v's then motors.
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I'm purchasing my first real truck. It's a 1994 Dodge Ram 3500 2x4 with a 12v Cummins engine, and a 5-spd (nv4500?) tranny. I know the guy, and he's pretty straight forward. Truck has 300,000 miles on it, oil changed every 4,000 miles since he has had it. He uses it to pull heavy loads, (car trailers, etc.) It has a 5th wheel, 4" straight piped MBRP exhaust, holset turbo, new front suspension parts and airbagged rear suspension. This truck is a bad bitch, and the reason I want it is to haul quads/bikes, and to pull my little camper around to parties and stuff. There's a little rust on the front left quarter, the left door front and bottom, and the bottom of the right door. The rear bumper is pretty rusted. The interior is pretty rough, the headliner is starting to sag a little in the corners, the seat is a little torn, the steering wheel leather is ripped on top, and the right a-pillar plastic is missing. He wants $1700 for it. It uses a little oil, like a quart every 3,000 miles. Anything I should look for before I buy it? It runs like a champ. Thanks, any input appreciated.


Are you sure it "runs like a champ"? Even for $1700, it sounds like a risky purchase....

It may seem like only $1700 now, but when you start replacing turbo's, headgaskets, fuel pumps, it'll add up!

With that kind of age and mileage, i would get it checked out by a decent mechanic before buying. Those cummins are beasts as long as they arent rode hard and put away wet.
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Are you sure it "runs like a champ"? Even for $1700, it sounds like a risky purchase....

It may seem like only $1700 now, but when you start replacing turbo's, headgaskets, fuel pumps, it'll add up!

With that kind of age and mileage, i would get it checked out by a decent mechanic before buying. Those cummins are beasts as long as they arent rode hard and put away wet.
Yeah, we took it for a ride. No blue smoke (it was a warm start). It idled strong, shifted strong, no clutch noise. It had balls, for 300,000 miles. It wasn't too dirty under the hood. No huge leaks that I could see, nothing more than any other cummins out there. It really did seem like a solid truck. I mean, if I do buy it and it takes a shit, you guys all have dibs on telling me "I told you so". Lol. I'm sure it could use a head gasket. I just figured I'd ask you guys' opinions, anything helps.
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Yeah, we took it for a ride. No blue smoke (it was a warm start). It idled strong, shifted strong, no clutch noise. It had balls, for 300,000 miles. It wasn't too dirty under the hood. No huge leaks that I could see, nothing more than any other cummins out there. It really did seem like a solid truck. I mean, if I do buy it and it takes a shit, you guys all have dibs on telling me "I told you so". Lol. I'm sure it could use a head gasket. I just figured I'd ask you guys' opinions, anything helps.
Yeah, spend the extra few bucks and have a diesel tech check it out. Make sure a compression test is done when cold and when warmed up!

Just as an FYI, a headgasket job in my f350 at the stealerships in Washington was quoted right around $5000...
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Yeah, spend the extra few bucks and have a diesel tech check it out. Make sure a compression test is done when cold and when warmed up!

Just as an FYI, a headgasket job in my f350 at the stealerships in Washington was quoted right around $5000...
How do I go along with that? Tell him I don't trust him so I need to have a mechanic check it out? The last thing I need is to insult this guy lol.

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