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Old 10-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Is this as good a deal as it seems?

We are looking for a truck to pull our camper in the summer and to use around town (80 tow, 20 town) only to the tune of 5 to 10 K annually. Up until today I was pretty much settled on a 6 or 8.1 gasser. However, I just looked at a 2005 duramax, senior owned ( he was also a truck driver all his life) so the unit is mint, run only on synthetic oil. 240,000 km (144,000 miles), 90% hwy, loaded with leather, Bose, DVD, power everything and he will sell it for $16,500 Canadian. My only concern is that I am tall and have to lean the seat way back so my head doesn't touch the ceiling (it has a sunroof which drops the ceiling height). Two ?'s: Is this as good a deal as it seems? And can you lower the seats some other way?
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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It sounds like a great deal, half of what I paid for my 08 cummins diesel that I just bought a month ago. I had a friend who had the seat lower in his F350. He had it done at a custom car shop, He also had a stereo installed and I think they charged him an additional $250, he said the seat lowering was normally $500 I think. I am not sure where abouts you are but here is the shop he used. http://www.360fabrication.com/
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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I love my 04 D-max and that price is right in the Ball park for Canada. IF they are power seats you can adjust them down as well..
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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Turned out the 2005 duramax driver seat could not be adjusted low enough for me to fit. This afternoon another vehicle came for sale by owner and we have a deal pending pre-sale inspection. It is a 2007 LBZ duramax with six speed Allison and 160,000 miles driven by a salesman who has owned it since 30,000 miles and in excellent condition. He loves the truck and just upgraded to a new one. I am concerned about one thing: the engine has 4407 hours on it and with 160k miles this puts it at an average of 38 mph. Must be a good chunk of slow driving or idling here. Would this concern any of you?
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38 mph average is pretty quick for alot of in town driving, I think that should be okay.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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He is a salesman to farmers in Alberta, so I figure he must have done a good chunk of slower driving on dirt roads. Will have my mechanic look closely.
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