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Old 02-11-2015, 07:01 PM   #1
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Question about Used TV's with High Mileage.

I have a question regarding used Tow Vehicles. Currently I own a 2012 Tacoma and it's fine for my needs but of course it would be nice to have a little more power on those longer trips when Pulling my HTT.

I'm not a truck guy by nature but since owning my Tacoma, I wonder why I never had one sooner in life.

My question is about High Mileage Trucks out there because I'm thinking I might like one strickly for Towing. I would not want one for a daily driver.

Obviously Diesels can run forever as some claim and there are some Low cost, Older 2500's out there for less than 10K but the mileage is 2-300k if not more in some cases.

For the gas burners I see 1500's and some 2500's pushing 200K in mileage which I think may be pushing it, but not sure.

If they were cars I would pass without even blinking, but trucks are a different animal.

For you fellow campers out there, when would you start getting nervous when the Odometer starts clicking up in the higher range of Miles. In other words should I just avoid any truck with more than 150K on them or does it just come down to properly maintained vehicles which of course you would never know unless you go over them with a fine tooth comb which I would do anyway.

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Old 02-11-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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I would have no problem if it were the original seller, had never done any modifications to the engine and had all of the service records. Wouldn't hurt if the guy (or gal) was say...60 years or so old and always kept the truck garaged. You're golden if they give you the name of the servicing dealer and you go talk to them.
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I would have no problem if it were the original seller, had never done any modifications to the engine and had all of the service records. Wouldn't hurt if the guy (or gal) was say...60 years or so old and always kept the truck garaged. You're golden if they give you the name of the servicing dealer and you go talk to them.
Good point. I saw one that had the Company Name on it...Those I would avoid at all costs as well. Hard work miles on those trucks I'm sure.
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I was quite leery when I purchased my high mileage/ older model F250 gasoline V10 (2002, 180K miles) but the price was right ($5000). I then put nearly $2000 into a complete servicing. Now I trust it as a TV. Nearly 2 years and 3-4K miles later. I'm currently away from home and camping, depending on it to get us home tomorrow.
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:36 AM   #5
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My truck is 11 years old with about 200,000 miles on it.. I would not even consider trading it yet...
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, those are the types of reassuring responses I'm looking for. I'm hoping more folks with the older vehicles chime in.

Wrascal, that's the kind of Purchase Price I'd be happy with. Actually I have a 1985 Mustang I'm thinking about swapping for a Decent "older" Truck. I'm the original owner but in the last 10 years or more, I hardly drive it. I'm talking to the tune of maybe 50 Miles/year, if that. It's got 131Km (81k miles) on it. Not much at all for a 30 year old car.
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I purchased a used 2002 Yukon with about 180K miles on it.. I did the carfax lookup on it and it had no wrecks, showed good maintenance records, etc.. I figured since it will only be used for towing that I would put less than 1k miles per year on it.. I am very satisfied with the purchase.. Plus whenever one of our regular drivers are down for maintenance, etc. I have a backup vehicle.

You'll see the blurb in my signature line about my neighbor using it. He lets us store our camper in his driveway for free and he works from home and doesn't do 10 miles a week on it.. Helps keep the battery charged and all of the fluids moving..
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:43 AM   #8
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Dagwood, I have over 320 000km on my 2008 Pilot....high mileage doesn't scare me too much
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:42 AM   #9
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What is high mileage? With a good maintenance schedule, there are no reasons average pick ups and suv's shouldn't go 200-300 thousand miles with minimal repairs. I drive an 03 Tahoe with 224K on the clock. I wouldn't heasitate to take it anywhere these days. I bought it a couple years ago with 202k on it from the 2nd owner who put over 100 thousand of those miles on it. As said on a previous post, first thing I did was complete routine maintenance. Serviced both front and rear differantial, transmission (fluid and FILTER, not just a flush), transfercase service and a fuel filter. Thinking about it, I have not serviced the cooling system yet, which i should. Now every year I service the transmission, and fuel filter and keep up with oil changes (which I do use heavier oil for piece of mind). Brakes are inspected every oil change along with rotating the tires. Im sure it helps that I am an ase certified mechanic, but when on the road, you wont find me wrenching on my stuff, unless its a small repair (hose, belt, ect...ect...). If there is a break down, it just goes to a good local shop who comes highly recomended.
I think about it this way. I worked at a new car/truck dealer for 8 years prior to what I am doing now. There wasn't a day that went by that I didn't have some kind of warranty work to do. NEW VEHICLES BREAK DOWN TOO! I cant tell you how many transmissions, differantials and even some engines I had to rebuild under factory warranty. Buy something with higher mileage, SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY on the purchase price vs new, and set aside a few grand for a major repair. Hopefully you never need that money, but at least its there if you do.
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^^^ Very good points made by Plowtoy. And it covers the reasons I bought an 8 yr old TV with a mere 73K miles on it. I feel it is just getting broke in good, and was less then 1/3 the cost of new.
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