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    Default Which used diesel truck to purchase?

    I am looking at (2) USED 3/4 ton diesel trucks to purchase.

    The first one is a 1993 Ford F250 Supercab 4x4 Turbo Diesel.
    It only has 60K original miles and is unmolested.
    Price is 10,500.

    The other truck is a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 with 12valve Cummins diesel with 150,000 miles.
    The engine has a moderate fuel plate, turbo housing, upgraded injectors, and
    4" exhaust from the turbo back.. The transmission was rebuilt within the last 6,000 milesand was purposely built to withstand the upgraded engine modifications. All work done by very reputable shops.
    Price is $7500.

    Which would you choose?

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    Dodge in a heart beat.


    I have 1998 12 valve with lots of mods and trans work and it runs great. Motor is very strong and simple to work on. Mine has 120k on it and I'll probably run it for a long time to come without any worries. 7500 is a great price IMO, the 12 valves are beginning to be hard to come by especially since they are smog exempt.

    Is it a 4x4 long bed club cab? If so jump on it.
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    The Dodge for sure. Ask the guy if it has a 3k or higher governor spring kit in it. That's one of the upgrades most guys do when they do the camplate as well...and it makes a big difference to how they run. Stock governor is set for about 2600 in that truck, maybe a little less...the 3k kit will get you to about 3200rpm - perfect for that engine even with stock valuesprings.
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    If I was spending my own money it would be on the unmolested one. It's fine to make all the upgrades, but they also imply that your are gonna use them too putting a lot more stress and wear on my new used truck before I get ahold of it. If anybody is going to use up the overhead built into an engine, I want it to be me, not the guy I buy it from.

    If you want a Cummins, buy it in a truck driven by Grandpa and Grandma to tow their rv a few times a year.
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    Cummins, period. Even with those mods...dont worry about it. It will run forever.

    I wouldnt even question that decision. That truck is a far better truck than that ford IMO. And has some decent mods, nothing major that will hurt the truck. The plate is a good thing, The turbine housing (assuming a 14cm) is a great thing with no drawbacks as far as reliability, and im guessing it probably has 215 injectors or something simple in it.

    Just get the dodge, period.

    And when you get it, make sure the dowel pin has been fixed. That about the only flaw on that motor. Then upgrade to a 3rd gen track bar and you got a truck that will last forever.

    My 98 12V had 300K miles on it when I sold it, with WAAAY more mods than that one has (604hp at the wheels) and I never had any problems with it, and the current owner is still driving it, nearing 400K miles now with no problems.
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    duramax is my 1st choice, but since that's not in the mix id go cummins fo sho, those 12valve motors last forever, no a fan at all of the powerstroke or 24valve cummins.

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    The person who was sellig the Dodge had 72 e-mails the first day.
    He was letting people see it in the order of the e-mails.
    I was #5. It sold to #2

    Back on the hunt.
    It seems that any decent used truck gets bought pretty quickly these day.

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    CUMMINS. Powerstokes are good, but not a '93!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSXINDUSTRIES View Post
    CUMMINS. Powerstokes are good, but not a '93!
    Ditto!!! And a 93 isn't even a powerstroke!!
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