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    So don't know if I will be able to afford the truck I wanted but by fall I will probably need something. I was looking at some trucks under 9000 to see what was out there mostly F150's.

    Trucks hold their value quite well even a 2006 with 250 K is asking 8500. The problem with a high mileage engine is not the engine wearing out it's the other parts like the alternator, starter, Hoses, maybe the rad. I would also have to do a proper rust treatment on it so it wouldn't rust maybe some sand blasting of the frame first, change the plugs what else? So for a mechanically incline person yourself what do you consider to be to high of milage for a reliable
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    I have always easily put 350k on my vehicles. Like you say properly maintained engines and trannys usually don't fail. Look for a high mileage daily driver rather than a truck that has worked hard like a contracter or kid who enjoys beating on it. I would avoid jacked up and modified ones. Figure how many Kms a year you drive and amortize that on your investment.
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    I would think that 200k and under would be reasonable. Do some research some vehicles have expensive quirks, I think Ford 5.4 had an issue with cam phasers and leaky manifolds.

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    Any truck around 160K kms should be in decent shape. You really need to make sure it hasn't been used for plowing snow and has been regularly maintained. It's going to be a tough job finding one that hasn't been rode hard and put away wet,but,they're out there. Buy from a reputable dealer even if it costs a few bucks more. Avoid import trucks at all costs. Good luck.
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    I don't think I ever bought a truck with less than 200Kms.....but then I have never spend more than $5K on a truck either...LOL...

    It's getting harder to find the older trucks..(bench seat and rubber floor mats, Ahh the 90's) that were still cheap to drive and repair.

    Most of the repair items you mentioned are cheap and take less than an hr at the mechanics to replace. Once those are done mid-life you'r good to go for another 200K.

    Saw a prize truck, valued at $84,000, sitting out front of Cabela's last week. Some kind of chrome behemoth that was so tall, standing at 6'2' I wasn't even 1/2 way up side window..ridiculous.

    GW, is see lots of trucks on Face Book sell sites, one last week was a 2001 Ram for $4K...looked to be in excellent shape.

    You know my criteria; a truck shouldn't cost you more than a $1k a yr amortized over it's life with you. I haven't broke that rule in over 30 yrs..
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    GW..an example of a local FaceBook ad......

    2007 ram 1500 safetied
    $5,800

    Original owner
    Last time I post it if doesn’t sell am keeping it
    Safetied for 5800 or as is 5400
    254k
    Not winter driven
    No trades
    Well maintained and annual safety done with yellow sticker every year
    Solid truck
    Red tank in back and lettering will be removed upon selling




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    I just traded in my 2008 Yukon with 167000 km and the dealership gave me $10100 for it and applied it to the 2018 Colorado I'm getting Tuesday!

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    I am trading my 2012 GMC EXT cab 4x4 for new F150.
    GMC will have 170k on it by the time new truck is here. Dealer mentioned they will put it on the lot at between 18k and 19k.
    It's in good shape and has been maintained well.

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    I think it depends on the engine, transmission, and the overall condition. If it is a diesel it just breaks in at 80,000 km. I also take a look at who is selling it. My diesel is chipped with larger exhaust and cold air intake but I don't run it hard. It was done purely for torque when pulling so the engine doesn't work as hard. I hate to say it but I don't think I would buy a modified car or truck from a person who looks like, sounds like, and acts like he drives it like a Nascar driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    I don't think I ever bought a truck with less than 200Kms.....but then I have never spend more than $5K on a truck either...LOL...

    Most of the repair items you mentioned are cheap and take less than an hr at the mechanics to replace. Once those are done mid-life you'r good to go for another 200K.

    You know my criteria; a truck shouldn't cost you more than a $1k a yr amortized over it's life with you. I haven't broke that rule in over 30 yrs..
    Lots of wisdom in Mikes post here. No amount of mileage is too high, depending on the price. If you expect it to last a year, pay a grand. If it should be good for 5, pay 5.

    I drive SUV's because I need the seating and pull a trailer when I need to move cargo. The last couple I've paid around 3K, drive them for 2-3 years and as long as they are still running you can get 2500-3K back. Sometimes there are problems but the last two I've driven essentially for free (less the cost of maintenance).

    Edit: my buying criteria are to never buy from a dealer, never buy from a kid or anything with mods, and only buy from someone with a nicer house than yours

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