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Old 01-19-2013, 07:03 PM
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How many miles is too many?

Eyeballing a 2000 4x4 Excursion (Diesel) with about 300k on the odometer. It is actually pretty clean and the guy is asking 6k for it. What should I be looking for as far as maintenance issues?
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Well, IMO there is no such thing as "too many miles". Those who look at the odometer only when purchasing vehicles could be missing great deals.

What's more important are these:

1. Vehicle history - maintenance, wrecks, overall care, manufacturer design flaws (i.e. bad engine design forcing owners to make certain upgrades to increase reliability) and type of usage
1a. I closely look at the owner to gather some detail (if the owner doesnt take care of his other vehicles or possessions, chances are, he hasnt taken good care of the vehicle for sale either)

2. Price - which should be factored in based off of my first point (#1), & value of the vehicle (using pricing guides as a tool)
2a. be sure to factor in replacement costs of worn out parts due to the mileage and age

3. Options (which arent really that important in most cases because of the aftermarket)

4. Lastly, you should consider your intended usage. (i.e. If you're buying an X to trick it out and put a lift on it, worn out suspension and joints may not mean a lot because you'll be replacing these items with the lift anyway)

I can and will purchase a vehicle with 300K if the price is right based on the factors listed above. Consider these things while making your decision and you should come out okay.
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I got my 00 limited 4x4 7.3 ex for 7,200.00 with 271,00 miles on it. One owner, very clean and well maintained. So far I have had, 8 injectors, rear end bearings, alternator, wheel hubs, all new brakes including calipers, hoses, pads and rotors. In all I had to replace those parts due to age, not improper maintenance. All my mods were by choice. Roughly I have 5k into the truck and im at almost 290,000 miles now. Another thing to check for is rust if the truck came from a northern state.
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X2,,, very well said, Reps given!! Yes, I ALWAYS look at the owner and the condition of a.) house/yard b.) other vehicles if the one you are looking at is freshly cleaned, and everything else is dirty and unkempt,,,odds are it spent its life dirty and unkempt, and just now got the turd polish done.
And no, if well maintained and he has records, figure out what needs or will need fixin, and subtract that from the price, and if you are happy with the $$$ amount, then go for it!

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Well, IMO there is no such thing as "too many miles". Those who look at the odometer only when purchasing vehicles could be missing great deals.

What's more important are these:

1. Vehicle history - maintenance, wrecks, overall care, manufacturer design flaws (i.e. bad engine design forcing owners to make certain upgrades to increase reliability) and type of usage
1a. I closely look at the owner to gather some detail (if the owner doesnt take care of his other vehicles or possessions, chances are, he hasnt taken good care of the vehicle for sale either)

2. Price - which should be factored in based off of my first point (#1), & value of the vehicle (using pricing guides as a tool)
2a. be sure to factor in replacement costs of worn out parts due to the mileage and age

3. Options (which arent really that important in most cases because of the aftermarket)

4. Lastly, you should consider your intended usage. (i.e. If you're buying an X to trick it out and put a lift on it, worn out suspension and joints may not mean a lot because you'll be replacing these items with the lift anyway)

I can and will purchase a vehicle with 300K if the price is right based on the factors listed above. Consider these things while making your decision and you should come out okay.
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