2002 F750 Dump Need Opinions on Potential Purchase
Was just wondering what you guys thought of this deal as I'm trying to fully talk myself into it. I'm looking into a 2002 XLT F750 Dump that is for sale that has 19,300 original miles and is in very nice condition from the photos and I plan on going to look at it tomorrow. Here are some of the specifics: 33,000 GVWR, Air Brakes, 158" wheelbase, 10ft Godwin or Gallion dump box. It has the 5.9 Cummings Inline 6 rated at 225hp/605ft/lbs torque. The transmission is a 6 speed push button MD Series Allison Automatic. Do you guys have any opinions on this Cummings Diesel and what are your thoughts on the Allison Automatic? Are there any known/common problems that I should look out for with this powertrain? This truck was owned by a small town and was not used much and seems to have been well taken care of. The interior and exterior are real clean and not all beat up. The dump box has been re-floored and the rest of the box was repainted and from the photos looks pretty good. It also is set up for and comes with the plow.
I currently have a 1995 F700 with 22,000 original miles with the 429 gasser and 5 speed manual with the 2 speed rear end. I love the truck but the issue that I'm having is I live on very hilly terrain and when fully loaded or overloaded HaHa!, it has been a real challenge sometimes with the manual tranny and have been stressing the 429. So I'm thinking the Cummings and Allision Automatic would make life easier when maneuvering on the hills and I'll have more torque to boot. The seller is asking $22,000 clams, do you think this is a fair price given the low mileage and condition and engine/tranny combo? Any and all opinions are welcome. Just trying to make a smart decision vs an emotional one.
Thanks in advance-
Well the 5.9 is great engine, but depending upon your expectations it may or may not live up to what you expect it to do. A 8.3 would be better, but the truck has what it has! Do expect good fuel mileage though.
As to the auto, just read my signature to get mu opinion on that - manuals are a dead issue and have been for some time, but it takes sometimes for people to accept new things, although Ford has been trying since the Transmatic (Fords name for the Alison)was offered in 1958 along with all of its good points. Now Class 8 trucks are even jumping into the deep end of the pool with either full auto or auto shift transmissions.
And yes, I am a older guy who damaged his body from the repetitive mind-numbing task of shifting, better suited to a automaton so I have paid my homage at the feet of manuals!
As to the price, can't help you there, these 5 yarders vary all over the price depending upon how there optioned out, how the dump bed is set up, and its options such as a air release gate rock box etc, mileage and condition.
The 5.9 and Allison should be a good combo. That's what I drive every day for work, but in a KW. We have several of them, all between 200K and 400K miles and they do a great job. These are only 26K GVWR, but they are 26' straight trucks so they have a lot more wind resistance going down the road than a dump truck. Might be a little slow on steep hills when loaded heavy, but should otherwise do a great job for you.