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Old 09-04-2009, 12:04 AM
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What is the average life of one of these beasts? I have found a 2002 F250 7.3L with 280k miles. I just want to see how much I can get out of it before I should expect some repair expenses
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It all depends on how it was maintained. I know there was a poll taken several months back and I was surprised at the # of folks really high in mileage. Im only at 200K personally and have had no work done other than routine maintenance and other things besides the engine and trans. Water pump, wheel bearing, alternator...come to think about it, thats really it. Maintenance will be a little more expensive than a regular gasser, but I dont mind it for the longevity and reliability.
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Thanx for the reply, when I checked the carfax it was clean but it did mention fleet vehicle...what does that mean?
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Probably part of a company that had a a number of these trucks. Could be a bad thing if driven by someone who didnt give a chit about it, but it couldve been taken care of better with scheduled maintenance. You just never know. I know there is a link around here for a list of things to check out if youre looking to buy one. Maybe someone who knows where it is can post it in a little while.
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I bought a 2001 F250 7.3L that was a fleet vehicle. It was leased from Ford by a tire retail chain. In five years it accumulated 260,000 miles. It has 275,000 now, and has had no significant problems in between.

Sometimes fleet vehicles get better maintenance than private vehicles. Also, there is a chance that the miles were mostly highway, unless it was a city delivery wagon!

Once you get more than 100,000 miles on any pickup, something can go wrong at any time. Brakes, Transmission, wheel bearings, etc. are all wear items that can give out at any time. That is why you pay less than new price. Hold back at least $1,000 from what you think the truck should be worth so you have a fund to fix unexpected problems. this needs to be hard money that you can access on short notice.

Once you get the truck, enjoy it! You will love it. Unless it has a rust problem from salty roads, a Superduty will last pretty much forever if you keep it maintained and replace the worn parts as needed.
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Yeah its not the work truck model, its got the lariat package and looks very clean at least on the interior...yeah i have been searching trying to find that thread about what to look for....
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Yeah I don't think salt will be an issue, its been in the south its whole life...im in atlanta area...
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This is the buyers guide I found on the forum.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/article/i...ers_Guide.html
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My truck was a fleet truck at one point, and I have had a few issues, but mainly because the second owner beat the crap out of it and didn't do any maintenance... If there are no records on maintenance, look over the truck carefully...
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yeah I mean i have seen the carfax and it looks clean. It is the cleanest one i have come accross so far when searching
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My 02 SD was a fleet vehicle, and I have not had a problem with it. (Other than two tire blowouts in as many months). I have not been able to locate which company actually leased it, but its been good so far. I was not lucky enough to find a Lariat package, I have an XL, but plan on changing seats and the other goodies I want as I go. I am at 103,000.
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Mine has 145000 and would drive it any where any time.Last week I drove 1289 miles in 21 hours and avg speed was 69 and high side was 94.3 mph.Never switched it off.Checked the oil before I left and rechecked next day and it did not use a drop.That was pulling a gooseneck trailer.
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