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Thinking about buying

A coworker is looking to sell his 2005 Cummins. He is asking 10k. It has 215k miles. Never any heavy pulling. Factory injectors and tubes, tranny has never been touched. Ball joints, tie rods have been changed. It does have some steering slop, thinking it needs a steering box.
I'm new to diesels, not real knowledgeable on them. My question is, when I go look at the truck, what are things that I should watch out for? Any red flags, or any other suggestions you may have?

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Add--automatic transmission.
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Ideally a cold start to see if there's a long crank and/or white smoke, once running and warmed up pull off the oil fill cap and check for excessive blow by, check for rough running. How many miles, quad cab, 4wd? That's a pretty good price.

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Steering slop will be typical on most used trucks of that age. Like stated above, check for cold start issue and blow by. 10K is a really good price. Injectors have a lot of miles on them but there's guys on here who have over 300,000 on stock sticks, so take it how you want. Doesn't sound like i'd be afraid of this truck.

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Love my 05 dont think tou could go wrong. And the above information would be correct things to look for. As far as steering slop can come down to many things. I have all new steering under the truck with in the past 2500mi and still had some slop. Found that there was some play in the steering shaft that was fixed with some small bushings that fixed it right up. So i would just look it over well for leaks of any kind. Again long starts, blow by, and white smoke as any of the three can add up fast for what it takes to fix those types of issues. If its good buy it and dont look back thats a good price by far i know trucks like that here in my part of texas go for quite a bit more.
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59turbo...it is a quad cab slt 4wd. 215k miles.
Any reason to be afraid of the transmission if the truck hasn't been abused?
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I bought mine with 231k and drive it for 2 years without an issue. I finally went thru it cuz I was planning on beating on it. Sounds like a good buy.

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Better hurry that's better than NADA / blue book.

If I had the opportunity to buy a clean with nearly no real mechanical issues cummins truck for 10K I'd buy it pronto. 10K is a steal of a deal, because it will always be worth 10K.

Trannies are easy to check if you've experience with what they should behave like. If your friend can wait, get an oil sample to Blackstone and see what they think.


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Also found out it has a superchip that he only used to correct speedo for tire size. I've got first dibs on the truck, I've been pestering him for a year about it. Gonna go check it out next week. It does have a dent in the tailgate and bumper, but it's not bad. Few hundred bucks and it'll look like new. Thanks for the input fellas, and if anyone else has any suggestions I'd appreciate it!
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I would have already bought it

Plan to put $5k into it in the next 2-3 years and you'll be happy, all the little stuff adds up. Depending on your intended purpose for the truck, the trans should be fine assuming proper maintenance. Injectors could go on the drive home, no way to tell but they'll run you approximately $3k.

The steering could be a host of parts, as mentioned start small with bushings etc., don't jump right to a very expensive steering gear. There is an incredibly healthy aftermarket for these trucks, anything your heart desires can be procured...for a price. The best thing about that truck is you're buying it at a VERY good price and from a person who can tell you the exact service history. A dealer would be charging double and you'd know nothing about it. Like I said, I would have already bought it.

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Sounds good, go buy it & show us some pics

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Thanks guys. I was getting kinda worried becuase of the cost of repair and maintenance on these trucks. I definitely don't need a diesel, I will never pull more than a medium size lift trailer, but I've wanted one for a while. If it is as good as he makes it sound, I will
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