Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Black Diamond, WA
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It's winter time.
Tell the perspective seller that you want to start the truck bone cold, not plugged in either. Like schedule to see it at 8 am on a Saturday and show up at 7 in case he's planning on firing it up for a minute before you arrive. Failing injectors generally present themselves as a long start or no start when cold and the colder, the longer it takes.
And check to make sure it wasn't plugged in all night.
If it lights right off without cranking too long, no white smoke (not to be confused with steam), run smooth right away, etc, that is about the best shadetree instant test I can think of. Still not 100% foolproof. And if the truck doesn't have additional filtration or a recepit for injectors in the last 100-150k miles, assume ti needs them soon.
Other than that, it's a truck and even if the engine has another 200k miles left in it, the other 1000 components may not. I'd rather buy a 200k mile truck with a stack of receipts for all the things the guy above me posted than a 120k mile truck "that's never had any problems."
Don't buy from a used car lot unless you have great confidence in the vehicle you're looking at or the car dealer (if you find one worth trusting let us know, haha)
Also don't fall for the greasy used car salesman with the Polish accent who is posing as a private owner. Don't "meet" the seller in a public location, you want to see where the truck lived and how meticulous the owner is, at his house. Don't buy something that someone just bought 6 months or 3 weeks ago and "doesn't need anymore."
Don't buy from the salty mag chloride side of the mountains, buy from the wet coastal undercarriage wash from the rain everyday side of the mountains.
That's about it, super easy, lol.
And compared to new or newer low mile vehicles, old and high mileage is where it may pay to spend more than the "going rate" for the right vehicle. Especailly with diesel trucks. So many with a sordid history that included some d bag who stacked 3 tuners on top of each other 10 years ago and tried his hand at drag racing a 4 ton truck.
Don't buy an auto trans (just my rule). I loathe the 4 speed autos, unless you only tow light, then make sure the trans isn't ragged out.
07 5.9 Mega, G56, SB Single disk Ceramic clutch, OE 1 piece Al driveshaft, 60hp Industrial injectors, Triple dog, Glacier 2mic filter, BD exhaust brake, ATI Super Damper, BD steering brace, Firestone bags, Big Wig swaybar, 4th Gen 20s and some home made Stableloads.