26,000 hours with 160,000 miles?

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  1. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    Hi, new member here. Looking to buy by first truck to convert to a mobile office. The one I'm looking at is a 2003 Freightliner FL60. It was a tool truck (Snap-on) in its previous life in California. It looks in great shape but has 27,600 hours and around 160,000 miles. I understand these trucks would be idling most of the day while customers peruse the tools, etc. So my question is . . . would you buy a used truck with 27,600 hours on it or would that be a huge red flag? I'm planning on getting it inspected at a Freightliner dealer but the number of hours worries me, even though everything else on the truck looks in great shape. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Original engine? If so its near the end of its life so count on rebuilding that soon.
     
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  4. Lazer

    Lazer Heavy Load Member

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    What engine does it have?
     
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  5. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    I believe its the original engine. Trying to find out a few more details from the owner.
     
  6. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    It's a Cat 3126
     
  7. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Heavy Load Member

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    Average speed of 6 mph for every engine hour most trucks are 35 to 45 mph lifetime meaning the hours on engine are equivalent to a 900,000 to a million miles on the average truck .
     
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  8. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Heavy Load Member

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    160,000 miles ain't nuttin' honey.
    160K/18 = 8, 888 a Year = just a wee bit over 24 Miles a DAY at ALL days each Year.
    Just a Speculation. Math Not Exact. Weekends Not Deducted.

    The Hours....uhhh.....NO!
     
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  9. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, I seem to have read that calculation and its a bit scary. I guess its its been stationary most of the time there won't be much wear and tear on anything besides the engine, but I'm guessing its a huge cost to rebuild or replace one of those engines.
     
  10. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, mileage doesn't worry me at all but it's a ton of hours. Vehicle is just what I'm looking for (good shape, clean, no rust, etc.) but the hours do scare me. I don't know enough about these vehicles to know whether the engine is going to die 2 miles down the road after I buy it, or whether it will go another 160,000 without any issues. I was scheduled to get it inspected Monday morning at a Freightliner dealer but am I just wasting my money and time? Should I walk away now with 27,6000 hours on it? Or, could it be okay since it was never driver hard and still have lots of life left in it???
     
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  11. Epiphvany

    Epiphvany Bobtail Member

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    Any ballpark estimates as to what a rebuild would cost on a truck like this? We talking $5,000? $10,000? $20,000?
     
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