Would you buy$15K, 2001 Ram 2500 259K 5.9L 24 valve Cummins

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  1. Ttro447

    Ttro447 Bobtail Member

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    Hi I am looking to buy this truck tomorrow. I was wondering what I should look for when inspecting it or should I just take it to a mechanic first?
     
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  3. MacLean

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    That’s not very high mileage for an 01 so it’s not bad and the good part is it’s got no emissions and even for being computerized it’s dead simple. Absolutely have a mechanic check it for blow-by and do a compression test. I’d also do a load test on the batteries and check the front end throughly as Dodge front ends suck at the best of times.
     
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  4. ChuckMartel

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    Not a lot of k for the motor, but still have it checked out.
     
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  5. Ttro447

    Ttro447 Bobtail Member

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    If any of these things don’t check out well, should I still get the truck?
     
  6. AModelCat

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    If its a 53 block I'd either walk or lowball offer knowning there's a good chance it'll need a replacement block.
     
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  7. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    no. too many miles. engine may handle it. but the rest is wore out
     
  8. MacLean

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    Not if it’s got blow-by or bad compression. If it does it would likely be a sign that the speedometer was unhooked and it’s got 400k.
     
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  9. Mototom

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    No, I definitely wouldn’t buy a used truck in this market.
    You should be able to find a common rail Cummins with that mileage for that price.
    Unless the one you’re looking at is in show room condition.
     
  10. Judge

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    I wouldn’t pay 15k for a work pickup that’s 20 years old.
     
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