Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New Orleans, LA
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HERE"S AN UPDATE!! Sorry it's long...... NEED HELP!
Saw the truck up close for the first time today. MAN is it DIRTY!!!! The previous owner used it as a work truck and apparently never vacuumed it regularly, etc..... Looks like it just needs to have the **** detailed out of it!
The leather look OK, I would say it's in real good shape considering the 225K miles on the clock. It has one small hole right near the seat edge. You can tell it's from sliding in/out of the truck. I can replace seat upholstery if I had too.
The truck had zero leaks. The underside of it looked dry. It has 3.73's and a Trac Lok in it. Tires are OK.
I give the body a 7 out of 10. It has no rust, but has 2 dents on the roof right where the roof meets the top door area. The paint is cracked there and there is a rust colored line where the paint is cracked. There is also 4 holes in the roof, right down the middle of the cab, front to back. These have some rubber plugs popped into them.
Here's my concerns after looking at it. Upon first driving it it had ZERO bottom end power..... Found the air filter was plugged BIG TIME. The air filter gauge was sucked to the red....... Luckily my Dad's 02 PSD was next to it and we swapped in his K&N and I noticed a big improvement.... But it still lacked some, to me at least, BUT maybe it's just me.
It also had what seemed to be an exhaust leak on the driver's side. I could hear it tick while driving.
What else could make it seem like it still had some air inlet restriction?
Also, it seemed to run rough. I know it's a diesel and has 225K on the clock, but it seemed rough compared to my Dad's which has 80K on it. could it be dirty injectors? A bad sensor? Will the engine light come on if a code is present? Or will I have to pull the codes. It seemed rough when I would stomp it and it would accelerate up through the gears and also while cruising when I would mash the gas a little to speed up to change lanes, etc.... My Dad's truck is smooth when I do this..... Could this be air in the fuel lines? Or becuase of the chip it supposedly has in it. It sure didn't perform like a chipped truck.
It didn't smoke any more than other PSD's I've seen when you stomp on it. No smoke at idle, seemed to idle fine, it was a little louder than my Dad's. Don't know why? Maybe the idle loudness and the roughness of the engine are connected? This truck is identical to my Dad's, except it's an 01.
Don't know what oil was run in it. It had a "Quickie Lube Place" sticker on it. What could happen if it didn't have the correct "diesel" oil on run in it?
The trans seemed to shudder when I took off. Not real noticeable, but I could feel it here and there. What could this be?
Other than the roof dents, a few scratches... it was, after all a work truck, it's not bad. I can clean the interior myself, and I have a body/paint man that can weld the holes shut in the roof and fix the dents for a great price.
Also, it's had the muffler removed. It's got a straight pipe installed in it's place. It sounds great too! Will this cause any problems???
My uncle wants 13,000 for it. Kelly Blue Book lists this truck, with all of its options in GOOD condition (4 out of 5 stars) for 16,800, and in FAIR condition (3 out of 5 stars) for 15,100. This is Private Party Value. What do you think?!
I have the previous owners number and will call him about the truck. Just to inquire about maintenance, etc.....
Also, I took it out on the highway and the overhead MPG computer said 23.5 mpg at 74 MPH. I know these things can be off by as much as 4-5mpg, but I thought this was still good.
Do you think it's worth it? I say YES, but really I don't know. BUT only because I don't know what could be causing the "rough" condition. Or the trans shudder.
HELP ME GUYS.......
I really need the 4 doors this truck has, My 94 Supercab just ain't cutting it with my 2 boys stuffed in the back.......
Thanks as usual......
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