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Old 04-17-2013, 03:55 AM
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Default Thinking of buying a used 2001 2500 Cummins. Advice?

So after looking around and around for a decently low mileage 5.9 v8 1500 I came across an ad for a 2001 5.9 Cummins 2500. It's got 155k miles on it and asking price is 11k. Seeing how KBB lists the value for the truck from 8-10k depending on condition, I figure I could get the price down some. They say it has a clean carfax record, but I have not seen it yet. So if I check this truck out what should I look for?
Already on my checklist would be
  • No dash lights on
  • Feel for trans slip
  • Look for any leaks
  • Check for engine blowby

I'm hoping the carfax report would show me if maintenance on injectors or fuel pump was performed. At what point do you usually need those for these engines?

I've never had a diesel before but I am tempted by the reliability of the 5.9L. If the previous owner(s) took relatively good care of the truck I would be really happy to get a truck for under 10k that would last me another 10-15 years. I just need to know what to look out for to hopefully avoid a huge money pit. 2-5k in maintenance over 5 years is ok. 2-5k in maintenance over 1st year of owning this thing would not be ok
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