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Old November 29th, 2012, 05:16 PM
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What to look for with high mileage

I am on the hunt for a D90 and wanted to know what to look for with a 90 that has 130k miles. Obviously the rust factor is number 1, but what can I look/listen for with a truck with this kind of miles on it. I guess high mileage is something not desirable on most cars but with these trucks being 15 years old that is tough, especially when staying in a price range.
It's hard to know if every owner kept good maintenance since most of these trucks are on their 4th or so owner...any advise appreciated.
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service records ... 130k is fine if it's looked after ... 20k motor is crap if it's never had an oil change.
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Good point but how often is a car sold that has record of all oil changes over a 15 year period? I could get lucky I guess, but there is no way to really know unless you have them all.
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lots and lots of Badger tops...Boost wheels...

oh, and Rhinolining.
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lots and lots of Badger tops...Boost wheels...

oh, and Rhinolining.

Explain the Badger tops thing, the more tops the worse off? And why Boost wheels? I kinda like those wheels but what should I know?

Good point on the Rhinolining.
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Check the oil fill cap for build up, lifter noise, rocker noise, bad idle, CEL, leaks etc. Neglect will be apparant, care will also be apparant.
Check all suspension and steering stuff.
Synchro wear shifting to second.
Odd noises from the diffs/cvs/t-case etc.

These apply to a 30k mile truck as much as a 130k mile truck (or a 230k mile truck).

In the end, mechanicals are cheap if you can do the labor yourself with the possible exception of the R380 which tends to be spendy even used. I would buy a non-runner in a heartbeat over a rust bucket with low miles and a perfect drivetrain.

130k miles is less than 10k a year. Other than super low miles trucks with collector value, I think miles are much less important than condition. Then again, I am not a flipper or investor and I am going to have my D90 until I die. With 132k on it she runs as good as ever and I don't anticipate that changing anytime soon.
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I am going to have my D90 until I die.
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Check the oil fill cap for build up, lifter noise, rocker noise, bad idle, CEL, leaks etc. Neglect will be apparant, care will also be apparant.
Check all suspension and steering stuff.
Synchro wear shifting to second.
Odd noises from the diffs/cvs/t-case etc.

Excellent advice, thanks a lot. I agree that rust is what I want to avoid at all cost. And I plan to keep my D90 and pass it down to my children one day.
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130k expect worn cams, head gaskets clogged radiators and a worn out transmission (R380), it will also need the swivels rebuilt. Probably time for a head liner stereo and new foam in the seats. Id take a lengthy service record over low miles. Find the least rusty truck you can
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