so hey everyone so if you are interested

in buying a used diesel pickup truck

this is the video you need to watch not

because it's going to be loaded with

pictures and graphics and other things

like that but just because I think

you'll leave understanding a little bit

more about the things that you really

need to take into consideration when

looking for a used diesel pickup truck I

know it can be extremely difficult

confusing frustrating trying to figure

out if you should buy a Ford if you

should buy Ram or a GM truck whether

it's a Chevy or TMC for your next diesel

pickup truck especially if you're

looking at used trucks what makes it

even more complicated is you really

don't know the service records of those

trucks sure they can provide you all the

maintenance information when it was in

the shop when it had its oil changes and

that's all really good and relevant but

what you really need to keep in mind is

how the vehicle is driven what it was

used for and if things that aren't

necessarily tracked are being done to

the vehicle such as using fresh diesel

exhaust fluid or only filling up at high

volume gas stations and fuel stations

where they cycle through their diesel

fuel very frequently as opposed to just

buying the cheapest diesel fuel out

there which could potentially have been

sitting in the tanks for so long that

has become contaminated and it could

actually damage your system what I want

you to remember is that if you're not

the first owner of that vehicle and you

don't have all the service records or

the history of how that vehicle is

driven what it was used for you have to

keep in mind that to be judgmental over

a certain brand that you're driving when

it's used it's kind of premature and

doesn't really make sense and it's not

really fair to the brand mainly because

when you buy a vehicle let's say it has

30 40 50 thousand miles on it when you

get it and ten thousand miles into it

you have a problem with that pre-owned

vehicle often times that problem

occurred because of what the person who

had it before you did to the vehicle so

keep that in mind when you're buying

these trucks and especially if you're

going to be brand loyal when you're

shopping for them if the vehicle you

currently have now had you know

into high miles on it when you got it

the whole history of who drove it before

you sometimes you know sometimes you

don't know but can often be a mystery

and that mystery can really determine

how reliable or problematic that vehicle

may be now that you own it now the first

thing you should never do is just to

discount one specific truck brand only

because you don't like that brand

anybody can make a claim that you know

of RAM with the Cummins engine is the

best truck out there but the fact is

when you look at a truck and you look at

the engine in that truck those are two

separate things the engine often times

may have its own set of problems whereas

the truck may have its own set of

problems you can look at Ford from the

mid 2000 years where they have the six

liter power stroke engine and you can

make the claim that that was a very

unreliable engine but then you may find

one that's been bulletproof and in that

particular case it could be one of the

most reliable engines but the truck

platform itself is a rock-solid platform

at the same time you may find a ram or a

GM truck that has a gorgeous interior

that's held up very well and hasn't been

abused or doesn't have any broken or

brittle plastic parts to it and if you

find that combination with a low mileage

diesel engine you may have found the

perfect truck for you so what I'm saying

is simply because you heard a brand is

more reliable than another one or you

heard that a specific truck is better

than another one does not mean the

entire truck is it could mean that it

has a really great engine transmission

setup it might mean that the engine is

great but the transmission is not so

great or it could mean that the body of

the truck itself can hold up very well

from a frame suspension body cab

perspective as well as interior panels

but the engine or transmission might be

more problematic now if you're in a

financial position to afford one of the

later model diesel trucks such as a 2011

or newer Ford Ram or GM truck you're

generally going to have a pretty solid

and a very reliable platform right off

the bat a lot of folks will make the

claim that because you have all of the

emission systems and the regulations

built into these trucks now especially

starting from 2011 and newer you know a

lot of the issues that you have with

these diesel trucks might be related to

those parts and that's very true you may

buy a truck and you may find that the

diesel exhaust filter will go out on you

or an EGR sensor might go out on you or

you may just have a fail

your son component and that could happen

but those instances are actually pretty

rare and generally it might be one or

two and every hundred or 200 trucks sold

and of course because people are more

likely to complain about a problem than

they are you know a flawless performance

history of a truck they're generally

pretty vocal about it and it's

understandable now if you're not in the

financial position to afford a 2011 or

newer pickup truck and you're looking in

the you know 2002 to 2010 range you do

want to keep in mind that there were

trucks that were better than others and

there were engines that were better than

others generally you want to avoid the

Ford 6.0 liter Powerstroke diesel it has

some pretty serious concerns especially

when you got over a hundred thousand

miles now the thing to keep in mind is

that some of those trucks have been

bulletproof but most of the bulletproof

version of those trucks are already sold

they already own to somebody and they're

unlikely to be selling those trucks and

they're snatched up pretty quick when

they hit the market so if you find one

you're more likely to find a pretty high

mileage 6.0 liter engine that's either

been repaired and had problems or

haven't had the mechanical problems yet

and the types problems you can have with

those engines can easily amount to six

to ten thousand dollars in a repair and

even if the truck has been repaired

that's no guarantee that the problem

couldn't reoccur again so the only real

way to ensure that the truck is going to

be more reliable is by having a

bulletproof and bulletproofing is simply

the process of swapping out or using

better parts or components than were

originally used which were problematic

on that 6.0 liter engine

the 6.0 really suffered from an array of

different problems from inadequate head

bolts to the EGR system not working

properly to what was called stiction or

essentially oil sticks to the side of

the injectors and the oil and EGR cores

were just inadequate for that specific

truck now between 2008 and 2010 ford

switch to the 6.4 liter power stroke

which was supposed to be arguably a

better engine however the main issues

that those trucks have are either

related to the high pressure fuel pump

failure EGR issues DPF issues and even

some other major issues that could cause

the engine to really give you problems

and the biggest problem between the six

liter and the 6.4 liter that any major

repair generally requires for the whole


to be removed to work on it to be

completely honest with you if you're

looking to buy a diesel Ford truck to

use as a tow vehicle I would generally

recommend that you either go for a 7.3

liter from 2002 and before or you go

with a 6.7 liter power stroke from 2011

and newer now I'm not saying that buying

one of those trucks is going to

guarantee you have no problems but you

will have a far less likelihood of some

type of catastrophic failure if you

stick to those years simply because they

were known to be a far more reliable

engine now the same logic is going to

apply towards GM trucks as well

anything 2011 or newer is really going

to be a rock solid platform both from an

engine transmission as well as the body

of the truck now when it comes to your

2000 to 2010 Duramax engines there's

definitely some trucks that you want to

prefer over others if you can find a

2006 and newer or 2006 through 2010

truck those are the trucks to look for

your more problematic Duramax trucks

were built between 2001 and 2005 mainly

because they either had fuel injector

issues or they had cooling issues

especially while towing so 2006 and

newer is really the way to go if you're

going to get a Chevy or a GMC truck with

the Duramax as far as transmissions go

Allison transmissions have always been a

rock-solid Transmission platform so any

of those trucks and the recommended year

range are going to give you a really

good transmission so GM trucks tend to

be very reliable in that year range you

still want to look out for trucks that

have been well taken care of because

oftentimes the things that you would see

broken would be a lot of interior things

such as your interior AC vents

maybe the seat control levers some of

your buttons and knobs some of those

tends to be more brittle in the

chevrolet and the GM trucks built in

that era another thing to keep in mind

about GM trucks is that they run an

independent front suspension and GM did

a great job of upgrading that ifs system

in 2011 to a whole new more robust

system along with a fully boxed frame

but prior to that in their heavy-duty

trucks you tended to see more issues

with the independent front suspension

failing under extreme or even sometimes

normal driving conditions now for Ram


really you can't go wrong with the

Cummins engine I could talk really about

any year range of that engine the

only negative thing you could even say

about the Cummins engine is the

occasional fuel injector failure but

really that's something that could

happen on almost any manufacturer of

trucks across any year especially in the

mid-2000s typically injectors would

start to show that they're going to fail

around a hundred thousand hundred and

fifty thousand miles but for the most

part that's something you have to worry

about with any modern diesel engine

between 2000 and 2010 the Cummins engine

was a phenomenal platform and from 2011

even to today the Cummins engine is

still a very phenomenal reliable

platform of engine unfortunately the

same can't be said about Ram trucks now

from 2011 on to today even two thousand

nine and ten

run did a great job of changing the

interior materials they used inside of

the truck as well as some of the

components on the outside of the truck

believe it or not back in the late 90s

and early 2000s if you removed the bed

of a Ram truck

you actually voided the frame warranty

because the bed was part of the

structure of the frame so the newer Ram

trucks don't have that problem the

frames are far stronger and far more

robust and reinforced the way they

should have been all the time that being

said if you find a mid 2000 model 2006

2007 model Ram truck with a 5.9 liter

Cummins engine and the truck cab

configuration everything is what you

want in the trucks in really great shape

you're going to have a very high-quality

truck just keep in mind prior to 2009

Ram really had some interior issues they

had issues with the plastic being

brittle on the dash plastic parts

essentially almost falling apart when

you touch them and that was because the

plastic did not react well to UV light

and you just have to be careful because

some of the older trucks really show

that especially if you look at trucks

that were built in the 2000 era range so

between about 1996 and 2004 you can

really see where the plastics and the

dashes and the other components were

real brittle after they were exposed to

the Sun for several years now some

things that you want to know about all

the trucks starting around 2007 2008 as

when GM and Ford started introducing a

lot of the emission systems requirements

in their trucks basically adding eg ARS

DPS and

other things to limit the amount of

emissions released by these trucks Ram

didn't have to follow suit until 2010

2011 simply because of a credit that

they built up with the EPA that being

said the number one failure point on

your newer diesel trucks from 2011 and

newer are going to be problems related

to a mission systems failure such as

your DPS your EGR is your s ers things

like that that are actually designed to

reduce or eliminate as much emissions as

possible and that's a problem that can

occur on any of these trucks regardless

of the manufacturer keep in mind that

though there are far more regulations

from an emission standpoint on all of

the trucks the power output and the

torque of these trucks is really off the

chart your modern diesel trucks are

generally starting at 750 pound feet of

torque and going all the way up to a

nine hundred and forty pound feet of

torque so the reality is you really

shouldn't have to worry about modifying

a truck nowadays some people still do it

they still want to try to get as much

power out of the truck as possible but

for most people you really don't need to

try to do much with these modern diesel

trucks because they already produce so

much power right out of the gate so that

begs the question should you rather buy

a higher mileage newer truck or a lower

mileage older truck and I would suggest

that you buy a higher mileage newer

truck I can't give you that answer

definitively though simply because

there's no way of knowing the history of

the trucks you're looking at but I give

you that answer mainly because the

towing capacities as well as all the

capabilities of your newer truck are

going to far exceed your older trucks

especially from a legality perspective

so if you're looking at hauling a bigger

trailer if you're looking at doing more

with your truck you're going to have

more capability with your newer trucks

especially from a legal towing

perspective and you have to remember

it's not just about if you can tow

something it's if you can stop something

and your newer trucks are generally

going to have larger braking systems as

well as the introduction of diesel

exhaust brakes and the ability to tow

and stop larger trailers safely unless

you're looking at diesel pickup trucks

built before 2002 a failure of any major

component on any modern diesel truck is

going to be costly yes you have the

addition of all the emissions

on your newer trucks but even with the

remote chance that one of those

components fails just the capability and

capacities alone as well as the overall

value of the truck buying a newer truck

I think is going to work out better for

you now a lot of concerns about owning

some of these vehicles can definitely be

voided depending on the circumstances of

the owned if you're extremely

mechanically inclined you know how to

turn a wrench you know how to do major

operations on your vehicles and of

course you can do the work to repair

these trucks or harden the trucks to

make them extremely reliable regardless

of the year maker model of the vehicle

so again this isn't necessarily for

those folks this is more for the

recreational tour the people who are

going to be using it for work or to tow

trailers and don't necessarily want to

spend all day under the hood trying to

do repairs on them one thing to keep in

mind with any of these trucks is that

prior to roughly 2007-2008 all

manufacturers wax-coated their frames

Ford and RAM changed in 2008 and 2009

General Motors still wax coats their

frames but oftentimes a dealer will make

the outside of the frame the part that

you can see if you look under the wheel

well look very nice and clean they may

even spray paint it black what you

should do is crawl under the truck and

look at the inside of that see channel

rail just to see if any rust is

accumulated or if there's any type of

damage that you need to be aware of it's

always a good practice to take a look at

the frame get underneath look to see if

there's any unusual bends or awkward

spots in the actual frame or bodies that

indicate there could have been body

damage or the frame could have been bent

people do some pretty extreme things

with diesel pickup trucks and you do

want to really look over the truck to

make sure that there's no body damage or

frame damage that's ever occurred either

by overloading the truck or being

involved in a collision now as a recap

I'm going to give you a quick overview

of what I think you should look for if

you're in the market for a diesel truck

and again this is all budget dependent

so depending on how much money you want

to spend on a vehicle and how you plan

on getting that vehicle these things can


looking at Ford trucks I would suggest

you stick with the 2011 or newer truck

with under seventy-five thousand miles

if you're looking at a GM truck I would

suggest you stay with a 2006 or newer

with under seventy-five to eighty five

thousand miles and if you're looking at

a Dodge Ram truck

would suggest that you look at 2006 or

newer trucks and you also stay under

seventy to eighty thousand miles if you

stay in that general range you're going

to get a truck that very likely was well

taken care of doesn't have a tremendous

number of miles it's still going to

retain a lot of its value and at the

same time hasn't reached the mile marker

where certain things will start to fail

such as fuel injectors or turbos or

other components that you might worry

about that's my suggestion I know that

there's going to be a ton of people that

have their own suggestions but again

this whole video wasn't to

overcomplicate things

it was to provide a simple path to help

folks who are looking for HD trucks find

what they might want as the trucks to

tow their trailer or 5th wheel I hope

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