60 series Sahara

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
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I'm looking at purchasing an 88 12HT Sahara with 293,000 kms on the clock, and was after any comments on the below points:
-what things to look out for?
-how much life left in the 12HT?
-economy people have experienced with the 12HT?

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Lyndon, We had a 60 series, that had done 300K kms when we sold it, with out touching the engine. It did need a tune up, but otherwise was OK. 2H engines should be good for 3 - 500K, with proper servicing.

With that mileage, you should anticipate some expense in the future, and if you had it checked by a reputable mechanic, then you may be able to anticipate what will need doing first.

Check wheel bearings, kingpin bearings, reardiff, and transfer/g'box for starters. Also beach sand inside chassis rails. Late model vehicle like that shouldn't have too many faults, they are a tough truck. Don't know about economy, would be good, unless you feed too much fat. See ya..
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Reply By: ptcrowe - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Lyndon I've got a 89 12HT factory turbo cruiser that has 380K on the clock it had 300 on it when i bought it . Only drama i have had was a blown head gasket. I had to drive the thing 300km with busted gasket once it was replaced no futher probs. They are a tough unit. Expense is possibly there only draw back. Head gasket for turbo 500$. Also priced reco engine upto $8000 . If there is a service history available with the truck that shows that it has been serviced regularly you should have no major problems engine wise.

I have no idea about economy figures but it's not busting my budget and i have to do a bit of running around town.
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Reply By: Alpaca - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
Lyndon, I have a 86 12HT Sahara that has done 315,000k's and have had no problems with it at all. I service every 5,000k's and it looks like it would do another 315,000. I seem to average about 24mpg in the old terms and it doesn't seem to change much with what-ever your doing.I'm told the motors are good for 500-700,000 k's. Mates have had problems with gearboxes and diffs but i've had no problems at all.
I'm putting mine on the market shortly but it is difficult to find out what they are worth. What are youpaying for the 88 model?
Regards Alpaca
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Follow Up By: Lyndon - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 13:33

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 13:33
Around 17K to 18K fior a good one.
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Follow Up By: Robo - Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:57

Friday, Feb 28, 2003 at 16:57
Alpaca, have you sold your truck yet? what state aure you in?
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Follow Up By: Alpaca - Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 09:24

Monday, Mar 03, 2003 at 09:24
Sold the truck about 6 weeks ago. We are in the Riverland of S.A.
I don't know of any other of similar type on the market at the moment.
Thanks for your enquiry. Alpaca
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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

The 12H-T is one of the best motors around. But if they need fixing, it'll cost you an arm and a leg! I'd suggest you invest in a few dollars to have it inspected by a 4wd mechanic or diesel mechanic who knows 12H-Ts. Depends on how well its been maintained and treated. Cost me $2,500 for a slight head gasket leak.

I owned one for 5 years and then sold it to a friend. He's spent $6000 on its gearbox, front end and air conditioner. But its a great car.

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Reply By: Lyndon - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 13:39

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 13:39
Thanks for the replies thus far, does anybody know of a good diesel mechanic around the Werribee area?

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