common rail diesel

Submitted: Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 14:40
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am looking at a ford rainger 3.0l turbo with 375k on the clock. am told by a few people not to touch a common rail with over 350k on the clock. any comments?
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Reply By: bluefella - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 14:48

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 14:48
I agree with em' it could have had a hard life, there's a lot of wear & tear on a all the other components, drive train etc. in saying all that ,depends on price and what you intend to use it for.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:33

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:33
So how long are those things supposed to last?
As Blue reckons, it could have had a hard life and its a lot of km's for its age.
Many years ago we had engines driving the milking plant, chaff cutter etc., about 5-7hp. with a drip feed to the big end and doing around 800rpm going forever.
These sky high output "common as mud" (sorry, rail) with EGR etc. must only have a limited lifespan. (short, but cheerful)
OK, oils aint oils and materials and technologies are so much improved, but I would bet my two nuts against anyones cluster that my old 1hz will still be plugging along years after your high tech whizzbang has been crushed and recycled.
Just trying to be objective.
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:32

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 19:32
Depending on the year of manufacture, I would not be touching it, to many maybe's that can and probably will go wrong, 375k is a lot of miles and you don't know where it has beeen or cared for. Just my opinion, with some experience.
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Reply By: madfisher - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 20:40

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 20:40
Are you sure its common rail? If it is fig $5000 for a new pump and $4000 for injectors if not already done. And they have head problems like most alloy head/cast block motors that will set you back another 3 to 4 thousand if not all ready relpaced.
good luck Pete
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:15

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:15
Make your decision based on the condition of the vehicle, service history etc - the fact that the engine is Common Rail is not really relevant.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:25

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:25
I agree,..Its all about the previous servicing, and price of course.

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 22:19

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 22:19
Best to factor in the possible replacement cost of HP pump and injectors.
Although good, they don't last forever.

Service history as written/stamped in by a dealer is just a big con.
It doesn't prove the correct servicing has been completed.
Unfortunately people are conditioned to believe log book service records and have respect for it as though it means something, it doesn't.
Individual private servicing by local trades persons can far exceed the quality provided by a dealership.
However, you can't prove either.
Only an inspection by a very alert and perceptive qualified person in the field will yield a reasonable assessment of previous service and current mechanical condition..

Ross M
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Reply By: newbee - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 22:05

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 22:05
thanks all. might leave it alone as service history is a bit patchy.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:42

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:42
There is nothing wrong with common rail diesels for reliability and longevity.

Common rail has been around since 1997 but more common in Australia from about 2005.

look at all the heavy trucks running common rail....... I'm sure there are many nudging over 1m kilometers.

And as for this specific Ford Ranger your looking at....... any thing with 375k on the clock is getting to it's use by date and can cost big money, not just CRD engined vehicles.

Seriously anything at 375k you would have to expect to spend money (brakes, suspension, cooling system, air con, drive train, engine, electrics and all sundry and trim items), 500 for that, a grand for this and two grand for that soon puts you in the price range of one thats done 100k.... it's not a new car.
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