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  • Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Boston

Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Boston

Great prices in Beantown.

Apr 13, 2020
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Our cross-country Craigslist journey is off to a great start, with Boston, Massachusetts (and its suburban surrounds) being the second stop in our quest to find the best diesel deals listed on the popular shopping network throughout the U.S. This series was actually sparked by our report about an ad on "The List" for a gas-powered, four-wheel-drive 1994 Ford E-350 that once rolled in former President Bill Clinton's motorcade.
One of the things that draws diesel enthusiasts to Craigslist is the wide variety of trucks, cars, engines, tools, and other mechanical apparatus that's found in its pages. Very cool stuff, and, thanks to bartering, negotiating, and trying to make the best deal possible, it usually can be had for a song. Our ongoing project involves checking Craigslist for other major U.S. cities, and using only "diesel" as a search criteria to find five good deals.
For rundown Number Two—Boston—and all of our "Best Diesel Deals" articles going forward, it's important to understand that we're not just highlighting pickup trucks, as they make up the lion's share of diesel vehicles for sale (on Craigslist) in all areas. But, while our stories of course will include the late-model pickups we're all familiar with (and there are two good ones in this breakdown of Beantown's offerings), it's uncommon, unique, or even quirky diesel vehicles, equipment, parts, etc., that we're giving their deserved shine.
Of course, we cop to the fact that the selections might be somewhat subjective, but the finds are pretty cool, nonetheless. So read on, and see what Boston and its neighboring suburbs have to offer. And let us know if you move on one of these deals.
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2004 GMC Sierra 2500HD
As stated earlier, super-clean, rust-free rigs are a tough find in Massachusetts and other northeastern states (well, anywhere that experiences harsh winters). That's why $8,500 makes this regular cab, longbed Sierra 2500HD—originally a Florida truck—a killer deal. There's 215,000 miles on the odometer, but Trevor, the seller, says the truck has only seen one New England winter, and he has all receipts for an engine rebuild that includes ARP head studs (he'll even throw in a set of 60-over injectors to whoever buys it). Hudson, Massachusetts, is where you'll find this one. In-person inspections are best, but the pic, the write-up, and the price for this nicely appointed GMC all say it's a street truck that will make someone pretty happy.
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1984 Nissan (Datsun) 720
Unfortunately, this is the best photo of a project candidate that could end up being a pretty neat little rig (remember, subjective judgment is permitted here). The listing says Brockton is the place where you'll find it, and $3,500 is the asking price for a fair-condition diesel mini truck with 146,000 miles. As trivial notes go, this 720's 1984 heritage possibly makes it one of the last trucks to wear Nissan and Datsun badging simultaneously; the company didn't go full Nissan until 1985. Our guess is that it's powered by Nissan's 2.2L SD22 I-4 oil burner and a four-speed manual transmission. Follow the link to our associated article, detailing editor KJ Jones' chance encounter with a 1984 diesel Nissan 720 back in 2015.
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1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD
This classy classic is for sale in Newton. One-owner deals for rides this old are usually buys that you can bank on. The seller says there's "no rust anywhere," and its original Astre Silver paint is in very good condition. Of course, mechanical details are critical with any 153,777-mile vehicle. The car is garage kept, and its OM617.951 I-5 turbodiesel engine is properly maintained (oil changed every 3,000 miles). From the full-disclosure department, the owner admits there's an occasional slight transmission slip on the 2-3 shift, but we think that's easily overcome if you get this one for less than the $5,950 ask.
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2019 Ram 2500
Great deals for newer trucks can also be had in the Beantown area. We don't know the particulars for why this Blackout Edition crew cab is for sale (it looks like it's in Framingham), but it only has 5,500 miles and it's lined out with a Fox Shox leveling kit and 35-inch tires. The ad says its "priced to sell fast," which makes us think that $44,000 advertised number is for reference. We're speculating, but cash probably gets you into this 6.7L Ram for considerably less.
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1988 AM General Humvee M998
Our resident off-road specialist, Verne Simons, recently surveyed MotorTrend Group's truck staff for our thoughts on "The Best 4x4s for the Apocalypse." While Four Wheeler's Jered Korfhage likes the 1980 AM General M920 8x8, let's face it: The likelihood of finding a deal for one is pretty small. However, a visit to Danvers, Massachusetts, and $16,500 could net you this rig as a suitable alternative (without hard doors). The truck is powered by a General Engine Products 6.5L diesel and has a three-speed automatic transmission. It was used by a sheriff's department as emergency-management vehicle and also comes with hard X doors, a grille guard, an airdrop rear bumper, and a Rhino spare-tire carrier with a mounted spare. Reported mileage is 12,500, and with new batteries, lights, glow plugs, and fluids (November 2019), we say this apocalypse-ready Humvee is a value for sure. Ummm Jered?

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