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  • Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Des Moines

Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Des Moines

It’s 2021 now, and our “Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist” virtual search continues.

Jan 11, 2021
Photographers: Craigslist
We began this series in March 2020 with a story about a 1994 Ford E-350 that served in former President Bill Clinton's motor pool. Back then, we had no idea this study would be so popular. With this rundown for Des Moines, Iowa, and its immediate vicinity, we now have 20 stories covering our search for diesels being privately sold via Craigslist from coast to coast.
It's important to note that diesel-powered pickup trucks, while plentiful almost everywhere, are not the primary target of our searches. In an effort to have some fun with this project, we're looking for uncommon, unique, or even quirky diesel vehicles, equipment, parts, etc. However, there certainly are instances where the late-model pickups we're all familiar with receive proper credit.
Des Moines is Iowa's capitol. The "big city," if you will, in a state that's known for its corn and other agriculture. So, before initiating our search for only "diesel," we anticipated seeing well a lot of farm trucks and other equipment (harvesters, combines, etc.) that's powered by oil burners.
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Surprisingly, the simple query netted only 37 returns. However, they run the gamut from aforementioned farm truck, to sedans, and even big rigs. A majority of the selected trucks have more than 100,000 and 200,000 miles. They're seasoned rigs that are in good shape and available for less than $20,000 (except for the GMC van); great deals for diesels.
As always, we want to know details if you follow up on one of these examples. Be sure to let us know about good diesel deals that you come across on Craigslist, too. Send info and a link to: dieselpower@motortrend.com.

2019 GMC Savanah G2500

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This one is an anomaly. As diesel rigs go, we never see late-model vans being brokered through Craigslist. This piece is pricey ($59,995), but it's powered by a 2.8L Duramax engine, has an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it's four-wheel drive. Yes, a Quigley heavy-duty 4x4 system rides beneath this long-wheelbase van that's configured for hauling cargo, not passengers.

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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Any vehicle advertised as being "rust free" in Iowa definitely is a rig to show interest in. Although there are 340,000 miles on the 6.6L Duramax powerplant and Allison automatic transmission, the seller says the truck "still runs the best." Through photos it presents as straight and clean, and the price is a very attractive $7,500. A Silverado to consider, for sure.

2005 Dodge Ram 2500

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Here's a solid rig that has only 130,000 miles on its 5.9L Cummins engine (and "no DEF to mess with!" according to the seller). The prices is $18,000, but best offers will be entertained.

2006 Ford F-250

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Another high-miler (256,000) that actually has some rust (tailgate and doors), but the 6.0L Power Stroke engine has been worked on—not bulletproofed—and the seller says, "Everything works as it should." The $9,500 price is negotiable, so this could end up being a good purchase for someone who wants a four-wheel-drive fullsize for less than ten grand.

2008 Dodge Ram 2500

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Eleven-thousand dollars or best offer gets this 6.7L Cummins-powered rig, which shows 225,000 miles on the odometer. The truck is rust free, but the seller claims all it needs is a little wiring work for the four-wheel-drive system.