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Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Minneapolis

Great deals on diesels in the Twin Cities? You betcha!

Dec 21, 2020
The "Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist" series began in March 2020 with a story about a 1994 Ford E-350 that served in former President Bill Clinton's motor pool. With this rundown on Minneapolis, Minnesota, we now have 18 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.
Minnesota is the land of lakes, and the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounds) is the land of solid deals on what appear to be really good trucks. The bulk of our search's 210 results are mid-2000-and-newer, 3/4-ton rigs of all three major brands, and TDI-powered Volkswagens are in handsome abundance, too.
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In addition to Chevy and Ram 2500s, this lineup of five good deals also includes a big Ford that's a bit unique, a diesel-powered Hummer, and a fuel setup that emphasizes the fact that great diesel deals on Craigslist aren't always for trucks and cars.
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.

2008 Ford F-550

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Besides the fact that this 6.4L Power Stroke-driven, four-wheel-drive beast is cool in general, its unique Rugby/Leo dump body is the feature that makes it a must for adding to this rundown. Not only does the bed dump backwards in the traditional fashion, it also tips to the right for curbside unloading. The trick bed sold us, and we're not even contractors. If construction or landscaping or snow plowing is your game, that dump setup could be exactly what you need. It has only had one owner, and the seller says it's maintained. Think you can find something better for less than $22,500?

2011 Ram 2500

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This truck is just simple, clean, and recently upgraded with a radiator, intercooler, oil pan, transfer case, brakes, tires, and other new parts (the seller says $10,000 worth) that pretty much make it as good as new. Mileage is 285,000, but the 6.7L Cummins has also received a new head gasket and ARP studs, and a 4.5-quart Mag-Hytec pan was added to the transmission. For $18,800, which might be negotiable, this rig is clean and good.

1991 Chevrolet Suburban

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In the spirit of this vehicle coming back after a 21-year vacation, here's the OG, in great shape, for only $4,500. In addition to having the 6.2L Detroit Diesel engine, this rig is a rare "Government Edition" that has front and rear heat and air conditioning. A true survivor, as the seller says it's been in storage for 25 years (actually retired several years before diesels were discontinued in Suburban). It's a cool piece of history that deserves consideration, especially if you've got a 2021 model on order!

1996 AM General Hummer H1

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The seller says this is one of only 782 two-door Hummer H1s produced from 1992 to 2006 but offers no specifics about the engine, other than its being a diesel. The Hummer pickup does have 12,000-pound halfshafts, new wheels and tires, Raptor lining in the bed, and an upgraded sound system. A specialty piece for $55,000.

Vegetable Oil to Diesel Conversion Kit

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Who wants to blend their own diesel? This isn't a DIY setup, it's Golden Fuel Systems' vegetable oil conversion kit, which the seller says will work in 2006 and older diesel vehicles (typically Volkswagens or Mercedes-Benz). The setup includes a lift pump, 12-gallon tank, fuel-water separator, filters and switches and wires that are necessary for installation. Only a few minor hoses, clamps, etc., are missing. In the seller's words: "This kit gives you the option to run on straight vegetable oil even in the winter months. It has served me well for about five years. I had it in a 2004 Jetta TDI my wife used for commuting. This kit will save you a lot of money in fuel, especially if you have a long regular commute. It will pay for itself in no time at all." That sounds right. For $1,000 invested, the profit in fuel savings will grow very quickly.