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  • Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: New York

Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: New York

Five hot deals on cool Big Apple oil burners.

Mar 26, 2020
Based on the feedback we received, a lot of you really enjoyed our recent report about a 1994 Ford F-350 communications van that once rolled in former President Bill Clinton's motorcade. An ad for the gas-powered, four-wheel-drive command center was listed on Craigslist, an online shopping outlet that is fast becoming one of the most frequently bookmarked websites on the internet.
One of the things that draws diesel enthusiasts to "The List" 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.
Details about the 1994 F-350 were in a Craigslist/Denver listing. We think it would be neat to check out diesel-specific classifieds from across the U.S. to see exactly what's out there and possibly turn you on to your next diesel-powered ride.
Starting with this first installment—New York—we're going to periodically dial up Craigslist for other major U.S. cities (sticking with areas recognized as metropolises for now) and simply use "diesel" as a search criterion for finding five sweet deals to tell you about. Our query is not specific to just pickup trucks (sedans and SUVs are fairly abundant in the New York City area), and we admit the selections are somewhat subjective. But the results are pretty interesting, nonetheless. So, let's see what the Big Apple's five boroughs (and we're including the surrounding suburbs of Long Island and Westchester County) have to offer.
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Mobil Devlac 1 ESP Diesel Engine Oil

Right off the bat, we found two gallons of 5W-40 Mobil Devlac 1 ESP diesel engine oil for the super-low price of $30 (for both). With thirty bucks being the retail cost for just one jug of this crude, the buy-one-get-one-free concept makes the offer pretty attractive. The thing that makes it interesting is that the Upper East Side (of Manhattan) is the area that's listed. It's a neighborhood that's dominated by high-rise apartments, where you wouldn't think someone would have two gallons of any oil other than that used for cooking.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/pts/d/new-york-2-gals-of-mobile-delvac-diesel/7091641638.html
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Detroit Diesel 6V92T Rebuilt Engine

It only makes sense that this rebuilt beast is for sale on Long Island, where the fishing boats it would power are abundant. Detroit Diesel's 6V92T is a 92-cubic-inch per-cylinder turbodiesel V-6 marine engine (552 total cubes) that makes 277 horsepower and 957 lb-ft of torque. As it is for a lot of Craigslist postings, the seller didn't provide a lot of details about the engine, but most times when a price is somewhat oblique ($11,975 vs a simple $11,900), it's possible to negotiate down to a round number that's comfortably lower.
https://longisland.craigslist.org/bpo/d/long-island-city-6v92-detroit-diesel/7096884863.html
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI

We prefaced this rundown by saying the selections are somewhat subjective, and this 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI definitely is one of those biased choices. No, we don't have any association with the seller; this diesel-powered Benz (its E350 sibling, actually) is a car that Diesel Power editor KJ Jones says he wouldn't mind owning. While the owner's remarks—"Great condition, it's a diesel model! Forty-two miles per gallon! No problems! A 2005 with 165,000 miles! Runs and drives perfect! Serious buyers only"—are brief, the $5,000 price tag is the thing that makes this Brooklyn-based Benz attractive, beyond its super-clean appearance.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/d/brooklyn-2005-mercedes-e320-cdi-diesel/7086763142.html
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1999 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 4x4

As a practice, whenever you come across a unicorn on Craigslist, buy it! For only $2,800 (and again, think "negotiable"), and when you consider the fact that there probably aren't very many 1999 Chevy Suburbans with 6.5L diesels under their hoods that are still in service, anywhere, this Union City (OK, it's actually New Jersey, but just outside the Lincoln Tunnel) rig is desirable with a capital D! It doesn't present as being a creampuff (a few battle scars on the passenger side, etc. ), and the seller's comments are few: "130K miles. Diesel drive good. Or best offer." Still, this rig definitely appears to be fixable and useable as a short-distance shop truck or just a cool OG to putter around in at a campsite or on the farm.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/cto/d/union-city-chevy-suburban-99-4x4-65/7081865144.html
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2003 Ford Excursion Limited 4X4

One good unicorn deserves another. While Ford's Excursion came about decades after Chevy's Suburban, there's no doubt the big SUV was the Blue Oval's direct response to the General's longtime super wagon. And, while diesel's run in Suburbans ended in 1999, Ford's big rig debuted in 2000, with the venerable 7.3L Power Stroke included in the lineup as an optional powerplant. This super-clean 2003 version is a holy grail to consider because it has a "seven-three" under the hood (the 6.0L was the available oil burner a year later). It also has four-wheel drive, and we're sure that if it's well cared for, it will still run for many miles beyond the 230,000 on the odometer. Once again, Long Island (Maspeth) is where you'll have to travel for this $13,900 diesel deal, which could possibly be made sweeter because the Excursion does have a salvage title (identifies a vehicle as damaged and/or declared a total loss by the insurance company that paid a claim on it). While not life-and-death critical, it's a downfall, nonetheless, as it typically prevents a vehicle from being fully covered by insurance.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/cto/d/woodside-2003-ford-excursion-limited-73/7080294042.html

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