Broke as F*ck!!
Sounds like it should've just been hauled to the junkyard lolguess he caught to much flack for it lol. the front half was all burnt up. Interior was toast. Engine was melted. All that could be usable is maybe the back tailgate and tail lights with the buimper. everything else was all fire damage.
thats still impressive to get 5K for but why is it worth so much?? I mean its just a motor like anything else. I feel like cummins is the Abercrombie of the automotive world.
Desirability honestly. People want them cause they're basically bulletproof. Look at the alternatives, Ford had the 7.3 which was dead reliable, but not big on power. Then the 6.0 which sucked asshole for reliability but was okay on power. Then the 6.4 which are decent and can make power, but still have problems and are still expensive. And now they have the 6.7 which seems to be doing well but they're $40k or more trucks still.
Then you have Duramax. Every generation of Dmax has had its issues. Once those are fixed they're usually good trucks, but the stigma is still there just like the Ford 6.0s.
The Cummins are just another ballgame. Mine has 280k and runs like day 1. None of the generations had major engine problems that I know of. They had been ahead in the power numbers game for a long time but I think the may have gotten rousted recently by Ford. Its still hard to beat the low end torque they have though, my 7.3 revs sky high. Its just the interior and front suspension that was subpar in the older models but the interiors are coming around slowly.
And even with 35s, stock exhaust and no programmer I'm getting 15-16 mpg around town. The 7.3 is lucky to see 10...and its on stock tires.