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Old 04-11-2011
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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
Check that it will start easily from cold. Insist that you have a dead cold engine for this.
The problem here is you need a cold engine, and a cold day. A diesel with low compression may start OK on a seventy degree day, if a bit slowly...(who will notice)...Then on a 45 degree day, it wont start at all...

Nothing will tell the buyer what a compression test tells, other than a compression test.
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