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Old 01-21-2013, 08:36 PM
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New (to me) Ex to add to the stable

This past weekend was crazy. Been looking for an excursion to haul everybody to Florida for vacation. Scoured Craigslist and out of the blue, I found an 04 with 100k for $9500 in WV (about 8 hours from me). Got the check and headed to WV. Paid $8500 and drove it home. Wish I could have checked it out good in the daylight, but it is all cosmetic.
Here was the deal on this excursion. It had a miss (AE confirmed open circuit cyl 8 and low contribution cyl 8). Had to drive it all the way home violently shaking when the RPMs were below 2000 and in overdrive. It sucked on all of those mountain roads. The overhead console lie-o-meter/compass didn't work. The headlights are not installed correctly (they stick out and don't have all the clips on them), evidence of repaired damage to right rear quarter above the wheel, some interior parts were painted over to match the rest of the brown. Leather seats up front were too perfect and i believe they were recovered (looks great though). Missing the rear radio controls and rear cupholder on the console so it just looks like a trash can. Rear part of headliner is coming loose and evidence of water intrusion (probably from the screws on the roof rack rails). Has a shackle lift up front, blocks in the rear and dirt logic shocks (duals up front and singles in the rear and they are some beefy shocks).

Got the thing home and went to work lastnight. Pulled the stuff out of the way so i could get to no 8 injector connector. One of the pins in the plug was pushed out a bit and not making contact with the injector. Pushed it all the way back in, put it together and went for a ride. You know that feeling when get a good deal but expect to dump a ton on injectors? Then it ended up being just a wire so you feel like you just won the lottery? Well, that is what happened lastnight. Drive it around and it is just awesome... slow.. but awesome.. It was quiet, smooth, responsive and it rode great. Does have a bit of steering wander and a clunk in the front end and my feet but I will get to all of that. Soldered the overhead console and it works now. Adjusted the doors a bit to calm the rattle and I ordered some of that 3/8" foam rod stuff to get rid of the rattles.

So, after the free fixes, I ended up with a great running 04 6.0 with 100k for $8500 and a bunch of cosmetic, tedious crap to get done before June.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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Congrats on the great find. I wish I got my 04 X for that price. Post up some pics when you get a chance. I had the same front end knock, check the sway bar mounts and links up front. Those are the likely problems if it is a side to side knock.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:31 PM
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I should wash it first. But I think I will post some up tomorrow, dirt and all. Be the before pic. Then in about 5 months post an after pic..
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