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Old 05-31-2014, 09:19 AM
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Hello all,

New to this forum and trying to get some research on an 04 Excursion Eddie Bauer. The truck has over 186k miles on it. The carfax is relatively clean and doesn't document any major service history. The Oasis is also clean with no warranty repair history. I'm not sure how to interpret this. It's either really good and the truck has been a maint free champ for almost 200k miles or zero scheduled maint has been done and its a nightmare waiting to happen. Here is a link to the carfax:

CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this 2004 FORD EXCURSION EDDIE BAUER

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Buying used is always a gamble, but with these rigs there is no other choice. One indication is the overall condition of the vehicle. If it is in good shape, odds are it was maintained by the owner and not negleted. Look to see if all the tires match and the wear patterns. When you drive it, take notice of how much slack is in the steering. Buy an Edge Insight CS/CTS (or similar) and check the delta's EOT vs ECT, FICM voltage, scan for any soft codes, etc. Here is a good thread on monitoring the 6.0L:
Monitoring the 6.0L PSD

There are a lot of threads here on what to look for when buying a used truck. I don't have time to link them right now, but a search in some of the other 6.0L forums would probably point you in the right direction.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:51 AM
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It's being offered by a dealership so they've cleaned it up a bit.

Maint actions they've done since trade-in include:
Oil & Filter
Air Filter
Front brake rotors replaced
Rear brake rotors resurfaced
Master cylinder replaced and brakes bled
New BFG A/T all around

It was also sent out for maint to another shop(im assuming for engine work because alternator is new, new vacuum tubing, etc).

I'm also scouring these forums to find any potential red flags I should address.
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Another thing that is a relatively easy thing to check is the condition of the compressor wheel on the turbo. I would either have the dealer remove the air intake or ask if you can, so that you can check the turbo for any shaft play and give a visual inspection of the inducer and compressor wheel. If you see pitting it is a good indication that non oem air filters were used and not maintained properly. Bent wheel vanes (very rare in normal use) will more than likely indicate the bearings are shot in the turbo and there should be excessive shaft play if this is the case.

Here is another quick read on how to diagnose some different things with the coolant system. The coolant system on these trucks is a very good tattle tale of problems. In most cases if they are present a repair is already needed, but atleast it can be diagnosed.

Coolant System Diagnosis

Cheers,

Brew
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