My second post! Hope to be a regular soon, but I need some help first.
I am currently looking at purchasing a 1997 F-350 4x4 7.3 Powerstroke.
VIN:1FTJW36F7VEA14603 <--- anyone have a carfax they could run on this VIN for me?? this is Supposed to be a 1 owner truck and I completely forgot to ask for a carfax!!
Eng:7.3L V8 16V DI OHV Turbo Diesel
It is being sold via a Ford "Truck Only" Dealer here in Houston. They deal in f150's to f650's and are most certainly a Fleet Maintenence repair shop by the looks of the bays!
The Truck has just completed a "115 Point Inspection". Issues found:
1. The Mech. Fuel Pump is leaking and should be replaced.
2. The driver side tie-rod needs to be replaced (I would want to replace both)
3. There was discussion of replacing the front end bushings (not sure what is being done here).
4. Rear Tires are done...
5. 4x4 did not engage...
Still has the auto hubs. They are investigating in the am.
The above items I would have the dealer repair before purchase. We are talking at least 2,000.00 here, right? Perhaps more if the 4x4 needs repairs.
The underside is nice and clean for a truck that's 14 years old. The interior is fine for a truck of this vintage... even comes with a mounted old school cell phone!
I'd keep it as a conversation piece!
Another issue I have with the truck are body related
There is a crunch of the passenger side bed (PICS below). It would appear someone drove the truck off a driveway and crunched the lower portion of the bed, this in turn push the tailpipe in an upward direction.... there is also a baseball sized dent in the rear corner of the bed as well.
To be honest, I would be ok with this if they where asking below 8,900 for the truck , which is KKB DEALER retail for this truck in EXCELLENT condition, btw.
This truck is NOT in excellent condition. Now I'm ok with all this, However, they are asking 12,700.00 for the truck.
Again, according to KKB, the truck is worth 8960.00 This is for an EXCELLENT condition f350 XLT with the equipment list this truck has. This means a clean engine bay and now leaks.... Now all these things are to be fixed (see above) by the dealer.
However, when you add to the fact the bed and tailpipe is crunched on the passengers side and there is a nice solid dent in the back drivers side, I have to be honest and say the most I can pay and feel comfortable with is 8900.00 cash. I just wouldn't fee right paying over KBB for a truck that is not certainly not in "excellent condition".
Anyway... if you experts have any ammo for me to take to the gun fight with the sales manager (yes, that's who I'm dealing with), I'd appreciate it greatly.
This truck is a 20ft truck... i.e. looks great from 20 ft away, get close and you see the little dents here and there... not that I mind, but for an asking price that is 4,000.00 over KKB RETAIL, hmmm.
Ranch Hand... whooo, fancy...
In this pic, you should be able to see the crunch I was talking about, just check out that tweaked tailpipe.
Front Tires are fine, Rears are almost bald
Baseball size dent at the rear corner of the bed
Engine Bay Shot
Another Engine Bay Shot
Can't wait to own a
truck so I can sell my Dodge (which has been a good truck!)
Thanks in Advance!