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Old 11-10-2010, 06:52 AM
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Looking to buy a F450

I'm looking at a 1996 F450 with 69,000 original miles, 2wd, auto, utility bed, 36' bucket, honda generator. The guy is asking 10k

I'm new to Ford diesels.

How durable and reliable are 7.3's ?

What are good years for the 7.3 ?

If maintained well how many miles can you get out of one ?

What are things to watch out for ?

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:05 AM
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7.3s are very reliable and almost bullet proof

Best years are 96-03 ( 94-95 had HPOP drain back issues)

I have worked on these with 600k on them most of the people around here have 190-300K and they don't have any problems.

Common problems are Up pipe gasket leaks, IDM failure, Injector o-rings, EBPV leak and tube cloughed ( not a big deal only used when cold for warm up), valve cover harness, and FPR screen cloughed. And 94-97 trucks had a recall for a cruise control deativation switch on the master cylinder burning the truck down. Replace the tranny fluid and filter every 30K and you'll have no problems.

In my opinion I have 2 a 96 with 195K and a 94.5 with 256K and have no problems I had a starter go out in the 94 and a water pump in the 96 other the PM I havent ever been stuck on the side of the road.

Compared to Cummins with the killer dowl pin, touchy VP44, Transfer pump issues, and front end issues

And GM 6.5 with the injection pump control box that burns up, headbolt problems, head gasket issues. 6.6 Duramax Early engines had injector issues, EGR cooler blows up ( all years), Electronic issues dash faults, HPFP problems
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:57 AM
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What kind of horsepower and torque do stock 1996 7.3's have ?

How are they pulling and up to what weights safely ?

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:24 AM
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215 horse and i think 450lbs of torque
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That seems like a good deal to me especially if the bucket and all accessorizes are in working order, you can expect many more miles out of that truck.
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HP: 1996 215@3000 1997 225@3000
TQ: 1996 425@2300 1997 438@2300

The F450s in late 96 had the 97 engines to see how much HP it has look at the Passenger valve cover it'll tell you the YR & HP.

A 450 has i believe a max towing at 19K pull behind and i know the GVW is 14 or 15k I think i don't remember. My F350 handles 18K no problem stock or now modified. the nice thing is to it has a HD Dana 80 rear with discs not drums and a strait axle up front. I don't think they came 4x4 but i could be wrong. a guy down here pulls his chipper with it no problem its a small Bandit i think but when he comes in he says it has all the pick up he needs for tree work.I used to have the book on a 450 you can call your dealer and they can pull up the max towing by the vin. Also it has the same 4R110 as a 350 but has a 4x4 tranny pan which is a little deeper pan which is a little plus lol.
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Thanks guys !
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:57 AM
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I recently bought a 96 450, I wanted it for a backup truck to my 99. I like it so much that I drive it more than my 99 its a 2wd 5sp it pulls my tool trailer great and is a flatbed with tool boxes on it so it works well for what I do the 99 has now become my sunday truck.
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