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What should i look for in buying an older diesel?

Hi everybody im new to the forum and i am looking at a 1996 ford f-250 with the 7.3L powerstroke. it has 118,000 miles lift and black rims, surface rust and a laundry list of new parts: Heres what Ive done/replaced:

Rear Window tint

New transmission

New alternator

New batteries

New starter

New brake line

New glow plug relay

New 4" Turbo back MBRP exhaust

Edge Programmer

New rear speed sensor

New tail lights

Kobalt Tool box

4" Rough Country Lift Kit with Nitro shocks

16" Black Moto Metal rims

35" Mickey Thompson mud terrain tires

New glow plugs

Kenwood Head Unit

Quick Spool turbo (not installed)

New wiper blades

....just wondering what i should look for when i go to check it out or any questions i should ask. thank you for any help!
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if you take the fuel filter lid off, put a new one in, and a new gasket. i would definetly reccomend changing it. also, probly a oil change and brake fluid flush just sop you know its fresh.

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do you know any quick tests that would prove to me that its a good truck worth spending $5000 on it? i hope to take it for a quick test drive and see how it runs what should i look for?
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look for tighnes in supension and steering since it is modified, look for leaks, smoke, easy starting, I would say that for 5000, that is a good deal


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Drive it...does it seem like it would be worthy of $5k. Usually a test drive can give a pretty good indication. I always tell the seller that I won't buy it if I can't touch the exhaust manifolds when I get there. That engine better be cold I and get to see how it will start cold.

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I'm not into all the lift / performance stuff, so I guess I am biased. But I always figure that a truck setup like that has probably been used a lot harder than an "ordinary" more stock setup. There are obviously exceptions, but I think it is a reasonable generalization.

Also, tires cost more, suspension will be more costly, you will burn more fuel, etc.




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Hi everybody im new to the forum and i am looking at a 1996 ford f-250 with the 7.3L powerstroke. it has 118,000 miles lift and black rims, surface rust and a laundry list of new parts: Heres what Ive done/replaced:

Rear Window tint

New transmission

New alternator

New batteries

New starter

New brake line

New glow plug relay

New 4" Turbo back MBRP exhaust

Edge Programmer

New rear speed sensor

New tail lights

Kobalt Tool box

4" Rough Country Lift Kit with Nitro shocks

16" Black Moto Metal rims

35" Mickey Thompson mud terrain tires

New glow plugs

Kenwood Head Unit

Quick Spool turbo (not installed)

New wiper blades

....just wondering what i should look for when i go to check it out or any questions i should ask. thank you for any help!
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thank you everyone for the suggestions and i let that truck go and im looking for a new 2001-2002 diesel with no modifications so i know what has been done to it.
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sounds fair without looking at it. if it were me i woudl request a to come look at it when you know it will be cold and see if they will let you start it cold. not a killer deal if you cant. i like the new tranny deal, how many miles are on the tranny?

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sounds fair without looking at it. if it were me i woudl request a to come look at it when you know it will be cold and see if they will let you start it cold. not a killer deal if you cant. i like the new tranny deal, how many miles are on the tranny?
Now that's a great idea.

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it sounds like a pretty good deal to me as long as its in decent shape. That edge isn't gonna be friendly on that trans though so get rid of that
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