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Should I buy a 96 7.3 with 180,000 miles

I have hear that these trucks are very reliable and will last an extremely long time. But is 180,000 miles really pretty good the truck is in basically perfect shape. No aftermardet add ons just a turbo back exhaust. It is a 5spd ext cab short bed xlt and like i said for the year it is in amazing shape in my opinoin I got the guy to accept 7000 dollars is it worth it and what is vital too look at before purchasing. Any help would be appreciated thank you.
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7g seems somewhat high but if its a clean truck its not the worst price ive seen. Are there any maintenance records with it? I am partial to these body style trucks so I say its worth it. Being a 5 speed is a good thing as the autos are a weak point

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also this aught to help

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Without knowing more about the truck i cant say in price. Crew Cab? Long Bed? 4x4, etc?

but 180k is nothing. obviously how well its been maintained is key. check the turbo fins for damage and shaft for play. look at the airbox, plastic or metal screws up top? the plastic ones were recalled because hety let dust by and it damaged the motor.

how well does it start when cold?

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[QUOTE=cghamm117;2336574]. It is a 5spd ext cab short bed xlt QUOTE]

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. It is a 5spd ext cab short bed xlt QUOTE]
lol. 7 seems high but if its all good and you like it... if its not a 4x4 fr that price i woudl saymove on, JMHO

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Yea it is a 4x4 ext cab short bed 5spd. Im not sure about records i will ask the guy tomorow when i go too look at it. Sorry for my ignorance this is my first diesel truck. I know a good amount about the gassers but how would i check out the turbo and the fins. Also what was that plastic or metal screw you mentioned in a previous post.
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turbo fins - take some tools along, i think small sockets will do, and a screwdriver or two. iirc most of the inake is held together by those metal band clamps, so yeah sockets or nut drivers. pull the tubes off and get a good look at the compressor wheel (fins/blades) check for chips and shaft play. the blades should be sharp, very little to no play and definitly no wheel to housing contact. its fairly normal to see a bit of oil in there from the CCV.

the airbox origionally had plastic screws holding the top down, they were a problem. be sure they are metal. if it has an aftermarket intake then dont worry about it.

i was a gasser guy before i came here. overwhelming at first, but these things are surprisingly simple.

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Take the the rubber hose off to the turbo. Look for nicks, wear or anything that doesn't look kosher on the blades. See if the turbo wheel moves up and down (bad) or in and out
(little is ok).

Stock air box had two plastic "bolts" holding the top half on. These would let dirt bypass the filter and eat away the turbo wheel.

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I was just wondering and hope these attachment work kinda new too this. Is this a cold air intake or is that the stock intake. It just did not look stock too me. I also included some pics of the truck just a couple to get a basic view of truck.
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