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Old 12-14-2011, 08:46 AM
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Question Thinking about buying: 1996 F350 7.3 CCLB

Hey guys, I wanted to get yall's opinions on this truck. I want to know pro's and con's for this year truck. All I'm familiar with is the 6.0's and later year 7.3's. I have a 2005 F250 6.0 CCSB 4x4 Lariat with 130,000 miles that I'm looking to trade for this truck and some cash. Guy said he'd give $10,000 on top. His truck has 275,000 miles. Here's the link for his ad - 96 ford f350, diesel 7.3. 4 door long bed

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That price is right in the ball park, if not a bit low, for a CCLB. They usu. go for $8-10K around here, but of course, ones that clean are hard to come by up here. All depends on how well it's been maintained, is there any hidden rust, tranny shifting okay, etc., all the usual questions. Provided it's been maintained, 275,000 isn't anything to be afraid of. May need here-and-theres like injectors, GPs, vac pump, etc. at that age, but the internals are good for....ever.

I'd def. ask for pics of the tires/rims you'll actually be getting.
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That price is right in the ball park, if not a bit low, for a CCLB. They usu. go for $8-10K around here, but of course, ones that clean are hard to come by up here. All depends on how well it's been maintained, is there any hidden rust, tranny shifting okay, etc., all the usual questions. Provided it's been maintained, 275,000 isn't anything to be afraid of. May need here-and-theres like injectors, GPs, vac pump, etc. at that age, but the internals are good for....ever.

I'd def. ask for pics of the tires/rims you'll actually be getting.
That's what I was thinking. It has 35" BFG All Terrains now and those Mickey Thompson Classics that it's coming with. It's only about an hour from me so I figured it's worth looking at.


What are some common problems that come up between 200,000 and 300,000 miles in these trucks?
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with that many miles and a gooseneck hitch definitely make sure the tranny shifts well. know that it may need some things but there's nothing at all wrong with 275K
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What are some common problems that come up between 200,000 and 300,000 miles in these trucks?
As said, the tranny is the big one. Beyond that, just about anything external that moves or gets hot -- p/s pump, steering box, vac pump, glow plugs / relay, fuel lift pump (OBS is mechanical), etc.

Yeah, it's a FL (?) truck, but I'd still look for unseen rust. Bottom of the rear fuel tank (stoooooopid design; it sits right on the skid plates, which do double duty as tank "straps"), bottom corners of the radiator core support.
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I appreciate the help guys. What's the easiest way to test these trannys for slip when driving them? I'm guessing to get on it a few times and see if there is any slip???
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ya. smooth shifts are also good to watch for. also watch the RPMs during the shift. if they just up real quick that's bad. do this while getting on it. also when you change from PRND watch the RPMs and they should stay pretty smooth
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Awesome! Thanks for the help!
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Yea the trans. are about the only weak part of these trucks.
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