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Old 02-19-2014, 07:49 PM
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So I am new to the forum, and looking to get some advice, I do not currently own a Ford Powerstroke, but I am looking into getting one and I have been offered what seems to me to be a good deal, I just really don't know if it is a good deal or not. I have been offered by a family friend to sell me his 1997 Ford F-250 7.3l Powerstroke XLT, it's got the 5 speed manual, 240k miles, 4x4 longbed, extended cab. He has sgiven me the price of $3500, now I don't know if that's a good price or not, but I've done some searching online and it seems to be. I just have a few questions: what do I need to look at specifically before I buy it? and Just is this a fair price for what I am getting?

He is also the first owner and he has told me most of the miles on it are highway miles.

Thanks for any input
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Not too bad but there are a few stickys at the top of this forum to help ya out. I would grab it and may I be the first to welcome you to your new addiction and to the forum
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first piece of advice - go on youtube and search "how to buy a used powerstroke". a series of videos will come up from a guy in Georgia that specializes in them. some guys on here make fun of him for some reason, but yet everyone has watched his videos so i dont know why they hate on guy that knows his stuff and offers free help. moving on -

i persoanlly - CANNOT stress enough to bring the truck into a diesel specialist and have them run a diagnostic on the truck and check everything out. they will be able to look over all the injectors (which are expensive to replace) and let you know how well the truck is running. i dont think there is a person in here that will tell you its NOT worth the $120 to have that done, as many of us have found out an injector wasnt firing and could not even tell. they can also check out the front end, 4wd system. bad ball joints and sticking front hubs are not uncommon. check that both fuel gauges work. also - another big indicator on the general condition of the undercarriage is the rear leaf spring hangers. those are usually the very first thing that starts to rust. factory hangers will be riveted in. if they are factory hangers, and in good shape - more than likely everything else will be (as far as rust goes) if the hangers are bolted on, they have been replaced. thats not a bad thing, but it will let you know you should look more closely at everything else.

if the current owner does not know for sure, there are also a few sites online that can tell you every option the truck came with by entering the VIN. i think i paid like $3 for mine, and it will tell you what axles and gear ratios the truck came with among other things. the 97 is probably one of the better old body style 7.3's to get. it has the intercooler and i believe different size or type fuel injectors - but im not 100% on that. post some pictures if you can - im sure people will be happy to give you more advice, and if in good shape, $3500 is a good price.

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Kctyphoon, thanks for the advice, I was already planning on having a diesel tech look at it before purchasing, but I will be sure to check out those videos you recommended
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the 97 is probably one of the better old body style 7.3's to get. it has the intercooler.
Now I'm not gonna say NONE of the 97s have intercoolers, but that's not something I've ever heard of. And I CAN tell you my 97 does not
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Now I'm not gonna say NONE of the 97s have intercoolers, but that's not something I've ever heard of. And I CAN tell you my 97 does not
yea my memory might be off with that - mines a 95 and i havent spent much time on here lately- maybe you can tell him if theres anything different since you have one.
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iirc the only way it would have an intercooler on it, you would have to use the spider off of an early 99. Plus several mods to the rad support.
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yea my memory might be off with that - mines a 95 and i havent spent much time on here lately- maybe you can tell him if theres anything different since you have one.
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iirc the only way it would have an intercooler on it, you would have to use the spider off of an early 99. Plus several mods to the rad support.
Not sure when the intercooler was factory on PSDs. I'm thinking they started with the Super Duty. I couldn't tell ya the differences between a 95 and 97, but there's a lot of guys on here who could

Anyway. . . To the OP. I think that's a pretty good deal. I would definitely take it to a mechanic to check it out for you if your not comfortable or not sure what to look for. If the guys not in too big of a hurry to sell it , just browse through the forum on the OBS pickups n you can start to get a feel for some common issues and some real good mods. If it all checks out good, 3500 is a real good price. Not sure where you at, but here in NE Nebraska theres a ECLB with 250k-ish auto n their asking $6 grand. N it's not in that great of shape

Like fordmandan87 said, welcome to the club and the addiction. If you do pick it up be sure to throw up some pics
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The is no OBS powerstroke that came with a factory intercooler.


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So I am new to the forum, and looking to get some advice, I do not currently own a Ford Powerstroke, but I am looking into getting one and I have been offered what seems to me to be a good deal, I just really don't know if it is a good deal or not. I have been offered by a family friend to sell me his 1997 Ford F-250 7.3l Powerstroke XLT, it's got the 5 speed manual, 240k miles, 4x4 longbed, extended cab. He has sgiven me the price of $3500, now I don't know if that's a good price or not, but I've done some searching online and it seems to be. I just have a few questions: what do I need to look at specifically before I buy it? and Just is this a fair price for what I am getting?

He is also the first owner and he has told me most of the miles on it are highway miles.

Thanks for any input
Look for a rusted oil pan.

Look for oil leaks at the following places: dipstick fitting on oil pan, oil cooler (parallel to the driver side exhaust manifold), mating surface of oil pan to engine block (all around), power steering lines, steering box

Let it run and check the valley of the motor for fuel leaks. The fuel bowl is up there and can leak in multiple places. The lift pump is up there too. If it's leaks fuel bad enough it will drip down the back of the motor and off of the transmission bell housing.

Check for blow by.

Check the fuel tanks for leaks.

Pull both back wheels and brake drums off and check for gear oil leaking out of the hub seals.

Check the core support for rust.

$3500 is a good price as long as it doesn't leak everywhere and isn't rusted out very badly.

Fixing little things like leaks will add up the $ quickly.

I know this b/c I recently bought a 97 and have been rebuilding it piece by piece. The more I drive it, the more things I find to fix, or stop from leaking, etc...
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