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Old 12-05-2009, 03:10 PM
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Need advice. Deal or no deal??

I am contemplating buying a 2003 ext cab F350 4X4 SB. It has the 7.3 with manual 6 spd with 80k miles. Its a basic cloth XLT with steel wheels and hubcaps. Body is in decent shape and believe there is no accident history. Havent got as far as a carfax check, but I think he would have told me. I have bought from this dealer before. It is bone stock and was "old man" driven. There are some obvious issues like the fuel gauge doesn't work, the parking brake and I heard a poss clunk in the front on my short test drive. The clutch also engages low, close to the floor. Asking $23,000. I realize it is a rare combination and may make it worth more, but I have not seen any appraisals higher than $21k in excellent shape. The average is more like $19k for high retail in excellent shape. I am considering an "as is" offer.

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1.) What would be a good price to pay for the truck?
2.) I am takin gthis to a buddies garage and putting on the lift and a full once over. What should I make sure I look for or check and make sure that blah blah has been replaced?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Oh and I am by no means a diesel expert. I had an 05 CCSB with the 6.0, but not really up on the 7.3

Jim
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I'd agree that sounds a bit high and the 7.3 is a work horse... yeah that low gear is way over there. We have a F550 that is way in that weird spot for R and L
anyway its a great truck guaranteed just offer them a reasonable price... or get them to fix the gas gauge and stuff and offter a bit more.
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that is really low miles for a 7.3 but that is a steep price, I wouldnt pay any more than book value
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yeah i just noticed that is low mileage! my 02 has 158k! eh just broken in.
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Yeah, it is low mileage for sure and it is all stock so no power adders or beating, but on the other hand I think it has all stock drivetrain. Shocks, front end , etc. I think these are known for front end issues. Right?

thanks for the input so far. Keep it coming.

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19k tops, they wont pay a fortune for them. 80k is low miles but its not like it has 10k original and been in a garage it whole life. By the time you do ball joints, wheel bearings, shocks, brakes, etc.
Maybe you dont need all that, but at 80k this stuff wears. Lots of them out there with 125k on them or so with new tranny's, all suspension, nice wheels, you'll maybe pay 15K.

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19k tops, they wont pay a fortune for them. 80k is low miles but its notlike it has 10k original and been in a garage it whole life. By the time you do ball joints, wheel bearings, shocks, brakes, etc.
Maybe you dont need all that, but at 80k this stuff wears. Lots of them out there with 125k on themorso with new tranny's, all suspension, nice wheels, you'll maybe pay 15K.
I cant see giving $19k either, it is not in "excellent" condition. Been doin some looking around and have seen others like you have described. Would prefer the manual tho, not nearly as many issues for sure and definately cheaper to fix. I have been thinking about offering $10k, as is, with my trade that is prob worth $5-6k. Only thing that I have to look into is the fuel gauge fix. i havea good idea of what the rest would cost to fix. I can do all my own work and get parts at cost, so I think I could do well at that price. He makes money and I get a dealwith all my own labor.

Keep the advice coming. Thanks again.
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Anyone else?? Come on guys I need to get back to this guy. What am I looking at here?
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just offer him less, if he says no than walk. ford made alot of trucks there will be another one
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Look to the track bar for the clunk in front end. Clutch pedal bushings/clip

Thats all I got.

No more than 15K
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