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1999 F-250 7.3l Good Deal?

I found a nice F-250, it is an extended cab short box 4wd, with the 7.3l and auto trans. It has 200k miles. Is this to many miles to be considered and good reliable runner? I am looking for something that will get me some what decent fuel mileage and is reliable to go back and forth to school. They want 9k which I think is a little high. What would be a good price. Body looks really good, no dents or rust.
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never mind just got off the phone with the dealership it has a broken leaf spring, needs ball joints, brakes, and the power locks dont work...
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You can Find good deals out there. I just picked up a 99.5 f250 4x4 Supercab 7.3 for 4k. Needed tires, drivers side window dont work. The door skins are rusted on the inside but One dent on the thing, runs great so far. Did have 290k on it, but you know how these motors are.
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well how much am i looking at to fix the spring, and balljoints? Should i offer a lot less? Maybe i could get a good deal out of this truck...
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well how much am i looking at to fix the spring, and balljoints? Should i offer a lot less? Maybe i could get a good deal out of this truck...
In that condition and mileage it should not be any higher than 5K...

If the previous owner did not fix those problems it pretty much tells you that he was not meticulous with maintenance and the truck probably had seen heavy use/abuses.

I bet you the dealer only tells you those problems because those are problems you could easily detect on first test drive. There might be other problems they did not tell you or not even aware about. You should take a mechanic or someone who is well verse with this truck to come with you for the test drive.

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i guess ill just let it pass then...the truck is about 6 hours away from me which is more then i want to drive to see a piece of junk....back to looking...
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In that condition and mileage it should not be any higher than 5K...

If the previous owner did not fix those problems it pretty much tells you that he was not meticulous with maintenance and the truck probably had seen heavy use/abuses.

I bet you the dealer only tells you those problems because those are problems you could easily detect on first test drive. There might be other problems they did not tell you or not even aware about. You should take a mechanic or someone who is well verse with this truck to come with you for the test drive.
I second all of that... I just gave 4.5k for an f350 SRW 4x2 last week, that had some MINOR issues (lock actuators, door lighty switches, etc), but the previous owner went out of his way to pinpoint every little issue. I looked at several 4wd trucks, and really wanted one, but found the prices incredibly inflated. You CAN find trucks for good prices, but you just have to pay attention to what you're looking at. Individual owners tend to be a source for better/cheaper trucks. I haven't bought anything from a dealer from years. Good luck with your search!
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well i found another 99 locally with close to the same mileage but sounds a lot cleaner and in a lot better condition. It needs U-joints though. How much to offer?
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I found a nice F-250, it is an extended cab short box 4wd, with the 7.3l and auto trans. It has 200k miles. Is this to many miles to be considered and good reliable runner? I am looking for something that will get me some what decent fuel mileage and is reliable to go back and forth to school. They want 9k which I think is a little high. What would be a good price. Body looks really good, no dents or rust.
I would be looking for a 2000-2003 Diesel jetta, 50 MPG you cannot argue with that.

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I would be looking for a 2000-2003 Diesel jetta, 50 MPG you cannot argue with that.
Yes, that is really nice mpg.....but unfortunately it cannot tow....
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