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Before I buy my 7.3

Going to be buying a 99-03 7.3 in the next 2-3 months. This will be my first diesel. I have a couple questions.

Most of the trucks for sale in my region are between 100-130k miles. I know these trucks have a great track record for longevity, however I was wondering if this is in any type of danger zone for any major failure to come soon, or can I basically just hop in and start driving her as my daily with the usual preventative maintenance? I know it’s not uncommon to see these trucks with 300k miles on them. Just didn’t know if at 100-130 I should expect to be replacing a tranny or something real soon.

Also, I seem to see trucks in pretty good shape at some used car lots. Normally I would be against buying a vehicle from a non-“dealership” so to speak, does anyone know what the major drawback of a used car lot is? I’d obviously run the typical carfax, etc…

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Seems like there is a sticky on things to look for when buying a used powerstroke. Second I have always had better luck buying from and individual because cash seems to talk a lot louder. That's just my opinion, but good luck in your search.

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Originally Posted by hardrail View Post
does anyone know what the major drawback of a used car lot is?
  • They don't know the history.
  • They just want $$$ and will do ANYTHING to sell it. (So do individuals but not to the same extent)

But as ^^^^^ That guy said. Check this out:
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Buy from a person. You get the history from them. Engine oil pans are really the only major thing for the 7.3. mine is almost at 190k and runs perfect with a few mods. I have a buddy with a 7.3 with over 300k and he has a bunch more mods done and has never had a problem. Both of us are running amsoil in everything but the motor. The motor we are using Shell Rotella 5w40 synthetic.

Add to your Signature where you are from. If someone sees a truck in your area they could PM you. just an FYI

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100-130K is nothing for the motors, but it is about the shelf life of the ball joints, wheel bearings, and transmission. Just keep that in mind when shopping.

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