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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Maple Valley Washington
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Bring a jack and jack up the front tires during inspection to check the wheel bearings. They are poor quality and are sealed units which means you can't repack them, just replace them, and they are about $300-$400 each to fix (parts only price). Easy fix, just expensive. Good bargaining tool if they're bad. Also, these rigs have weak ball joints as well. Again, not difficult or too expensive, but a good bargaining tool and there's a good chance they're worn.
You mentioned transmissions. If you want an auto then that's what you're stuck with. Most diesel trucks of this vintage have auto transmission problems. What sucks is once they let go, it's about $2,500-$4,500 to get one rebuilt well. You should really, really, reeeeeaaaally consider a six speed for your 8k towing. Sturdy, and if the clutch let's go, you're out a grand to have a top of the line clutch installed in a day. And they rarely let go like an auto, the clutch slips and gives you fair warning usually.
Make sure all the stickers on the engine aren't lifted or wrinkled indicating any overheat signs.
Check the engine number to see which connecting rods it has. I'd buy either, but it's nice to know.
I have an 01 as well. Great truck. I've been happy with it from day one. I did have to replace one of the injection harness UVC (under valve cover) gaskets. $75 each and 3 hour time investment. If all the usual stuff checks out, I'd buy it. Keep in mind this truck (01) has the weaker dana 50 front end. Not a show stopper, but just so you know.
The best year ford EVER made was 2000. Forged connecting rods and the stronger dana 60 front end. That's when ford trucks peaked.
2001 F-250 7.3 4WD CC LB,SB CON OFE clutch, DIY 6637 intake. Superior compressor, 4"SS Magnaflow
DP-Tuner:Hi idle,60T,80T,80E,120. Diprocol boost/pyro. Overboost Annihilator. Hi-Flow turbo outlet.
4" Superlift. Springs/blocks w/ Bilsteins. 315/75-16 Toyo M/T's. 35" spare underneath. Truetrac
Alpine deck, Infinity 6x8's, Kicker Comp 10", JBL 6x60 amp, 1.2 MFD cap.
Glasstite High Rise Cap. 7,800 empty weight.