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Old 11-11-2011, 09:44 PM
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Should I buy this truck??? Please help

It's a 99 f350 srw cc 4x4 lariat with 115k miles. I know that it is low mileage and that these motors never break, but don't want any surprises. Is there anything that will need to be replaced soon by mileage or age? Please be honest I want to know ahead of time.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:58 PM
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With that mileage - look for loose ball joints and for a leaky water pump, those are super common for these trucks. Depending on price, I'd jump on it. Make sure it doesn't smoke white or blue, if it's stock not a lot of black smoke, either.

Check to see if there is any evidence of the air filter leaking - aka a 'dusted' engine.

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So if those check out it should be very reliable?
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:17 PM
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Generally speaking, they are super reliable. I have put almost 40,000 miles on my truck and have had to do very little to it. Just look for evidence of the truck having been well maintained, poor maintenance will ruin the best vehicle.

Good luck. If you are not absolutely sure, paying a shop to take a look is never a bad idea.

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I bought my truck at 95K, it now has 151K on it. In that time frame, I've had to replace ball joints, shocks, steering stabilizer, tie rod, both wheel bearings, turbo pedestal O rings, brakes, and a few other things I know I'm missing.
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My truck (yeah I know, it's an OBS, but still a 7.3 none the less) has been very reliable. I bought it with a 193k miles 18 months ago, and now with 212k it hasn't skipped a beat. All I have had to do is an alternator (original one died at 197k) and a set of batteries. It has never failed to start or do anything I ask of it. If it appears to have been well taken care of and has no signs of dusting, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:26 AM
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01 7.3 bought it with 100k ...3yrs later 130k have done..
Water pump, thermo housing, hoses, etc..
Batteries
Gem module & fuse box
Hubs, hub assembly, weel bearings, etc..
Front rotors and pads
Rear pads

So nothing major, no complaints motor wise, probobly still worth what I paid if not more..
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Buy it. crew cab 4x4, forged rods. Thats a good truck. Check for blow by. fluid levels, normal points you check out on a truck, 4x4 etc
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check the tranny fluid if un maintained the tranny's last about 120-130k. check for leaks and ball joints and wheel bearings.... excessive brake pedal wear.....
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:41 PM
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i just bought my 7.3 with 180k and had almost no worries! Drive it.

i just did a GPR bc it wouldnt start on am.

also just bought a set of glow plugs and valve cover gaskets so i dont have issues later. i have seen plenty of these truck with over 500k and still going!
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