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Sold my old Dodge Cummins, and going to look at a excursion, what shoul i check?

Hello Guys.

First, excuse my grammar, im from Norway, Europe

I just sold my 95 dodge ram cummins, and are going to look at a 2000 ford excursion 7.3 with 223000km(not miles) on the odometer. Im going to fly down to the location, so i dont have my tools etc with me.The seller told me: It got a small oil leak somwhere from the engine, parking sensors not working, power locks not working. Im a litle curious about the oil leak, i never put my head under the hood of a ford before What should i check? i read somthing about the hpop? And what other should i check for before i pay for it and leve for a 9 hour trip home?

I will be very greatfull for all answers.
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Welcome from the other side of the pond! I'm not sure how or if vehicles over there rust away like they do here, but the oil pan on the 7.3's are known to rotting away and leaking/seeping oil through. While it's a simple thing to check, I believe the motor has to be pulled to replace the pan, or atleast lifted up enough in the engine bay to get at it.


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Welcome from the other side of the pond! I'm not sure how or if vehicles over there rust away like they do here, but the oil pan on the 7.3's are known to rotting away and leaking/seeping oil through. While it's a simple thing to check, I believe the motor has to be pulled to replace the pan, or atleast lifted up enough in the engine bay to get at it.

The sales representative said he had the truck inside for one night, and it was not any oil on the floor. The mechanic who looked over it said its oil coming from somewhere at the upper part, but was not able to locate it. Mhm.. They use a lot of salt on our winteroads, so we need to steam the cars pretty often . I think the chevy's, we got some tahoe and suburbans around here, rust much more.
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The sales representative said he had the truck inside for one night, and it was not any oil on the floor. The mechanic who looked over it said its oil coming from somewhere at the upper part, but was not able to locate it. Mhm.. They use a lot of salt on our winteroads, so we need to steam the cars pretty often . I think the chevy's, we got some tahoe and suburbans around here, rust much more.
I will give you the best advice you will ever get.

Before you leave your home search the internet at whitepages.com to locate a diesel mechanic in the same area were the truck is.

Call that diesel mechanic and ask him to go and complete a full inspection, full system test and test drive truck.

It will cost you any were from 100-300 bucks but it will save you a lot of money if the truck is junk.

Explain to him that you want to make sure this truck is good prior to purchase.

You should contact the dealership and advise them you will buy the truck providing that it passes the inspection from the mechanic.

Make sure you have it in writing that the dealership is not to sell the truck to anyone unless you advise them that you will not purchase it.

Have a clause in the agreement that should the dealership sell the vehicle after it has been inspected that they are to repay you the costs of the inspection.

You should plan on purchasing the vehicle immedatly should the truck passes the inspection. Because by law you would have a duty to complete the sale within a reasonable time. Not several days to weeks later.

DO NOT TRUST A DEALERSHIP MECHANIC WERE YOU ARE TRYING TO BUY A VEHICLE
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I will give you the best advice you will ever get.

Before you leave your home search the internet at whitepages.com to locate a diesel mechanic in the same area were the truck is.

Call that diesel mechanic and ask him to go and complete a full inspection, full system test and test drive truck.

It will cost you any were from 100-300 bucks but it will save you a lot of money if the truck is junk.

Explain to him that you want to make sure this truck is good prior to purchase.

You should contact the dealership and advise them you will buy the truck providing that it passes the inspection from the mechanic.

Make sure you have it in writing that the dealership is not to sell the truck to anyone unless you advise them that you will not purchase it.

Have a clause in the agreement that should the dealership sell the vehicle after it has been inspected that they are to repay you the costs of the inspection.

You should plan on purchasing the vehicle immedatly should the truck passes the inspection. Because by law you would have a duty to complete the sale within a reasonable time. Not several days to weeks later.

DO NOT TRUST A DEALERSHIP MECHANIC WERE YOU ARE TRYING TO BUY A VEHICLE
Hello, im sure that would be great in the us. But i live in Norway, these trucks are rare over here, and god mechanics that knows international engines are even more rare but i get the truck about 10k usd under the same trucks, its a black truck, and looks nice in the interior and paint. Common pricing for a truck here that have no leak, and in very god shape are 140000nok/ 23,500usd, and i get this For 13,500 usd.
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Hello, im sure that would be great in the us. But i live in Norway, these trucks are rare over here, and god mechanics that knows international engines are even more rare but i get the truck about 10k usd under the same trucks, its a black truck, and looks nice in the interior and paint. Common pricing for a truck here that have no leak, and in very god shape are 140000nok/ 23,500usd, and i get this For 13,500 usd.
well 10k under price should send up flags about it.
You must have mis read my post I am saying have the truck checked out by a mechanic near were the vehicle is before the purchase. I am not saying get it checked out were you are that would be pointless because you would have to purchase it before you take it home.

You asked for advise and I gave you the best advise there is you can either listen or not.
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well 10k under price should send up flags about it.
You must have mis read my post I am saying have the truck checked out by a mechanic near were the vehicle is before the purchase. I am not saying get it checked out were you are that would be pointless because you would have to purchase it before you take it home.

You asked for advise and I gave you the best advise there is you can either listen or not.
I know what you are saying and i thanks you for the advise. The only problem is that the closest psd mechanic/workshop are houres away from the car dealer. The car is located at a litle iland, and i will need to drive several houres to find a mech thats why im asking, because i need to look into it myself when at the daler, and take it or leave it but where do they have comon leaks, any pics?
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This guy has a decent set of video's on what to look for when buying a used Powerstroke:
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This guy has a decent set of video's on what to look for when buying a used Powerstroke: HOW TO BUY A USED POWERSTROKE DIESEL TRUCK - 1 OF 4 - YouTube
Thanks for the youtube link
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