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Need Purchasing Advice on 2001 Powerstroke 7.3
I'm looking to purchase a 2001 with almost 140,000 miles. The exterior is in really good shape. The occasional scratch here and there, but extremely straight with no major dents. The interior is in great shape. I'm not too concerned with the engine as so many people rave about the reliability of the 7.3. The only concern here is the turbo. It is a golden color? I read some where this is a bad sign? Can someone confirm this?
My main concern is with the transmission. All seems well, but reading so much about the mechanical diode failure has me a little gun shy. The price is $9,600, which seems to be a really good deal and leaves plenty of room for repair cost? He has documentation from the dealership since he has owned it. He is the second owner and has owned it for the past 100k miles and last 8 years.
Any thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated!