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Buy this F250 or run from it?!?!?

Here is the condensed story on my situation. I live on a farm and the farm truck is a 02' 2WD, F-250 7.3 Lariat crewcab, SRW, shortbed. Recently the truck has been giving the owner some problems. I'm about 90% sure the front seal to the transmission is bad as we were hauling a heavy load and it dumped all the fluid out... on two separate occasions. If there is no load on the truck then the transmission will be fine, no leaks nor has the transmission given any other problems. I just noticed yesterday it is leaking oil from somewhere also. I'll look more into that tomorrow. The truck has 115k miles and she bought it bran new. After being left stranded by this truck, 2 hrs from the house, with a 32ft trailer loaded down with hay, twice, and it is now leaking oil, she is fed up with it and doesn't want to mess with it anymore. We have been looking at trading it in and they keep offering 5-6k (one place offered 8k) for a trade in. I am just having trouble letting the truck go for that kind of money. I'm thinking about just giving the owner whatever they offer her in trade for the truck. Do you guys think it would be worth it for me to get the truck and fix these issues or just bypass a potential problem vehicle. It is a farm truck so it isn't in mint condition but it isn't in bad condition either. Nothing a good weekend of detailing wouldn't fix. There is no damage to the body or anything. I spend 3 hrs pressure washing the truck today (every where I could get that hose to reach) in an attempt to clean it up to trade but now that it is all clean... it got me thinking. If it were 4wd I would have already bought it off her. I just love the feel and sound of a turbo diesel!
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I would say get it, those miles are low, lots of life left
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I would say get it, those miles are low, lots of life left
Low miles, yes. But those are some hard miles having lived its life as a farm truck I'd still probably go for it though.


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I think 8K is a lot of money for a 2wd truck that possibly needs a transmission rebuild.

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I think 8K is a lot of money for a 2wd truck that possibly needs a transmission rebuild.
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This is where I am torn, 115k miles is low for a 02' and original owner since new. Florida truck so zero rust on it. However, it could very well need a transmission rebuild. At the very least the transmission is going to have to come out to replace the seal. I hate to buy a problem but then its a 3/4 ton diesel truck for around 5 grand.
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If you can get it for less than $8k go for it. You can go far with a low mileage 7.3. Maybe you could work out a deal with the owner to buy it off her for maybe $6k and call it a day. That way she knows that truck will be well taken care of and such.


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