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Intro and 7.3L Buyers Guide?

Hello All!

I'm about to buy a 2002 F350 7.3 and am looking forward to many visits to these forums.

I'm looking for a little friendly advice when it comes to buying a used truck. I know that the 7.3 is favored for a number of reasons. Some guidance on what to look for when it comes to pitfalls would be greatly appreciated.

The truck I'm considering has 245k miles, no talk of a rebuilt/replaced tranny, or any other major maintenance.

Anything in particular I should grill the seller about?

Thanks in advance.

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basically anything on the front axel
age of battery/alternator/belts
any chips/tuners ect used
frame/fender rust
transmission shifting/repairs ect

basically anything ud look at with a used car/truck engine wise 245k isnt anything for a powerstroke how ever thats not the case with everything listed
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Heisman, thanks for the tips!

With regards to the transmission should I be looking for quick shifts, shifting at a certain rpm, certain sounds?
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I can say this as far as the auto trans. Ive owned 3, 7.3 all auto and never once had a trans issues. All the trucks have been stock. Mileage has been 200k, 150k and my current 141k. All shift very smooth, no hard shifts or anything that doesnt feel right.

currently driving a 335i bmw, no more powerstoke

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2002- F250 XL 7.3 auto, 4x4
2001- F250 Lariat 7.3 auto, 4x4
2002- F350 Lariat 7.3 Dually, auto, 4x4. 141k miles
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Thanks to everyone so far on the advice.

What is the stock transmission in a '02 f350? 4R100 or E4OD?

Gonna put that buyers guide to use when I check out the truck. Thanks!
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It would be a 4R100.
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check oil pan for rust these are known to rust out on the 7.3.

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