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Old 03-29-2013, 05:50 AM
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I'm looking at a 2000 F250 extended Cab 7.3 4x4 with 190,000 miles that's been superchip. What should I know before buying and what should I look at to make sure is not a dog?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:12 AM
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Other than the usual used car stuff to look for, check for a rusty oil pan. Only way to change it is to pull the motor or have someone do it for $1000 or more.

Maintenance records and a cargax are very handy as well. If it was taken care of and not rusty then buy it. For a good price of course.


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Old 03-31-2013, 02:57 PM
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Thanks I'll check all that.
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Check all the bushings on the front end. It's not a deal breaker if they need replaced, but it is a negotiation factor. Mine were good, so I couldn't tell you cost to replace.

Probably the biggest thing to look for is oil in the valley. It won't tell you how well it's been maintained, but it will tell you that you're leaking oil (likely from the HPOP), and you're going to need to do some work to it. Check what air filter he has. If it's a K&N or other "high flow" filter, pull the tube and look at the turbo vanes. Again, not a deal breaker, but you're looking at a minimal of a few hundred for a new wheel or $1K+ for a new turbo if the vanes are ate up.

Those are the quick and easy things to check out. If the owner doesn't want you pulling the intake tube to look at the turbo, bid him farewell. He'll change his tune, or you'll have saved yourself a headache.

*ETA, I was in your same shoes last May. This forum helped me out considerably, and my knowledge base has done nothing but improve from here (and elsewhere of course, but the info found here is either sound, or corrected to be sound).
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Give THIS a Read -> What to look for when buying a USED 99-03 PSD
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