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hello all im new here and im going to look at a 99 f250 4x4 ex cab 4x4 with 7.3 and 89 thousand miles any thing i should look for thanks in advance
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It shouldnt have a K/N drop in filter. they are known for letting dirt into the turbo but we bought our truck with one before we knew anything about it and our turbo and intake look clean as can be. We did just order a new intake to be safe.
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I've had my 2000 F250 ext. cab. w/ 8 ' bed, 7.3 for about a year now. I love it. In spite of a new transmission, 2 new batteries and a used alternator. Luckily the trans was covered by a warranty. My only advise is the same advise i ignored prior to buying mine. Look in the valley for oil, I have since found the oil and may have HPOP problems. (High pressure oil pump) $1400 ish repair. Look under the truck for rust on the frame. Mine was rusted ( but covered with some year old paint). It looked good, but not real fresh. i thought it was a clean truck. After a year and alot of road salt ect.. the rust is coming through. Most likely not a problem, but before i bought the truck it was some one else's problem. Now i own it. But wouldn't trade it in for anything. except maybe a 2008.
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hello all im new here and im going to look at a 99 f250 4x4 ex cab 4x4 with 7.3 and 89 thousand miles any thing i should look for thanks in advance
Definitely look for oil in the valley. Check the ball joints, check for leaking up-pipes. Ask about the glow plugs and glow plug relay. If they have never been replaced, it's going to need them soon.

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thanks everyone but it was already sold when i got there after work so the search continues
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I'm also in the market for one of the 99-02 7.3L's to pull our camping trailer with. I have a friend who works at a local Ford dealership that has offered to look over any truck I'm looking at purchasing, but I kind of like to dive head first and get my own hands dirty while I'm looking.

I don't really know anything about diesel engines or this year of trucks. I have an 07 F150 5.4L that I've come to know fairly well, but that's about it.

What kinds of things should I look out for?
Was any year that they made the 7.3's better than others?
Was the Powerstroke in all the Turbe Diesel Engines in those years or were there non Powerstroke versions of the 7.3 put out?
What about Transmissions? How long do they typically last?
What are some of the knowns for these trucks to commonly fail or go out?
How many miles is too many?

Sorry for the laundry list, just want to be prepared.
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I'm also in the market for one of the 99-02 7.3L's to pull our camping trailer with. I have a friend who works at a local Ford dealership that has offered to look over any truck I'm looking at purchasing, but I kind of like to dive head first and get my own hands dirty while I'm looking.

I don't really know anything about diesel engines or this year of trucks. I have an 07 F150 5.4L that I've come to know fairly well, but that's about it.

What kinds of things should I look out for?
Was any year that they made the 7.3's better than others?
Was the Powerstroke in all the Turbe Diesel Engines in those years or were there non Powerstroke versions of the 7.3 put out?
What about Transmissions? How long do they typically last?
What are some of the knowns for these trucks to commonly fail or go out?
How many miles is too many?

Sorry for the laundry list, just want to be prepared.

1) Have ford pull an oasis report for each vehical and review it
2) Look to see how clean the engine is, oil in the valley and so on
3) Rearend, make sure the seal is good and isn't leaking
4) Glow plugs and the relay for them
5) The OBS powerstrokes had 15* oil pumps while the 99.5+ powerstrokes had 17* oil pumps
6) Unless your looking for a 1994 and earlier truck they are all powerstrokes
7) Auto trans can usually last about 150 or so, depending on how well you build it up, and if you just put OEM parts back in it and start adding power to the engine it wont last near as long
8) We have about 8 powerstrokes at work and they all have between 500-145,000 miles(i work for govn't so we dont keep our trucks more then 12 years usually) But its not uncommon to see 7.3 powerstrokes roll over 600k. Several members here have some with well over 500k and another one has a powerstroke that just rolled over a million without a rebuild or anything

you can usually get an idea of how well the truck was taken care of by looking at it, if its a clean and well maintained you can most likely execpt a long life out of it
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An early 99 (built in 98 or before 3/99 i think) has smaller injectors and smaller turbo. The smaller turbo has an advantage, it doesnt surge like the bigger ones do but its not really any problem. I might get in trouble for saying this but it seems that the auto trans does go out fairly often, but i dont have one. The 6speed manual trans is bullet proof from what i have heard and experienced. All of the trucks were powerstrokes ( if they were a diesel). They were known for killing Cam positionging sensors, they would all the sudden go out and leave you sitting there. Ford has since come out with a recall and a better sensor that is suppose to solve that problem. I would feel comfortable buying one as long is it had under 200k miles and seemed to have been takin care of.
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Thanks for the great info guys. If you think of anything else, please add it here.
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Welcome to the .org!!! i think it sounds like a great truck! any pics?

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