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things to look for when buying f250 7.3L

just wondering things to look out for when purchasing a f250. i went out to look at a 03 f250 7.3L test drove it and wow that truck drove very nice, a lot of people were saying these trucks ride bad i currently own a 97 f150 and the 250 compared to my 150 drove like a bmw. i was very impressed with the 7.3L power and how it rides. the truck at idle shook a little when i say little it was only noticeable if you held the steering wheel and looking for it. just wondering if its normal for it to shake very slightly as this one did. the truck had a ABS lamp on and tires are shot. any input would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance. dave.
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yes these trucks shake a little at idle. the abs light usually means you have some brake problems going on. how many miles are on the truck? I would take off the oil fill cap and do a cold start on the engine and check for blow by excessive smoke coming from the oil fill hole. crawl under the truck and check the oil pan for rust they are known to rust out on the 7.3.check the oil to make sure there is no antifreeze or diesel fuel in the oil check antifreeze to make sure there is no oil in the antifreeze. the oil coolers tend to go bad and the injector cups tend to crack.

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yes these trucks shake a little at idle. the abs light usually means you have some brake problems going on. how many miles are on the truck? I would take off the oil fill cap and do a cold start on the engine and check for blow by excessive smoke coming from the oil fill hole. crawl under the truck and check the oil pan for rust they are known to rust out on the 7.3.check the oil to make sure there is no antifreeze or diesel fuel in the oil check antifreeze to make sure there is no oil in the antifreeze. the oil coolers tend to go bad and the injector cups tend to crack.
it actually only has 128k miles on it. when i got to dealer it was 30 mins before they closed so i quickly looked over it and test drove it to determine if i would be further interested and i am. can you guys give me a good price to pay for the truck. the dealer was asking 13k for it and i started to talk to him about the problems and right away he says 12k but the truck also needs tires little rust not too bad. interior is nice missing the little doors on top next to compass. also has a running board missing but here she is
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being its a 2wd I bet you can get a better price on that truck but it looks pretty nice I like that color combo.

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As stated in your other thread, they are asking way too much for a 2wd truck. The 2wds ride decent, the 4x4s ride terrible.

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oh makes sense i would prefer a 4x4 but my current truck is 2wd and maybe only twice a year i wish it was 4x4 so if i can get a 2wd for cheaper i'll go for it. also how do you know if there is coolant in oil and vice versa
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what do you guys think is a fair price to pay for a truck like this?
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