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2003 F250 Crew Lariat 4x4 ??'s
I'm looking at this truck. It's nice outside, decent inside. I like it however it has a few issues. I test drove it and I'll go through these issues in the order that I noticed them.
1: when I first started it, it cranked slower than 7.3 should (probably a battery). When it did start, it ran for about 1/2 second and then died. Started and then immediately died-just like the key was turned off. It didn't slow down or anything. Just quit. The second attempt to start it was successful. Fired right off and never died again.
2: A/C blows but only through the defrost vents. It started initially blowing at the defrost only, then after I started driving it a little it started coming out of the dash vents...then went back to the defrost vents. It cycled back & forth irregularly a few times while on the 15 min test drive.
3: The overhead console is dead. Nothing on the display. I googled it and seems like I saw mention of a a resistor??
4: I drove around for a while getting it up to operating temperature. I turned around on a side road to check the 4x4-it worked (Warn hubs with SOTF in the dash). Went right in and right out no problem. I turned it back off (4x4) and then attempted to pull into traffic. I got on the highway and was easing down on the accelerator just as it shifted into 2nd gear. Just as it was in the shift, it kind of did a hard shift. I didn't notice a flare or anything, but it was abnormal...to me anyway. Occasionally on my F150 Lightning (4R100) it will have an odd shift from 1-2 as I'm accelerating, though it's usually more of a real soft shift than a bang. Is this a concern on the F250?
5: Actually the first thing I noticed was that it was lower powered than I though it should be. I have a '95 PSD 2wd ext cab, and the '95 feels more powerful especially at part throttle. I'm thinking that perhaps the issue #1 and the lack of power are related? It was low on fuel but I didn't feel any miss or anything. Felt smooth, sounded fine, I did not notice any exhaust smoke and no appreciable (a little is normal?...my '95 has been like that since new) blowby out of the oil filler when I started it initially (cold). It just felt like I had to have it floored or almost floored to make it move out of it's own way. I used to drive an '03 x-cab 4x4 for work and it seemed like it had quite a bit more part-throttle power than this one. This one feels like the EBPV is closed continually. I remember the old work truck when it was cold outside it was pretty much gutless until the engine warmed up. That's the way this one feels continually, even hot (test drive outside air temp was about 92° F and pretty humid).
A dealer has this thing for sale and I like it. I don't know about the issues though since I'm not 100% familiar with the truck. At 20,000 the trans was replaced under warranty-but no information beyond that as far as trans repairs (it was flushed at 50,000 and 100,000). Currently has 133,000 on it. If you guys can point me in the right direction I might make an offer on it. He's asking $18,000 for it which I feel is out of sight, but he's open to my offer. However I don't want to offend him and I want to be realistic. It will need tires soon too. And I've always like Michelin LTX I believe they are on the old work truck.