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Old 06-22-2014, 09:29 PM
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Looking at buying a 02 7.3

Hey, so I need some help figuring out if this truck I am looking at is worth buying. The truck is a 02 supercab( I call it extended cab) short bed f250. The truck has 180k miles on it. It is a xlt model, rust free,has exhaust,intake, no tune as far as I know, after market wheels and decent tread left on the tires, 6 inch rough country lift. Paint is fair, has the 05-07 front end conversion done ( some lines are a little off). Power windows and doors. Interior could use a heavy detailing. They want $10k for the truck. Is this a fair price? Are there any concerns I should be worried about with that many miles?Looking at buying a 02 7.3-image.jpg

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With that mileage and if it's the original transmission it might not last a whole lot longer, and since it's lifter that add's extra wear and tear on the transmission. I would check all the fluids, flip the oil cap and lay it over the fill tube and see if it has any blow by, and crawl all over and under the truck.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:00 AM
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Also pull the intake tube off the turbo and check for turbo play and bent or worn fins. Bent or worn fins can tell you that the intake did not seal properly and has dusted the turbo. That's where flipping the oil fill cap comes in. If it blows the cap off it means it needs rebuilt. Price is good. If you get it just set back around $3k for a tranny. It could be soon or it could be at 230k.
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How's the suspension? How's the tranny fluid look and smell? Any service records with the truck?


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I did a once over when I looked at it the other day. Suspension seemed fine, I just don't know how I feel about rough country lifts since I have heard not so positive reviews. The truck has no leaks and it was sitting for a while before I checked it out since it's at a local diesel ( extremely reputable )shop in the area. I know they said they did some work to it when the previous owner had it.. I'll have to check on that when I look at it again. I'll definitely look into the turbo as you described. Not sure of the history of the transmission and neither were they, so I'm going to assume it's original
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:39 PM
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I ran a rough country 6" on my first truck and it rode better than factory. Current truck has a 4" Pro Comp and i think the Rough Country rode better than this one. Only problem i had with my rough country was after about 6 months i had a popping from the front end. The spring eye bushings in the front had wallowed out and when you hit a bump it rattled. i called rough country and they attributed it to me tightening when it was in the air or on the ground , whichever it was the opposite of what they say to do.... Called energy suspension and ordered polyurethane that didnt fit , ground them down to where they fit in the eye and rocked on with no more problems.
Price doesn't look bad , as stated already , just plan on 200k from the tranny , and if survives past that count your blessings. Most of your speedco oil change places located by Major truck stop centers can do an instant oil analysis for $30 , cheap look at whats going on inside the motor , but if maintenace has been kept up in any sorts then 180k is leaving the next owner LOTS of life.
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