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Looking at buying a 7.3.

Looking at buying a 7.3 powerstroke..... this is my first diesel so i want to know what to look for before i buy one..... and my dad thinks all diesels are junk and i want to prove him wrong so i dont want to get a bad one because ill never hear the end of it...

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Thinks all diesels are junk? I just had a good laugh at that. Read up on this and good luck finding your truck: This is a high powered website created just for Ford Diesel and Powerstroke enthusiasts. Older Ford 6.9L and 7.3L International or IDI owners are also welcome - Search Results for Buying 7.3 Diesel What to look for


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While some people hate Bill from Powerstrokehelp, he does have a decent series on buying a used 7.3.

Bottom line is get a good feel for how the truck was treated and have it inspected by a reputable mechanic. Remember you are still buying an 11+ year old truck so expect to perform regular maintenance and be replacing wear parts.
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My dad thought the same




Till I pulled a trailer of his and was still picking up more speed then his V10 ex unloaded


Now he has a 7.3 and a 6.4

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Finding a decent woman is like shopping for a used truck. You spend most of your time picking through the money pits, wrecks, and basket cases until you find one that you can tolerate
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Ha ha my dad has a v10 it runs good but the other day i saw one like it pulling a small trailer up a hill by my house and it barley made it up the hill. Then i said to my mom "and dad wonders why i want a diesel!" Ha ha and thanks for the warm welcome guys i apreticeate it.

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My dad's v10 was very well taken care off but every time he hooked a heavy load to it he would catch the Trans on fire Kause it would spit Trans fluid at the exhaust, never leaked anything other then that and burned oil, one day it just locked up been setting for about 5 years now

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Look at everything you can, by how it start's, if it blows and smoke,etc....

Flip the oil cap and see if it blows it off, check the oil, the transmission fluid, and crawl underneath and see what has been dripping or leaking.

I just purchased a 2001 that the guy did a good job at keeping it looking new, but he didn't know how too take care of the truck like I do, the transmission fluid was not that good looking so I did a complete flush, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed as too how long it will hold up. I changed the oil and filter, fuel filter which the fuel bowl was nasty put my Airaid filter on it, changed the coolant, rear gear oil, and have been running Diesel Kleen with 2 stroke oil too help nurse the injectors.

Even thou I thought I had done a good job of looking it over when buying you really aren't going too be able to see just how good everything is until you dig into the truck.

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Thats something new i havent heard...... two stroke oil... how does it help?? Its agood idea cause the aditves get pretty expensive and 2 stroke oil is not too expensive....

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It was my dad who turned me onto diesels. When I was a kid (About 10 years old), my dad had a 96 or 97 flatbed 7.3. It may have not had THAT much power (Not near as much as mine does now.) But at such an impressionable age, that thing was the strongest truck I've ever seen, and I wanted it. Unfortunately, he sold it right before I turned 15, but I wanted one for myself ever since.

As far as looking for a truck, a lot of it is common sense. Something I would highly recommend, though... Take someone else with you, they don't need to know a whole lot, but for me, when I'm looking at a vehicle I'm excited about, I tend to overlook very obvious things that I shouldn't, not because I DON'T notice them, but because I want the vehicle enough that I just don't care as much as I should.


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Good advice here^
A second person is always a good idea. They are not emotionally invested in the purchase and can look at the truck objectively. They can also distract the salesperson to give you some alone time with the truck
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