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Should i buy this 7.3?

Hello all, I'm new to the site, but I'm hoping to get someone's feedback.

I am considering purchasing this guys 99 F350 7.3 Ps diesel 4 door Marist edition with a full 8' bed. First of all, he wants 11k or best for it. There are a few factors that I am looking at when considering buying this truck.

Pros:
insanely clean leather interior.
Clean exterior (very minor surface rust)
Tranny replaced last month and comes with a 2 year unlimited mile warranty (has paperwork)
Aftermarket stereo
4" lift that was on the vehicle from previous owner (atleast 5+ years old) I have driven it and it drives smooth.
Aftermarket headlights, taillights, and mirrors
has all the necessary gauges it should have

Cons:
304k on motor
Dipstick tube is leaking
Is a little harder to start because positive wire going to battery is loose (at least that's what I hope the hard start is from)
I think the rotors are warped a little

I might be missing a thing or two but those are the things I'm looking at when purchasing a vehicle. Next time I have the truck over to my house I am having my neighbor (a mechanic) hook up a computer to it and see if it runs any codes.

I just need a little input to see what other people think. Is this a good deal or no?
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Also the truck has a superchip programmer set for mpg.
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price seems high to me.
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price seems high to me.
Not really...if its as cream of the crop as he says it is id say 11 is about dead on, id try to get him down to 10k at least just for chutes and ladders.

With over 300k on the clock you would be looking at a new tranny normally but if it has a new/rebuilt one your in good shape. Only other major thing to check is blow by, depending on how it was treated engine-wise it could need a major overhaul or could be just as good as new. The leaking dipstick is a pain from what i hear but i think diesel o-rings has a dipstick fix kit

Other than that if those are the only cons i dont really see a problem with it

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With the issues fixed a 6.0 can run circles around a 7.3.
2000 F-350 7.3L ZF6
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1995 F-350 7.3L E4OD DRW
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Really!? I paid $8500 for a 2001, F350 SRW with 149,000 miles on it and it came with an 8' snow plow (that works). That is what I base my opinion on.
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Really!? I paid $8500 for a 2001, F350 SRW with 149,000 miles on it and it came with an 8' snow plow (that works). That is what I base my opinion on.
How long ago was that because 7.3 prices are going up everyday, a 2001 isnt as desirable as a 99-E00 especially people who want to build their 7.3, and did yours have a new tranny with a warranty?

And to me and most people without a plow business or long driveway a snow plow is a negative because you dont know how it was treated.

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With the issues fixed a 6.0 can run circles around a 7.3.
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SCT tuned
8" Fabtech lift 13" total
5:13 Gears
46" Goodyear MVTs Military takeoffs
Bushwacker Cut-Out Fender Flares
Ranch Hand front and rear bumper
On-board air W/Semi horns

1995 F-350 7.3L E4OD DRW
Standard 7.3 mods
PHP Hydra W/Tony Wildman tunes
160/0 Injectors
T-500 HPOP
E-fuel Conversion
West Coast mirrors

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Bought the truck in December of 2013...Its not in perfect shape and I've done work to it but thought I got a fair deal..it isn't a Crew though so maybe I'm not comparing apples to apples.
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Sounds about right on price. You are most likely looking at injectors soon if they are the originals. They run around $1000-1500 just for injectors. If your handy you can do them your self. The hard start is most likely due to worn injectors or weak hpop. I'd offer him $9k and tell him you will have to put injectors in it and he will most likely come down to 9500


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Thanks for the input guys, I will try to get him down lower since I feel the same way about the injectors condition.
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Update: the guy has tightened the bolts or replaced them on the battery terminal and the truck starts right up now. I've also gotten him down to 9,750 but I am still concerned about the mileage of the truck and how soon I would have to replace something. What should I do?

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1999 Ford F350 7.3 Powerstroke 4x4
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