Originally Posted by freesoul
So the 7.3L transmission is the weak link? I am looking at trucks between 90-140K so if it hasnt been rebuilt I assume it will need to be and probably depending on if it has been used for towing will be sooner?
With 90-140K miles on the clock you can pretty much count on needing the transmission, water pump, and up pipes needing attention. Granted there are some lucky ones out there that get more miles out that stuff.
I bought my Excursion with 120K and the transmission was shifting funny when locking the torque converter and it had leaking up pipes...but because of these things I was able to get a good deal on the truck and use the savings to build up the transmission the way I wanted along with adding a 6.0 tranny cooler. Keep in mind that not all transmission rebuilds are the same if you are looking at one that says it has been rebuilt already.
The up pipes and the water pump are easy fixes but also something that you should check out when buying a 7.3 with that kind of mileage.