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Old 02-08-2014, 04:21 PM
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looking at a 7.3 with 297k

whats up guys, what are you thoughts on a 2001 excursion limited 7.3 with 297k miles. I don't know a whole lot about the truck other than what the carfax says which isn't much. 4 owners, 245k of the miles were put on by the first owner in the first 5 years. my buddy checked it out for today said body is clean no rust. they couldn't get it started truck has been sitting for a month and its been pretty cold out. owner seems to know very little about diesels or cars in general. he has owned it for a year and about 10k miles. he said last owner replaced the trans (no proof). he is plugging it in tonight and charging the battery and were goin back in the morning to try to get it going. providing it starts, runs good, shift good, 4x4 works would you be worried? he wants $6000 pretty firm im thinking 5500. im going to use it as a toy, take it on the beach, camping might put a plow on it do some light driveway plowing.so not going to be a daily driver. thanks in advance sorry for the long read.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:55 PM
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i'd be weary of the "new trans" dig through the glove box and see if the receipt is in there.

but other then that if it runs pretty well (not sure why it wouldn't start mine used to sit for months at a time and do fine but then again that was in California and it doesn't get cold to kill batteries)
did it even turn over?
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:21 PM
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was cranking pretty good at first then the batteries got weaker and weaker
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get it nice and warm, drive it around and pull an oil sample and send it off to Blackstone Labs or somewhere similar and spend $35 or so for a complete engine oil analysis. Good piece of mind.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:26 PM
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yea oil sample would be best idea I guess. how long until you get results back? everything you find on craigslist in ny if you don't jump right on it its gone. at least for me usually
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:39 PM
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When I bought mine, I fedex'ed the sample overnight and I had the results in 3 days. They email you the results. 1 day in the mail, 1 day to process and results the next.
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$6k sounds reasonable to me for the mileage... more so if the body is good and inside is clean.

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whats the best way to get some oil out? I don't have a pump. where can you find one?
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whats the best way to get some oil out? I don't have a pump. where can you find one?
19mm bolt on the oil pan.

But honestly if you know what a good running 7.3 sounds like and the guy wouldn't wait id jump on it and send the oil in after.
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