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Old 07-08-2009, 11:05 AM
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nOOb looking at an 03 6.0

I found what seems like a really good deal.
2003 Ford F250 red auto 4x4 SuperCab Super Duty $6,495. 210,000 miles, a few dents on the bed and passengers door. The truck is a good 100 miles away from me.
In your guys opinion is it worth driving to see and test drive it or don't even bother because of the higher miles. It would be used as a dd and I don't have the money to fix anything major that may go bad soon after purchase. They say it runs great but the miles, even though it is a diesel, make me a little hesitant.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:55 AM
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I would check it out.
Has the owner done any mods to his truck?
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:09 PM
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I don't know about mods, it is at a small used car dealership. They say it appears stock but they probably don't know sh!t about the truck. It has latter racks on it so I'm guessing it was used as a work truck, but the exhaust looks stock along with the interior, no extra gauges or anything.
I got a PM saying the 03's are bad years and try to find an 04-07 or the 7.3's. I may just do that.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:14 PM
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I don't know about mods, it is at a small used car dealership. They say it appears stock but they probably don't know sh!t about the truck. It has latter racks on it so I'm guessing it was used as a work truck, but the exhaust looks stock along with the interior, no extra gauges or anything.
I got a PM saying the 03's are bad years and try to find an 04-07 or the 7.3's. I may just do that.
Definitely go with an 04-07.
I had so many problems with my 03 that I had to get it swapped with an 06. I did notice a big power difference with the 03 though so the choice is yours. I would also recommend trying to find an 03 7.3. That motor is by far better than the 6.0 and the thing is built to last.

But hey the choice is yours.
Good luck!
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:42 PM
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My Early 03 has done me well over the years. I am really happy with my 03.
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:41 PM
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i have an 03 and love it. i have not had too many serious issues. i had an egr replaced under warranty then just deleted it myself after that so i would not have anymore problems. some will say this year or that, but they are all problematic, just like every other brand out there. if you are worried about spending money on it afterwards, i would say no then. the best bets for keeping it out of the shop are headstuds and egr delete which would run you about 3000-4000 if you got someone else to do it. not trying to scare you from the truck, as you absolutely do not have to do this stuff to it. it is just that alot of guys on here are going that route and seem to have better luck with their trucks. my .02 anyway.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:33 PM
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i have an 03 and love it. i have not had too many serious issues. i had an egr replaced under warranty then just deleted it myself after that so i would not have anymore problems. some will say this year or that, but they are all problematic, just like every other brand out there. if you are worried about spending money on it afterwards, i would say no then. the best bets for keeping it out of the shop are headstuds and egr delete which would run you about 3000-4000 if you got someone else to do it. not trying to scare you from the truck, as you absolutely do not have to do this stuff to it. it is just that alot of guys on here are going that route and seem to have better luck with their trucks. my .02 anyway.
Well I guess it's different for every person and vehicle. I just had the worst experience with mine though. It would blow off the turbo hose almost every time I towed with it and sometimes just driving around. But you know the choice is completely yours. Maybe ask the guy if you could test drive it just to feel what it's like?

Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:53 AM
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i have an 03 and love it. i have not had too many serious issues. i had an egr replaced under warranty then just deleted it myself after that so i would not have anymore problems. some will say this year or that, but they are all problematic, just like every other brand out there. if you are worried about spending money on it afterwards, i would say no then. the best bets for keeping it out of the shop are headstuds and egr delete which would run you about 3000-4000 if you got someone else to do it. not trying to scare you from the truck, as you absolutely do not have to do this stuff to it. it is just that alot of guys on here are going that route and seem to have better luck with their trucks. my .02 anyway.
I agree. I'll defend my '03 until I'm blue in the face but the facts are that some of them had major problems. In fact, as soon as mine went out of warranty I did the same thing 03ccf350 did with head studs and EGR blockoff. I wouldn't risk this on a truck 100 miles away. Before giving up, you could get the VIN and ask somebody to run an OASIS to see what was done to the truck under warranty. But even at that, the truck has been out of warranty for a while. In the situation you describe, I'd start with one still under warranty while you educate yourself on these engines.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:20 AM
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Well I guess it's different for every person and vehicle. I just had the worst experience with mine though. It would blow off the turbo hose almost every time I towed with it and sometimes just driving around. But you know the choice is completely yours. Maybe ask the guy if you could test drive it just to feel what it's like?

Good luck!
-Pat
what do you mean " worst" experience?? not trying to be a smart *** here at all so dont take it that way. a turbo boot blowing off here and there is absolutely not the motor's fault. it is caused by bad boots and/or someone not knowing how to put them on properly.

on another note, good idea on the oasis report. that is usually the first thing i recommend to someone looking but forgot this time for some reason.
get the vin and someone here can probably run it for you.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:36 AM
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on another note, good idea on the oasis report. that is usually the first thing i recommend to someone looking but forgot this time for some reason.
get the vin and someone here can probably run it for you.
Here is the VIN

1FTNX21F03EA60206

If someone is able to run it, thanks
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