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Old 07-24-2007, 08:16 AM
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Morning all. Found this forum by accident looking for info about 7.3 Power Strokes. I'm in the market for a crew cab Ford (my dang kids legs won't quit getting longer and the F150 extra cab just won't cut it anymore), and came across a '97 F350 crew cab with an 8' box. It's 4x4 with a 7.3 in it. 141K miles.

My dad had a 97 F250 with a 7.3, and it was a great truck, but a dingbat in Wyoming hit him, and it was a total. It didn't have nearly as many miles as this one does, but I have heard that the 7.3 is a tough motor, with a long life expectancy.

Body is straight, paint isn't too bad, interior smells, well, like butt, but over all, it seems a good truck.

I can get it for $11,500.

What should I look for, is this too much, run away?

HELP!

Thanks for your time.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:22 AM
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WELCOME to the site!! Have a look at this link and it should answer most of your questions!!

What to look for when buying a used 94-98 PSD
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:23 AM
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I wouldn't be scared of the miles, there are a lot of 7.3's out there with 300k and up still running the roads. As far as price I'm not sure what's fair so hopefully somebody else will jump in on that. Check out this thread also: What to look for when buying a used 94-98 PSD it should help you in your shopping for a truck. Hope this helps and welcome to the site!
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:42 AM
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yeah that sounds like a fair price i got on kellys blue book (New Car Prices | Used Car Values - Official Kelley Blue Book Site) an did the bluebook of my truck which is a 1997 f350 single cab xlt 4x4 an thats how much it bookd for i baught it with a 160k on it and its been a good truck
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Love my 97. Pushin 200,000 miles almost. Lots of power and reliability.
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Thanks for the welcome and the info guys. I know in my heart that the 7.3 will last, but just like any used truck purchase, the questions come up. My current truck (the 98 F150 xtra cab) was used when I got it, and it has been a real blessing to have, and a pleasure to drive. Got it with close to 100K miles on it, and have put another 77K on my self. I have no doubt that the F350 will serve as well or better.

The check engine light was on the first time I drove it (the F350), and it didn't seem to have the pep that I remember my dad's having. It went to the shop yesturday and they "fixed" whatever was ailing it. Drove it again last night, and what a difference. I haven't heard as yet what the problem was, but I will find out before I go farther. I hope it works out.

Now I have an excuse to get a 5th wheel.
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:31 PM
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Sounds like a good deal. Mine just turned 180K. It had 143K when I bought it.
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Old 07-25-2007, 07:12 AM
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Thanks again guys. Looks like I'll pick her up this evening.

Another question has come up; back when my dad had his 97 PSD, he checked on getting a bug shield for the hood, and read somewhere that they were not advised for the PSD because of air flow issues? I noticed that "my" truck has had a bug shield on it (hood paint rub). Should I be concerned about this, or is the shield a non issue?

I ask also because I think bug sheilds work, and would like to put another one on if ok to do so.
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I remember thinking the same a long time ago with adding one to a baby Ranger- and they told me the same. I would not think it would be that big of an issue with the 250/350 and mores as they are not that high of milage getters.
My concern was with what you ahve now- the paint rub, so i didin't add one when I got my truck. If you look at the pics on here- you will see alot with bug guards... I would think the hood hugging ones would not be that bad on effecting anything, where as the old school straight up ones were the worse!!!
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