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post #1 of 4 Old 07-12-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Gonna Buy A Powerstroke, Need advice

I am going to buy a Super Duty in the near future, and I am looking for some advice regarding what to look for. I have considered getting a cummins, but after seeing some performance and hearing many opinions, it seems I am set on sticking with ford.

I currently have a 3.0 2WD Ford Ranger which has served me well even in the harsh weather of northern Canada. It has been very reliable but now it is time for me to upgrade. My lil Ranger just can't haul what I need it too and the lack of power and traction is holding me back.
The thing is, I don't want to spend any kind of money on a Super Duty to find out real fast that what I bought had been worn out or abused to the point where i have to start throwing lots of money into it to keep it going.
I am not very experienced as I have never owned a Super Duty before, but I drive one for work on occasion. So because of my lack of knowledge, I am hoping that anybody here can give me some pointers and advice on what to look for when I'm considering a truck.

I am looking for something ranging from a '94 to '06, but I can't decide on which engine to look for. I love the 7.3's, but they are hard to find. I also love the 6.0's but I've heard a lot of bad news about them... which one should I get?
Even with the 6.0's reputation, I think that they are still a strong motor. My boss has a 6.0 that is about to hit the 300,000 km mark, and its doing fine with no major issues. My dad also had a 6.0 that lasted him over 6 years and with no major engine problems at all.
So let's say that I have my eye on a super duty with the 6.0 and I am going to test drive it.
What should I look/listen/feel for?
Are there any tips to hint at how much life the engine really has left in it? (other the the odo obviously)
Basically how do I know if the engine is healthy?
Should I get a standard or auto trans?
The same questions go for the 7.3.
But also nobody would buy a truck with a garbage chassis,
so what should I look for underneath/throughout the whole of the truck? What are some common area's of failure? - I have heard that I should look for mud on top of the tranny, to suggest that the truck may have been ridden hard offroad or been mudding a lot. I would prefer to not buy a truck that has been through a lot of mud...
What should I check for with the steering/suspension components?
What are some very important things under the truck that I should put my attention to?
I could keep listing questions but i think you the gist of it.
Thanks for any and all advice! I don't care if you write a few pages of details or only a couple pointers, I will read it all! Just want to know what to look for before I make a purchase, and I'll pass on any pointers to other people I know that are looking to buy as well.

Thanks Again eh, and I hope to soon be a proud owner of a powerstroke.
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If you are seriously looking at a 6.0 you need to bring a scangauge or edge CTS with you to monitor ECT and EOT, FICM voltage and numerous other things. However keep in mind that the detla should be measured once the truck is up to operating temperature and on a freeway or something that is as flat as possible. Check the 6.0 tech section, there is lots of good info there and it explains it much better than I ever could. With a 7.3 also check the tech section. Just keep in mind that if the truck looks beat, it more than likely is. Good luck.

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I agree with silverbullet4x4, a scangauge is really a good idea for anybody who is looking into buying a 6.0 too see if it's even worth you time. I would also add a couple of things to the 6.0 list. Get readings for your icp and your ipr also check your battery voltage. check to see if there is any coolant residue on the degass bottle and then look inside to see if the coolant might be getting oil mixed in with it. If you can try to make sure the engine is cold and that he didn't go drive it around before you got there to mask any symptoms of a cold start, granted it is summer time so even if it was cold when you got there it may be hard to tell that anything is wrong. and of course check all fluids, and check for leaks

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