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post #1 of 21 Old 01-08-2009, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all I dont actually own a powerstroke yet. I was looking for opinions though heres my story Im moving to MS from AZ and ill be needing to tow a trailer, My outlander aint gonna cut it, its a great little SUV but yea well you know. Originally I had looked at 03 with the 6 liter and was about to sign the paperwork until I came across a few horror stories about that particular motor so I decided to hold off. Ive found a 00 with the 7.3 for alot Cheaper than the 03 and from what ive read the 7.3 is the better motor at least before the 05+ the only issue to me rather my wife is that it has 108k on the ODO. on a normal car yea high mileage but to my understanding thats still pretty young for a diesel. SO i guess my question is if i pay the 6k for a 100k mile truck should I worry about it not making the cross country trip? Is there anything i should look for as far as wear and abuse. Im pretty noobish to the diesel scene but have been working with boosted vehicles for quite sometime any help and all comments are welcome.
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108k isn't alot of miles. Good Luck!!

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If they will let you pull the intake off and check the turbo for any shaft play or damaged fins. Just pull on the fins to check shaft play.


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thats what I figured the dealership is asking 6900 for it so the price has got me wanting to just do it . Ill be looking at it today hopefully they wont be sketchy about me wanting to have it checked. Should I looking into a compression test or a cylinder leakage test? I would hope they check this before they sell vehicles but you never know
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108k isnt much at all really. The 7.3 is a good engine and as long as it has been maintained properly should do a good job for you. I owned a '00 1 ton that I put 200k+ miles on with not much more than normal maintenance done to it. If the truck is at a dealer perhaps ask for an oasis report.

Hope you enjoy your new truck and I am sure some guys will be on shortly to tell you some specific things to look for before you buy..

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Take the oil cap off and just set it on there while the engine is idling. If it blows it off it's worn. Look on the inside of the cap and see if there is any gunky buildup. If there is then that's what the rest of the engine looks like.

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108k is nothing for one of these trucks, as long as it has been reasonably well maintained.

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thanks for all the input!!
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