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Old 08-12-2019, 12:15 PM   #1
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Opinion: Is this a good deal?

99' Ford F250 7.3L Turbo DSL 4x4 - $13995
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: diesel
odometer: 157552
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: truck

Description: ABSOLUTELY AWESOME and my favorite truck here, but i'm a huge fan of the 7.3 Diesel engine. My family and I have had these 7.3 liter Diesels in several trucks, and they all get up to a million miles. Arguably one of the best Diesel engines ever made, you will be smart to get this truck as it will never let you down. This one has selectable 4 wheel drive, leather seats, power seats, power windows, locks, mirrors - tow mirrors - 3" lift with nice oversized tires, tow package, with 5th wheel setup. This truck also has extra guages for transmission temp, and boost guage. It also has a Boost tuner which adds more boost exponentially with the push of the gas pedal. This truck PUTS YOU BACK in the seat with so much torque and power. There isn't anything you can't tow with this monster. Might be the nicest F250 I've ever had here. You will not be disappointed.


OK! I found this truck online down South, and asked a lot of questions. It's got a lot of features that would make it an easy hook 'n' go tow vehicle, and it could easily handle something larger down the line. I'd really like something hefty, though, for stability while towing.

The car guy answered all my questions, offered a lower cash price, and then mentioned that he was traveling to Western New York this weekend. I jokingly asked if he'd deliver the truck to me, and he said sure.

So...is this a good deal? I realize the truck is a bit old, but the low mileage and general indestructability of the F250 7.3s is very attractive. Any input? I plan to have a friend go test drive it and give it a looking over before any money exchanges hands.
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Old 08-12-2019, 12:49 PM   #2
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I would want to run the VIN through a vin checker service like Carfax, etc to see if anything bad pops up. Take a mechanic friend with you as a second set of eyes. Verify the title matches the VIN of the truck. Make sure you get all paperwork that you will need the 1st time because chances are you will never see the seller again.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:46 PM   #3
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I had that exact truck, new. Best truck I ever owned.

The turbo did take a dump the first year, covered by warranty, put another 200k trouble free miles on it before selling it.

If the truck checks out, I would buy it today.

Like 77Travco said, make sure everything matches, and run a report on it.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:25 PM   #4
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Check the frame for rust as that was a weak spot. You may need to weld a section of support medal like my friend did. Now, he really did not take care of that truck, never washed, never waxed, and he never babied it.

Also remember that truck is 20 years old and trucks were trucks 20 years ago.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:37 PM   #5
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That seems a bit expensive. Yes, the old 7.3 is very reliable, and 150K isn't a lot of miles, but you're still talking about a 20 year old tuned and lifted truck with oversized tires that was used to tow. The lift, big wheels, tuner, and 5th wheel setup would worry me. That's a recipe for engine damage. Is this an old mudding truck? Low miles and a lift with oversized tires sure reads like one. It definitely could be abused, but cleaned up well. I'd be very cautious.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:36 PM   #6
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The more I think about it, the more I think I'll pass. His car lot has great reviews and he seems genuine, I don't think he'd be willing to drive 800 miles in a truck that was questionable (maybe? I don't know...)

But I feel like mayyyyyybe it's a lot of truck for me. Thanks to everyone who offered input. I'm learning as I go and it's a LOT.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:45 AM   #7
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1. Dont buy a used vehicle sight unseen
2. Alot of truck is a peterbilt, not like a lighter duty truck will be physically smaller
3. Go on the ford truck enthusiasts forum. They have buying guides for the different diesels.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:19 PM   #8
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I've owned three 7.3's from that era and they are not indestructible. It all boils down to if it was serviced regularly. A lift kit and oversized tires will eventually destroy the the drivetrain.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:30 PM   #9
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A truck that's been modified by god knows who for 20 years? I wouldn't.
I'd rather have a 6.2l gas truck if I was going ford. There's a lot of false nostalgia for those old 7.3's that keeps the price up on them.
That truck still has leaf springs in front and a bad turning radius compared to the post 2005 trucks.
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That era of F250 has the tow capacity of today's F150.
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The new f150s have 6000lb rear axles?
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A truck that's been modified by god knows who for 20 years? I wouldn't.
I'd rather have a 6.2l gas truck if I was going ford. There's a lot of nostalgia for those old 7.3's that keeps the price up on them.
That truck still has leaf springs in front and a bad turning radius compared to the post 2005 trucks.
You could be right on the nostalgia...I have great memories of mine.



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The new f150s have 6000lb rear axles?
Don't think so. I believe my '18 HDPP has the highest rated rear axles found on an F150-

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I dont really care what fords numbers say, an f150 is not going to pull a load as well as a 250 as long as a 250. The pre emissions trucks are fetching pretty good money these days. Check out what 5.9 trucks in decent shape are going for these days.
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Well $14,000 is the asking price, unless in 100% new condition it will likely will sell for closer to $10,000 to $12,000.
I know I sold our 2001 Ram 2500 Laramie for $10,000 with 314,000 miles I had complete maintenance records for the past eight years of ownership from 234,000 miles. I also had Blackstone oil reports for all oil changes.
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