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Willofalltrades
04-19-2007, 11:02 PM
Its a 1995 Ford F-350 4x4. It has dual rear tires and is a regular cab.The truck has 61,733 miles on it. Heres the kicker, it has the 7.3L diesel mated to the auto tranny. I will be using the truck to tow a trailer of mowers, deliver mulch to be spread, and snow plowing in the winter. How do they plow with that 7.3L diesel? The asking price is $14,990 but I would take it to a Ford Dealer I work at and have it inspected before I purchase. I'm thinking I would offer $13,500 with the consideration that it would need $1000 off the bat in work. What do you think?

LindblomRJ
04-19-2007, 11:07 PM
$15,000 is a lot for a 12 year old pickup. What kind of work does it need?

Willofalltrades
04-19-2007, 11:11 PM
Can't tell ya, I'm going to look at it tomorrow. I'm thinking it would need brake work, hubs, u-joints... theres a million things that could go wrong, I'm just figuring its gonna need something.

LindblomRJ
04-19-2007, 11:16 PM
1995 was the first year for the Power Stroke Diesel. Dad had one. Its was good pickup. Dad and my brother both have 97 F-250s with powerstroke. I don't think the automatic transmission is anything to be overly worried about. Any transmission or engine can fail.

It looks sharp.

Gravel Rat
04-19-2007, 11:23 PM
Is the truck a true cab and chassis or is it a dually pickup that somebody took the box off ?

I would offer 13,500 and see what they say the truck is a short wheelbase so its not really desireable to a person that hauls freight or wants a mechanics/welder truck.

As for the juicer transmission I would have it rebuilt or fixed and the way you go. Any truck with a automatic is going to be expensive to fix, nothing beats a 5 or 6 spd manual.

Rizzo
04-19-2007, 11:42 PM
We had our E350 automatic trans replaced at 217,000 miles. That was hauling an advanced life support ambulance body all that time with a 7.3 PSD.

Willofalltrades
04-20-2007, 12:15 AM
Well I'm not to worried about the transmission in terms of reliability... just the cost to replace a part on that diesel motor... I had a friend who had to spend $1000 on a cam SENSOR for his Dodge cummins... that scares me. I can do breaks, u-joints, and all that good stuff my self but i'm planning on $1000 of work. I'm going to go look at it and take more pics... the one I got is off www.autotrader.com.

Almost forget, the rear bed is a dumping stake body so thats a big plus as well as the diesel.

Scag48
04-20-2007, 12:53 AM
When you buy used trucks, you're taking a risk. $14,500 is WAY too much for that truck, try $11K at best.

Dstosh
04-20-2007, 08:01 AM
Well I'm not to worried about the transmission in terms of reliability... just the cost to replace a part on that diesel motor... I had a friend who had to spend $1000 on a cam SENSOR for his Dodge cummins... that scares me. I can do breaks, u-joints, and all that good stuff my self but i'm planning on $1000 of work. I'm going to go look at it and take more pics... the one I got is off www.autotrader.com.

Almost forget, the rear bed is a dumping stake body so thats a big plus as well as the diesel.

A Powerstroke cam sensor costs 50 bucks and about 20 minutes to replace.

stroker51
04-20-2007, 08:34 AM
My cam sensors have been more like $100 bucks, but they're really easy to replace. It depends on where you are as to how much that truck is really worth. Around here, 12-14K would probably be reasonable. It has relatively low miles, good body apparently. The 7.3 is a solid engine, and I know several people with 200K+ on the auto, and they work their trucks all the time. Just to compare prices, there is a 97 F250 4x4 Crew Cab short bed with 197K for sale near me at a dealer, asking price is 14,500. They probably won't get it, but that's what the old 7.3's are priced at around here. I think it'd be a good truck for you.

Willofalltrades
04-20-2007, 08:38 AM
A Powerstroke cam sensor costs 50 bucks and about 20 minutes to replace.

I'm not worried about a cam sensor I was just using it as an example that diesel parts and labor are expensive. Lets say the turbo goes in 5000 miles... I really wouldn't have the money to replace a turbo.

stroker51
04-21-2007, 12:35 AM
I'm not worried about a cam sensor I was just using it as an example that diesel parts and labor are expensive. Lets say the turbo goes in 5000 miles... I really wouldn't have the money to replace a turbo.


I can see where you're coming from, but that is a chance you take with any vehicle. You could buy a gasser like this, and in 5000 miles, there goes the engine, or tranny, or whatever else. That is, from a basic bare bones rebuild standpoint, the same tranny you will have in a gasser, not cheap no matter what it's in. I bought a 93 F250 with 30K original miles, and it was in the shop for 2 of the first 5 months I had it, just little odds and ends things kept going wrong. The odds of a turbo, on an OBS 7.3, going out are pretty slim. I've owned, used, or know people with to many of these trucks with 200K+ on them, only doing routine maintenance, to even worry about that stuff anymore, sure it happens, but the odds are it won't. If you want to check real quick, pull the inlet boot off of the turbo and see if the fins look sandblasted like they ate something. This means somthing not good came in through the air filter. The 7.3 PSD is a really good engine, i would be more worried about fuel leaks and glow plugs on that truck than anything like a turbo.

twj721
04-21-2007, 01:05 AM
think that the price is way off would not give over 9,000.00 for it and that would be top dollar

Idealtim
04-21-2007, 08:54 AM
That is a very nice truck and very little miles, but you wouldn't see 10,000$ in my area for that. I know because I have been taking a hard look at mid 90's ford diesel dually dumpers and regular cab f-350's. The truck is worth 8 or 9 grand all day long. The guy selling it may drop the price a few hundred, but he won't except a offer for what it's worth. IMO keep on looking.

Supertiger
04-22-2007, 09:43 AM
I could have got two of these trucks for the 13000.00 i payed 7500.00 for this 1997 mitsubishi Fuso 1.5 tonhttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l284/supertigre/RC%20stuff/100_2350.jpg

Rizzo
04-22-2007, 05:40 PM
Is that a dump bed on that Fuso? It looks tough...