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opinions on this truck...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Willofalltrades, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    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?

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  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    $15,000 is a lot for a 12 year old pickup. What kind of work does it need?
  3. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    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.
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    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.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  6. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    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.
  7. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    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.
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    When you buy used trucks, you're taking a risk. $14,500 is WAY too much for that truck, try $11K at best.
  9. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 716

    A Powerstroke cam sensor costs 50 bucks and about 20 minutes to replace.
  10. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    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.

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