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What would be considered high mileage for a 2001 F250 supercab 4x4 pickup with the 7.3 PowerStroke diesel engine? The one I'm looking at has 183K miles on it. Also a new Ford transmission with 75K warranty was just put in it. The oil has been changed every 5k miles, and every 30k miles it was taken in to the dealer for any major service/maintenance items.

I could get it for $11,000.


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Posted: 03/10/12 04:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

my niehbor has 500k with no internal engine problems.

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You need to worry about the rest of the truck wearing out way before you worry about a 7.3PSD wearing out.

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I wouldn't be so concerned about the diesel engine. Your concern should be focused on the rest of the truck, particularly the front end and tranny. Sounds like the tranny has been addressed.


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My 2003 7.3 has 185K on it now. Oil changed every 6000 to 8000 miles. trans mission serviced every year just before first trip out with camper. All new brakes and rotors last year. front end work almost 2 years ago now. New bushings, upper and lower ball joints with zerks on the front end, that heavy steel bar across the front end( i cant think what is called). rear seals last year. replaced the strut things(then hang down from frame) on the front end. I need shocks now. I have had used this truck for towing and anything else I have needed. If it has been taken care off I think you would be getting a good deal..
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10,000 hours at 50% load is high.

That is about 500,000 miles of normal driving.




183,000miles is roughly at 1/2 of the B50 life of about 500,000 miles.

Unless it was used for heavy towing, that would also explain the premature transmission failure.

The things that are worn:

Hoses, belts, tires, anything rubber or plastic, thermostat, interior fittings, dash, carpet, seat, trim, etc. all of which are expensive to fit.

Esp instrument panel bulbs and other very time consuming things to fix.

If used in salt areas, salt damage.

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My '01 Excursion has 176k on the clock now and has a lot left to go. You can't even find used 7.3s around here for under the 15-16 range that are in good condition. The 7.3s will go 500k with good maintenance. The problems with those year models lie in the front end as already pointed out. Ball joints and tie rod ends. Once replaced-no worries. If you are going to pull a great deal with it, you will need to upgrade the transmission cooler to the 6.0L cooler( a matter of swapping the coolers and adding 2 reducer connections) or buy an after market one rated to pull upwards of 25k. They keep the transmission from over heating. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the truck at that price if it is in decent shape. As was said earlier, the engines may out last the truck.


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My 99 has 313,000 miles on it.. One of the previous owners wasn't very good at maintenance and the rear differential is being replaced right now.. I would not hesitate to buy the truck you are looking at. Take care of the things already mentioned and do the proper maintenance. he truck might outlast you... Just remember to always keep a 10mm socket and ratchet, along with a new CPS in the glove box... They are the weak spot in the 7.3 and very easily replaced.


I have a friend, that used to haul travel trailers from the factory and to the dealers. His 7.3 went 540,000 miles, before it needed any engine work. All it needed at that time, was new injectors.


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byrdr1 wrote:

My 2003 7.3 has 185K on it now. Oil changed every 6000 to 8000 miles. trans mission serviced every year just before first trip out with camper. All new brakes and rotors last year. front end work almost 2 years ago now. New bushings, upper and lower ball joints with zerks on the front end, that heavy steel bar across the front end( i cant think what is called). rear seals last year. replaced the strut things(then hang down from frame) on the front end. I need shocks now. I have had used this truck for towing and anything else I have needed. If it has been taken care off I think you would be getting a good deal..
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randy
The heavy steel bar that runs across the front of the truck in front of the axle is the tie rod.

The '03 F350 4x4 in your signature doesn't have struts in the front end. There is a monobeam axle (Dana 60), which is located by a pair of leaf springs and a transverse tracking arm (goes from one side of the frame to opposite side of the axle, above the axle). There is also a sway bar, which connects to each side of the axle, behind and above the axle. There are a pair of shocks connected to the axle, as well as a driveshaft, and a drag link for the steering that connects between the steering arm and the tie rod.

There are a pair of end links that go up from each end of the sway bar to each frame rail of the truck. Perhaps it is the sway bar end links you are referring to? Typically, the sway bar and end links are not replaced during the life of the vehicle, but the rubber bushings at each end of each link, as well as the rubber bushings where the sway bar mounts to the axle, can be replaced.

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turninghawk wrote:

You need to worry about the rest of the truck wearing out way before you worry about a 7.3PSD wearing out.


This.

Things like power window motors, windshield wiper motors, power seats, HVAC issues, etc. will crop up long before that 7.3L gets tired.

Of course, for $11g, you could keep a nice "repair fund" on the side for when those things go.

Sounds like it's been well-cared-for in general, and having the transmission addressed already is huge.


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