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Old 02-07-2011, 02:01 AM   #1
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96 7.3 pros and cons

I am sure this question has been asked a million times here,but i could'nt find any old post about it. I am looking at a 96 f-250 7.3 with 165000 miles. what are the pros and cons with this year 7.3? I do'nt want to drop money on a pos!
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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the only thing is these older ones is that there is not an intercooler if yout lookin for large power
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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15 years old!

Consider the realities of buying a 15 year old vehicle. All kinds of maintenance and age related issues could pop up. In dealing with my 97 psd, and with other cars of similar age, I find electronic components going out slowly,, which means they fail, then work again, dont throw codes, fail again... Very hard to trace problems like that. Cracked and corroded wiring. Electrical connectors broken and or loose...

Any vehicle that old is going to end up a PROJECT whether we like it or not.

Some components like starter and alternator may seem good, but are at lower tolerance of working specs,, so causing issues that may not seem obvious...

GOOD LUCK!! For the first time in years I am tempted to finance something,, just to get rid of my temper-mental but otherwise near MINT 97 crew psd.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:44 AM   #4
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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It depends on how mechanical you are.... You should also invest in a good scanner....the electrical sensors can drive you crazy and you do need a scanner to troubleshoot them....taking it to a garage every time will bankrupt you .....
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Sometimes a good scanner will not help much,, but its better to have one any way than to not! Typical of complex sensor ridden vehicles,, the sensors may be intermittently failing but not throw a code till it finally dies.

If the truck does throw codes,, then a good scanner is invaluable.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:17 PM   #7
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depending how beat the truck is, you could be looking at spending alot of money in repairs. If its in decent to good shape, go for it
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:11 PM   #8
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The one I bought was thought to be in excellent overall shape. Well maintained, good blowby test, Upgrades and accessories suited to a pampered truck. Its been an absolute nitemare! I have put a thousand miles on it in 4 months. Its been broke down more than running. First 2 months were trouble free,, then it just shat itself,, and has been in that condition ever sinse.

I personally do not recommend buying an old diesel of any type unless you are prepared to make it a project. Just like old DSM, audi turbos, volvos,,, these turbo diesel trucks are complex, finicky, and after a few miles,, going to need loads of constant tinkering. Better know a good mechanic, have a pocket full of cash, and or know your way around the truck if you risk buying.

Read through the cummins, and duramax forums,, all the same. None seems better than the other. High mileage + complex systems = project.

If you can afford it,, buy as new as you possibly can!
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:15 AM   #9
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165,000 mi?
Its not even broke in yet!!
My 96 has 450K on it, usually tows 12,000 lb trailer, or 4K boat.
A MAINTENANCE PROGRAM WORKS...........
Mines had issues:
starter
Glow plugs
Injector wiring/valve cover wiring
2 trans's
water pump
alternator
vac. pump
cam pos senser
Tires / brakes / front end rebuild
2 drivers seats
HEADS HAVE NOT BEEN OFF!!!
I'm keepimg mine to 500,000 miles
Its all about maintenance, PREVENTITIVE maintence
A 7000 lb truck is not a hot rod, or is it?
We'll wait for a 6.oh-oh to do that! not

My $.02
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:23 PM   #10
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i bought my '96 in 2006, trouble free driving until the last year. clock just flipped 255,000
rebuilt the front end this (last)year,2 Alternators,fuel pump,glow plugs,relay, uvc harness and valve cover gasket. and it smokes like a freight train when you start up cold or even close to cold, still can't figure this one out. some things to consider as they age. although mine had 178,000 when i bought it so i logged over 70,000 miles before i had any problems
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