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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at downsizing (my monthly payment) to an older truck. I'm looking at one truck in particular but have a general question about mileage and condition and such. This 96, CC, with 168K has 4" lift, canopy, rebuilt auto tranny, and one of those replacement bumper/grills that house a winch. I will be looking at it this week but from the pics and from conversation I think its in great condition. I could get it for under $13K.

I am just afraid that it will need something major in the near future and whether its engine or tranny I'll be back into an expensive truck by the time I am done. No one can know the future, I understand that, but I figured I would throw this out and get opinions and then ask when I should be concerned about how many miles a truck has, even if it looks and sounds clean?

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Re: Opinions on buying an OBS

Id do it, u should be fine, I bought mine stock with 160000 miles on it and i just rolled over 195000 miles. It just had its 3rd birthday (with me) and Ive replaced 5 glowplugs, ball joints, and the batteries, I service it every 3-4000 miles and stay up on other maint. Give it a good look over for the normal 7.3 stuff and you should be ok, but you never know. Id say after 250000, Id do a compression test before buying, or if it looks like its been rode hard put away wet. Hope that helps
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post #3 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 01:31 AM
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Id do it, u should be fine, I bought mine stock with 160000 miles on it and i just rolled over 195000 miles. It just had its 3rd birthday (with me) and Ive replaced 5 glowplugs, ball joints, and the batteries, I service it every 3-4000 miles and stay up on other maint. Give it a good look over for the normal 7.3 stuff and you should be ok, but you never know. Id say after 250000, Id do a compression test before buying, or if it looks like its been rode hard put away wet. Hope that helps
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I got my 97 F-250 crew cab short box 4x4 with 195k paid 7,000 for it is fully loaded. So far I have put a transmission and converter in it and rebuilt the injectors I also replaced the glow plugs as a safety measure and I knew who had been working on it . I have also put on a set of tires. I looked high and low for an obs like this one.
P.S. this truck was sold because the shop that worked on it could never fix a problem it had(cam sensor plug was jacked causing an intermittent jerking and bucking) .

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Appreciate the input. The seller says the aftermarket bumper was $2000. There's no winch in it now. I will be taking it off. I'm only familiar with SD's and assume this bumper will fit only OBSs but was wondering if I could sell it for $1000. Any thoughts on that? It is black.

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Appreciate the input. The seller says the aftermarket bumper was $2000. There's no winch in it now. I will be taking it off. I'm only familiar with SD's and assume this bumper will fit only OBSs but was wondering if I could sell it for $1000. Any thoughts on that? It is black.

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I have a full replacement ranch hand on mine . Ask 1500 then go down alittle. I had heard the same bumper I have on my truck is still 750-800 bucks.

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My 96 is the best truck I have ever had. I will never sell it. With about 120K on it, there is not 1 rattle, it has only lost 1 CPS and 1 front auto hub and that is all I have had to fix on it. Everything else I have done to it was to maintain or mod it. And with the reverse shackle system up front it rides like a dream. I turned down $18K not too long ago for it.

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post #7 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 12:05 AM
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13k sounds reasonable. FWIW no issues with mine except for the tranny at 130k and that was most definatly driver abuse...

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post #8 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 02:16 AM
 
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Hey Steve,
My 1995 has 326,000 miles on it and with the exception of a fuel leak issue I am having the truck has been very low on maint. cost for me since 1998 when I got it. I average 18 - 20mpg at 1900rpms, however, mine is 2WD.

Anyways, a Pro point being it has been a very dependable truck. Con point is that you don't know how someone treated the PSD you are looking at. As rugged as these trucks are I would probably be inclined to buy another one (OBS).

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Mine had a bad problem like I said above but, I got it fixed and I love it when people comment me on it.

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Re: Opinions on buying an OBS

Remember that F350s got the Dana 60 & the F250s got the IFS Dana 50.
I'll buy that bumper from you for $400


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