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Old 12-27-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

going to look at a 96 e350 extended cargo really cheap

it has 173k miles

the turbo has been re built


but what else should i look for when i test drive.....

its not quit what im looking for but its a step in that direction

thanks for the info
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

Steering components

Rust? Look underneath and in rain gutters around roof.

Beat up interior?

Engine should still be strong if maintained but you are due for a tranny about this mileage if it hasn't had one.

Good luck.

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Old 12-27-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

How will one know it is time to replace the transmission besides the high miles and yr of the vehicle?

What signs do I look for when driving to tell?
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

Rough shifting, burnt smelling or black fluid. But the biggest way IMO is that if it hasn't been done by 175k then it's gonna need it. E40D trannies (what's in it) just last about 150k, especially in a diesel. Once again, just my opinion and experience.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:51 AM   #5
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

i have bought and sold several 100cars in my life time....

so i know about the cosmedic stuff and know what i can deal with ior not

the front end components have been replace and alignment just done also has had the tires repalced 5 months ago....

more im looking for the drive train.....

this van does have boost and exhaust temp gages... anything i should look for????

im new to the diesel stuff so any help is great...

the tranny doesnt scare me i have a good friend with a very well known tranny shop that will take care of me.....

its the diesel that i dont have a clue with....

i think i can get this one cheap enough to learn stuff and then sell it and buy what im looking for....

im looking for
std van
7.3
power windows and cruise
passenger but if price is right then cargo
lifted but if not then i will lift myself


there was a 99 with std cab with factory center windows and rear side window with some work done to it for $9000 but thats out of my price range....

thanks again for all the info i have learned over the last couple years from the freindly people on this site....
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #6
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

Went and looked at the diesel and way too rough so went and look at another van but with a v10 and ended up buy that one it will work for now 97 V10 130k miles lifted I think 4"
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Re: what to look for in a 96 7.3 with 173k miles

As far as the tranny, it should be serviced every 30,000 (fluid and filter change) for longest life expectancy. That and if the vehicle was never used for heavy towing or driven really hard, the tranny should last a long time. Heat is the biggest killer. A trans temp gauge is always a good investment. Good luck
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