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Old 12-23-2010, 11:26 PM   #11
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Heck of a work horse truck with one of the best motors out there. not one of the friendliest if its going to double as a daily drive/commuter though. based on the age it will have the standard items to look for - cooling system crud, old fluids in the drive line & trans, watch for power steering pump issues often fixed by a flush but..., the 4r100 is a good tranny but has its quarks and if the engines has been modified could be running at its limit.
Some info at 2000 Powerstroke 7.3L Specifications | eHow.com
The best advise after "Pay a diesel mechanic to look at it." is make sure a diesel meets your needs
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:37 AM   #12
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If you do buy the Ford, the first thing to do is rip out that restrictive exhaust and catalytic converter, and put a 4-inch straight pipe on it. My mileage jumped 20% with that single modification.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:07 PM   #13
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Most common issue on the 7.3L is the cam position sensor. Carry a spare, they're about $70 from the IH dealer. On the 4x4 trucks, the only other big one is the front wheel bearings. Good for about 85000 miles usually. It's a pressed sealed non-maintainable unit. Even if it fails, your front wheels wont come off, it just makes a horrible noise.

I had one for 5 years. Was very happy with it.

Definitely have someone who knows how and you can trust look it over.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #14
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Why may I ask are you trading your 2005 GMC 1500 ??? I see you have a 2011 Cherokee. Are you having problems pulling ??? Seems your going backwards with your TV.
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"Most common issue on the 7.3L is the cam position sensor. Carry a spare, they're about $70 from the IH dealer."
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Indeed, mine went out last summer in the Black Hills, not a pleasant experience having your engine cut out while going uphill on a winding 2-lane!
But they are cheap. replaced that one with a Ford part for around $30, and got a spare from an auto parts store for a bit less.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:01 PM   #16
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Why may I ask are you trading your 2005 GMC 1500 ??? I see you have a 2011 Cherokee. Are you having problems pulling ??? Seems your going backwards with your TV.

Cause my 1500 pulls like a girl.

But I may just hold off. We got a members only campground membership so I don't need to pull just enjoy
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:17 AM   #17
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With Gas/diesel prices heading threw the roof...........members only camp ground, smart move. Good luck !! Nice Camper !!
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