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Old 12-21-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Possiblity buying a 2000 F250

I maybe buying a 2000 F250. I was wondering of issues with this truck.

The ball joints have been replaced and one other thing up front on truck has been changed.

What do I look for when buying a diesel to make sure it's a good truck and not POS. Unsure if I will get service record or not. it has 167,000 miles on it.

Also why do fuel injectors go out?

How much does a fuel filter cost?

What's the first thing I should have looked at by a pro to make sure it's okay?
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:06 PM   #2
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There are a couple of Ford Forums on the Internet. Look up Ford Forums and you will see several. I suggest you post these questions on them to get insight from past/present owners.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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The 7.3 is fairly widely accepted as the best powerstroke so far.

Lots of info here:

Ford Powerstroke 99-03 7.3L Forums - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum

Fuel injectors go out from plain ol' wear and tear. Any high pressure Direct injected diesel injector replacement is going to be expensive (think: over $1000 at least)

If you don't know a lot about diesels, take the truck to a local diesel shop (not a garage) and pay them the 80 odd bucks to give it a good once over. It's money well spent even if you pass on the truck.....
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What you mean good once over?

How do I know a injector is going bad?

Can I just replace one?

Is this most common issue?
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What you mean good once over?

How do I know a injector is going bad?

Can I just replace one?

Is this most common issue?
Let me be a bit clearer:

Pay a diesel mechanic to look at it.

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I understand that. But if Im going down the road and something doesn't work well I guess. I am bringing it to a mechanic tomorrow.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:45 AM   #7
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You can also check out FTE website- Ford Truck Entusiasts. Lots of good info there, and a lot of Ford techs are on that site. I had a 2000 F250 sc sb 7.3 with 3:73 rear, 2wd. Used to pull a 13000 # fifth wheel with no issues. Only sold the truck cause we got a bigger fiver. I would think at 167,000 you will find some parts beginning to wear. As far as the ball joints, they were known for eating them in that model year. Think I had 3 sets of lowers and 2 sets of uppers in mine when I sold it, and that was with 90,000 miles.
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so changing ball joints see a continuing thing not just that ford installed bad ones at first.

What kind of things wearing out would I expect?
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Not sure if that was a design problem or what. I replaced mine with lifetime warranty joints from NAPA, so all it ever cost me after the first time was my time. Might have something to do with that big hunk of steel sitting under the hood. That 7.3 sure has some weight to it. As far as parts, things are gonna wear with mileage. Brakes, shocks, suspension parts, they don't go forever. Not knowing how the previous owner took care of it, I think it's a good idea if you let a trained mechanic look at it. As noted above, I would definetly get someone who is familiar with the 7.3 diesel. i never had a n issue with mine, except the glow plug module kept burning out, but that's an easy fix and it only cost a couple of bucks. Hope you make out O.K., that is one good truck for towing. Mine never showed any signs of oil leaks, but about the time I was getting rid of it, it probably could have used some new gaskets.
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Thanks for response. I will for sure have someone look at it and eat their brain of knowledge. I just want the forum to help tell me information that is important but maybe missed.
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