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Good Deal?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ch973934, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. ch973934

    ch973934 Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Okay, I'm on a limited budget being in college and just dropped $1200 in books this year (paramedic classes don't ask). But, I found this truck, went and looked at it. It's in good shape, the only problems that are there are as follows:
    http://www.aciautogroup.com/inventory.html

    In inventory, the 1996 Ford F-350

    -The dealership popped a brake line when they were trying to get the plow out (they will replace it for free)
    -The driver's side door handle is missing, but if you hit the unlock button the door opens (don't ask how but it does.)
    -Exhaust manifold does leak, but that's an easy fix.
    -The plow has 2 rust spots, right through the steel. 1 on the bottom right just above the cutting edge about 4"x6". The other is on the Sno-Foil, approximately 4"x9". (just add more steel)

    The guy said he would sell it for $3,000. What do you guys say? It was never plowed with commercially either, it was only a long driveway in the mountain and it was the guys daily driver prior.

    Thanks in advance guys for any input, it's greatly appreciated.

    CH
     
  2. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    I would look around. There was a guy selling a 1999 F-250 with a decent plow that needed nothing with less miles, I think I saw it on here for like $7500. Watch the adds that pop up over summer and I think you could do a lot better than this. $7500 might be out of your budget but you could probably find a mid to late 80' ford, chevy, or dodge with a good plow and good body for not a lot more than $3000.00
     
  3. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    It doesn't look too bad for it's age. Any leaks? How does the trans shift? Does it drive good. If you can answer yes, then if it is your budget do it. When I worked at a car dealer a few years back I was told a good working 4X4 was worth $2500.
     
  4. ch973934

    ch973934 Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Everything is in working order, the only problems are the ones listed. The cab corners are even in good condition. Shifts well, was inspected for MA. up until earlier this year when the guy traded it in for a '04 F-250 that was on the lot. I hear what you are saying about the older trucks but I've bee looking around for about 1 1/2-2 years now. Truck seems ok to me.

    Thanks for the input and if anyone else has anything let me know.

    Thanks
    CH
     
  5. tim096

    tim096 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 100

    ck to make shure the spark plugs will come out , ck the oil pan for rust, ck the gas tanks,
    replace all the brake and tranny lines , are you shure the exhaust leak is an easy fix. i would bet it needs manifolds. not easy. I personally love these trucks. and own 2 the above listed problems are very common. also ck the ball joints and ujoints
     
  6. jimaug87

    jimaug87 Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    I couldn't find any fords in the inventory
     
  7. ch973934

    ch973934 Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Yeah sorry, it's gone. Called today and said it's gone. I'm a little ticked but whatever, that's the auto business. Looking at an F-250 on ebay now out in Worcester area, I'm sure it's going to end up going out of my price range anyways, but I'm looking.

    Thanks guys,

    CH