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Old 10-10-2017, 05:12 PM
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Is this a 7.3L?

Hi Guys...
Thinking of buying an Excursion from a guy...with a 7.3L. 108K on it. Salvage title...was told only front end cosmetic.
Never bought or worked on a diesel. Never bought a salvage either. Vin states it was a V10, this guys swears it's a 7.3L. Can you tell by this pic?
Any thoughts? From all I've read the 7.3L is the motor to have.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:49 PM
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Yes, that's a 7.3 diesel. The V10 was a 6.8 gas motor. Either one is an excellent engine.

If it has a salvage title and the VIN says it's a V10, this has alarm bells going off pretty loud.

Engine is the 8th VIN character, the 7.3 is "F", the V10 is "S" or "Y".
 
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:58 PM
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What year is the truck?
 
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:44 PM
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It's an '03. w/ 108K Has the 4R100 Transmission as well. I saw pics of the damage...just front end and cosmetic...bumper, fender grill. Obviously someone did an engine swap for the 7.3 Everything else is extremely clean inside. Drove great...very smooth.

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:28 AM
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That would have been a pretty involved swap. I think you need to look at it, double check the VIN, and get a Carfax and OASIS report.
 

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:49 AM
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I'm a little surprised that it has a salvage title if it was just cosmetic, sheet metal, damage. It means it was totaled and sold as a rebuilder. If you are correct as to the engine ID in the serial number, I guess they could have bought two and built one and the serial number they kept does not match what they ended up with.
 
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:17 AM
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I'm a little surprised that it has a salvage title if it was just cosmetic, sheet metal, damage. It means it was totaled and sold as a rebuilder. If you are correct as to the engine ID in the serial number, I guess they could have bought two and built one and the serial number they kept does not match what they ended up with.
Guys, I really appreciate the input.
Here's a pic I got from the seller:
 
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:26 AM
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Could it have had a salvage title prior to this accident? I agree, that is not major damage in the picture. Looks like bolt ons and paint
 
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:29 AM
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My daughter and son in law have a 2004 with the 6.0 and it has been a good, tough vehicle. It was passed down to my 17 year old grandson, has about 200,000 on it.
 
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:46 PM
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It's a good vehicle, but with a V10 VIN and a diesel in it and a salvage title, this is just screaming problems. I'd see if you can find someone who knows where to find the hidden VIN's and see if they all match.

Bluejay, good luck with that early 6.0.......
 
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:47 PM
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I know about the problems with the 6.0, but in 200,000 miles, all they have done is replace a water pump. I think it helps that it is never flogged.
 
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