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post #31 of 37 Old 03-23-2017, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Oh boy, test drove a 03 Chevy today and I really liked it.
Engine sounded nice and looked good too (except being due for an oil change), 4x4 was working nicely, gears shifted smoothly, brakes felt good and even the driver seat wasn't ripped and the tires still have lots of thread left... So far much better than anything I looked at so far...

What kept me from bringing it home today? The **** abs light was on and since it was in the middle of nowhere, no autozone or such near enough to drive by and get at least the code...

Sorry, just needed to vent
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post #32 of 37 Old 03-24-2017, 10:31 AM
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Just hang on and keep on looking. You'll know it when you find it.

Just an aside about ABS lights from that era. We had one that came on in the car and even though we had the entire brake system gone through and everything replaced, that friggin' light would NOT go out. Kept reading like there was a dragging brake pad or something.

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ABS light on does not mean the brakes don't work...
It means the brakes won't "pump" for you or anti-lock part of the system is not working correctly.
Could be a very minor fix of brake dust or could mean a sensor is broken needing replacement.
If you drive with a illuminated ABS light just be careful, aware and get it looked at sooner rather than later.
Your brakes can lock up one wheel and distort braking pull evenness or efficiency...but the brakes do work!
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ABS light on does not mean the brakes don't work...
It means the brakes won't "pump" for you or anti-lock part of the system is not working correctly.
Could be a very minor fix of brake dust or could mean a sensor is broken needing replacement.
If you drive with a illuminated ABS light just be careful, aware and get it looked at sooner rather than later.
Your brakes can lock up one wheel and distort braking pull evenness or efficiency...but the brakes do work!
A price negotiation point!!!
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Yes, the brakes work (tested that out in different terrains and at different speeds)... And I am old enough to actually have learned to drive a car without abs Oh those memories, testing out how slippery the roads were after a fresh showfall


The price is already well below kbb value, due to the abs light and the fact the truck needs some cleaning
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post #35 of 37 Old 03-24-2017, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Just hang on and keep on looking. You'll know it when you find it.

That is the problem, lol. I really want it, but my critical mind is telling me "Let it go"


I tend to make life harder for myself by overthinking...
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post #36 of 37 Old 03-24-2017, 09:27 PM
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I just quickly read through this thread and had to chuckle about MPG.

I had a 03 7.3 f250 diesel that I LOVED and then my DH hit some ice this winter and took care of that...(he was OK, the truck was not and he was not hauling, thank God.) So now we have a 96 F250 with the 7.5l 460 big block gas engine. Some guy at a gas station asked what engine it was and when I told him he chuckled and said, "you'll pass everything but a gas station!" He was right. I get right about 7-8 miles to the gallon hauling. BUT, I haven't noticed a significant change in pulling power. In fact, this truck almost feels sturdier and stronger than my 03, but I contribute that to it being a long bed and just bigger.

We did replace the whole front end (tie rod ends, u joints, ball joints...) and upgrade the exhaust system, but it's a darn good truck. I don't haul far enough to really care about the MPG...but then again, gas is only about $2/gallon right now...
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post #37 of 37 Old 03-24-2017, 09:58 PM
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I think Ford's are notorious for having the ABS light come on and STAY on even after the entire braking system has had a thorough going over. My 2007 F150's light has winked on and off for the 2 years I've had it - and even the mechanics at the dealership just shrug and say it's the sensor. Which costs A LOT to fix. And the ABS system works just fine. I just make sure to have the brakes checked periodically - routine service - and replace pads/rotors when needed.

That said - having a F150 and a F250, I'm now semi-browsing (and suffering extreme truck envy over) F350 dually trucks.
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