I am looking at purchasing a 1993 F250XLT extra cab with the 7.3L non turbo diesel. This is my first truck and I am looking to pull a 1978 33' Silver Streak Trailer (approx weight 8,000lbs fully loaded) around the west coast (Oregon, Washington and California) The PO is asking $3800.
This vehicle has the following:
250,000 miles on the 7.3 Litre Diesel non-turbo
New Transmission (20,000 miles)
Class 5 hitch
Borg Warner front end
new hoses on cooling system
New fuel pump
New vaccum pump
New water pump
Windshield cracked: needs replacing
Tires are shot
Shocks in good shape.
Brakes at 40% (Will need to replace soon)
3/4 ton chasis with 1 ton suspension
a/c fully charged and functioning
all lights and blinkers etc work
Good maintenance. Oil changed every 3,000 miles
Big brakes with electronic assist on trailer (control in cab)
Body is straight with a few dings and dents but looks strong. consistent with age.
Interior is o.k. considering age of truck. (cracked dash)
Drives great. Engine sounds good. Brakes work well.
My questions are these:
1. How many miles can I expect to run this engine relatively trouble free before needing to invest in a new engine? I realize it is an open question depending on many factors but the vehicle seems to have been well maintained (oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles - the first transmission lasted 230,000 miles so that tells me the PO was doing something right on maintenance. It was a work truck mostly highway miles, only towed a small 10' tool trailer) How long will this engine run if properly maintained?
2. Is this the best rig for my uses within my budget? My budget is already stretched at $3500. I wouldn't need you guys if I had $15k to drop on a newer Diesel
so I am trying to find the best rig within my price range. I was looking at the 460 Gas F250's but the diesels-even with higher mileage- seem to be a better option long term....?
Am I better off with a higher mileage 7.3L non turbo or an earlier 460 gas with lower mileage?
Any comments ideas or concerns about this vehicle would be much appreciated. As I mentioned it is my first time looking at these trucks so I am a bit of a blank slate...
Thanks for looking and I look forward to your replies.