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post #1 of 6 Old 10-14-2009, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Need some input

I'm looking at buying a F250 7.3 between 96-98 and want to know what I should look out for. Also can anyone give me any mpg on this group? Right now I have a 01 f150 and its got to go! Not enough power and fuel mileage is terrible. Any suggestions would be great.
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Look around the forum. There are numerous threads answering your questions.

Fuel economy varies a bit, but the usual range is mid to upper teens, say 15-19 city, and a little better on the highway. But, with that being said, it depends GREATLY, on the driver, and how you drive. The faster you drive, and the faster you accelerate, the worse your mileage will be. And I've not seen or driven any other vehicle, that makes it as evident as my truck. If I'm really good, then I'll average 21-22 in town. If I'm not good, then it'll usually be about 16 in town. (big difference)

Diesels are very efficient, but these aren't diesel cars. These trucks weigh a lot, so the motor still has to work. (my truck is 9,200 lbs)

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So what kind of upgrades should I get to increase performance and if possible mpg?
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With the mods in my sig I get 18-19 driving mixed traffic. Being 18 years old and having friends who always wanna see smoke doesnt help either.

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Interestingly enough, I just picked up a clean 1997 Crewcab. Yesterday I just filled it up, I got about 17mpg. I drove a total of 405miles, 350 highway (at 70mph) with some stop and go in between. The addtional 55 or so were all city, stop and go.
Considering its size, its about what I expected. It is all stock, 3.55 gears, 2WD, 230K miles.

This is my first diesel, and powerstroke. Get one, you won't want another gasser. Stick to the 7.3L, everyone says its bullet proof.

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Is it worth putting new mods on a 97 with 180k miles?
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