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I just bought a 97 CC, 2WD with 230,000 miles. Mechanically the truck is solid. I'm just working on some PM, such as fuel filter, oil change, air filter change, and I'll be replacing the front rotors and pads because they are worn.
I've had other trucks, but when you have your own diesel that makes the sounds, smell, and feel, you will be glad you bought one. I wasn't sure diesel was the way to go, but I'm glad I did.
I bought mine without seeing it in person. I would judge how they maintained the interior and engine as a fairly decent model of how they treated the truck. If its dirty inside, they probably used it on a ranch, maybe did some pulling. If its clean, they probably did a bit of highway driving which is nothing for diesel engines. The 5th wheel makes me nervous, min doesn't have one and never did which was something I wanted. If you need it, well, its already got it.
Test drive it, it should idle smooth, shouldn't blow any smoke during startup or acceleration. I'm the farthest thing from an expert, but I was looking for the same type of truck so I could stay within my budget. I got it all, just not the 4WD.
Good luck, hope you find a solid truck.
1997 F250 2WD Crewcab Powerstroke