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Should I Join This Club?
Hey guys (and I suppose there's a girl in here too, somewhere)!
I need your advice, on whether or not to buy this truck. It's a '97 7.3L Powerstroke, Auto Tranny, Quad Cab Long Bed, 222k miles, recently rebuilt trans, ball joints, and new tires. She wants $6k for it, and the previous owner is a mechanic, supposedly done all the maintenance.
So, that's the truck, but a truck is only as good as the person driving it. A bit about me: I'm a 26 y/o Mechanical Engineering major that is moving to Montana in a month to take a job. I'm married and just started a family with our first son. We currently live downtown Seattle, where I drive my 2.3L I4 5sp 2wd Ranger. It's a gutless wonder, but gets good mileage and can park anywhere. What I'm looking for in a truck is something that can easily carry my (growing) family back and forth over the pass, along with anything we want to take with us (including my dirt bike). I don't plan on hauling much at this point.
The reason I'm looking at this truck is that I've heard these last forever, and that I shouldn't be scared that it has a quarter of a million miles on it. I need something that will last without a ton of maintenance, gives good power, good mileage, and won't break the bank keeping it running (or worse yet: break down on the way home).
Is this truck for me? I really want it to be, but just can't quite get there. It seems all I read about on here are people pulling 23k lb trailers, and if that's all this truck is good for, perhaps I should be looking elsewhere?
Thanks for any input, I really do appreciate it!
For the record, if you do convince me, I'll pick it up Monday and you'll be seeing a lot more of me as I dive into this thing and figure out what makes it tick.