Thinking about purchasing 97 F350 - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thinking about purchasing 97 F350

I am thinking about purchasing a 97 F350. What kind of issues can I expect to a have with the diesel trucks from this time frame? I have read about the CPS recall which seems easy enough to deal with. Currently I have a 2012 Ram 2500 and am tired of constant oil changes and the other issues that come along with the new emissions junk on the vehicle.

With that said I have found a white and green 97 f350 with 119k on it. From the pictures it looks like it is in good shape. The truck is over 1000 miles from me though and I am skeptical about buying something sight unseen.

What kind of fuel mileage did these trucks get?
Brannon is offline  
post #2 of 6 Old 06-09-2013, 06:07 PM
DERAIL MOD!!!


 
351fifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canton and kennesaw
Posts: 23,174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 34
Thanked 206 Times in 194 Posts
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
My dually gets around 15-17, an my f250 gets 17-20, these trucks with the heui system uses oil to activate the injectors unlike the cummins/duramax/ newer powerstrokes so it shears oil more, but I'd rather have these than a payment

-Kris-
2011 f150 ecoboost 4x4 323/452 on php dyno 11/16/13
1995 CCLB DRW 324K
2001 CCLB DRW 319K
Dp tuner infinity, exhaust, intake, chipped, tricked, and wrecked


Quote:
Originally Posted by marine5811
The stock downpipe in an OBS is flat because I'm a ginger.
Quote:
Originally Posted by alberta 7.3
Finding a decent woman is like shopping for a used truck. You spend most of your time picking through the money pits, wrecks, and basket cases until you find one that you can tolerate
Quote:
Originally Posted by JJFLASH
Well at least you caught the loose bolts before they cause any damage. Nothing worse than a sloppy hole
351fifty is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 06-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Member
 
PhilMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
'97s manuals came with the junk dual mass flywheel, most on the road today have been converted to single mass flywheels. I consistantly get about 14-15mpg but it I stretch it out on the interstate at 60-65mph I can get about 17mpg. I have not had any major problems with my truck, (just rebuilt the trans but at 362,000 miles I call that routine maintenance) knock on wood. My dad bought it in '98 with 21k on it has been an awesome truck. I will have this truck till the day I die.

'97 F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW ZF5 4x4
360,000+ miles
South Bend Stage 1
DP-Tuner - 40T,80T,80E,100P
Boost & EGT Gauge
DE 3" DP & 5" Exhaust
DIY 6637



'77 F-250 Highboy 460ci SCLB C6 4x4
Rebuilt 460ci
Comp Cam, P&P DOVE-C Heads, Holley 770cfm
Flat top pistons. 10.5:1ish compression
PhilMac is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 06-10-2013, 07:32 AM
Member
 
Tinman23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Newnan
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
These trucks aren't nearly as particular about things as the common rail Cummins...especially the common rail with all the emissions junk. Make sure you have a good glow plug relay, keep a spare CPS handy & keep the oil, air filter & fuel filter changed & you're pretty much good to go. My 96 has 187k on it & has been neglected for the last 5-6 years, and it still has little to no issues.

-Jody

96 F-250 XLT CCSB | 4x4, 7.3L PSD, E4OD, 188k miles | DIY 6637 intake | Diamond Eye 4" exhaust w/ 3" DP | new GPR | cleaned FPR screen | FPR shim | DieselSite 203* t-stat| wore out tires & empty pockets
Tinman23 is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 06-10-2013, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I have been driving new vehicles for at least the last 10 years now minus any project cars I have had sitting around at various times. Just a little bit worried about not having a warranty on a vehicle. I imagine once I do not have a payment or as much of a payment that will subside. From what I have read and seen I am pretty sure I could tackle most issues either by myself or a buddy near by for support.
Brannon is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 06-10-2013, 08:08 AM
Member
 
Tinman23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Newnan
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I hear you on the payment thing. I despise payments myself.

And think of it this way: If you put all the $ you would spend on payments each month in an account & call it your "warranty account". Then if/when you need some $ for repairs, it'll be there & won't break the bank...just like a warranty. I did this with a past truck...once I paid it off, I continued to put the payment away. After a year I was really liking my "warranty account". LOL

-Jody

96 F-250 XLT CCSB | 4x4, 7.3L PSD, E4OD, 188k miles | DIY 6637 intake | Diamond Eye 4" exhaust w/ 3" DP | new GPR | cleaned FPR screen | FPR shim | DieselSite 203* t-stat| wore out tires & empty pockets
Tinman23 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome