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post #1 of 12 Old 12-18-2013, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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is this a good deal for a 97 7.3?

Iím looking for a good truck for my dad in the 4-8 thousand dollar range. I have an early 04 Cummins 24v and I love it so Iíve been scoping out 12vís for him. Unfortunately the ones in his price range seem to have been ran pretty ragged. Iíve also looked at some F-150ís but the ones in his price range have high mileageÖI know that gas engines canít take the miles like a diesel can. I came across a very clean 2wd 2007 F250 with the 7.3 and automatic trans that has 200k miles on it. The only performance upgrades are a K&n intake and aftermarket exhaustÖnothing else. Iím somewhat familiar with the 99-2003 7.3ís but not this older generation. My dad just wants something for around town that can also pull his pop-up camper and other things to deer camp and vacations. My question isÖare these trucks plenty capable and reliable in stock form? What kind of MPG should he expect to get? Heís not going to work this thing hard nor does he want to build a fire breathing dragon. Here are a couple of picturesÖthe gentleman says the interior is as clean as the exterior plus it has brand new tires. Heís asking $5,500
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Damn clean truck....I just paid $6500 for a 1996 F350 CC long bed 2WD with 300k on it that was ALMOST as clean as that truck.

If the engine is stock other than those 2 mods then the engine is probably in pretty good shape. If the interior is as clean as the exterior then that's a great deal!!

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What to look for when buying a used 94-98 PSD
other than getting rid of the k&n id check the fins for wear. thats clean! if that was here i'd suspect a repaint btu other than that looks good

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7.3 is right up there with the 12v in reliability some even says it's better. Change oil every 5k and other fluids as recommended and she'll take ya past 300k in a heartbeat!


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What to look for when buying a used 94-98 PSD
other than getting rid of the k&n id check the fins for wear. thats clean! if that was here i'd suspect a repaint btu other than that looks good
Thanks for the replies and thanks Dannanw for that great link!
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The owner sounds like he really takes good care of the truck. It was owned by a firefighter before him. He says it runs fantastic and he gets compliments on it all the time. He had the transmission professionally rebuilt about 2,000 miles ago. I've made arrangements to go look at the truck with my dad.
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For how he is going to use the truck, a GASSER would better suit him and you would be able to get a nice truck in the price range.

With that said, that red truck looks pretty clean. No 4wd needed?

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For how he is going to use the truck, a GASSER would better suit him and you would be able to get a nice truck in the price range.

With that said, that red truck looks pretty clean. No 4wd needed?
Why would a gasser better suite him? No 4wd isn't needed.


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Cheap reliable, won't be hauling much, and easier maintenance (cheaper too) and won't be driven much

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Cheap reliable, won't be hauling much, and easier maintenance (cheaper too) and won't be driven much
EXACTLY. a diesel is not for every swinging dick even though everyone has one.

I have 5 diesel trucks for a set jobs but I drive my GAS ranger everyday for better fuel milage and cheaper maintenance. When I "need" a diesel then I use it. They are NOT more cost effect unless you are hauling with it Everyday

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