Well guys, I'm at a loss right now, so I want any input you can give me on whether I should get rid of my early-99 7.3 F350. I love my Ford trucks, but this truck (first Ford diesel I've owned) has turned out to be such a piece of sh*t, it's unbelievable. I'm seriously considering going to an older Cummins, because my buddy that has a 94 Ram hasn't had a single day down-time in his Cummins in the three years I've known him. With my truck, it's usually off the road for something or an other at least two or three days a month since I got it.
Story goes, I bought the truck in March 2009 in Georgia, it's been a Georgia one-owner truck it's whole life with 129k on the clock. Got it for a killer deal, so I was stoked, plus it was 100% rust free. All summer I drove it, a lot, almost 30k, didn't give me any problems whatsoever except the CPS (replaced at the dealer per recall), and the water pump was leaking (quick, cheap, easy fix). I don't neglect the truck, all maintenance is up to par, don't really beat on it either, just a lot of on-road driving.
However, as soon as it got colder out, the truck has been non-stop giving me issues. Batteries I bought 3 months ago are not starting the truck anymore (lost the receipt), I can't afford another $240 on goddamn batteries. Starter went, had to replace it in a parking lot. Turbo pedestal seals (and who knows what else) are leaking a LOT of oil. Truck is also smoking like crazy on start up (blue smoke). The truck isn't building proper boost anymore. There's now a diesel leak too, and while I'm at it, the truck is leaking coolant now too since I decided to use the block heater for the first time.
Simply put, I can't afford this bullcrap. Now that it's real cold out, something on the truck is breaking on at least a weekly basis, and I can't afford to keep pouring money and time into this, just to have the truck down again. I need a truck that I can fire up and be ready to go. What am I doing wrong here? Maybe it's right, maybe Ford really does stand for Fix Or Repair Daily... but hey with my truck, at least they circled the goddamn problem.