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Looking to buy a PSD
Im interested in buying a used 99-03 super duty 250/350 with the 7.3L PSD.
Want to know if I should watch out for anything because most of the trucks for sale have ALOT of miles. Most of the ones Ive seen or looked at had at least 100k, this worries me coming from vehicles that have had this mileage and needing to replace all kinds of parts that wore out. I currently am sick of my toyota t100 for this reason, 200k but I had to replace every single rubber mount and bushing cause they rotted away.
Alot of the trucks I see have about 120-150k, I know this is nothing for a diesel engine, but the rest of the parts dont last that long obviously. This will be my only vehicle so I cannot afford for it to have all kinds of problems.
Also, do I want the auto tranny or would a stick be preferable? I dont mind a stick and it seems the trucks Ive looked at online have a 6 speed w/granny gear I would like. Very few have been a stick, is it worth it over the auto?
Apparently they are pretty reliable trucks so far from what I gather and generally dont have to many issues. I have heard the frontends tend to wear out a bit quickly and that they can have some kinda camshaft sensor failure as well according to the NHTSA website complaints too..but not much else.
This is just going to be my personal truck, I need a larger truck than a midsize and it seems any gas engine gets horrible mpg when a diesel doesnt. Thanks for any advice/help in my future purchase.