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Need some good stories about 4r100's
Trying to find my first diesel. I always like the 2nd gen dodges (98-2002) but they are have some issues with lift pump, dowel pin, and 47RE tranny that kind of worry me. I went and looked at a couple and they seemed kind of poorly made. So I moved to Ford and was trying to make a good decision. My uncle has had a 93 F-350 7.3 idi forever and that truck is so smooth. I need a super cab or crew now though with a kid and all.
So I am looking for a 99-2002 F250/350. Any suggestions for ones to avoid?
I can't' find a manual to save my life so I am trying to justify buying a truck for 15k with 130k and who knows what kind of transmission life left. My feeling is that I will have to put on some gauges first and then maybe a tranny cooler just to be safe. The thing that I don't like is that if the transmission craps out and I want to put in a better one, my only options are auto's and it looks like 2500 bucks plus labor. Ouch. If I could do a manual swap or something with a nice tranny if it busted then I would have more excitement about it. Plus, I have never driven a stick diesel and think it would be different with the lower rpm range.
Any suggestions? Any stories about the LONGEVITY of your 4r100?? Seems on the internet all you ever read are the bad stories. No one seems to tell the story about how their auto ran for 200k with no issues?
One other small note? Is a supercab long bed the same overall length as a crew cab short bed in those years? I can't find this information. Thanks all.