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Life left in a well used psd
So we are a family of 6, need a truck we can all get in (crew cab). Need to haul the usual things... firewood, brush, dirt, lumber. Would like to tow a travel trailer, rent a skid loader now and then... Would be a daily driver... Want more than 10 mpg.
Done a lot of reading and would like a 7.3. Really good info, looks like its well known how it works and fails etc. Looks like a decent chance of lasting a while (took me 15+ years to put 100k on my current little import truck) contrasted with being a lot more expensive to fix should the trans go etc.
Driven a couple '99 and a '01 7.3, two at 175k and the other at 220k. Loved it.
But am I gambling too much that I'll get a hold of one that goes another 100k? The ford crew cab is very attractive, I guess I could re-power or rebuild it someday. Family has gas engine rebuild experience, but no diesel.
This at all a rational thing to pursue? Looks like $8500 - $12000 is the range I'm seeing for a truck like I've driven. Doesn't need to be pretty, just work.
I know there is no guarantee, but there are better bets than others...