I'm new to these forums, so I'm hoping you all can help me out. I've learned over the years how doing some homework before buying goes a long way towards long term satisfaction, and forums are the #1 place for raw 1st hand experience. I'm starting a new job in July, and I plan on spending most of my signing bonus on a 99-03 F-250 with the 7.3, crew cab, auto, 4x4, and a short bed. I plan on using the truck as a daily driver, but also to haul my car to and from track days, as well as when I move cross country (every 6 months with my new job).
I have a handle on some of the engine differences between 99 and 03, but it would REALLY help me if you guys could tell me what exactly was changed from year to year, whether it be engine, trans, suspension, interior...whatever. Also, what should I look out for, for example if a specific year has a weak transmission or something. When I go and look at a potential truck once I'm ready to buy, what should I look for that would tell me I should steer clear of that truck?
I'm sure this has been asked before and I did
do a search, but couldn't find what I was looking for. If there's already a thread out there, just point me to it. Thanks!
PS - Here's my current ride...the one that will be riding pretty on the trailer behind my new Ford
She's got about 380 crank horsepower, all wheel drive, and electronic suspension. Different animal than a truck, but I've done all the modifications and maintenance myself, so I consider myself a relatively experienced home mechanic.