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Diesel noob, what to look for when buying...
Hello all! Sorry if this is a common question, but I would like to get a good idea of some key things to check out when buying a 2000-2003 truck with 7.3. I've never owned a diesel before. Couldn't even tell you specifically why I want one. I've just liked them for awhile and am finally in a place where I would like to make the switch.
My current truck is a 79 F250 supercab with a 460. I love the truck, but ready for something a little newer. The new truck will be my daily driver, family hauler, and hopefully in the next year or two, a quad and travel trailer puller (plan is two quads in the bed, and a 20-25 trailer) that I will take camping 6-12 times a year.
I also usually do most all mechanical work on my vehicles save for big things like engine or transmission rebuilds. Although I have no experience with diesels, yet. Unless I get a lemon or something, it will most likely be at least another 10 years before my next truck. I have to buy from a dealer as I need to finance about 2/3rds of it. For my price range, what I see in CL seems about 100k-150k miles.
I've been spending the past few weeks researching Ford's diesels and at the moment, have settled on the later model 7.3. I've taken several notes from watching all the powerstrokehelp.com videos on youtube (and many others), etc. But figured I would now come get the opinions of real owners now that I know a bit more from my research.
Any help/info is greatly appreciated! TIA!