I'm in the market for a diesel truck, my budget is $15k cash. I've owned a good deal of trucks...4 being diesel (03 F250 SB/CC/7.3, 07 Ram 2500 5.9CTD, "POS/Nightmare" 06 F350 6.0PSD and a 2010 F250 6.4PSD SB/CC/6.4TT).
Nicest truck out of all of them was my 2010 as far as aesthetics...but mpg wise the dodge couldn't be touched. But the 03 F250 wasn't disappointing either mpg wise, I'd get an easy 18-19 mpg from it, but it was dated and the 7.3 is def not a "quiet" engine....
I've been avidly searching for a "clean" as close to stock 99-03 F250/F350 7.3 w/under 100k in auto/4wd/sb w/ crew cab or super cab for under $15k. Let me tell you this that the results are very limited...
Anyways...here's what I've found:
2000 F350 Lariat (black w/gold|2tone) SRW/SC/LB w/83k Miles for $14.5k
2001 F250 XLT (black w/silver|2tone) SC/SB w/84k Miles for $13k
I'm leaning more towards getting the 01 XLT cause the fact that it's the color I like and the fact that it's a short bed. Both vehicles have been maintained regularly and run perfectly fine.
The 01 does have an issue with the 4wd solenoid that engages the 4x4 needs to be replaced, because of this 4wd can only be engaged my manually enabling the hubs. Besides that both trucks are very clean.