Hey all, seems like some good knowledge here, so I figured I better register and get some advice from the internet experts!
I am looking at a 2002 F250 Lariat:
7.3L with 242,000 miles
owner Carfax report
Needs some maintenance items (U-joints, Steering stabilizer, Front Hub Assembly, Fluid flushes, Brakes)
Transmission shifts good with no slippage
This has all been checked over by the local Ford dealer.
They are going to "Wholesale" it because every used vehicle they sell needs to have a powertrain warranty of 10,000 miles, and this one requires $2500 worth of "retail" repairs to be worthy of their powertrain warranty. (Anything over $2000 in repairs and it automatically becomes a wholesale vehicle)
They are asking $8,500 bucks and I am not seeing anything that could go wrong. I remember the old farm truck was a 7.3L IDI and that was about as bulletproof as the definition allows, so I can't imagine the PSD is much different.
Overall, what are you guys thinking? I recently bough an acreage, and plan on doing some building and hobby farming, but no HEAVY hauling. I currently have a 1993 F150 (5.8L) and shes getting a little tired at 200,000 miles. Its time to either upgrade, or fix her up. I found this F250 and it's cheap enough I dont think I could go too wrong with it even if it had an issue come up.
I am mechanically inclined and can fix things myself as needed to keep costs lower.
If there is anything that you guys think could be a big issue to look for? Or any advice for a Diesel newby? Thanks in advance.