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Need some opinions... fair price, or not on 2002 Lariat
I had been looking at some 6.0s, but just can't convince myself that they're worth the trouble. Lower mileage and good-shape 7.3s are harder to find, but I did find a pretty nice looking 2002 F250 Lariat Crew Cab 4x4 with a diamond-plate tool box and auxiliary fuel tank with 151k priced at $15,900. I test drove it, and everything felt solid, started right up, engine ran very smoothly, plenty of power, etc. Does the price seem fair? I know these 7.3s command a bit of a premium, but I don't really know how to judge the price tag. Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.
I actually saw the truck when I was test driving a beautiful 2006 Ram 2500 5.9 (I'm not really brand loyal at this point, so I was willing to try anything). It's the nice Laramie package with leather, power everything, stereo/gps system, upgraded wheels, new tires... really sharp truck, tagged at $18,900. I was ready to go for it, but it has a strange quirk... the grid heater light stays on all the time, and my research has indicated that it may be a bad injector(s). The salesman admitted that he had noticed a lack of power when he drove it. I had never driven a Cummins before (at least not an on-road vehicle), so I had nothing to compare it to. Seemed ok to me, but definitely not as powerful as the 6.0s I drove. The dealer serviced it, and sent it to a "diesel shop." They claim that everything "checks out," there are no "mechanical problems," and the grid heater light is traceable to an ECM glitch and just needs an upgrade. I'm not sure I'm convinced........ I'm test driving it again tomorrow morning. But the good news is, the 7.3 is at the same dealer, so I'm thinking of going in that direction if the price seems fair.
2002 F-250 Lariat CCSB 7.3 PSD; PHP Phoenix (TS 6 position), DIY 6637, foil delete, Banks exhaust brake, air bags | 23x,xxx and running like new on original injectors and hpop ----- Traded (or is that "traitored"?) in for an '05 5.9.
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