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Old 06-24-2013, 03:22 PM
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Wanted: Advice for a novice to 7.3L powerstroke

Hi everyone,

I am a (very) new member and I am looking into buying a 7.3L F250. Currently I am between a 2002 F250 with 165K miles with auto transmission for $10000 and a 2001 F250 with 186K miles with the 6 speed manual for $11000. Both trucks are in great shape (minus a tiny bit of rust on the 2001, which is no big deal).

So the question is simple: 2002 F250 with auto or 2001 F250 with manual?? I won't be towing anything heavy on a daily basis, but I have read that the ZF S6-650 is an exceptional and super durable transmission, but not so many good things about the 4R100. So is the manual worth the extra $1000 and the extra 22K miles?

my apologies if this is too long.

Thanks in advance,

Achilles
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:44 PM
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Depends what you want to do with the truck. If the 2001 happened to have forged rods it would be worth it.
I'd probably go for the stick, gives you an excuse for losing races
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I would buy the standard truck in a heartbeat over the failmatic.
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I would go with the 02 newer truck with less miles. Its easier to go around town without shifting gears.

Unless you plan on going with huge power then I would get the stick shift
01 might have forged rods and it'll have the ZF-6 behind it to support your power


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Lot of miles on both trucks (body wise). See if they have the repair history of them. You're probably looking at going to have to do suspension and ball joint work on it in the near future.

Just check everything real good. Check pinion bearings, center support bearing, u-joints, hub manual dial. It'll tell you if the truck was taken care of.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:24 PM
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Everyone,

thanks a lot for all the advice particularly about what to look when buying the truck. I am not very big into mods, perhaps the very basics an exhaust and an air filter. I am looking for a truck to easily tow my boat and trailer. Although good friends of mine said that modifying is like a microbe, it takes you over once you start...The funny thing is that all over this forum I am seeing people with the 4R100 doing all sorts of things to put on their trucks the ZF6, so I guess there is a reason behind it. So I am more inclined for the manual and the "failmatic" will be my Plan B.
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