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Not a mechanic, just a driver with shade tree abilities, non of which are diesel related. I've had a 2000 F-250 SD for about 5 years and it's never really let me down. Define "never really", Im stationed overseas so there's not too many (read NONE) parts houses for a 7.3. Anyways, I needed a Water pump once and one time needed a set of o-rings for the drain valve under the fuel bowl. Other than that, it's dependable as heck.
This was the reason that when the family needed a new vehicle that could carry more people, I went with the 7.3L Excursion. Truth be told, I bought it off Ebay. Had an independant inspection conducted on it, nothing wrong enough to shy me away (typical scratch or paint abrasion stuff). Everything that was noted was insignificant to me. The bonus is that my Brother is a mechanic and the vehicle will be devlivered to him for complete "go-through" before he ships it over to me.
Most important (to me) is that the Trans is good. If it seems to be in its twilight, then I'll have it rebuilt. Remember, no place over here to do that. Then the front suspension. Ball Joints, Tie rod ends, Pitman arm, Steering box and pump, and also shocks. I'd rather have this stuff done stateside and have a relatively new vehilce arrive than to spend "shade tree" time once I get it.
Just a laymans perspective, but I'd have no issues recommending a 7.3 as long as you have it inspected. That's my 2 cents, and on a good day might be worth half that in today's economy. Best of Luck!!!
Last edited by Twawsi; 12-30-2012 at 04:44 AM.