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First Time Diesel Owner
Hi all. I'm a first time diesel owner (soon to be that is). I've been looking at the Excursions for a while now. We currently have an 08 Expedition EL that just doesn't cut it for towing our camper and 4 kids. I've settled on an 02 Limited with the 7.3L. It has 181k miles on it which I've heard is a nothing for this engine. It's a Texas truck (I live in Michigan) and is super clean. Not a spec of rust underneath even. Everything I could find in my budget from Michigan had rust starting under the bottom edge of the doors. The 7.3's seem to be a hot commodity! My current vehicle that the Ex is replacing is a 2000 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab 4x4 with the 4.8L gas V-8. I bought it new in Jan of 01. It now has 268k miles on it. Runs great but the rockers are rusting out bad after this winter. I figure if I can get that much out of a gasser, just think what I should be able to get out of a diesel lol. Anyhow, is there anything I should watch for with this vehicle? All of the ball joints have been replaced, tires are pretty new. I plan on changing all of the fluids when I get it. Also, where is the best kind of places to fill up on a daily basis? Anything I should look out for with regards to fuel? Any additives I should be putting in the fuel or oil?
Im sure this is just the start of my questions. I'm excited and a little bit nervous at the same time. The wife thought 181k was a lot of miles but honestly the truck LOOKS like it has 50k on it.
Anyways, thanks in advance for the information.